LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES



Updated: January 31st - 11:37 am

Changes At Northen Illinois University
Northern Illinois University is starting a yearlong review of many of its operations and programs. The university is dealing with declines in enrollment and state revenue. Provost Lisa Freeman says mergers, cuts and other changes are possible for many programs.


La Salle County Fatal Crash
A Earlville man was killed in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon east of Mendota. La Salle County Sheriff's authorities say they responded to the accident on North 42nd Road, east of East 7th Road for a car on it's top in a ditch. Authorities say the driver, 50-year old Kipp Hardin, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation by the sheriff's office.

Livingston County Fatal Car vs. Pedestrian Accident
A Pontiac man was killed after he was his by a car earlier this morning in Pontiac. The Livingston County Coroner's Office says 48-year old Edward Eilts of Pontiac was walking in the southbound turn-lane of Old US Route 66 around 6:15 AM, when he was struck by a vehicle. Authorities say Eilts was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff.

Gas Prices Up
Gas prices slightly rose over the past two weeks but have remained under two dollars. Triple A in Chicago says crude oil prices remain under $50 a barrel and gas prices have most likely leveled out. Stations throughout La Salle-Peru and Ottawa are averaging around $1.95 a gallon for gas, with higher prices in Streator and Mendota at $1.99 and $2.09, respectively. Throughout the state, gas is averaging at $2.09 while national is lower at $2.04.

Rauner Going After State Problems
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to hammer away at the unions and government bureaucracies he believes are behind many of state's problems. He said he'd like to put more money into the University of Illinois. He said first the university must make cuts in its own bureaucracy. University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise says university administrators will work with the governor to find places to cut bureaucracy.

Salaita Lawsuit Against U of I
Steven Salaita has filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Illinois. The professor is seeking the job that the university pulled last year over anti-Israel Twitter messages. And he wants monetary damages, too.

Extra Patrols on Super Bowl Weekend
Authorities in Illinois are warning that police will be out in force this weekend to catch drunken drivers. The department is urging football fans to plan ahead and make sure they have a designated driver if they expect to be drinking alcohol. The Illinois State Police and more than 100 local police departments and sheriff's offices will patrol the roadways.

Police Officer Wins Lawsuit
Will County has settled a lawsuit that was brought by a suburban Chicago police officer who was wrongly accused in a deadly 2010 shooting spree. The settlement for $126,500 was signed earlier this month. Lynwood officer Brian Dorian filed the lawsuit in 2011. He spent nearly a week in jail on murder charges.