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IDOT advises caution; roads being cleared

Illinois transportation officials issued advisories Sunday asking motorists to remain cautious on the state's roads. Lingering snow and ice on some of the state's roadways was still causing some accidents.

IDOT reported conditions are improving on roads and bridges across the state, but problem areas remain.

Local state and county snowplow operators were saying ice and snow patches remain scattered with some areas in central and southern Illinois still covered with snow and ice. They caution, areas that appear clear are still slick from refreezing. And road conditions could become dangerous once temperatures drop.

The Illinois Tollway spent Sunday removing snow from roadway shoulders, ramps and toll plazas after clearing the roads.

Officials say tollway crews and State Police helped more than 75 motorists since Friday night with such things as flat tires, dead batteries and towing cars.

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Saturday Update > Weather Alert

                                              New month, same old weather

                 WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING.

* LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW THROUGH DAYBREAK.THEN SNOW WILL MIX WITH SLEET & FREEZING RAIN THROUGH THIS MORNING WITH A PERIOD OF ALL RAIN EARLY THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE CHANGING BACK TO SNOW EARLY THIS EVENING BEFORE ENDING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION 3 TO 5 INCHES. STORM TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATION UP TO ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE.

* SNOW & ICE COVERED ROADS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW.SLEET.OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS & LIMITED VISIBILITIES.& USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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Citizens advised to be aware of Coyotes

Several reports of coyotes being seen in residential neighborhoods has police and conservation officials to be aware.

Coyotes typically avoid people but flocks of coyotes will prey on pets. And pet-owners are advised NOT to leave their pets unattended.

A spokesperson at the Perry Farm in Bourbonnais said the extreme cold and snow-cover finds the coyotes looking for food beyond their normal surroundings.

There have been reports of coyotes being seen in-and-around Watseka, Crescent City, Bradley and Bourbonnais.

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Jobless rates worsen, rising in Kankakee, Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion counties

New unemployment rates show numbers on the rise in East Central Illinois.

Iroquois, Ford and Kankakee county jobless were all up in December compared to November and a year earlier.

Champaign County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in December, up from 7.4 percent in December 2012, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Vermilion County's rate was 12.2 percent in December, up from 10 percent a year earlier.

Statewide, unemployment rates rose in 10 of the 12 metro areas. The other metro areas where rates declined were Chicago and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island.

The number of nonfarm jobs in the Champaign-Urbana metro area dropped by 1,100 over the course of the year, while the number in the Danville metro area dropped by 100.
The Champaign-Urbana metro area includes the counties of Champaign, Ford and Piatt, while the Danville metro area takes in all of Vermilion County.

Here are the December unemployment rates for other counties in East Central Illinois and their change from a year earlier:

— Coles, 8.7, up from 8.
— DeWitt, 8.1, up from 8.
— Douglas, 7.9, up from 7.2.
— Edgar, 9.4, up from 9.1.
Ford, 8.7, up from 7.9.
— Iroquois, 8.4, up from 8.
— McLean, 7.1, up from 6.4.
— Piatt, 8.1, up from 7.3.

Unemployment rates also rose in the cities of Champaign, Urbana and Danville.

Champaign's rate climbed from 7.5 percent to 8.2 percent; Urbana's jumped from 7.8 percent to 9.1 percent; and Danville's leaped from 10.9 percent to 13.9 percent

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Former Grain manager, farmer sentenced to prison

PEORIA - Two men formerly associated with Towanda Grain Company have been sentenced to six and ten years in prison.

Federal prosecutors report Central Illinois farmer 46-year-old Robert James Printz of Fairbury, was handed a 10 years prison term and former Towanda Grain manager 37-year-old Timothy Boerma of Lincoln was sentenced to six years in prison.

The Peoria Journal Star reports the pair pleaded guilty in May 2013 to operating a scheme which defrauded CNH Capital. According to federal prosecutors, CNH Capital provided Printz with a line of credit for his farming operation (from September 2009 to May 2010). They said in October 2009, Printz started to deliver grain to Towanda Grain as he reached the maximum on his line of credit.
Prosecutors said Boerma handled Printz's transactions and issued grain advance checks payable only to Printz, which was in violation of the CNH Agreement. Printz reportedly continued to get advances from Boerma at more than twice the value of the grain delivered.

According to Printz, he received $13.1 million from Towanda Grain but repaid only $6.1 million.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture suspended Towanda Grain's license in 2010 and later facilitated a sale to Evergreen FS.