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NAACP Candidates Forum in Kankakee

The Kankakee branch of the NAACP is hosting a forum today (Monday) at the Kankakee Public Library. The program is set for 5:30 pm on the 4th Floor of the library.

The forum features the GOP candidates for Kankakee County Sheriff, Tim Bukowski and challenger Darryl Smith.

Also participating are Democratic candidates for the 79th Illinois House seat, incumbent Kate Cloonen and her challenger, John Howard.

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Iroquois County routes pose flood worries >

Update:  Saturday, February 22, 2014

Two roads in Iroquois County were closed to traffic Friday afternoon; several others are posted warning drivers of potential danger.

County Highway 41, coming out of Stockland, was closed due to flooding, according to Highway Engineer Joel Moore. The Cissna Park slab, west of Goodwine, was also a big safety concern.

Moore said the biggest worry is more freezing conditions and what could happen if the flood waters turn to ice.

At least seven other rural intersections are posted with 'Warning" signs, letting drivers know about the flooding.

Run-off from farm fields was creating flooding on roads that don't really pose flood concerns. Some of the marked sites improved Friday while others were created by new flooding. Motorists are urged to obey posted signs and seek another route.

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Kempton Roads and Route 115 south of Roberts were also reported to be water and ice covered and very dangerous.

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Cloonen Demands Answers at Hearing on State Property Record Keeping Flaws

KANKAKEE, IL – During a hearing to address the mismanagement of taxpayer money, state Representative Kate Cloonen demanded answers and solutions from the state agency tasked with tracking state property. The hearing was initiated by Cloonen when she learned that Central Management Services (CMS) failed to properly maintain records of millions of dollars' worth of real property.

"This hearing was called to address gross mismanagement within CMS and to make certain that taxpayer dollars are not being wasted," said Cloonen. "The hearing also provided my colleagues and I the chance to investigate CMS's record keeping problems and hold those accountable for their egregious errors. Illinois is still facing serious fiscal problems, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to cut wasteful spending, hold agencies accountable and eliminate fraud."

Cloonen called for the hearing after a report exposed insufficiency within the CMS's record keeping database. Specifically, CMS's master list of state owned property was incomplete and inaccurate. Millions of dollars in state property were not listed, and the report exposed that some state vendors were paid over 400 dollars an hour. When confronted by Cloonen about what types of services were contracted for the high pay, CMS said they did not know. Moreover, the method for disposing of surplus real property was not adequate or timely. Over the past 7 years, only eight surplus properties had been sold or conveyed by CMS or conveyed by public act.

"Our state government must be an efficient and fiscally sound one," Cloonen said. "Legislators have a duty to the taxpayer to ensure such wasteful mistakes like CMS's record keeping issues are not only fixed, but never repeated."

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Ameren Illinois Crews Work Safely Throughout Night

. (Feb. 21, 2014) – Ameren Illinois crews have safely restored power to more than 54,000 customers and will continue to work throughout the day after Thursday's storms and high winds caused outages across the company's service territory. As of 8:00 this morning, only 147 Ameren Illinois customers remain without power.

The largest areas without power were in Adams, Madison, St. Clair, Champaign, Sangamon, Shelby and Macon counties, but wind-related outages were scattered throughout the Ameren Illinois service territory. In addition, the winds were strong enough in some areas to topple transmission lines.

Ameren Illinois activated its Emergency Operations Center at 4:30 p.m. Thursday to coordinate all restoration efforts.

"Our crews went on alert status at 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning," said Richard J. Mark, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois. "When Mother Nature decided to hit us with series of intense storms with straight-line winds beginning in Quincy and the Metro East area and moving across our service territory, we were immediately able to dispatch field personnel to assess damage but the continual wind gusts initially made it difficult to repair downed lines."

"Please remember, it is hard to tell the difference between an Ameren Illinois electric line and a telephone line or cable line. Treat any line as an energized and dangerous line and stay away from it," Mark added. "If you see a downed power line, please call us 800-755-5000 to report it."

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Watseka flooding nothing new, caution advised

Watseka knows all too well what flooding is all about. And right now, local officials are in stand-by mode but ready to respond just in case.

Several Iroquois County roads, county and township routes, in the southern parts were flooding last night (Thur). Road crews in Stockland Township placed barricades and warning signs. The Woodland area, south of Watseka, had flooded roads.

County Highway Engineer Joel Moore said run-off from farm fields is the issue. The flooding was on even roads that don't usually pose problems.

Moore reminds motorists to find another route if they come across water on their route.

Talk of flooding can make Watseka residents pretty nervous, especially when discussion about the record-flooding of 2008 resurfaces.

Watseka Fire Chief Dave Mayotte says 'don't panic, but just do what's necessary.' Most people in the county-seat know they need to take precautions.

The rapid melt of all the snow and possibility of more heavy rain prompts caution.

In that 2008 flood, Watseka required mutual aid from surrounding fire department sin evacuating some 525 people from their flooded homes.

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