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Kankakee OK’s public safety fee to replenish revenues

Kankakee residents will see a $10 per month public safety fee, beginning in May, to make up the loss in revenues from the sales tax formula that is no more.

A committee gave the green light last night. The full City Council is expected to approve the proposal next Monday. The fee will show up on city water bills.

The city is also bringing back a vehicle-sticker fee.

The fee will make up the loss of $2.4 million lost in sales tax revenue due to the restructuring of state sales tax agreements by the Department of Revenue.

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Power outage in Ford County; no school at GCMS

There was no school in the Gibson City Melvin Sibley School District Monday due to a power outage that affected all three schools early in the morning.

Ameren Illinois is reporting that there are 304 customers without power as of 7 a.m. Monday. Crews are working on correcting the problem.

The power outages come at a time when there was a wind chill advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Monday for most of Central Illinois. Temperatures will begin warming today (Tuesday). The high is expected to be around 24 degrees. The best chance for snow this week will come Wednesday, maybe 2 inches..

Thursday's high will be around 32 degrees and temperatures may rise to 40 degrees Friday, but a chance of rain and snow is in the forecast for Saturday.

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Cissna Park house fire, no injuries reported

More than two dozen firemen from four departments responded to a house fire north of Cissna Park Monday. No injury was reported. Extensive damage was done to a single-story ranch. Officials reported the fire spread from a fireplace to the attic.

Cissna Park, Buckley, Loda and Milford responded shortly before 11:30 am. to 114 W. Hislop Drive in the Kellart Lake subdivision. Its located off of Illinois 49.

Owner Larry Martyn and his wife were using their fireplace when they smelled smoke and called 911.

The damage was isolated to the living room and attic but was "pretty extensive," Young said.

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Snow Routes in effect, make way for snow plows

                                             Sunday Update:  March 2, 1014

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until midnight tonight (Sunday).  Accumulation of snowfall is likely between 4 to 7 inches.  Snow covered roads are making travel hazardous. Decreasing temps and increased winds will also become a factor.

Area municipalities are advising citizens that emergency snow routes have been implemented. Vehicles will have to be removed from city/village streets to allow snow plows to clear routes.

Snow routes will be in effect at least through Monday.

Emergency routes will have priority. Motorists are warned to slow down and move over for all emergency vehicles.

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Barn fire kills 4-H animals in Newton County

BROOK, IN --- Forty-seven hogs and five goats died in a rural barn fire west of Brook, Indiana in Newton County. The barn was destroyed Friday night. The animals lost were 4-H projects for the upcoming 4-H season.

Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire Chief Kyle Conrad reported the barn owners Ryan and Jennifer Kindig, were home when the fire started.

Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire received the call just before 11:00 pm. Automatic mutual aid was provided by the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department and additional assistance was requested for Goodland and Morocco fire departments. Newton County EMS was on standby at the scene alongside officers from the Brook police department and Newton County Sheriff's Department.

Crews remained on scene until after 1:00 am Saturday morning. Two Brook firefighters received minor injuries due to falls on the ice but did not receive medical attention.

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