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Updated: December 18th - 11:17 AM

Chester Weger Denied Parole
The man convicted of murders at Starved Rock in 1960 was denied his parole this morning in Springfield. Illinois Prisoner Review Board officials said 75-year old Chester Weger was denied his parole by a 9-3 vote. Weger has been serving a life sentence in the Pickneyville Correctional Center for the murder of a Chicago woman in Saint Louis Canyon. Weger was denied parole in November 2013 as well, despite an even 7-7 vote by the review board.

Four Injured North of Streator
Four people were injured following a two-vehicle accident north of Streator Wednesday evening. La Salle County Sheriff's officials say the accident happened at Illinois Route 23 and Richards Road around 5:15 PM Wednesday. Authorities say 22-year old Aaron Walker of Streator was making a left turn onto Richards Road, where he was then struck by a southbound vehicle on Route 23, driven by 24-year old Kathleen Schafer of Streator. Walker, Schafer and one passenger in Walker's vehicle, 20-year old Kyle Russo of Streator were taken to Saint Mary's Hospital. Another passenger in Walker's vehicle, 18-year old Michala McStoots of Streator, was flown to Saint Francis in Peoria.

Catalytic Converter Thefts in Streator 
Streator Police are on the lookout for the individuals responsible for four different thefts of catalytic converters and exhaust systems on Monday. Authorities say the parts were stolen from vehicles parked on the 1700-block of North Bloomington Street, the 600-block of North Everett, the 400-block of East Kent Street and the 200-block of Goulding Street. The incidents happened between 8:15 AM and 7:15 PM Monday. Anyone with information on these thefts is asked to contact the Streator Police Department.

SES Tax Referendum for April Ballot
A referendum to raise taxes in the Streator Elementary School Board will be on the April election ballot. At a school board meeting Tuesday evening, Superintendent Matt Wilkinson said the state suggested the board undertake a tax increase to help with district finances. The referendum, if passed, will raise the tax rate to $2.07 from $1.32 per $100 of equalized assessed value. Wilkinson said in order for the district to get a three-year deficit reduction plan, the district would either have to make more cuts or increase their revenue.

Durban on US/Cuba Talks
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba was long overdue. The Illinois Democrat says the policy of isolation "didn't work" and a new approach was needed that would benefit both nations. Durbin says the efforts will "open up Cuba to the world."

Inmate Death in Pontiac
Authorities are investigating the death of an Illinois prison inmate as a homicide. Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says Fabian Carrillo was found unresponsive on the floor of his cell Tuesday at Pontiac Correctional Center. Investigators are awaiting results of toxicology tests.

Income Tax Rollback
State revenue officials say workers across Illinois will soon notice a little more money in their paychecks. The state is reminding employers to adjust the way they calculate income taxes as the temporary income tax rate of 5 percent rolls back to 3.75 percent on January 1st.

NIU Douglas Hall Demolition
Northern Illinois University is offering a live video feed of the ongoing demolition of a 51-year-old residence hall. The stream offers viewers a wide shot of the scene at Douglas Hall so they can watch equipment and crews working to strategically dismantle the building. The goal is to salvage as many materials as possible by separating concrete and steel. NIU officials says about 80 percent of the building will be recycled.

IHSA State Basketball Games
The Illinois State High School Association says fans of high school basketball will soon be able to watch state-title games from six decades online. The IHSA says video of 145 boys' and girls' championship games shot between 1947 and 2007 will be posted to the IHSA Archives Youtube channel. The IHSA is the governing body for high school sports in Illinois.



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