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Bureau County Coroner Janice Whamoff has reported details of a fatal accident that occurred yesterday on I-80.
48-year-old Suzanne McIlvain of Manteno, IL was pronounced dead at the scene after a crash involving a semi-tractor-trailer.
The crash occurred at 1:33PM near mile post 46 ½ when McIlvain was heading eastbound on I-80. She reportedly lost control, entered the median and was struck by an oncoming semi-trailer in the westbound lane.
Illinois State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford will be in Princeton tomorrow.
Rutherford will be joining supporters for a luncheon at Fitzgerald's on Main Street at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, December 10th.
Bureau County Republican Women are hosting the fundraiser and the event is scheduled to run about an hour.
Treasurer Rutherford is running State Senator's Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Businessman Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary for governor.
If you left your house at some point during yesterday's snowfall, you know how rough to the roads could be.
A report from the Illinois Department of Transportation says most of I-80 is at least 75% clear of snow with some parts listed as "all clear".
There are still some dangerous areas in the Illinois Valley. Road's south of Princeton are listed as only 50% clear and south of Ottawa is listed as only 25% bare.
It appears that you can put the shovels away for now, but keep the extra layer of winter clothes handy.
The National Weather Service warns of lower single digit temperatures with wind chills from 10 to 20 below zero for today and tonight.
The areas of Henry, Bureau and Putnam Counties are expected to be extra cold and another 1 to 2 inches of snowfall is possible later on in the week.
>>Be Careful Of Slick Roads During Commute
(Undated) -- Drivers are being urged to slow down for the morning commute. There may be some slick spots on the roads after a round of weekend snow and freezing rain. Untreated roads and bridges are of particular concern and may make for hazardous driving conditions. Officials say some driveways and parking lots may also be slick.
>>Brookport Hit Hard With Snow
(Brookport, IL) -- It's a double weather whammy in Brookport. The southern Illinois town is now covered in a blanket of snow, just weeks after a deadly tornado ripped through the area. The snow is expected to let up today and the high should hit about 30 degrees.
Another Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued for Bureau, Henry and Putnam Counties.
The temperatures will be in the single digits to middle teens through the mid-morning and winds could get as high as 15 mph.
The wind chill readings will drop into the 5 above zero to 15 below zero range.
Even colder temperatures are expected tomorrow and everyone is advised to make sure you have proper heating equipment in your home.
The Bureau County Unemployment rate saw only a slight change in October but definitely in the wrong direction.
The rate rose .1 percent to 8.1 percent for the month. However it is down from the 8.5 percent at this time last year.
LaSalle County saw a .3 percent rise to 10.2 percent in October, up from their September 2013 and October 2012 rates.
Henry County saw a .3 percent increase to 7.3 and Putnam county saw their rate fall .6 percent to 8.4 in October as well.
Local Unemployment Numbers for September and October were delayed this year due to the government shutdown.
>>Governor Signs Pension Bill Into Law
(Springfield, IL) -- The comprehensive pension reform bill is now officially state law, and promised lawsuits won't be far behind. Illinois' attempt to bail itself out of a 100-billion-dollar employee pension debt was signed by Governor Quinn without any fanfare. The controversial law takes effect next June, but legal challenges from public employee union leaders could stop it in its tracks. They argue that the law is unconstitutional because it makes changes to earlier promises that state workers were given regarding their retirement accounts.
>>Winter Storm Pounds Southern Illinois
(Undated) -- A winter storm packing rain, ice, and snow is pounding southern Illinois. Local towing companies are being overloaded with reports of vehicles spinning off the roadways. Metro-east authorities say that yesterday they dealt with four times as many crashes as they do on a normal day.
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