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Illiana Toll Road Survives Effort To Kill It

(Chicago, IL) -- Plans for the controversial toll road linking Illinois and Indiana have survived the opposition of the Chicago area's main planning board. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning today (Tues) could muster only ten votes of the 12 it needed among its 15 board members to kill the public-private Illiana project. The road is a point of contention between Mayor Emanuel, who opposes the idea, and Governor Quinn, who sees it as a potential economic engine. {Metro News}

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Guilty verdict in Joliet Hickory Street double murder

A Joliet man is guilty on all counts for a gruesome double murder. Joshua Miner has been found guilty on all six counts for the 2013 murders of Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins. Sentencing will be November 12th.

In Will County, Judge Gerald Kinney announced the verdict today (Wednesday). Judge Kinney presided at a bench trial last month. The victims were murdered at a Hickory Street residence, where they were lured by the assailants in a robbery plan. Prosecutors said Glover and Rankins were killed when they resisted.

Adam Landermann still awaits trial in this case. Bethany McKee was also convicted following a bench trial. Alissa Massaro pleaded guilty to robbery and concealment of a homicide.

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Foster-mom, Heather Lamie, guilty of murder

A Livingston County jury has convicted foster-mom Heather Lamie of murder.

The 31-year-old Kankakee woman was found guilty (Tuesday) of both murder and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the May 2011 death of Kianna Rudesill of Bloomington.

A jury of six men and six women returned the verdict after about six hours of deliberations that began Monday afternoon. Lamie was taken into custody.

The former Cullom resident and her husband, Joshua, had to be helped from the courtroom. Sentencing is set for November 21st.

Several experts who testified for the state during the week-long trial said Kianna had 33 bruises throughout her body, including under her arms, on her legs, on her back and on her head.

Four-year-old Kianna died May 4, 2011 of head injuries, which an autopsy revealed were caused by blunt force trauma. Lamie, was initially charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life or health of a child in the case.

Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff, on Monday, withdrew the murder count that alleged intent. The remaining murder charge alleges Lamie knew her actions had a strong probability of death or bodily harm for Kianna.

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Lunar Eclipse visible Wednesday

A rare event in our skies, a lunar eclipse, and yes, experts tell us you'll be able to see it.

You need to be up early Wednesday morning. The eclipse begins at 4:30 am and becomes a complete lunar eclipse around 5:30 am

The lunar eclipse is a little more convenient than the one last April, which occurred in the middle of the night.

A lunar eclipse occurs because the moon has no light of its own, and only affects sunlight. So when the moon passes through the earth's shadow, when it's on the opposite side of the earth from the sun, it disappears into a dark red glow.

If not for the earth's atmosphere, the moon would be completely dark.

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Condon murder trial scheduled in Iroquois County

                         'Jail incident' barred from trial

A jail "incident" between murder suspect Andrew Condon and jail personnel will not be allowed at trial, when Condon is tried for the 2012 murder of Jonathon Rubin of Danforth.

Iroquois County judge Gordon Lustfeldt has granted a defense motion request to bar the prosecution from referring to last year's incident in the county jail.

Attorney Ed Glazur Jr. filed the motion in August, saying the incident bebtween his client and the jail employees "was irrelevant" and would deny Condon a fair trial.

A jury trial is scheduled for November 25. Condon is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of the 27-year-old Rubin at the Shell gas station in Gilman where Rubin worked.

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