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Is Dan running ?

Rutherford says he likes his hometown sandbox

Dan Rutherford has a new title, like it or not. It’s Governor Dan Rutherford !

The always likable, always jovial, always smiling, and most-always political-correct Dan Rutherford talks like he’s running for Illinois Governor in 2014. But in Watseka Thursday night, he did all but say he’s running for the state’s top job.

The rural Chenoa resident said should he have an announcement in June, he's coming back his sandbox, Livingston, Iroquois, Ford counties, to do it.

The now-state treasurer told an audience at the Iroquois County Republican Women’s Club Annual Spring Dinner “Iroquois County is his sandbox.”

Despite the fact he’s all over the state, on any given day at any given time, Rutherford told the GOP crowd he’s most comfortable at home in his native territory – Iroquois, Ford, and Livingston counties.

He says this is his sandbox, where he first started his political career at the age of 24. And today, he knows his sandbox friends are the Republican women, men and others who supported his efforts over the years as a State Rep, State senator and now, Treasurer.

94.1 FM, WGFA

Rutherford had the audience’ attention, talking about how if the GOP party is going to survive and flourish, it has to throw away the labels and represent all peoples --- there’s so much to talk about other than abortion, gun rights, and gay rights…….


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Stabbing in Kankakee, 3 in custody

Kankakee Police are investigating reports of a stabbing yesterday (wed) afternoon. It happened on S. Poplar Avenue. Details are sketchy so far.

The Daily-Journal reported one person was stabbed.  Police had three suspects in custody.


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Storms Produce Heavy Rain, Large Hail

There’s been reports of hail damage in central-Illinois today. Severe thunderstorms rolled across the area late Wednesday and overnight brought flash flooding along with some hail damage. Hail measuring 2-inches in diameter was reported near Champaign County. Trained weather spotters also reported three-quarter inch hail.


By 6 pm Wednesday, three and a half inches of rain had been reported near Rossville.  A trained weather spotter there reported one-and-a-half inches of rain fell during a one-hour period.  Earlier in the afternoon Wednesday the National Weather Service issued a special advisory for southern Vermilion County because of strong thunderstorms that included nickel-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour.


Meanwhile, the Weather Service was warning motorists to be on the lookout for the possibility of flooded roadways.  And remember you should never drive through an area where water is running across a road.

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Flood Warning at Milford

Heavy rainfall in central Illinois prompted Flash Flood Warnings.  The National Weather Service has extended a Flood Warning for Sugar Creek at Milford in Iroquois County.

The Warning is extended for Sugar Creek from late tonight to Saturday evening. The reading at 5 am today (Thurs) was 6.7 feet; Flood Stage is 18 feet.  Minor Flooding is forecast.  The forecast calls for the waters to rise to near 20.1 feet by Friday afternoon.

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Pembroke Votes No to School Tax Hike


Voters inside Pembroke Community School District 259 Tuesday voted down a property-tax hike school officials said was necessary to keep the district's only school open next year.

Of the 426 votes cast in the Pembroke portion of the school district, nearly 79 percent voted against more than doubling their property taxes that go toward education.

School officials warned Lorenzo R. Smith School might not survive another school year.

 

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