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BNSF Railway crews have been working around the clock all weekend to clean up debris from last Thursday's derailment of oil tanker cars south of Galena, Ill. The goal is to have their north-south main line along the Mississippi River back in operation by the end of today.

Using a temporary road built along the railroad right of way, heavy equipment has been brought in to re-rail eight of the 21 derailed oil tank cars and remove by truck the remainder of the 21 cars that left the tracks.

Fire officials say a wildfire in LaSalle County is no longer burning. The situation caused road closures Tuesday and prompted warnings for people with breathing difficulties.

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring all college dorms and residence halls in Illinois to install sprinklers by 2013.  The measure toughens past legislation by instituting stricter penalties for colleges that don't comply. Certain extensions may be available through 2014.

Steve Rapp

A massive mulch fire is causing headaches for travelers and residents in northern Boone County. 

Businesses Move On After Factory Fire

Jan 20, 2012

Piles of debris remain at a large-manufacturing complex in northern Illinois.  The old Westclox factory in Peru sustained damage in a New Year’s Eve fire authorities say was caused by arsonists.