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Around the state 1-1-17

 
Emergency management officials offer up winter driving tips
CHICAGO (AP) — With frigid below-normal temperatures in much of the country, emergency management officials are offering safety tips for winter driving.
Cook County emergency management officials are advising drivers to keep winter kits in their cars. The kits should include a shovel, water, snack food, extra clothing, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries and matches and small candles.
They're also advising motorists to make sure gas tanks always be kept at least half full and to tell someone where you're going and the likely route you take.
If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle and only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour to conserve gas.
 
Sycamore collected $14,500 in unpaid parking tickets in 2017
SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — The northern Illinois city of Sycamore has collected $14,500 in unpaid parking tickets since February.
Some of the meters downtown only cost a penny and a ticket can cost as little as $1 at first. However, if tickets remain unpaid for months, they can quickly grow to much more.
The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports that some individuals owe up to $1,400 in fines to the city. The newspaper cites records.
Sycamore Police Chief Jim Winters says some people have allowed tickets to go unpaid for years. He says people either ignore or forget to pay the tickets.
If someone has more than 10 unpaid parking tickets officials can suspend a person's driver's license.
Officials say Sycamore police write up to 25 citations a day and most are parking violations.
 
Museum receives ring that belonged to Abraham Lincoln's son
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has received a ring that once belonged to the 16th president's youngest son.
The Springfield museum says the ring was a gift from an Illinois family.
It is made of braided hair from Thomas "Tad" Lincoln's pony, and has a small clasp engraved with "Thomas Lincoln."
Museum officials say Thomas Lincoln used to ride his pony near the White House. In the 1860s he gave the ring to the wife of a Union officer who was stationed nearby. The woman later moved to Effingham, Illinois.
Her descendants kept the ring until the family recently donated it to the museum.
Museum curator James Cornelius calls the ring "an amazing and personal piece."

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