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State police enforcing safe holiday

State police are teaming with sheriff's police and municipal police departments to increase roadside checks as part of their holiday safe-driving campaign.

The checks include the familiar "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click it or Ticket" themes and will include hundreds of roadside checks for drunken driving and safety-belt use through the first weekend of 2014.

Illinois has seen 950 traffic fatalities through Dec. 17-20, more than the same period last year.

Safe driving isn't limited to highways, however.

The Department of Natural Resources said there were 34 reported snowmobile accidents last year resulting in three deaths.

Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez said most accidents can be prevented with common sense. The department encourages everyone to take a snowmobile safety class before the first ride of the season and offers these other tips:

•Never consume alcohol before or during a snowmobile ride.
•Make sure equipment is in proper working order.
•Wear protective clothing including a full-size helmet with goggles or face shield.
•Avoid wearing long scarves, which may get caught in moving parts.
•Be aware of, and obey, trail closures and know the terrain.
•Avoid frozen waterways if you're not sure about the thickness of ice.
•Never ride alone.

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Essex fire kills wheelchair-bound woman

The cause of a house fire that killed a woman in Essex is under investigation.

59-year-old Carolyn Kirchner died Saturday morning after her home caught fire.

Kirchner was found badly burned and on the couch in her living room after the blaze was extinguished. A family dog also died in the fire.

Firemen were called to the home about 9:45 am. The victim was pronounced dead around 11 am.

The single-story ranch-style home showed extensive damage to the front side. Kirchner's husband was not home at the time of the fire.

94.1 WGFA.

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-------- NWS ALERT: SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES -------

339 PM CST SAT DEC 21 2013

SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR IROQUOIS and SURROUNDING COUNTIES...BENTON.JASPER.NEWTON.FORD.SOUTHEASTERN LIVINGSTON AND SOUTHEASTERN KANKAKEE COUNTIES UNTIL 1230 AM SUNDAY.

DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED AN AREA OF MODERATE RAINFALL ACROSS THE ADVISORY AREA.WITH UP TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF RAIN OVER THE PAST SEVERAL HRS. THIS RAIN IS ON TOP OF THE RECENT MELT WHICH CONTAINED NEARLY AN INCH OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT SNOW. SINCE THE GROUND IS FROZEN.THE SNOW MELT & RAIN WILL ALMOST TOTALLY GO TO RUNOFF.LEADING TO RISES IN AREA RIVERS & STREAMS AS WELL AS STANDING WATER IN FARM FIELDS & LOW LYING AREAS.

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ShowBus involved in accident, 2 passengers injured

                                          Cause: distracted driver

A distracted 16-year-old driver in Iroquois County faces a charge of Improper Lane Usage following a traffic accident that involved a ShowBus, carrying eight passengers.

Illinois State Police reported two of the eight passengers on the 15-passenger bus were treated for minor injuries at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. All three drivers were also taken to IMH with minor injuries.

The accident happened just before 3:30 Thursday afternoon on Illinois Route 1 at County Road 1200 N.

Police reported the un-identified 16-year-old was northbound when the car crossed the center line and hit the ShowBus. The 16-year-old driver then lost control and hit a third vehicle, a pickup truck driven by an Indiana man.

Milford Fire and Ambulance responded to the call.

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Early holiday break for Bradley-Bourbonnais High School

Students at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School won't be back in class until January following a Wednesday night fire in the school's laundry room. The school went on an early holiday break and postponed Fall semester final exams.

Classes were cancelled Thursday and Friday. Superintendent Scott Wakeley said extensive smoke and water damage needs to be cleaned up. Power also needs to be restored.

There was no injury. A few students were evacuated from the building Wednesday night.

School is scheduled to resume January 8th.

94.1 WGFA