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River Valley Recycling re-opening Iroquois County site

Spring clean-up may on the minds of several people. And – River Valley Recycling (RVR) is ready to help.

RVR owner Kyle Bruno tells WGFA-listeners the Route 24 location between Watseka and Crescent City, closed during the winter months, is opening for Spring business. It's re-opening Monday, April 4th.

The Winter months not always real busy, but then, commodity prices weren't real good either during 2015. Bruno says the good news is Iroquois County residents can again visit the local site.

Prices are rebounding. RVR is able to offer the highest buy-prices now over the last 7 months. Plus, Bruno adds, RVR is offering a Special Cash Bonus to the TOP 3 customers bringing in the most pounds of scrap during the first week open.

"Whoever brings in the most pounds of scrap between April 4 -9 will earn cash prizes," Bruno said. "It doesn't have to be hauled in one stop. We'll accumulate your pounds all week."

First prize is $75 cash, 2nd place is $40 and 3rd place $25. The competition is for the Iroquois County location ONLY.

Visit RVR sites in Iroquois County and also at 550 N. Hobbie Avenue in Kankakee. Check it out online at rivervalleyrecycling.net or call toll free 877-787-0078.

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Ameren offers payment plan

Ameren Illinois residential customers who have fallen behind on their utility bill may benefit from programs and assistance being offered by the utility company.

Customers with overdue bills have a chance to pay them off and avoid any consequences of having their service cut off.

For a limited time, eligible Ameren Illinois customers with past due balances can establish a repayment plan by making a 10 percent down payment. Starting April 1st, customers with outstanding balances will be required to pay 25 percent of the amount owed before they can establish a monthly payment plan. To establish a payment plan, customers can call Ameren Illinois Customer Service at 1-800-755-5000.

Customers may also set up an agreement by visiting AmerenIllinois.com.

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IDOT welcomes comments on historic bridge replacement project at Milford

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is in the process of replacing the Illinois Route 1 bridge at Milford. But the 75-year-old structure is labeled a "historic structure," so interested organizations with any desire to save the bridge can write IDOT.

IDOT's District 3 office in Ottawa welcomes letters of interest through May 2. Direct comments to IDOT, District 3, 700 E. Norris Drive, Ottawa, IL 61350. Calls can be made to 815-434-8569.

Upon approval, the bridge could be relocated rather than be demolished.

The Route 1 bridge, built in 1939, carries the CXS Railroad over the highway. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The structure is in critical need of repairs. Phase one of the project could begin as early as this fall. Phase two involvers a plan to build a new bridge.

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Semi-train colission in Iroquois County

The driver of a semi was treated for non-life threatening injuries after his semi was hit by a freight train Friday in rural Iroquois County.

36-year-old Joseph Freeman of DeKalb failed to stop at the railroad crossing at County Roads 600 N and 1800 E.  The box trailer portion of the semi was struck by the Union Pacific train, which was headed southwest at a private drive, according to Sheriff's Police.  

Cissna Park Fire EMS and IMH EMS answered the call.  Freeman was treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. No other injury was reported.

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House fire claims two young lives in Champaign

Two people died from injuries in a weekend house fire in Champaign.  22-year-old Christian Sheehan and 26-year-old Sara Shuler were identified as the victims.

The cause is under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshall and the Champaign County Coroner's office. An autopsy will be performed today (Monday).

The Knapp Funeral Home of Cissna Park is handling arrangements for Christian Sheehan. 

Champaign firefighters responded to the fire at 1802 Cypress Drive at 4:15 Saturday morning.  Sheehan was pronounced dead at 5:12 am Saturday at Presence Covenant Medical Center.  Miss Shuler was pronounced dead just before 6 pm at Carle Hospital.

Other details about the fire are under investigation.

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