News  11:00 AM, 8/26/14

Truck vs. Motorcycle Accident
One person is in the hospital following a truck versus motorcycle accident on Monday afternoon. La Salle County Sheriff's Deputies say the driver of a pick-up truck was southbound on Illinois Route 23 just before 2 PM Monday, south of Leland, when they were attempting a left turn. Authorities say a motorcycle behind the truck, driven by 21-year old Jake Fulk, attempted to pass the truck while the truck was making a left turn and the two collided. Fulk was taken to Valley West Hospital in Sandwich where he was then flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. His condition is unknown.

New Species
Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law adding black bears, cougars and wolves to Illinois' list of protected species. All three species still are rare in Illinois. Wildlife officials expect them to become more common and wanted a way to protect them. The law takes effect next year.
A solitary male black bear caused quite the sensation earlier this summer when he wandered, over the course of several weeks, from Rockford through Dekalb County, then journeyed to Ogle County, and eventually wound up near the Mississippi River before, authorities suspect, winding up near Galena.

Weather on Monday afternoon started with extreme heat followed by heavy rains. The National Weather Service says many areas say heat indices between 100 and 105 degrees yesterday afternoon, before strong storms pushed through the area around 3 PM. The storms brought heavy rains, with many areas picking up between half-an-inch to an inch of rain over the course of an hour. National Weather Service officials are calling for more chances of rain throughout the rest of the week with cooler afternoon temperatures.

Medical Marijuana Peru
Peru city officials heard a proposal from another company interested in building a medical marijuana farm Monday. Illinois Support Group President Peter Schweda (Schway-dah) told city officials that his company is putting their only request for a special use permit in with Peru and no place else. Schweda says he believes Peru is the best location for their company. Peru Mayor Scott Harl said the company’s petition will be forwarded to the next plan commission meeting. Illinois Support Group was the sixth company to voice their interest in Peru for medical marijuana.

Vermillion River Rescue
A Streator woman was rescued this weekend in the Vermilion River north of Streator. Conservation Police say 60-year old Karen Hichborn was with a friend kayaking on the river around 11:20 AM Sunday, when she reportedly took off her life-jacket because of the heat.  Authorities say shortly after, Hichborn's kayak hit a log and overturned, ejecting her into the water. Authorities say Hichborn grabbed a log to hang onto while her friend phoned 9-1-1.  Hichborn was rescued around 12:15 PM by the Reading Township Fire Department.  No injuries were reported.

Livingston County Suicide
Livingston County Authorities are investigating a body of a man found in a ditch yesterday.  The Livingston County Coroner says the body was found by a mail carrier yesterday morning in the ditch of a county road in east Livingston County.  The coroner says the body was identified as a 61 year old Cullom man and the death appears to be the result of a suicide.  .

Little League
Chicago's champion Little League team was welcomed home with fire trucks soaking their plane with water and the cheers of hundreds gathered at an airport gate. The Jackie Robinson West All Stars walked into a Midway International Airport decorated with colorful ribbons, slapping high-fives as they headed to their rides home. The entire city will get a chance to cheer the team during a parade tomorrow.

Archer Daniels Midland has opened its new Chicago headquarters. About 50 of the roughly 70 employees in the office moved from the former headquarters in Decatur. ADM decided to stay in Illinois despite failing to get millions in state tax breaks.

Same Day Registration Stacks deck for Qunn, Christie Says
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie questions a same-day voter registration law in Illinois and a decision to keep the Green Party candidate for governor off the ballot. Christie said during a visit to Chicago today that both are attempts to boost votes for Governor Pat Quinn. Christie is campaigning for Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) -- but Rauner missed the event because he's taking his son to college.