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Careful during your morning commute snow, ice on area roads

Most of the snow further to the south, but officials report area roadways are a bit slick this Monday morning. The winter storm system dumped several inches of snow and significant ice accumulations throughout much of Illinois.

The IDOT office at Ottawa reports I-57 is clear with a few scattered slick spots. Rural areas in Iroquois, Ford, Livingston and Kankakee counties have some slick roads. Roads are about 75% bare.

Light snow, some freezing drizzle and cold temperatures will make the morning commute a bit hazardous. The National Weather Service reports varied snow amounts.

Meteorologist James Auten said "With the temperatures not expected to get above freezing until Friday, drivers should be careful, especially early in the week."

Illinois State police reported several accidents along I-57 and I-74. Roads crews throughout Central Illinois were called out early Sunday morning to treat slick spots with salt. No serious injuries were reported as of Sunday night.

Southern Illinois was affected initially with accumulations of freezing rain, followed by a changeover to heavy snow. Snow totals of 8 to 12 inches were common between Interstate 70 and the Ohio River, with the heaviest passing through Mount Vernon to near Lawrenceville.

The forecast calls for cold temperatures today, with a high of 23 degrees, but with wind gusts as high as 23 miles per hour, dropping the wind chill factor to 3 degrees. Temperatures are expected to remain in the middle 20s Tuesday through Thursday. Friday's high is expected to be 33 degrees, but there is no precipitation in the forecast for the remainder of the week.

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Cloonen’s “Fill the Bus” Event Collects Hundreds of Toys to Benefit Area Children

KANKAKEE, Ill. – As a part of her continuing efforts to ensure that area children in need have a present to open this holiday season, state Representative Kate Cloonen teamed up with several area businesses, including the Kankakee County Soldiers basketball team, and River Valley Metro for a successful "Fill the Bus" toy drive event last Saturday. Local families donated over 300 toys to "Fill the Bus" and all the donations from the event will go toward the 24th Annual Toy Drive.

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2 Teenagers Hurt in Rossville Area Crash

Vermilion County Sheriff's Police report two teenagers were injured (Thurs) when a car and farm equipment collided. It happened near Rossville. One of the teens had to be extricated from the wreckage after the vehicle struck a chisel plow.

Sheriff's Police say the tractor did have the proper safety equipment – including flashing lights that were operating when the crash occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. The driver of the tractor was uninjured. The accident happened near a bridge west of Rossville at 1300 East Road and 3550 North Road.

The un-identified girl driving the car said she saw the tractor, but did not see the chisel plow it was pulling.

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Now a 3-way race for the bench in Ford County

                                                      State's Attorney Fitton running

Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton has announced he's become a third attorney to announce candidacy for a soon-to-be-vacated circuit judge's post in Ford County.

Fitton will be a Republican candidate, joining already announced-candidates Ellen Lee and Ross Sorensen.

The three will meet in the Republican primary March 18th. They all seek to replace the retiring Judge Stephen Pacey, who plans to step aside December 31st.

The winner of the primary would appear on the November general election ballot. The new judge would take office Dec. 1, 2014, although court officials said the Illinois Supreme Court could appoint the winner of the primary to the vacant seat earlier.

The 52-year-old Fitton, of Paxton, said he believes he is qualified, noting he has experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney in both criminal and civil law.

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(Ellen Lee is the wife of former Ford County State's Attorney Tony Lee. Ross Sorensen is from Loda).

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Unemployment Rate Rises in Iroquois, Vermilion, Champaign County

New unemployment figures released Thursday show the jobless rate in Iroquois County was up slightly from a month ago.

Vermilion County rose slightly during October. Champaign County's unemployment rate was also a bit higher.

Kankakee County unemployment was listed at 10.1 in October, the same as September and down from the 10.2 in October of 2012.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports Vermilion County's unemployment rate climbed from 11.0 percent in September to 11.3 percent in October. In Champaign County, the October jobless rate was 7.8 percent – up from 7.5 percent in September.

In Iroquois County the jobless rate also rose slightly, from 7.1 to 7.3 percent.

Danville's unemployment rate of 13.9 percent during October was up nearly four-percent from a year ago. In October of 2012 the jobless rate in Danville was 10.0 percent.

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