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  • As thousands of additional motorists prepare to visit loved ones and celebrate Thanksgiving, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are reminding drivers and passengers to Click It or Ticket to reduce the risk of traffic-related injuries.

    “Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, and with that comes an increase for crashes and related injuries, especially for those who are unbuckled,” said Priscilla Tobias, Director of IDOT’s Office of Program Development. “IDOT is committed to supporting the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization to help ensure friends and family members arrive at their Thanksgiving celebrations safely. Help us make zero fatalities a reality by buckling up and obeying traffic laws.”

    IDOT is partnering with the Illinois State Police and more than 150 law enforcement agencies to increase patrols and checkpoints throughout the state. The enforcement effort began Nov. 17 and runs through the early morning hours of Nov. 27. A high concentration of patrols will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., when seat-belt use declines and a higher percentage of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities occur.

    Though the seat-belt usage rate in Illinois in 2016 was 93 percent, those who travel unbuckled represent a large percentage of traffic-related fatalities. Of the 1,078 people who died in 2016 crashes, only 57 percent were wearing their seat belt. Illinois law requires that all vehicle occupants wear seat belts. Not wearing a seat belt drastically increases the occupant’s risk of being injured or killed in the event of a crash.

    “Thousands of motorists will be traveling across Illinois roadways this Thanksgiving weekend. For the safety of all motorists, the Illinois State Police will focus patrol efforts on the Fatal Four violations, the most common causes of fatal traffic crashes: DUI, speeding, occupant restraint and distracted driving,” said Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Watch your speed, buckle up, keep your eyes on the road, and please move over or slow down for any vehicle on the side of the road with emergency or hazard lights activated.”

    Visit BuckleUpIllinois.org for more information about Click It or Ticket.


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  • If you’re feeding a crew of 10 for Thanksgiving, you’ll likely pay the lowest price since 2013 and second-lowest since 2011.

    The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual Thanksgiving price survey showed the average cost of this year’s feast at $49.12, compared to 2016’s average of $49.87.

    The big-ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at $22.38, or about $1.40 per pound. That represents a decrease of 2 cents per pound compared to last year.

    The shopping list for Farm Bureau’s informal survey included turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10.

    Foods showing the largest decreases included milk, rolls, pie shells, sweet potatoes and peas. Items that increased modestly included whipping cream, cubed bread stuffing, pumpkin pie mix, fresh cranberries and a 1-pound veggie tray.

    About 140 volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 39 states for this year’s survey. Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and receiving a free turkey. The AFBF Thanksgiving dinner survey was first conducted in 1986.


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  • Residents of Kewanee Community School District 229 will likely see a slight decrease in the assessed valuation for the current year.

    The amount is minute and should not have an appreciable effect on taxpayers in the district.

    District 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says the state of Illinois remains in a bit of flux when it comes to financial issues to schools…

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    Dr. Sullens adds that right now, it’s a mixed bag from the state when it comes to promised funds…

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  • Haven’t found the perfect item just yet for your holiday shopping? Maybe you can get that one of a kind gift by bidding online during the state’s unclaimed item auction. There are 450 things to bid on and Treasurer Mike Frerichs says you can find some pretty special stuff.

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    The items are on the Treasurer’s website and the auction runs all next week.


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  • The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says don’t wait for winter to be prepared for winter—especially when you’re on the road. Certain parts of Illinois saw some snow showers and wind last week and conditions on the road can deteriorate in a hurry, even in November says IEMA’s Patti Thompson.
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    Thompson advise to have an emergency kit for your home as well. Tips are available at “ready.illinois.gov.”The first official day of winter is December 21st. 


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  • Deep frying a turkey and properly utilizing stuffing this Thanksgiving season is one of the most common questions coming to USDA health officials this year. Sarah Litchman with the USDA food safety division says deep frying a turkey can be dangerous if done improperly. She has these tips if you are a trying it out for the first time this year.

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    Litchman says this year they are getting a lot of questions regarding stuffing and indicates the recommendation is to not stuff the turkey while your cooking and don't stuff it the night before either.

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    Visit foodsafety.gov for all food safety this Thanksgiving season. There you'll find all the certified USDA recommendations for your holiday cooking plans. 


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  • Don’t give the gift of food poisoning this holiday season. The Illinois Department of Public Health says that 48 million people will get sick this year from a food borne illness. IDPH’s Melaney Arnold says that there are a few things to think about at home to keep everyone healthy.

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    Leftovers should only be kept for a few days after your big dinner and they should always be stored in the refrigerator.


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