3-15-2007


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DEPUTIES STILL LOOKING FOR MAN IN ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY

The Bond County Sheriff's Department is still looking for a suspect in an attempted armed bank robbery Monday afternoon at the First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust in Pocahontas. According to deputies a clean cut, white male, with blonde or reddish color hair, walked into the bank around 2:30PM wearing a full ski mask, brown Carhart jacket and blue jeans, and displayed a black colored hand gun.

Bank tellers were able to see him enter the building on their monitors, therefore, they did not walk up to the counter. Instead, a couple of volunteers signing up people for the health fair were allegedly directed by the suspect to give him money. According to deputies, they responded by saying they didn't have any, to which the suspect turned around and left the bank. Deputies advise that the suspect was probably only in the bank a matter of 30 seconds.

The suspect was driving a newer style, between 2002 and 2005, red Jeep Cherokee with a gray bottom. The Bond County Sheriff's Department is continuing the investigation with assistance from the FBI. They ask that if anyone has any information on the suspect or vehicle, to please contact the Bond County Sheriff's Department at 664-2151.


CLARK GAS STATION IN HILLSBORO BURNS DOWN

The Hillsboro Fire Department responded to a report of the Clark Gas Station on fire Monday night around 11:30PM. A motorist traveling on Route 127/Vandalia Road in Hillsboro, noticed a fire inside the building. Firefighters responded to the gas station/convenience store and were on scene for nearly three hours. Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from the gas pumps and no injuries were reported. The building was vacant when the fire started. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and the Illinois State Fire Marshall was called in to investigate. The building was a total loss.


AMEREN SAYS THAT RATE FREEZE WILL DOWNGRADE CREDIT

Illinois' second largest utility says it now knows what will happen if lawmakers in Springfield re-freeze electric rates. According to Metro News Source, Ameren officials say that Standard and Poor's (S&P) credit service has told them that they will downgrade Ameren's credit to junk status as soon as the Illinois legislature approves a freeze. Ameren says a "junk" rating will cost them millions, and force layoffs and even higher power prices. Ameren is still hoping to convince lawmakers not to freeze rates.

Utlilty officials have said in the past, and are saying again, that a freeze will cost hundreds of jobs and end a number of programs that help people pay their bills. The Illinois House has passed a freeze, and state senators have been talking about a freeze plan of their own, but there is still a lot of disagreement at the Capitol over the freeze.


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NEARLY $1 MILLION ANNOUNCED FOR VANDALIA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

The Capitol Development Board (CDB) for Illinois announced that $954,000 in state funding has been released to replace the roof systems on several buildings at the Vandalia Correctional Center, a project that will protect the state's investment in the structures. Executive Director Jan Grimes commented that this project will ensure that the facility can continue to meet the needs of the Department of Corrections and remain one of the areas major employers. The funds will assist in replacing the roofing systems on the administration, chapel, security and staff services buildings, including certain school buildings and dormitories.


KC BOARD OF TRUSTEES PREVIEW

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees will meet tonight (Thursday) at the Greenville Education Center at 7PM. Items on the agenda include the University Alliance update, the KCSA report, and progress reports on capitol and technology projects. Approval will be sought for furniture bids, the purchase of a new printer and the IES security system.

The board will then meet in closed session to discuss the KC Vandalia Campus Campaign, Friends of the Fine Arts and the possibility of a new building and grounds technician position. (Correction to the above: In closed session the board will be discussing Personnel and Business Matters.. The Campus Campaign, Friends of Fine Arts and new building and grounds technicial position will be discussed in open session.)


RAIN TOTALS

Rain totals for the city of Greenville from Wednesday night’s storm are 1.3 inches at Route 40, 1.5 inches at 6th Street, and 1.46 inches at Idler Lane and Route 140.


UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS TO ERASE CHIEF ILLINIWEK COMPLETELY

Chief Illiniwek will disappear from the University of Illinois. According to Metro News Source, the school's trustees have voted to do away with the Chief's image, name and logo. Last month, the school voted to do away with the Chief's dances at football and basketball games. This vote comes as the last blow to Chief supporters, as they say the Chief is an honored symbol of the school that's been around for decades. However, the NCAA and Native American groups say the Chief is offensive and racist.

There are still some questions after the latest vote of when and how the school will dispose of the thousands of images of Chief Illiniwek. Despite the vote, the University of Illinois will still use the names Illini and Fighting Illini for their sports teams.



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