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Ford and Iroquois County report progress on new health boards

Two new health departments are in the works ... one to serve Ford and another for Iroquois County. And the two counties are making progress in setting up eight-member boards to oversee their respected health operations.

Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas said last week, he has people ready to serve the Iroquois health department.

Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen said he's just about ready advertise for an administrator for Ford County's health department. Other positions will also have to be filled.

The Ford and Iroquois county boards both voted in November to dissolve the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department and create independent health departments serving their respective counties, effective July 1.

The Iroquois County Board has also formally requested permission from the state to withdraw from the current Ford-Iroquois arrangement.

Steven Williams, the bi-county agency's interim administrator, told the Iroquois County Finance committee last week it'll be February, at earliest, before he can get everything worked out to let the two counties know how much it'll cost them for running their own health departments.

94.1 WGFA

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Snowfall slowing morning commute

Several traffic accidents have been reported in the Kankakee area and to the north this morning. Light to moderate snow has been reported.  Some routes were posing slick conditions. Highway crews were reporting the snow, coupled with re-freezing from the earlier snowfall and freezing rain, was leading to several slide-offs.

Motorists are advised to be aware of changing road conditions.  The snowfall is expected to end by mid-morning to around noon.  Then, gradulay clearing with dropping temperatures.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Rantoul

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be opening at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Rantoul to serve homeowners, renters and business owners who were affected by the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes.

DRC services include help with applying for disaster assistance and finding out about other disaster programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration, state and local agencies and voluntary organizations. Residents must apply with FEMA even if they already provided damage information to local officials, other agencies or organizations.

Champaign County

Rantoul Recreation Building
100 East Flessner Ave.
Rantoul, IL 61866
Regular hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week, until further notice

Individuals can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster recovery officials work closely with community leaders to find DRC locations that provide safe and easy access for all survivors. More centers will open as sites are identified and approved.

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Bradley Parade welcomes Santa Claus

The Village of Bradley's lighted Christmas parade was a success Friday...the 28th annual event. Organizers of the parade reported about 60 entries in the parade.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Santa Train visits area towns, Tree Lighting in Gilman

The Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad's Annual Santa Train passed thru and stopped in several area communities Saturday and Sunday.

Quite a few children visited with Santa during stops Saturday in Gilman, Thawville, Roberts, Melvin and Gibson City. Sunday's stops were in Onarga, Danforth, Ashkum, Clifton and Chebanse.

Gilman also officially lit up its Christmas tree to set the mood for the season. The Iroquois West High School band provided holiday entertainment for the weekend occasion.... the "Light up Your Heart for Christmas" activity.

94.1 FM, WGFA