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Man dies following police stand-off in Rantoul

A man is dead following a standoff with police in Rantoul. A man believed to have robbed a local Hardee's restaurant barricaded himself inside a Days Inn Hotel early yesterday morning. Hours later, police say officers shot gas into the room after the man threatened to harm himself and others. The standoff ended with a Champaign officer shooting the man, who died later in the hospital.

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Vermilion County deaths investigated, two bodies found near Danville

Autopsies are to be completed today (Wed) on the bodies of a man and woman found Tuesday morning in the small town of Hillery, west of Danville. Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said a 911 call alerted officials around 8 am. No identities have been confirmed.

The Vermilion County sheriff's office is investigating the death of the man and woman, whose bodies were found lying near a tree line along the north edge of a property at 322 Western Avenue.

The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation unit processed the scene.

Sheriff Hartshorn said a contractor working to rehab a house discovered the bodies.

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Lt. Governor tours Watseka flood damage, visits with 911 dispatchers

Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti got her own first-hand look at some of Watseka's flood damage Tuesday. She also got a look at a detailed map, presented by Mayor Bob Harwood, showing the areas that sustained flooding the last two months.

Sanguinetti offered hope that FEMA may be touring and conducting damage assessments yet this week.

Governor Bruce Rauner has declared a disaster. A proclamation issued Monday is likely to bring FEMA officials to town to pursue additional hep.

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Vermilion County Sheriff’s Dept. investigate double-homicide

The death of two people whose bodies were found near a vacant home east of Hillery, in rural Danville, is under investigation.

Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said a 911 call came in around 8 am. A contractor came across two dead bodies lying on the property.

Hartshorn said the bodies of a male and female were lying near a tree line along the northern edge of the property.
Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigators were on the scene.

Hillery is a quiet area just a few miles west of Danville, north of U.S. 150.

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Pembroke Farm gains federal grant for ‘food hub’

The Lorenzo R. Smith Elementary School in Pembroke Township has received a $100,000 federal grant enabling the school to become the nation's first 'food hub' selling locally-grown food to distributors. The grant also provides the school with both free and low-cost produce for school lunches.

U.S. Representative Robin Kelly visited Pembroke (Monday) for a ribbon-cutting event.

The grant stems from the grant written by the Pembroke-based Black Oaks Center for Sustainable and Renewable Living. The Lorenzo Smith Aggregation Services will be the official name of the organization.

The Farm Bureau's development division will engage the 'food hub,' providing the infrastructure to store, sell and transport products.

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