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Swearing in ceremony set for new state lawmaker

The newest member of the Illinois General Assembly is set to the take the oath of office later today.

John Anthony was chosen by Republican officials to replace resigning state Rep. Pam Roth of Morris in the 75th House district. The 37-year-old Anthony is a Kendall County sheriff's deputy. He'll be the first black Republican lawmaker in the state Legislature since the early 1980s.

The swearing in is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Grundy County Courthouse in Morris.

Anthony has been a sheriff's deputy since 2008 and has also worked as police officer in Champaign. He and his wife founded a nonprofit organization for children. Their group is called the YARN Foundation and offers afterschool programs, among other things.

Roth says she's moving to Texas where her husband's job was transferred.

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DENSE FOG ADVISORY IS CANCELLED.

THE NATL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS CANCELLED THE DENSE FOG ADVISORY.

THE FOG HAD DISSIPATED.THERE FORE THE DENSE FOG ADVISORY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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Human remains found in Middle Fork River prompts search

Champaign and Ford County authorities are teaming up to investigate the discovery of human remains found near the counties border, in northeast Champaign County.

A human skull and at least one human bone were found by visitors in the Middle Fork Forest Preserve. Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh issued a press release stating a skull and bone were found in the river earlier this month. Additional bones were found since then by authorities from his office, the coroner's office and the Ford County Sheriff's Office. A search covered about seven miles of the Middle Fork River and its banks.

Walsh said the skeletal remains are being examined by a forensic anthropologist, and later DNA will be forwarded to the state police crime lab.

Walsh said it's hard to say at this point if the skeletal remains could belong to a missing person or a victim of foul play.

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Gov. Ryan visits with Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD - Former Gov. George Ryan says he's still adjusting to private life in the weeks since his release from home confinement.

Ryan spoke briefly to The Associated Press Thursday from his home in Kankakee. He says he traveled to Springfield over the weekend to celebrate the birthday of his triplet daughters, one of whom lives in that city.

He also visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum on Saturday with family.

The 79-year-old Ryan served more than 5 1/2 years in federal custody for convictions on wide-ranging corruption offenses, including racketeering and tax fraud. He was released from a Terre Haute, Ind., prison in January and from home confinement in July.

Ryan was sentenced in 2007 to 6 1/2 years in prison, but his sentence was reduced for good behavior.

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Unemployment bumps up locally

The latest unemployment numbers shows a jump East-Central Illinois.

The city of Danville's jobless rate rose one-percent to 14.4 percent. The Vermilion County jobless rate for July was 11.8 percent. That's up from 11.1 in June.

Champaign County's unemployment rate jumped from 6.5 percent in June to 8.9 percent in July. In Iroquois County the rate rose slightly from 7.7 to 8.0 percent.

Kankakee County's unemployment is at 11.2%...down from 11.3 in 2012.

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