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Family Life: Does your family have a disaster plan?

It's tornado season here in the Midwest, and no matter the age, we need to discuss with our families what we should do in the case of an emergency or natural disaster.

Business and government also needs to plan and implement emergency operations.

Preparation is key for any emergency. Evaluation your own situation for response to tornadoes, ice storms, floods, etc and know what your reaction plan is all about.

Your Emergency Management Agency office is always ready to assist in organizing your response plans. See MORE at www.iqesda.com

For more information on this topic or other family life-related topics, contact Chelsey Byers at the University of Illinois Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C. She may also be reached at 333-7672 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Kankakee Murder Trial: Johnson Guilty

A Kankakee County jury has ruled guilty on all counts. That’s the verdict against DuShawn Johnson for the 2010 shooting death of Maria O’Connor.

The jury returned its verdict last night after about four-hours of deliberations. Prosecutors had pointed to the 20-year-old Johnson as being the triggerman in what was described as drive-by shooting involving rival gang members.

Miss O’Connor was an innocent bystander, walking home from a job interview when she was hit by a stray bullet.

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Explosion levels White County, IN home

Update: Officials say fire, blast intentional

The Indiana State Marshall is investigating a house fire and explosion that investigators now believe was intentional.

The area, on County Road 800 N near Shafer Drive, where there used to be a home is now covered only in insulation and debris from an explosion Monday morning.

Investigators say the call came in around 8 am. When crews arrived on the scene, they say all they found was the smoldering ruins of what used to be a house.

Crews confirmed no one was injured in the blast. Witnesses said they heard the blast from 10 miles away.

Investigators said they found things "they did not like" and they believe the fire and following explosion were intentional.

Investigators say although they haven't had luck making contact with the home's owner yet, they do know the home was occupied only during the summer months.

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Rutherford another step closer to run for governor

The wait is now for an official announcement. That’s expected to happen in June.

And Dan Rutherford will make that official announcement in his home-county…Livingston.

The state Treasurer was back in Watseka Saturday night, featured speaker at the Iroquois County Lincoln Day Dinner. Just a couple weeks ago, while speaking to the Iroquois County GOP Women’s Club, Rutherford also made it almost-official. But he backed off, saying he’ll have announcement in June.

Rutherford said Illinois has to deal with its debt and unemployment. He continues to talk about the state’s financial situation.

The former eight-year state representative and eight-year state senator again said he’s not ready yet to announce his bid for the governor’s race in 2014.

Peoria Republican Aaron Schock did announce he will not be a candidate for Illinois Governor. Schock says he can do more good in Washington, D. C. and plans to run for re-election in Congress.

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Explosion levels home in White County

There’s nothing left but insulation and debris scattered about after an explosion this (Mon) in White County, Indiana

Sheriff’s police report when crews arrived on the scene after 8 am on County Road 800 North near Shafer Drive, they say all they found was the smoldering ruins of what used to be a house.

Fire responders used just a little water to put out flames from the debris. The house was gone. Witnesses said they heard the explosion 10 miles away.

Fire officials said no one appears to have been in the house at the time of the explosion. The cause of the blast is under investigation.

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