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Pontiac gaining 160 CAT jobs

Caterpillar announced Friday the company will add about 160 jobs to its existing Pontiac plant. The jobs in Livingston County are the result of company-wide restructuring.

The Peoria-based manufacturer also announced the loss of at least 120 jobs from its East Peoria facilities. Overall, the changes, which include five plant closings, will result in a net loss of about 670 jobs.

Pontiac City Administrator Bob Karls said "We're pleased that Caterpillar had confidence in the Pontiac plant, its employees and our community."

The new jobs in Pontiac, expected to be added within 18 months, will come after the company consolidates engine component manufacturing from facilities in Santa Fe, N.M., and Thomasville, GA.

The announcement came after Livingston County taxing bodies agreed to an economic incentive agreement with Caterpillar. The agreement says taxing bodies would abate property taxes of the Pontiac plant as incentive for the plant to stay in the county.

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Danville Company laying off 48 workers

Officials at ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft Company in Danville is letting 48 employees go. The Danville Forging and Machining operations reports the downturn in the heavy equipment market has forced an adjustment in production capacity.

Workers were notified of the lay-off a week ago. Final discussions with workers was completed Thursday. The company says workers affected will be covered by a severance package and benefits.

The lay-off has an impact on about one-tenth of the ThyssenKrupp employees in Danville. There's approximately 500 employees at the Danville plant.

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Watseka man arrested by KAMEG for drugs & weapons

Forty-nine year-old James J. Ward of Watseka is facing charges after KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at this rural home.  Ward is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  He was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and no valid FOID card.

KAMEG agents, asssited by District 21 Illinois State Police and the Iroquois County Sheriff's Department, executed a warrant at 1997 N and 1950 E Road, locating about 27 grams of suspected cocaine, about 12 grams of suspected cannabis, six firearms, ammunition and drug paraphernalia.

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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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