The tornado clean-up is and will be a tremendous job. And volunteers are needed. But the volunteer effort must be organized.
Gordyville USA is where you can register to volunteer. It's located on Route 136.
Champaign and Vermilion County will be busy with damage assessments. Experienced volunteers familiar with the FEMA process of documenting damaged properties are welcome to assist. www.ready.illinois.gov
*** While donations are appreciated, too much adds to response and recovery efforts ...
(Undated) -- There's been overwhelming support for tornado victims in Illinois. People have given water, food, and even provided shelter but at this point, officials say the best way to help is by providing a cash donation. They say that'll allow disaster response agencies to purchase exactly what's needed, when it's needed. And as a reminder, anyone who wishes to volunteer in person should NOT go directly to the disaster scene. Unexpected volunteers will interfere with recovery efforts. Volunteers should go to a reputable volunteer agency where they'll be trained and given a specific task. The most crucial need will be for volunteers during the long-term recovery phase, which could last for several months. For more information visit Ready.illinois.gov.
Park District comes to terms, will lease Bourbonnais sportsplex
It appears taxpayers will eventually own the former Hidden Cove Sports Complex.
The Bourbonnais Park District Board (Monday) agreed to lease the sport plex, which had been operating as Legends Sportsplex. The lease agreement is for the next 10 years. After that 10 years, the facility belongs to the taxpayers.
Terms of the agreement are yet to ironed out. A businessmen is in line to first purchase the building for $2.4 million. The rent is listed at between $19 and $34,000 a month.
This proposed transaction comes after taxpayers last year voted NO on a bond sale in a referendum vote.
Sunday's storms left the community of Herscher without power. And Mayor Ray Schneider says since power may not be restored until later on Tuesday, The American Legion Home is available as a warming center. The Legion Home at 102 S. Oak Street will be available for citizens until power is restored.
With dozens of homes heavily damaged from yesterday's storms, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) joined Governor Quinn today in assessing damage in and around the Diamond area.
"The damage in the Diamond and Coal City area is extensive," Hutchinson said. "Luckily, there have been no reports of loss of life and only a few injuries."
The American Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at Coal City High School, located at 655 West Division Street, for those who have been displaced by the storms. The Red Cross has also started distributing food to those affected.
"While there were no reports of casualties, it is estimated 70 to 100 homes were damaged or destroyed by this storm," Hutchinson continued. "We have already seen an outpouring of assistance from surrounding communities, which speaks volumes to the good-hearted people and families living in our area. We stick together and help those during times of need. It's what we do."
Senator Hutchinson represents the 40th District in the State Senate, including northeastern Grundy and portions of Will, Kankakee and Cook Counties.