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Parkland celebrates 50 years of agricultural education

Parkland is the only community college in Illinois with a precision ag degree, and Tuesday, the junior-college celebrated its history of agricultural education at its 50th annual Agriculture Banquet.

"The ag banquet is the longest running event in Parkland's history," said Jenni Fridgen, the ag program's director. "We come together to celebrate students' successes every year," along with the industry partners who've supported the program by offering student internships.

For the 50th banquet, Parkland invited alumni of the program and showed a video highlighting the history of agricultural education there.

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Suspected Chicago child killer arrested in Kankakee

A man suspected of killing a two year old boy in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood Wednesday afternoon was arrested a few hours later in Kankakee County. Cook County officials say the boy was stabbed to death. Kankakee County Sheriffs police say the unidentified suspect was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop.

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Benton, Newton County roads in Indiana affected by flooding

Boswell is just one of the many communities in Benton County, Indiana hit hard by flooding. Benton County's Emergency Management Agency Director, John Fields, said ten families had to be rescued in Boswell.

The Red Cross set up a shelter at the Boswell Fire Department. There is a travel warning issued for Benton County. Flooding has caused road closures.

In Newton County.... State Road 16 is closed between US 41 and State Road 55 due to flooding in Brook. Several roads are also closed along the Iroquois River and travel is prohibited.

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>>Flood Watches, Warning, Winter Weather Continues...

Illinois' weather map is a messy mish-mash of watches, warnings and worries about bad weather. The National Weather Service says folks from Chicago to St. Louis will continue to be under an advisory or watch as the fear is about ice and slick roads. But there are also flood watches and warnings posted for most of the same areas, with special attention being paid to the Rock and Illinois rivers. In southern Illinois, forecasts say the length of the Ohio River will be above flood stage until at least Friday.

The city of Watseka is hard hit, again. The Route 1 and 24 intersection on the west side is closed and under water. Several city streets are closed. A Red Cross shelter is open at the Trinity Church. Several people have been forced from their homes.

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Iroquois County battling flood waters

The water levels have been going up and down around the area.

Flood waters in Iroquois and Kankakee counties have forced people from their homes. Businesses have been forced to close. And more rain could pose more worries and headaches in the days ahead.

Rainfall amounts have varied across central-Illinois have ranged from 2.5 to more than five inches in three days. Sugar Creek and the Iroquois River are still being monitored.

The Iroquois River is expected to crest at 26.3 feet. Sugar Creek peaked at just above 28 feet, 13 feet above flood stage.

The Kankakee River at Shelby, IN set a new record Wednesday at 15.2 feet, four feet above flood stage. The Iroquois River at Rensselaer, IN also crested Wednesday at 16.7 feet, five feet above flood stage.

Cissna Park, Milford and Watseka and Woodland were dealing with fast-moving flood waters.

Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency’s Eric Ceci reported a Red Cross shelter is open at Trinity Church in Watseka. An animal shelter is also available for pet owners forced from their homes.

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