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Sonya Smith Williamson

The northwest Illinois town of Stockton lost its fire station Thursday -- in a fire.

The town’s volunteer firefighters were called to the station shortly after 11 this morning but couldn’t access most of their equipment. Other area departments helped them put out the fire. Stockton police chief LaDon Trost was there and says he saw while they were pulling equipment out of the building, he saw a small piece of equipment housed in a pull-behind trailer that may have caused the fire.

Sue Stephens and Google Maps

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.

capl.washjeff.edu

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. 

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