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Crescent City: Weather Spotters School set

The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will be hosting an annual Weather Spotter Seminar at the Crescent City Community Center at 6 PM on the 7th February. There will be presentations by multiple agencies, with the main focus on how to spot severe weather, such as tornadoes, by the National Weather Service.

This seminar is open to the public. Admission is free. Pre-registration is encouraged, which can be done by contacting Iroquois County EMA at (815) 432-6997 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Paxton man faces attempted murder in domestic dispute

In Ford County Circuit Court Monday ---A Paxton man was arraigned on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated domestic battery for allegedly holding a female’s head underwater, choking her and fracturing her nose. Prosecutors say it happened during a domestic dispute at their home.

The News-Gazette reports 40-year-old Demetrius Couzens remains jailed on no-bond for the alleged January 9 incident.

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Red Cross winter blood shortage reaches critical level

Severe winter weather, seasonal flu contribute to spike in canceled donations

Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.

More than 550 blood drives have been forced to cancel due to winter weather in January, causing over 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week. In addition, bitter cold and widespread flu have contributed to very low turnout at many blood drives.

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River Valley Metro reaching out during cold weather….

River Valley Metro (RVM) buses provide valuable transportation on a daily basis. But when extreme cold weather settles in, buses also serve as warming centers. And it’s FREE to jump onboard and escape from the bitter cold.

Rides on all local River Valley Metro buses were free due to extreme cold for 16 of 24 days beginning the day after Christmas. Rides are free on any day when the wind chill, or “Feels Like” temperature is below zero.

While every winter has a few bitterly cold days, this frequency of free days in such a short period of time is unprecedented. As a public service agency, the safety of area residents is a primary concern for River Valley Metro. Officials are pleased to be able to offer buses as free warming stations for those who have this need.

And, as summer soon approaches, RVM will offer free rides on days when the ‘Feels Like’ temperature exceeds 100 degrees so that our buses can be used as free cooling stations.

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Illinois: Township government costly

Illinois lawmakers are pushing to give one of the most highly taxed counties in the state the ability to cut their property tax bills through consolidation.

The state has more than 1,400 township districts. Each one is able to tax local residents for services. State Rep. Dave McSweeney says there is little need for them in highly populated places like McHenry County, where the taxing bodies often overlap and send property tax bills soaring.

His new legislation would make it easier for voters there to get a question on the ballot asking to consolidate a township.

Bryan Smith with the Township Officials of Illinois says townships are often the cheapest method of delivery for some services.

Illinois has 1,800 more units of government than any other state.

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