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Illinois Department of Labor Honors Agriculture Day at Illinois State

                    Fair with Grain Bin Rescue Tube Demonstration

August 18, 2015. In honor of Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department of Labor invites the public to watch an interactive, live grain bin rescue tube demonstration.

The Department has partnered with the Illinois Fire Service Institute to educate and engage the public on the following:
• Total economic output generated by the Illinois agricultural sector: 9.56%
• $19.6 billion generated annually by Illinois' agricultural commodities
• 97% of Illinois' agricultural industry made up by family farms
• 7 out of 10 grain bin accidents happen on family farms

"Grain bin accidents have been on the rise in Illinois, and the state now ranks 2nd nationally for such incidents," highlighted Director Hugo Chaviano. "It is important for us to reverse this statistic by raising awareness, educating and offering training resources."

"We are thrilled to join the Illinois Department of Labor in the Governor's Tent this year at the State Fair," said David Newcomb, Ag Rescue Program Manager with the Illinois Fire Service Institute. "We hope everyone joins us in honoring Agriculture Day and stops by for a demonstration."

Throughout the State Fair from 10AM to 7PM each day, there will be a demonstration every twenty minutes.

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Honor flight to D.C. accommodates area veterans

Area war veterans will be escorted to Washington, D.C. next week, courtesy of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Veterans from Ashkum, Gibson City, Kempton, Rankin, and Rantoul will be onboard the honor flight to the nation's capital August 25.

82 veterans representing the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy, with 10 from World War II, 50 from the Korean era and 22 who served during the Vietnam War era will be onboard.

Along with their guardian escorts, they will be flying to Washington, D.C., aboard a Sun Country 737 charter jetliner on a day trip to visit and reflect at memorials in the country's capital. Once the airplane lands at Ronald Reagan National Airport, the veterans and guardians will board three coach buses.

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight of Springfield will embark on the first of its three fall flights that day.
The honor flight will return to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield that same evening, arriving around 9:30 p.m. Family, friends and the public are encouraged to come to the airport to welcome the veterans, who come from two out-of-state towns and 53 Illinois communities.

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight provides a flight to veterans of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam War eras. A sign-up application may be obtained at www.LandofLincolnHonorFlight.org or by contacting John Dust at 309-339-0227.

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Condon murder trial underway in Watseka

Four jurors were seated Monday in Iroquois County for the murder trial of Andrew Condon.  The rural Ashkum man is facing two-counts of murder for the October 2012 shooting death of 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin of Danforth.  The victim was killed at a Gilman gas station where he worked as an attendant.

Condon has been jailed since his arrest in early November of 2012. 

Judge Gordon Lustfeldt is hearing the case.

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Heavy rain brings flood advisory

Parts of Iroquois, Ford and Livingston counties were dealing with excessive runoff following this (Tuesday's) morning's heavy rainfall.  An urban and small stream flood advisory was issued by the National Weather Service.  The advisory area included up to 3 and 3.5 inches of rain.  Several roads had the potential for flooding.  Motorists are advised to be aware of changing road conditions.

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Bridge work in Iroquois County closes township route

Iroquois County road 1200 N, northeast of Woodworth, is closed to traffic beginning today (Monday 8/17). The bridge on 1200 N. between 1500 E in Crescent Township and 1600 E in Ash Grove Township will remain closed for the next two-three weeks.

Deteriorated wooden beams are being replaced with steel beams to extend the life of the bridge, built in 1973.

Ash Grove Township Road Commissioner Jay Zbinden said the repairs are being made by the Ash Grove and Crescent Township commissioners in order to save tax dollars.

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