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Illinois quick hits: Rivian announces shift elimination; high speed crashes

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Rivian announces shift elimination

Rivian Motors has announced it will be eliminating a third shift at its plant in Normal.

A company spokesperson said the plant will start operating with two shifts on April 28, when workers return after the factory’s planned April shutdown. Production lines will come to a halt in April so that the company can implement new technologies to make production more efficient.

Rivian plans to unveil later this week the smaller and less-expensive R2 sport utility vehicle. The R2 will be manufactured at Rivian’s new Georgia factory starting in 2026.

High speed crashes

Statistics show that Illinois is one of the most dangerous states for fatal crashes at high speeds.

The ranking used data from the National Highway Safety Administration on vehicles involved in fatal crashes between 2017 and 2021 where speed was recorded.

Illinois was third in the nation with 16.3% of vehicles traveling at speeds of 80 mph or more before a fatal crash. Montana topped the list.

Peterson case hearing today

A hearing will be held Wednesday in the case of convicted killer Drew Peterson.

The former Bolingbrook police officer is looking to have his conviction overturned because he says he didn’t have effective legal counsel. He is looking to have his conviction in the killing of his third wife, Kathleen Salvo, thrown out.

Peterson is also the prime suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife who vanished in 2007, but he has never been charged.