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FEMA to assist Iroquois County with flood damage assessment

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will visit Iroquois County early next month to assist with damage assessments. FEMA reps will be in nearly two dozen counties affected by recent historic flooding.

Governor Rauner says personnel from FEMA and other local and state agencies will begin assessing damage to homes and businesses early in February. Rauner says the information obtained during this process could be used to support a request for federal assistance.

The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency, local government officials and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will work together in assessing homes and public infrastructure.

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Danville gas station accused of selling synthetic pot

The Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (VMEG) in cooperation with the Danville Police Department (Thursday) received information that the Citgo Gas Station at N. Bowman Avenue in Danville was selling synthetic cannabis. During the course of the investigation, 1097 packages of synthetic cannabis, valued at $40,000 was seized from the gas station.

The case is being referred to the Vermilion County State's Attorney Office for charges.

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Fire destroys Vermilion County business

There were no injuries reported early today (Friday) when fire ripped through a flower business in Vermilion County. Firefighters from a half-dozen departments battled the blaze at Cindy's Flower Patch on Kickapoo Park Road. The business is located just east of Kickapoo State Park.

Firemen answered the call just after 4 am. A portion of the building was engulfed in flames when they arrived on the scene. No injuries were reported.

Kickapoo and Oakwood volunteer firefighters received mutual aid from the Bismarck, Catlin, Lynch and FMC Departments.

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Dwight woman dies in house fire

A 58-year-old Dwight woman died in a house fire Thursday morning. The cause of the fire that killed Patricia Bonora was under investigation.

She was pronounced dead at 7:55 am at the scene, according to Livingston County Coroner Michael Burke.

Dwight Deputy Fire Chief Justin Dyer said the department was called to 115 W. Chippewa Street around 6:30 am. Dyer said first-responders were advised that there was a possible victim inside the house. She was located, but there were no signs of life.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal, MABAS Division 15 investigators and the Livingston County Coroner's office are all involved in the investigation.

Two other people were treated at the scene. There were no firefighters injured.

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Cloonen Urges the Governor to Cooperate

State Rep. Kate Cloonen issued the following statement today in response to Governor Bruce Rauner's annual State of the State address on Wednesday:

"The speech included visions of a brighter future, but since the governor's last State of the State address, we are in worse standing as a state and as a society. Governor Rauner talked about making Illinois great. What he didn't talk about was all the damage he has done by refusing to work on a budget, and how much worse things will get if he remains unwilling to cooperate with all sides to actually make positive change.

"We are at a place now where college students are unable to access the financial aid they need to continue their studies, seniors are being told that their state-funded meal programs are no longer available and at-risk women cannot get the breast cancer screenings they need. It is not an exaggeration to say that the people of Illinois are suffering and their health and their futures are in jeopardy.

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