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The time to turn in nominating petitions for four open positions in the City of Centralia has come and gone. 

Beating out the deadline were Warren Hynes turned in a petition for one of the open four year city council seats, incumbent Councilman Bill Smith, and incumbent Mayor Tom Ashby.

Also up for the two four-year city council seats are incumbent David Sauer as well as Jason Hunter, Brandon Gibson, Chris Williams, and Russel O'Bannen. 

Norm Schuchman and former councilman Danny Stover have filed to challenge Mayor Ashby.

The unexpired two year term currently held by Andre Marshall is also up for election. George Gish, Roy Allerman and Kathrine Riddle have all filed to challenge Marshall.

O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a southwestern Illinois soybean field.

St. Clair County sheriff's Capt. Scott Weymouth says none of the four occupants of the single-engine 1981 Piper 28 were injured during the landing. It happened about 2 p.m. Sunday near O'Fallon.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the plane had taken off from St. Louis Downtown Airport near Cahokia and was headed to Hamilton, Ohio.

Weymouth says the pilot told sheriff's deputies that the plane's engine failed, forcing the impromptu landing.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public universities after meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's budget transition team.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers obtained an email that Executive Director James Applegate sent to school presidents. He said the schools should be prepared for possible funding cuts of up to 30 percent over the next 18 months. He described it as "bad budget news."

A spokesman for Rauner, Mike Schrimpf, told The Associated Press that the Republican's transition team was not ordering budget cuts but seeking information on how a rollback of the state's temporary income tax would affect state agencies. 

University administrators said the request to prepare for bad news wasn't a surprise.

The Marion County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of a 32-year-old Salem man.

Coroner Troy Cannon reports Christopher Hurayt was discovered apparently deceased at a friend's home on Julia Drive in Salem, where he had spent the night.  Hurayt was pronounced dead at 11:27 Sunday morning.  

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine a cause of death.  No foul play is suspected at this point.

Funeral services are pending at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem.

A 14-year-old Kewanee girl originally from Centralia has died in a single car wreck in Kewanee. 

Chalyssa Yokley was a passenger in a car driven by 19-year-old Rashawn Clark of Peoria that crashed near Kewanee on Thursday.   
The Henry County Sheriff's Department indicates Kewanee Police had initially responded to the city's Baker Park to a report of the vehicle being off the road and possibly involved in a wreck.   As the officer arrived on the scene, the Clark vehicle drove past the officer and left the park.  The vehicle then sped up as it headed westbound on Route 81 and eventually lost control, ran off the road, and hit a tree.  

Both Clark and Yokley were initially taken to the Kewanee Hospital before being airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria.  Yokley was later pronounced dead by the Peoria County Coroner.  

Yokley was the daughter of Troy Allen Yokley and Carla Fay (Crain) Yokley.   She was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia and was a member of the Brown Christian Church in Meacham Township.  Yokley is survived by several area relatives including paternal grandfather Max Yokley of Brownstown; step-grandmother Chris Carlock of Brownstown; and maternal grandmother Brenda Ham of Salem.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan.  Visitation will be from ten until the time of the service.   More information is available in the obituary section of WJBDradio.com.  

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