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Milford coach, Spezia, hurt in crash

Milford High School basketball coach John Spezia was injured in a traffic crash over the holiday period. The 63-year-old coach was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana after initial treatment at the Carle-Hoopeston Regional Hospital.

A condition report from Carle Hospital was not available.

The accident happened Tuesday in Hoopeston. Police report it was a two-vehicle crash.

Hoopeston Police report the crash occurred in the 900 block of South Dixie Highway, just south of the Route 1 and 9 intersection. A second driver, 69-year-old Richard Samet of Hoopeston, was not injured.

Police say Samet was driving a pickup truck and was attempting a turn into a business lot when Spezia's vehicle was hit.

94.1 WGFA

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NWS says prep for bitter cold, more snow

If the snow wasn't enough, new comes more snow and brutal cold temperatures.

The National Weather Service says very cold arctic air is moving into Illiana. And the weather won't be going away too soon either. Several more inches of snow is possible Saturday night into Sunday.

Tonight's lows are expected to be at -5 with wind chills at -15. Friday's high temps will only be 16 with a wind chill at -17. Westerly winds will reach 20 mph.

Snow fall amounts between Champaign and Kankakee range from 2.5 to over 5 inches in Kankakee. And additional snowfall could be 5-8 inches in the Champaign-Danville area.

Other reports call for may be another two inches.

More extreme cold weather is likely next week too.

94.1 WGFA

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Winter Weather Advisory > Illinois & Indiana

.WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST AM THURSDAY.

* STEADIER SNOW STARTED FALLING AROUND 5:30 PM AND CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT.

* ACCUMULATION.TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 2 TO 5 INCHES.

LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL BE AN ISSUE IN NORTHWEST INDIANA INTO THURSDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS & LIMITED VISIBILITIES.& USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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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.

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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.