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EIU student dead, another injured in weekend crash

Authorities in the journalism department at Eastern Illinois University confirm a student is dead and another is injured after a pickup truck crash this past weekend.

The students worked for the EIU campus newspaper. Both had gone to dinner that evening, according to Sally Renaud, interim chairwoman of EIU's journalism department.

Illinois State Police said the accident occurred Saturday evening near the U.S. Route 45 interchange of Interstate 57 south of Mattoon. The pickup truck was heading northbound when it went off the road and overturned.

The driver was ejected from the truck and hospitalized for injuries in Urbana. The passenger was partially ejected and later died from injuries.

Authorities say neither was wearing a seatbelt.


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One-year Anniversary today: Tornados ripped up Illinois…

              ...Coal City, Diamond, Washington hard-hit


It's been a full year, but people across Illinois are still trying to piece their lives back together after a deadly tornado outbreak roared through 25 communities across the state. Eight people were killed and nearly 200 others injured.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed with property damage topping more than a-billion-dollars statewide. More than 800-million of that was in the Tazewell County town of Washington, just outside of Peoria. Debris from that twister was found as far as 150-miles away, in Chicago.

Recovery efforts continue to this day.


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Cissna Park volleyball falls to top-ranked Rockford Keith Country Day

               Will play Saturday for 3rd place in 1A

The T'wolves of Cissna Park high school ran into the Cougars of Keith Country Day at the IHSA state volleyball tournament this (Fri) morning at ISU's Redbird Arena.

Coach Josh Landon's club closed out a 33-5 season, losing in three sets 22-25, 25-22 and 15-25.

The match was heard on 94.1 WGFA's with Tom Conn.

Cissna Park pressed the Cougars. It was first time in 25 matches Keith Country Day had to go three sets to get the win.

Cissna Park will play for 3rd place tomorrow (Sat).

In 2A --  Watseka battles Dakota at 1:30 pm today at Redbird Arena.

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Firefighters union joins effort to oust Kankakee County Board Chairman

Manteno Firefighters Union Local 4042 has issued a press release wanting Mike Bossert out as Kankakee County Board Chairman.

The firefighters go further than the FOP and AFSCME unions did earlier this week. County deputies are in favor of county board member Andy Weilert replacing Bossert when the board re-organizes next month.

Manteno firefighters are calling for Bossert to resign.

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Vermilion County Board Chairman, Weinard, will step aside

There will be a new Chairman of the Vermilion County Board next month. Current chairman Gary Weinard announced he will be leaving the board.

Weinard said he's been in the seat two years and "we've got some things accomplished, and I've got some other things I'd like to accomplish in life.'' The Chairman said "I think the county's in good shape. We were able to go this year without a tax increase," and he's not promising, but kind of thinking that's going to happen another year.''

In addition to his two years as County Board Chairman, Weinard has also served another 18 years. He says selling the former Vermilion Manor Nursing Home has helped hold the line on taxes. And some of the money received from the sale has gone towards renovating the Vermilion County Courthouse.
Weinard also said over the last several years the conflicts between Republicans and Democrats have gone away.

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