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Ford County Board focus on its own new health department

The Ford County Board has created a "study group" to start forming its own independent health department.

Board Chairman Rick Bowen said the volunteer group will help define the county's needs. It's hoped the transition will be smooth to be ready to go by July 1, 2014. The existing Ford-Iroquois Public Department will dissolve, effective June 30th.

The Board Thursday also voted to approve its resolution to withdraw from the dual Ford-Iroquois association in favor of its own Ford County health department.

Bowen said a four-member study group will work with health professionals and help select the new health department's 8-member board of directors.

Last week, the Iroquois County Board also approved its own resolution to withdraw from the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

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Vermilion County: officer-involved shooting investigated

The Illinois State Police has investigators looking into an officer-involved shooting. Reports said it involved a 20-year-old man from Danville.

The shooting happened about 4:15 Thursday morning on Georgetown Road, in Danville.

A domestic disturbance alerted Vermilion County Sheriff's deputies When they arrived, 20-year old Caleb Emory was at the residence.

At some point, Emory was shot by a deputy. State Police were not releasing all the details. Emory was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to state police.

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IEMA, FEMA, SBA begin Tornado Damage Assessments

New damage assessments from the National Weather Service show that at least 15 tornadoes hit Illinois during Sunday's storms.

Vermilion County has been added to those counties already included in a disaster declaration. Assessments will be made in Gifford, Diamond, Coal City, and Washington.

IEMA is teaming up with FEMA, the U-S Small Business Administration, and local officials in the process of assessing the tornado damage.

Central parts of the state had the most with seven twisters, including one that hit Washington. It had 190 mph winds and was on the ground for 46 miles.

Four tornadoes swept through rural areas to the south and southwest of Chicago city. The closest was an EF-2 that dissipated about 35 miles from downtown Chicago near the village of Frankfort.

Three more tornadoes struck the St. Louis area and south-central Illinois, and one hit far southern Illinois, including the community of Brookport.

Weather Service meteorologist Ed Shimon says teams are out again Wednesday and could confirm a 16th tornado in Jasper County, where numerous people reported seeing a funnel cloud.

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Ameren Illinois Finalizes Storm Restorations

Ameren Illinois crews have restored service to more than 148,000 customers since Sunday's devastating storms and tornadoes

Collinsville, Ill. (Nov. 21, 2013) – More than 1,500 Ameren Illinois crews and contractors have completed repairs and restored service to a majority of the customers in the remaining Illinois communities, including the hard-hit areas of Gifford, Pekin and Washington.

"There are a few isolated outages, so today crews will move through the impacted areas to identify any remaining customers without service," said Ron Pate vice president Operations and Technical Services. "Our crews will also begin cleanup of the debris left from our damaged infrastructure."

At the peak of the outage, more than 148,000 customers were without power throughout the Ameren Illinois service area. The storm began working its way through the Ameren Illinois territory at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Hundreds of homes were lost or severely damaged.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the impacted communities," said Richard J. Mark, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois. "I also want to thank our customers for their patience as we worked through getting these outages resolved. The road to recovery will not be easy. In addition, my hat goes off to the field personnel and support staff for the tremendous work they have performed under less than ideal conditions."

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EIEC names new CEO/president

PAXTON — Bob Hunzinger has been named the next chief executive officer and president of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative (EIEC). He begins his new duties on January 1.

Hunzinger replaces Dave Champion, who is retiring after 40 years of service at Paxton-based EIEC.
"We are confident that Bob will serve our member/owners well and that he is the right person to lead our cooperative into the future," said Marion Chesnut, EIEC's board chairman.

Hunzinger, a native of Dieterich and graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, has 20 years of experience in the utility industry in Illinois. He has worked for Illinois Power in Champaign-Urbana and Decatur and the Soyland Power Cooperative. More recently, he served as general manager for municipal utilities in Kentucky and Florida. He has over 30 years of varied utility experience.

"I am excited and humbled for this opportunity and the trust the board members have placed in me," Hunzinger said. "I look forward to working closely with the board and the hard-working employees of EIEC to continue their history and tradition of providing excellent service.

EIEC is a rural electric cooperative that supplies electricity to about 12,000 member/owners. EIEC's board of directors selected Hunzinger following a nationwide search conducted over many months. The board interviewed several highly qualified candidates.

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