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Buckeye Oil Company says pipelines fixed, Route 113 to re-open next week

The Houston-based Buckeye Partners oil company says Illinois Route 113 in Bourbonnais will re-open next week. Repairs have been made to the 8-inch pipelines that broke underneath the route. The roadway is now being repaired for traffic to flow again.


Buckeye Partners announced Thursday evening that it completed permanent repairs to about 125 feet of two pipelines that spilled at least 1,500 gallons of gasoline in Limestone.


Environmental testing is continuing, including core soil sampling and air quality. There have been no environmental problems reported over the last week as a result of the gasoline release. Buckeye said it expects to reopen Route 113 "in the middle part of next week."


In a press release, company spokesman David Boone says the pipelines, which transport gas to and from Kankakee and Indiana, can carry up to 20,000 barrels of gas a day. That means up to 280,000 barrels didn't make their way to the two terminals in the seven days they were shut off.


Boone says "There's really no impact to the market."


94.1 WGFA

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RTA files suit again, more towns named in sales tax agreements

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is naming three more Illinois communities, claiming the towns are using phony sales offices which divert sales tax revenue away from Chicago's taxing districts.

The RTA is naming Morris, Savanna, and Genoa. The suit is similar to what was filed against Kankakee in 1999. The RTA seeks to end the agreements the three communities have in place.

The litigation against Kankakee has cost local officials more than $2.4 in sales tax revenues. Now, Kankakee officials are dealing with severe budget cuts and tax hiles to make up for the lost revenue.

94.1 WGFA

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Rep. Kinzinger to hold traveling office hours

OTTAWA - The office of Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) will hold traveling office hours in April throughout the Sixteenth District. Staffers will be available to assist constituents on issues ranging from Veterans and Social Security benefits to Medicare and immigration issues. Constituents are encouraged to stop by with questions and concerns, and no appointments are necessary.

Those who cannot attend the traveling office hours, but have questions can contact the Ottawa District Office at (815) 431-9271:

The traveling office hours for April follow:

Ford County:
Piper City Traveling Office Hours
April 3, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Piper City Village Hall
133 E. Peoria St.
Piper City, IL

Melvin Traveling Office Hours
April 3, 2014
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Melvin Village Hall
303 N. Green St.
Melvin, IL

Grundy County
Gardner Traveling Office Hours
April 2, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Gardner Village Hall
Conference Room
302 N. Center St.
Gardner, IL 60424

Iroquois County:
Cissna Park Traveling Office Hours
April 3, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cissna Park Village Hall
109 W. Church St.

Sheldon Traveling Office Hours
April 3, 2014
4:00 PM –5:00 PM
Sheldon Village Hall
165 W. Center St.
Sheldon, IL 60966

Livingston County:
Dwight Traveling Office Hours
April 2, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Dwight City Hall
209 S. Prairie Ave.
Dwight, IL 60420

Fairbury Traveling Office Hours
April 2, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Fairbury City Hall
201 W. Locust St.
Fairbury, IL 61739

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Spring weather arrives, but it won't last

Temperatures weren't too bad Thursday for the arrival of the spring season. And today's high may reach 65. But then winter returns. We could see snow again Monday.


Many folks advantage of a nice day. The National Weather Service is predicting another nice day Friday — the high could reach 63 degrees — before the weather turns cold again for the weekend and next week.


A high of 49 degrees was recorded Thursday, here at WGFA and at the Central Illinois Regional Airport. But meteorologist James Auten with the National Weather Service in Lincoln, said things are about to change.
"Temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees below average" for the next eight to 10 days.

Auten said below-normal temperatures are expected to continue at least through April 2. The Climate Prediction Center predicts below-normal temperatures in its 30-day outlook.


94.1 WGFA

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Tornado drills exercised; preparation is key to save lives

Tornado sirens were being tested Thursday as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Schools are making sure students are prepared as well.

Some school districts, especially elementary buildings, practiced a tornado drill Thursday morning. Students and teachers were able to complete the drill in under four minutes.

Building principals say because of the recent tornadoes, students understand the importance of the drill.

School and business officials are required to review the drill procedures every year. Governmental offices are also encouraged to practice their drills.

94.1 WGFA