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Fuel prices still falling…

Gas prices are still on a decline in the WGFA-listening area. Some communities have posted prices below the buck and-a-half range throughout Illiana.

Prices in Danville Monday were at $1.47. The national average price of $1.81 per gallon is the cheapest price since January, 2009 according to the Triple-A Motor Club.

Crude oil supply continues to outpace demand, helping push gas prices down. Triple-A says regular unleaded gasoline averaged $1.89 a gallon during January in Illinois. The price is down 11-cents a gallon from December 2015, and is 19-cents a gallon less than one year ago.

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Gov. Rauner names Illinois' 1st statewide 911 administrator

The director of an emergency dispatch system in Chicago's northwest suburbs has been named to lead Illinois' new statewide 911 system.

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday named Cindy Barbera-Brelle to serve as Illinois' first statewide 911 administrator.

In a news release, the governor's office says Barbera-Brelle will oversee the transition of 911 services from the Illinois Commerce Commission to the Illinois State Police. She'll also supervise the expansion of 911 to 11 rural counties that have not had it.

Barbera-Brelle currently works as executive director of the Northwest Central Dispatch System, which serves 11 suburban Cook County communities.

Lawmakers approved a measure last year that added an 87-cent surcharge to cellphone bills to help cover the cost of the statewide 911 system.

Barbera-Brelle will make $125,000 annually.

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Bence elected head of IFRW

Susan Wynn Bence has been elected the Illinois Federation of Republican Women (IFRW) as its new president.

Bence will oversee nine regions and 41 clubs. It is the largest grassroots volunteer Republican women's organization in Illinois, according to the news release.

Bence joined the IFRW in the late '90s and has been significantly involved ever since. She is the past president of the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club. She has also served the IFRW as membership chairman prior to becoming the second vice president in 2014.

She served as the chief of staff and campaign manager for former state representative Josh Harms and chief of staff to state representative Tom Bennett before accepting her current position as the Springfield director for Illinois Lieutenant Govenor Evelyn Sanguinette.

Other elected officers include first vice president Sue Hamilton of Carterville, second vice president Jayne Lehman Raef of Bourbonnais, third vice president Lt. Governor Evelyn Pacino Sanguinette of Wheaton, fourth vice president Linda Brown of Savoy, secretary Mary Sundermeyer of Savoy, and treasurer Elaine Zannis of Oak Brook.

The IFRW will host its spring conference April 15-16 in Carbondale.

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Momence school district facing cuts

The Momence school board is expected to vote on a reported $441,600 worth of cuts. Teaching staff and sports programs are part of the cuts as the school board considers increasing fees for sports, fine arts and driver's education.

The Daily-Journal is reporting the district has had a deficit budget for the past five years. There's a projected deficit of $300,000 this year. The district is listed on the state's "early warning" profile.

School officials have proposed cutting six teachers, which will save about $348,600.

The board also is looking into moving the district's preschool and special education programs to Je-Neir Elementary School to save on personnel costs. The district has proposed eliminating eight coaching positions, in addition to athletic transportation.

Cutting eight coaches would save the district about $14,000 and would eliminate freshman sports teams.
School officials also proposed raising sports and driver's education fees to generate an additional $29,500 in revenue.

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Kankakee murder trial resumes, heightened security likely

The Rachard Butler murder trial will demand increased security when the trial resumes today at the Kankakee County Courthouse.

A fight on the 1st floor of the courthouse Friday involved some 30 people. No arrests were made and no injuries were reported. The Daily-Journal reported the fight may have involved two men expected to testify.

Security was heightened when a threat was made on Butler's life earlier in the week.

Butler is facing 45 years to life in prison. He's accused of shooting to death Kenneth Groves at a house party in November 2013.

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