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Winning lottery ticket sold in Gilman

A Tennessee truck driver's stop in Gilman was well worth it.

Howard Phelps bought a $2 instant Illinois lottery ticket that produced a winner - $1,000 per week for life !

The General Manager of the Pilot Flying J Travel Center confirmed the winning ticket was sold. Randy Little says it's the largest winner we've had here in two years.

Meanwhile, hundreds of other miracle seekers are now lining up for Mega Millions tickets. The jackpot in that lottery rolled over Tuesday night. A single winner in this multi-state game would win at least $363 million in the Friday drawing. That's the sixth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

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Officials round up cattle after truck overturns

An overturned cattle hauler caused all types of problems on I-57 in Rantoul. Illinois State Troopers joined Rantoul fire department members and other emergency responders (Thursday) in an effort to recover and rescue the livestock. Medical help was also on the way from the University of Illinois to assist in saving as many cattle and calves as possible. Drivers were warned to proceed with caution through the northbound 1-57 Rantoul ramp.

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Ford County Talent Show winners >

8 contestants in each division

Junior Division:

1st Place: Dance Duo from Shorewood
Ameilia Koren & Riley Marco

2nd Place: Tap Dance, Hear Here Heroes from Hear Here Dance Studio in Watseka
Cabery Brown
Livia Kollman
Brycea Brown
Baylee Rader
Gabriella Gunther
Lillie Harris

3rd Place: Dance Duo, Angels from Clifton
Hope Aaron & Allison Wessels

Senior Division:

1st Place: Instrumental Solo, Holly Wyant from Loda

2nd Place: Vocal Solo, Shannon Spangler from Gibson City

3rd Place: Vocal Duet, Melissa Goldman and Savannah Stevenson from Paxton

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Pontiac hit by Tornado

At least four tornados touched down in north-central Illinois Wednesday, as a series of powerful storms swept through the area. Widespread damage is reported, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

The worst damage appears to be in Pontiac. ComEd crews are at work restoring power. A canopy covering gas pumps was blown over. Two semi-trailer trucks were also toppled. A gas station on the south side of Illinois 116 reported damage. A Wal-Mart Super Center along 166 may have also been damaged.

Pontiac Police confirm a tornado just outside the city around 10 pm.

There were reports of people trapped in a mobile home park.

Chatsworth and Piper City and the Onarga areas were under tornado warnings overnight.

Parts of Livingston, Iroquois, Ford counties were all under tornado warnings.

LaSalle, Kankakee and Grundy counties were also hit hard by tornado activity. The NWS survey teams will be investigating today.

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Wednesday: Anniversary of Coal City Tornado

Today (Wednesday) marks the one-year anniversary of the Coal City tornado ripped apart the Grundy County community. An EF-3 tornado disrupted the small community's way of life. And today, the town is still rebuilding.

It was June 22 when the storm hit. And today, June 22, the forecast is calling for a threat of bad weather again.

Many community residents have rebuilt. But the threat of weather is always in the minds of those who suffered through the damage that day.

Rebuilding efforts continue. And many residents remain leery about weather alerts. Others, though not forgetting what happened, have moved on and continue to rebuild their lives.

A plaque will be dedicated at a Coal City council meeting Wednesday night. It will be placed on the stump of one of the 50,000 trees toppled by the storm.

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