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FEMA denies aid to Illinois governments after tornadoes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request for aid to local governments in Illinois after deadly tornadoes swept the state in November.

FEMA sent a letter on Thursday to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency saying that damage after the storms wasn't severe enough to warrant federal help. The storms left at least 7 people dead statewide and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the state will appeal the decision. He says he's ''disappointed'' in FEMA's decision, which affects Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Massac, Tazewell, Vermilion, Washington, Wayne and Woodford counties.

The state is seeking to recover about $6 million in costs to local governments in the nine affected counties.
The federal government has previously approved millions of dollars in aid for residents and businesses.

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Will County EMA reducing ice build-up on river

Joliet, Illinois – During the recent period of cold temperatures, significant ice has developed along most of the Kankakee River from the Kankakee area downstream to the Des Plaines River southwest of Channahon. With ice development comes the possibility of an ice jam that can cause flooding. Under some conditions, flooding can occur very rapidly.

To help reduce the potential for an ice jam, the Will County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will begin utilizing the warm water siphon system which draws water from Exelon Corporation's Dresden Power Station cooling lake to melt some of the ice build-up currently on the river. The siphon will be activated for a two-week period.

Together with more moderate temperatures, the ice cover on the river is expected to deteriorate significantly during this period.

This is a period of changing river conditions. Even with the use of the siphon, an ice jam can develop quickly and cause flash flooding with little or no warning. Residents are urged to remain alert for flash flooding and to avoid venturing out onto the ice-covered river.

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Ford County judge race minus one candidate

Loda attorney Ross Sorensen has withdrawn as a candidate for the Ford County circuit judge's post in the March 18 Republican primary election.

Sorensen's decision results in a two-person race. Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton of Paxton and attorney Ellen Lee of Paxton are the remaining candidates seeking to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Judge Stephen Pacey.

The state board of elections website shows Lee will appear first on the ballot, followed by Fitton. The primary winner will appear on the November ballot for the General Election.

The 30-year-old Sorensen revealed in a statement "it was a family decision; after discussion with family, we've decided now is not the right time to pursue a race for circuit judge." Sorensen stated, "we're thankful for the support of more than 1,000 Ford County residents who helped place us on the ballot."

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Bradley Elementary opens new addition at East

Bradley, Illinois - Prior to Thursday night's regular meeting of the Bradley Elementary School District #61 Board of Education, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open the latest addition to Bradley East.

Principal Mike Hahs (Hawz) says the additional space is welcomed:

The addition brought five offices and a full gymnasium to the building, cost the District
just under two-million dollars and was finished in about seven months.

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Kirk Miller Re-Elected Ford County Fair Board President

Kirk Miller, Melvin was re-elected president of the Ford County Fair Board at their annual meeting January 4.

Dallas Meyer, Thawville, and Corinne Brown, Paxton, were re-elected vice-president and secretary-treasurer respectively.

Craig Kief, Paxton, as well as Meyer and Brown were re-elected to the board as directors. Additional board members include Roger Wycoff, Piper City; Caity Heap, Scott Harden, Vera Bunting and Leanne Wright, Gibson City; Tim Muehlenpfort, Melvin; and Dave Kaeding, Loda.

This year's fair is scheduled for June 22-28.