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Manteno jobs: Dawn Foods announces layoffs

Michigan-based Dawn Foods is cutting 40 percent of its 91-member workforce at its Manteno facility. Thirty-seven jobs will be eliminated from the Diversatech campus at the end of the month.

A news release issued this week (Wednesday) states the layoffs are effective January 29.

The company adds, it will continue to pursue new business opportunities for the facility.

Dawn Foods has about 4,000 employees worldwide. The company is one of the world's largest full-service, family-owned baking industry manufacturers and suppliers. The company has operated in the Manteno business park since 2007.

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Danville plant layoff costing 180 jobs

FreightCar Inc., a Danville railroad car manufacturer is announcing it will be cutting 180 jobs from its operation. According to the recent Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) report, the company will carry out the layoffs in February.

FreightCar Inc. also has plants in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Roanoke, Va.

The workers will not be called back, according to the WARN report.

FreightCar has owned and operated the Danville location since 1995. The company's unionized workforce has been as high as 500, according to Vermilion County officials. In recent years the company's workforce has been in the 200 to 250 range.

FreightCar Inc. brought back more than 100 workers to the Danville location with promises of work and being able to retire from the plant. However, two years later, the large staff reduction was announced.

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30 cars involved in snowy I-70 pileup in Indiana

Snowy roads contributed to traffic mishaps in the Illiana area Tuesday. Route 45 in Bourbonnais, I-57 and I-55 experienced weather-related accidents. No serious injuries were reported. There were accidents along I-65 in Indiana and I-74 in the Champaign-Vermilion County areas too.

Westbound Interstate 70 was closed several hours after a massive pileup near Richmond, IN Tuesday morning. Snow and wind are being blamed for the crashes that involved as many as 30 cars and several tractor-trailers. Some injuries were reported, but Indiana State Police were still gathering information as to how severe the crashes were. State Police said it took hours to clear the road and drivers were being asked to avoid the area.

The winter elements may pose more problems in the days ahead. State Police and IDOT advise motorists to be aware of changing road conditions as roads become snow-covered.

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Emergency responder injured at crash scene in White County

At least two people were injured after an ambulance was hit while on the scene of a crash on I-65 Tuesday morning.
Sargent Kim Riley with Indiana State Police said the original accident happened when a car failed to see a slowed semi and crashed.

An ambulance was dispatched and arrived on the scene of the accident to tend to minor injuries. While parked on location of the crash, a second semi collided with the ambulance causing significant damage to the vehicle.
One of the emergency responder was transported to a hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of the car suffered minor injuries.

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Watseka names interim police chief

Veteran Watseka police officer Jeremy Douglas is the city's acting police chief. Douglas was named the interim chief by the City Council Tuesday night. He succeeds Roger Lebeck who retired as chief, effective Monday.

Meanwhile, the search for a new police chief begins. The city plans to place ads in law enforcement publications. Mayor Bob Harwood said the search will take time to find the right person. 

The City Council discussed requirements for the job, including at least a two-year degree with military experience or a four-year degree.  The chief wopuld also be required to have at least 10-years experience as a certified police officer and pass a physical and mental evaluation.

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