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Livingston County bracing for heavy rains, flooding

Livingston County residents should prepare to batten down the hatches and expect quite a bit of the wet stuff this weekend. Multiple agencies, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service and Pontiac’s own sewer department have issued warnings concerning the expected heavy rains.

Citing the United States Geological Survey website, Jacob Kinkade, superintendent of the wastewater plant, said Pontiac could be at a major flood stage beginning Sunday.

The NWS Lincoln office said that the heaviest rains were expected to hit Saturday night between I-55 and I-57, with some areas predicted to receive nearly seven inches of waterfall. Pontiac and its environs were pegged for 4.57 inches of rain.

With severe weather and flash flooding predicted for large portions of Illinois through the weekend, the IEMA encouraged people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if weather warnings are issued.

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Flood Warning for Vermilion River Sunday thru Wednesday …

..The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the following rivers in Illinois...Indiana... Vermilion River near Danville affecting Vermilion County in Illinois and Indana.

Heavy rain is expected for this weekend with rainfall totals of up to 3 to 5 inches.

This will cause waterways to rise along the Vermilion River into next week. You need to remain aware of river levels in your area and keep up with the latest forecast information. The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for The Vermilion River near Danville from Sunday morning until Wednesday afternoon.

Parts of east-central Illinois and west-central Indiana are ALSO under a Flash Flood Watch this weekend. Periods of heavy rainfall are expected that could lead to flash

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Attica Police report man arrested after bombs found inside van

A man was taken into custody and a portion of Attica, Indiana had to be evacuated Friday morning after police say they found bombs inside a van.

Attica Police Chief Bob Cole reports that 28-year-old Robert William Bandy II was arrested.

Police located two bombs in his van. And Bandy was also found wearing a bulletproof vest.

Bandy told authorities the explosives were for "personal protection."

Fountain County Dispatch received the first call around 10:15 am concerning the vehicle parked along Edgewood Drive, inside an apartment complex.

Cole says Bandy is on probation for multiple drug charges out of Montgomery County. That's what led to the van's location and its contents. Probation officers were apparently stopping in for a routine check on Bandy, when they located him and the vehicle.

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St. Anne Casey's store robbed

Casey's General Store located on Dixie Highway in St. Anne was robbed Monday.

St. Anne police reported a black male entered the store at 2:08 am wearing a mask and bandana. The suspect displayed what appeared to be a chrome handgun.

An employee was forced to empty both cash registers into a bag. The suspect fled with the money and several packs of cigarettes.

No one was injured.

Momence police and Kankakee County sheriff's police assisted.
Any info about the crime can be called in to St. Anne police at 815-427-8126. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 815-932-7463.

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More 2 of 11,484 Print all In new window Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst - Parkhurst Sponsored Legislation For Equal Pay Passes House

The Illinois House of Representatives this week passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) to expand guarantees of equal pay.

“I am proud to co-sponsor this bill and other legislation to level the playing field for women in the workforce,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

In 2003, Illinois passed the Equal Pay Act, but women in Illinois still make significantly less than their male employee counterparts. House Bill 2462 adds further protections to existing law by prohibiting an employer from seeking the salary, including benefits or other compensation or salary history, of a job applicant from any current or former employer and prohibits screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history. It also requires employees to justify gender pay disparity using legitimate business reasons.

“This legislation will help to ensure women are not paid less for doing the same job,” Rep. Parkhurst continued. “Gender should never be a factor in disparity of income.”

House Bill 2462 passed the House on a 92-24 vote. It will be sent to the Illinois Senate for consideration.

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