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River Valley Metro offers bus service for New Year revelers

New Year's Eve part-patrons can leave their vehicles home tonight, if you're in the Kankakee-land area. River Valley Metro Mass Transit buses will be operating tonight.

The bus system will offer free rides, from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Wednesday. River Valley Metro is continuing its holiday tradition, providing the service along all routes.

Check the transit website at www.rivervalleymetro.com for maps and schedules.

94.1 WGFA

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Illinois State Police Update on Conceal Carry Program before January 5th

                           Officials Preview Application for Public with Demonstrations

CHICAGO – In advance of the Jan. 5 statutory deadline, Illinois State Police (ISP) officials today provided an update on the Concealed Carry License (CCL) program and previewed the CCL application process for the public.

ISP officials were also joined by Vermilion County Sheriff Patrick Hartshorn, President of the Illinois Sheriff's Association, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police President John Kennedy, House Deputy Majority Leader Frank Mautino, and ISP staff members. Central Management Services also provided a step by step power point presentation on how to navigate the portal and obtain a Digital ID.

Since early July, the ISP has been providing the public with regular updates on the CCL process including FAQs, firearms instructor training requirements, firearms instructor databases, approved curricula, signage requirements, training, and the ability to apply for a Digital ID and submit electronic fingerprints. A new CCL unit has been created and is currently operating out of the ISP central headquarters building in Springfield.

"Today's preview of the CCL application should provide the public with a glimpse into the application process a week before the application is posted on line," said ISP Colonel Marc Maton, who has been overseeing the project. "We have built a system from the ground up and our dedicated team has met every deadline and milestone under the statutory requirements," Maton stressed.

Officials also used the opportunity to remind the public about the new Gun Safety and Responsibility Act (HB1189). Governor Pat Quinn signed the law to improve gun safety and to strengthen the Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) program.

The Gun Safety and Responsibility Act is a law which requires citizens engaged in the sale of a firearm to contact the Illinois State Police for verification the purchaser's FOID card number. The law also requires the reporting of lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement.

Effective Jan. 1, all private firearm transactions in Illinois must be approved by the Illinois State Police. Any non-federally licensed firearm dealer who desires to transfer or sell a firearm will be required to contact the Illinois State Police and provide the purchaser's Firearm Owners Identification Card number. The Illinois State Police will determine the validity of the FOID Card and Issue an approval number which will be valid for 30 days from the date of issue. The seller is permitted to transfer the firearm to the purchaser after obtaining the approval number and waiting 24 hours for a rifle/shotgun or 72 hours for a pistol. {submitted by IL State Police}

A private firearm transaction approval number can be requested 24/7 from the Illinois State Police preferably through the ISP website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/foid/foidp2p.cfm, or by calling 217 524-3847 during normal business hours.

The Department's Concealed Carry website address can be accessed at http://www.isp.state.il.us/. The ISP will continue to regularly update its Concealed Carry FAQ's on the website with information regarding the Illinois Concealed Carry program.

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LIHEAP assistance offered in Gilman January 10th

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is providing one-time energy bill payment help to qualified customers. Applications will be taken by appointment on a first-come, first-served basis.

A Power Blitz is scheduled for Friday, January 10th, 2014 from 8 am 'til 4 pm at the Community Action Office on N. Central Street in Gilman. For appointments, call 815-265-4685 or 217-379-2071.

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Champaign County man arrested for Watseka burglary

Surveillance video at a Watseka store helped police nab a man they say is responsible for a Christmas Day burglary at the Watseka Wal-Mart store.

42-year-old Benjamin Hall of Savoy is jailed in Iroquois County. He's charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. Hall is also being held for burglary in Kentland, Indiana.

Watseka Police report Hall has confessed to his involvement to three burglaries, the Wal-Mart incident and two others in Kentland.

It was Christmas night when Watseka police responded to an alarm at Wal-Mart. Police found entry to the building was made and that a security gate to the store's pharmacy had been damaged. After reviewing video from the store, police learned a television had been stolen from the business.

Saturday afternoon, Patrolman Scott Muench stopped a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle observed on video used in the Wal-Mart burglary. During that stop, police were able to find evidence inside the truck linking the driver to the Wal-Mart incident.

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Central Illinois can brace for cold temps

The National Weather Service is reporting we can brace for cold temperatures and gusty winds for a while. There is also a threat of snow to usher in the new year.
Monday's high should be around 15 degrees with northwesterly winds between 6 and 10 miles per hour. That will drop the wind chill factor into a range of -6 degrees to -16 degrees.

Tuesday's high will be around 23 degrees, but there is a chance of snow on Tuesday night for New Year's Eve.
The NWS says we won't see a warm-up for a while.

The highs won't climb above the freezing mark until the start of next week at the earliest. Tuesday's high is expected to be 23 degrees and the high temperatures will remain below the 20-degree mark before a slight warming trend arrives Saturday. The high then is expected to reach 31 degrees.

Sunday, a light freezing drizzle created a glaze on several roads, parking lots and sidewalks around Central Illinois. There was snow reported in parts of Iroquois, Kankakee and Livingston counties. I-DOT reported several departments sent salt trucks to the streets to help with the icy conditions, and several minor accidents were reported by local officials and Illinois State Police.

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