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Livingston County crowd forces meeting postponement

The Livingston County Board adjourned early Thursday evening, postponing its regularly scheduled monthly meeting until a location could be found that could accommodate the crowd of more than 300 people who would not normally attend.

Hundreds of representatives and employees of United Auto Workers, Teamsters, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and other labor groups were present to express concern about Gov. Bruce Rauner's controversial Turnaround Agenda.

The agenda includes a right-to-work provision he hoped counties would support and possibly put up for referendum. Right-to-work legislation is cited by unions as threatening to the power of unionized labor.

The meeting was to begin in a second story hall of the Historic Courthouse. Shortly after calling the meeting to order, Livingston County Board Chairman Marty Fannin announced that, due to an inability to accommodate everyone, the meeting would take a 15-minute recess. The meeting was moved to another hall in the Law and Justice Center.

The second meeting hall was also filled beyond capacity.

Fannin then announced that the room was not large enough for the people attending, and motioned for adjournment, noting that the meeting was postponed until a larger facility could house all of those who might plan to attend.

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Iroquois County phone service interrupted; fiber-optic line cut

Repair crews are headed to a location along Illinois Route 17 in Kankakee County where a fiber-optic was cut, eliminating phone service for much of Iroquois County.

The problem started about 12:30 am today (Monday). AT&T reported a cut line, what was believed to between Watseka and St. Anne. The problem area was actually located on Route 17 and work crews are now on the job.

Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble reported fire departments have been manning back-up telephone lines for emergencies.

AT&T and Verizon cell phone were affected. The Verizon service has since been re-stored.

Landline service with AT&T and Frontier was not working. But Dubble said those customers who dial 9-1-1 will get thru to local fire departments or you'll reach Kankakee County, KANCOM.

So 9-1-1 service was operational, despite.

Nita Dubble told WGFA listeners (this morning) those emergency calls are being answered.

"Fire departments are manning back-up call-boxes and relaying info from callers to 9-1-1," Dubble said.

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Rt 1/17 Railroad crossing at Grant Park to close for repairs

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced the planned closing of the Union Pacific Railroad crossing in Grant Park for re-construction. The closing will begin Monday, April 27th and last for 14 days.

IDOT has a detour arranged. Posted signs will direct traffic.

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Francis Cardinal George dies of Cancer

(Chicago, IL) -- The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced today that Francis Cardinal George,(archbishop emeritus), has died after a long battle with cancer. The 78-year-old, who had been regarded as the intellectual leader of the Catholic Church in America, decided last fall to cease treatment for his latest bout with cancer after the experimental drugs proved ineffective.

Cardinal George underwent surgery for bladder cancer in 2006 and six years later, the disease showed up in his kidney. Cardinal George led Chicago-area Catholics for 17-years before retiring last fall because of his illness. A native of Chicago's northwest side, Cardinal George had overcome polio as a child to eventually become the eighth archbishop of Chicago's more than two-million Catholics. {Metro News}

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IDOT ready for Rt. 1 bridge replacement in Watseka

A major road improvement project in Iroquois County gets underway a week from Monday. The Route 1 bridge replacement, running north and south through Watseka, will begin April 27th.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will build a new bridge over the Iroquois River. The project will continue through the end of the year.

Motorists travelling Route 1 will need to prepare for delays.

IDOT Resident Engineer Matt Strough said one lane will remain open during construction. A barrier wall will be in place. And narrow-lane restrictions will limit traffic in phases. Flagmen and signal lights will control north-south traffic.

Strough explained the new bridge will be raised 3.5 feet. Work will also be done on County Road 1950 N leading up to Route 1.

IDOT has been studying the project since 2008.

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