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Updated: December 17th - 9:00 AM

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.

Drug Arrest in Bureau County
Two people from California were arrested Monday morning after they were found to be in possession of cannabis. Illinois State Police officials say 22-year old Karly Ketron was eastbound on Interstate 80 near Ladd when she was stopped for speeding. Authorities say when the officer was speaking with the driver, he saw cannabis in plain sight in the car's center console. Authorities performed a search of the vehicle and found approximately 29 pounds of the drug in the trunk of the car. Both Ketron and her passenger, 22-year old Scott Ragan were taken to the Bureau County Jail.

IVCC Manufacturing Classes
Illinois Valley Community College is accepting enrollment applications for their manufacturing classes in the Spring semester. IVCC officials say there are openings in their classes for the manufacturing industry. Dean of Workforce Development Sue Isermann says careers in manufacturing often pay well and retirement benefits remain very strong in the industry. The spring semester begins on January 12th.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said job numbers in areas around La Salle County have been lower over the past few months in the manufacturing industry, but it is also one of the most sought after jobs in the area.

More Money Sought in Illinois Budget
Illinois' Republican governor-elect says state agencies plan to ask for $760 million more than they were originally budgeted in 2015. Bruce Rauner says he has been continually surprised to learn more details of a $35.7 billion budget passed by lawmakers in May that didn't allocate enough money to cover agency expenses. Rauner says Illinois needs structural reform.

Jury Duty Phone Scam
Illinois residents are being warned about a phone scam in which victims are told there's a warrant for their arrest because of missed jury duty. The Illinois Supreme Court says that the scam has recently been carried out in Kendall County. The victim is asked to read the numbers off a prepaid credit card to settle a false fine.

Rockford Police Shooting
The city of Rockford says it has reached a $1.1 million settlement with the estate of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot inside a church-run daycare by two white police officers in 2009. City officials said Monday night that it and all defendants don't admit liability or fault as part of the settlement. That includes the two officers who chased 23-year-old Mark Anthony Barmore into a basement at House of Grace Daycare and Preschool. Barmore was wanted for questioning in a domestic abuse case. He was shot in front of children.

State Grant Fraud
A multimillion-dollar state-grant fraud case is in the hands of a federal jury. Defense attorneys say Chicago businessman Leon Dingle Jr. and his wife Karin were unaware that their trusted bookkeeper was stealing Illinois Department of Public Health grant money intended for AIDS and cancer awareness. The Dingles are charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering.

Topinka Memorial Service
Some of the state's top elected leaders and former office holders are expected to speak at a memorial service for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Among those expected to speak this morning are Governor Pat Quinn, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner and former Governor Jim Thompson. Topinka died last week at age 70 after suffering complications from a stroke.

Jackie Robinson West is OK
Little League International says it's confident Chicago's national championship Little League team "meets residency regulations." The organization says it reviewed documentation provided by the Jackie Robinson West league. An official in a suburban athletic association complained that top suburban players were allowed to play on the team to make it stronger.



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