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Computer snafu disrupts Illinois motor vehicle sites

CHICAGO — Illinois' 138 motor vehicle facilities were affected by a computer outage today. The entire state was messed. Repair crews were on job looking for a solution.

Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker says the outage began this (Wednesday) morning and some facilities were coming back online slowly. But Druker recommends people postpone visits if they can.

Technicians from IBM were working with technology staff at the agency to resolve the problem. There was no official word on the cause.

Some customers were being sent home with courtesy cards allowing them to return another time without having to wait in line.


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Railroad traffic increasing speed thru Gilman

Motorists in Gilman should be aware train speed will increase along the Canadian National Railroad (CN) line.

The CN Railroad recently completed an upgrade at the intersection with the T.P. & W. line, running north-south thru Gilman. A new crossing is in place. Officials report with the improved crossing grade, train speeds will be increased from 30 to 40 mph for freight traffic. Amtrak trains will increase in speed from 50 to 60 mph.

The CN Railroad officials want to alert motorists, especially those at the 2nd, 3rd and 6th Street crossings in Gilman.

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Lincoln Mall at Matteson to close

(Matteson, IL) -- It was once a popular shopping destination for a lot of people in east-central Illinois. Holiday basketball fans spent a lot of time there; next door to high school tournaments. But the once booming mall in Matteson is being shut down by a judge's order.

The Lincoln Mall, right off of I-57, is essentially a ghost town. Many of the stores have left the mall and the structure is deteriorating. It will shut down for good on January 7th. Village officials say that could leave a devastating blow on the local economy and put hundreds of people out of work. They're hoping to find stand-alone retail spaces in the area so the stores that are still operating can move, but stay open.

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Veterans Day activities >

Area communities and American Legion Posts have teamed to honor the nation's veterans today. Cemeteries and Legion homes had scheduled events; some featuring a speaker.

In Watseka, American Legion Post 23 welcomes the public to an 11 am event to honor the veterans. Local attorney Frank Simutis will address the audience.

At Paxton, the American Legion Prairie Post 150 and the PBL High School band is hosting an observance in the school gym. The public is invited. Local veterans presented the colors. A POW/MIA ceremony is also included.

The Kankakee Historical Museum at Governor Small Memorial Park, Kankakee is hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony. It's at10:15 am at the Veterans Walkway. The Ceremony includes many local organizations. Keynote speaker is decorated Vietnam veteran James Wasser.

Limestone Middle School Veterans Day Assembly is at 2 p.m. The event will be honoring local veterans. Speaker will be Joe Krause, of Honor Flight Chicago.

Programs were also held Monday including:
Veterans Day program at Kankakee Community College. The ceremony was honoring veterans at the Harold and Jean Miner Memorial Library. The brief program featured remarks from John Fulton and Roger Bean. Also an art exhibit opening that will be on display until December 5.

Veterans Day Assembly at Bradley Central Middle School gym, Concert by Bradley Central Middle School students honoring veterans. Guest speaker was Major Gary Sprigg.


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Ford County township official arrested on felony charges

ASHKUM – Illinois State Police arrested the Button Township supervisor on charges related to his position in Ford County.

52-year-old Dean Swan was arrested for violations of the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act, a Class 4 Felony, and Official Misconduct, a Class 3 felony. Swan also is secretary of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Board of Education.

He is accused of not disclosing his financial relationship with businesses hired to complete work for Button Township and the PBL School District.

Swan was transported to the Ford County Jail. During a court appearance Saturday, bond was set at $3,000. He posted the required 10 percent and was released.

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