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Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee disaster services

The Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee is alerting the public that World Renew, Disaster Response Services will be in Watseka to assist with tentative Needs Assessment for those affected by the 2015 flooding that occurred in June and July.

World Renew will have a Walk In Center at the First United Methodist Church located at 301 S. Fourth Street in Watseka starting Wednesday, October 28th through Friday November 6th.

Door to door canvasing will occur daily from 9:30a-4p until all areas are covered. Call back sheets with Walk In Center location, time of operation, and a phone number to call for more information will be placed on those homes where no one answers the door.

Walk In Center Hours:

Wednesday, Oct. 28th 9a-4:30p
Thursday, Oct. 29th 9a-7p
Friday, Oct. 30th 9a-7p
Saturday, Oct. 31st 10a-2p
Monday, Nov. 2nd 9a-7p
Tuesday, Nov. 3rd 9a-7p
Wednesday, Nov. 4th 9a-4p
Thursday, Nov. 5th 9a-4p

Anyone affected by the 2015 flooding can also call the Flood Referral Center at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce Monday thru Friday 815-432-2416.

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Iroquois, Vermilion County unemployment rates improve

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has released new figures showing unemployment rates have improved. The Iroquois County rate in September came in at 5.1%...down two-tenths of a percent from a year ago. Vermilion County's jobless rate improved last month too. It was 6.4%...down from 6.7.

The Danville-Vermilion County area was ranked second among Illinois metropolitan areas which saw the biggest job gains.

The last time Vermilion County's jobless rate was equal to or lower than last month's 6.4 percent rate was in September of 2007 when it was 6.3 percent.

The report also shows the unemployment rate for Champaign County dropped from 5.4 to 4.4 percent. Champaign County was ranked number one in Illinois last month for job gains among Illinois' metropolitan areas.

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.1% last month. But Illinois businesses lost jobs in eight metro areas. There's been weak employment growth since January.

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No injury in rural Onarga accident

A Gilman woman escaped injury Thursday in a single-vehicle accident in Iroquois County.  22-year-old Brennan Whitlock swerved to miss an animal while eastbound at County road 1300N.  The vehicle ran into a ditch and hit a utility pole.  Onarga Fire and IMH Ambulance personnel assisted at the scene, alon g with Sheriff's Police.

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Jasper County crash bottles up I-65 traffic >

All lanes of southbound I-65 are open today (Fri). The lanes were closed early yesterday (Thurs) due to a semi crash in Jasper County. It happened around 1 am near the Roselawn Exit.

Indiana State Police dispatchers said a semi rolled over onto its side. It may have been the result of a hit and run with another semi.

The Indiana Department of Transportation removed oil from the roadway.

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Governor Pence talks agriculture in Benton County, IN >

Indiana Governor Mike Pence talked about the impact of agriculture on the Hoosier economy Thursday. The governor was in Benton County at Buchanan Farm.

Pence met with members of the community talking about a broad range of topics. A question and answer session took direct focus on the impact of agriculture on the state's economy.

There was concern expressed about the need to lower property taxes on farmland. It was pointed out taxes have more than doubled in the last 10 years and it appears the numbers are going even higher.

One farmer pointed to where you could have up to $70 per acre in some communities, which typically out-paces most classified and zoned properties in the state of Indiana.
Pence responded saying he supports easing tax burdens for farmers and understands the concerns.

It was pointed out during discussion of the income tax formula, as it applies to agriculture and the appreciation in farmland values, the income formula has been outpaced by the land appreciation.

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