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Updated: 2/26/15 - 5:30 AM

Winter Related Accidents
Snowfall from Wednesday night and early this morning is making for slick roadways throughout the area. The La Salle County Sheriff's Office says they responded to slide-offs and several accidents, including a two and three-vehicle accident on Illinois Route 71, which happened only minutes apart. IDOT reports main highways are snow covered and continue to be very slick. Officials advise cautious travelling on the roads today and allow yourself more time to reach your destination.

Marseilles Dam Construction
Construction on the Marseilles Dam is slated to start next month. Dam Project Manager Andrew Barnes of the Army Corp. of Engineers said outside work in March on the gates damaged by barges during the April 2013 flood. Barnes said repairs include replacement of three gates, repairs to two gates and a pier that holds the anchorage of the gates. Project costs are $20 million and a contract was awarded to a Missouri company in September. Repairs are expected to be completed in early 2017, but that date could be pushed back if inclement weather delays repairs.

Mayors Seek State Help for Nuclear Plants
Mayors of a half-dozen Illinois communities are asking Governor Bruce Rauner and top legislators for help in making sure nuclear plants in their areas stay open. They say the plants are essential because of the jobs they create. Exelon says plants in Clinton, Rock Island and Ogle County are struggling to remain profitable and it might have to close them.

Medical Marijuana Reviews
A spokeswoman for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's office says his administration will participate fully in any judicial review of the medical marijuana license selection process. The comment came in response to a lawsuit from a company that lost in the competition for a marijuana business license. The company claims the agency broke its own rules.

Rauner asks Farmers to Protect "Good" Lawmakers
Governor Bruce Rauner is urging Illinois farmers to help him protect "good" lawmakers and -- in his words -- "go after the bad ones" as he pushes his legislative agenda. Rauner told people at an Illinois Farm Bureau conference Wednesday that lawmakers who oppose changes he wants to make will hurt farmers and businesses.

2014 Brought Record Yields in Illinois
The Farm Bureau says Illinois had record corn and soybean yields last fall. The government says Illinois had average yields of more than 200 bushels per acre for corn and 50 bushels per acre for soybeans. The highest corn yields were in Macon County and Piatt (PY'-at) County had the highest soybean yields.

More Trouble for Aaron Schock
A watchdog group has filed its third complaint in a month against Republican Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock. The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington wants congressional investigators to review whether Schock broke House rules by using taxpayer and campaign money to pay for private travel. Schock represents Marshall and Woodford Counties.

Newest Measles Case Not Connected to Daycare
Health officials say the latest confirmed measles case in Illinois has no direct connection to the ones previously reported. But the 15th case -- like all the others -- is in Cook County. Thirteen cases are connected to a suburban Chicago day care.


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