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Updated: January 26th - 10:00 am

Mendota Firefighter Dies in Non-Duty Accident *UPDATED*
A Mendota firefighter died following a car-versus-pedestrian accident in Mendota Saturday afternoon. Mendota Police officials say 62-year old Thomas Mahaffey was crossing the street at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street around 3:30 PM Saturday, when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 78-year old Harold Nurnberg of Mendota. Mahaffey was taken to MCH where he was then flown to Saint Francis in Peoria, where he later died. Mahaffey had been a member of the department since 1976 and was 'Firefighter of the Year' in 2007.

Streator Bank Robbery
Streator Police continue to search for the person who robbed a bank Saturday morning. Authorities say they received a call at 9 AM Saturday from Streator Community Credit Union on North Park Street for a robbery that just took place. No weapon was displayed or mentioned during the robbery, and the man took off on foot with an unknown amount of cash. Authorities say they are on the lookout for the man who was last seen wearing a camouflage coat and had blue eyes. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Streator Police Department.

Man Dies in Grain Bin Accident
A Marshall County man died after he fell into a grain bin on Friday afternoon. Marshall County Sheriff's officials say they received the call just after 2:30 PM Friday after 71-year old William Vogel of LaRose fell into the bin near Lacon. Authorities say several fire departments spent nearly an hour cutting holes in the bin so they could reach the man. Vogel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Illinois Fracking
Fracking is off to a feeble start in Illinois as slumping oil prices and the rigors of Illinois' new regulations have energy interests waiting on the sidelines. It's been two months since a legislative panel approved long-awaited rules for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says only one company has registered to pursue such drilling.

Food Stamp Usage in Illinois
State figures show the number of Illinois households on food stamps continues to rise. The Illinois Department of Human Service says there were 1.07 million households enrolled last month in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That's up 20,000 from the previous month and is the highest level since at least 2010.

Immigrants Drivers Licenses in Illinois
More than 85,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver's licenses under a new state program. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the tally comes after the first full year that the program has been in place in Illinois. The $30 licenses are valid for three years and may be used only for driving.

Man Arrested with nearly 400 Pounds of Cannabis
A Chicago man got more than a ticket during a traffic stop when Chicago police discovered 386 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1 million inside an SUV he was driving Saturday night. Police say that when officers tried to pull over the man, when he allegedly drove off before he jumped from the vehicle and ran away. Police later found him hiding under a porch and arrested him.