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The Macon County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that it is searching for a man who fled a traffic stop on Interstate 72 near the Argenta exit.

Four other stories you should see are Decatur man accused fo smuggling drugs into jail, Starbucks coming to Mount Zion Road location, Dixon police officer shoots man a school and state Senate OKs new gun dealer licensing requirement.

Manhunt underway near Argenta after I-72 traffic stop

The Macon County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who fled on foot from a traffic stop on Interstate 72 near mile marker 152, which is the westbound rest area, the sheriff's office said at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The closest exit is for Argenta.

Decatur man faces 18 charges of smuggling drugs into jail

The Macon County Jail prisoner accused of handing out smuggled drugs behind bars to try and raise his own bail money pleaded not guilty to 18 charges Wednesday.

Romell D. Hill, 34, appeared before Macon County Circuit Court Judge Phoebe Bowers at an arraignment hearing with his public defender, David Ellison.

Hill faces six counts of bringing contraband into a penal institution including 0.4 grams each of both cocaine and heroin, 5.9 grams of methamphetamine, 1.4 grams of a drug known as “pink bath salts,” 10 morphine (30 mg) tablets and two ecstasy pills.

Starbucks coming to Mount Zion Road location

A Starbucks is expected to open Nov. 8 at 1910 S. Mount Zion Road in front of Rural King, a manager confirmed Tuesday.

The Starbucks store at West Mound Road is hiring more staff to prepare for the new location's opening, said Chonita Lynn, the store manager there.

Officer who shot man at Dixon High School praised for saving lives

A 19-year-old who showed up at his former high school and opened fire on a police officer working there was shot by the officer and taken into custody Wednesday morning.

The officer, who was not injured, was hailed a hero for his quick response protecting students and staff who had gathered at Dixon High School for a graduation rehearsal.

"He saved an enormous amount of lives," Lee County Sheriff John Simonton.

Illinois Senate OKs new state licensing plan for gun dealers

The Illinois Senate has approved another plan to regulate firearms dealers after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar plan in March.

The Senate voted 35-18 Wednesday to require the Illinois State Police to license gun-shop owners for $1,000 for five years. The plan also provides a penalty for unreported private transfers.


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