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Illinois allowed extension on flood assistance request

The state of Illinois requested and received an extension for submitting a request to the federal government for a major disaster declaration related to severe storms and flooding in late December and early January.

The original deadline for the submission was today (February 12). The extension allows the state until February 26 to request federal assistance.

James Joseph, Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), said "In some parts of the state, floodwaters only recently subsided to the point where we were able to accurately document the damages." He adds, "We just concluded joint damage assessments with FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration earlier this week and need more time to thoroughly review that information in order to better define the true impact of the event."

FEMA and IEMA began reviewing flood and storm-related costs with local government officials in 19 counties on February 1, while FEMA, SBA and IEMA began assessing damage to homes and businesses in 10 counties on February 4. Iroquois and Vermilion were two of the counties affected by the flooding.

The state will decide by February 26 if a state request for federal assistance is warranted.

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Former Cissna Park official ordered to pay $100,000 +

A "judgement in default" ruling has been issued against former Cissna Park Clerk bookkeeper/collector Rhonda Sue Siebert. The court ruled in favor of the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association, ordering Siebert to pay $100,350 back to the village's insurance carrier.

Iroquois County Associate Judge James Kinzer entered a "judgment. "

The Risk Management Association had covered the village's losses from Siebert's series of thefts of a six-year period. The court judgment will reimburse the agency.

It was in December 2013,when Siebert pleaded guilty to one count of Class 3 felony theft. She was sentenced to two years in prison. Siebert was criminally charged one year earlier for stealing from the village through the use of a village-owned credit card, village checks and cash while serving as an appointed village collector/bookkeeper.

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Community Action Agency sets Annual Dinner date

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency is hosting its 51st Annual Dinner and Business Meeting Friday, March 11th. The event in Danville is at the Turtle Run Golf and Banquet Center.

The general public is welcome. Tickets are available for $50 per person or $400 per table. Corporate and Not-for-Profit Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Information is available by calling the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency at (217) 554-9128.

The keynote speaker is best-selling author and motivational speaker, Curtis Zimmerman. He is a highly-sought speaker who has impacted over one-million people around the globe with his life-changing messages and programs.

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

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Jasper County crash kills Rensselaer woman

An early morning crash in Jasper County, Indiana (Wednesday) left a 33-year-old Rensselaer woman dead.

Maria Vasquez Solis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police reported the accident on State Road 16 about four miles west of U.S. 231. Authorities believe a curve in the road and snowy conditions caused two vehicles to collide head-on.

The other driver was 61-year-old Dorothy Miller of Brook. She had to be extricated from her vehicle. She was reported in serious condition.

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UPDATE: DeKalb woman killed in I-57 crash

A 48-year-old DeKalb (IL) woman died in Wednesday morning's two-vehicle crash on Interstate 57 in Iroquois County. An adult woman and two children were also injured.

Shirley Davis was identified by Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum. Her disabled car was slammed from behind by another southbound vehicle.

A second adult passenger, 22-year-old Lacriessa Mosley of Chicago, and two children, ages 2 and 5-months, were injured. The children were air-lifted to Loyola Medical Center at Maywood.

Cheatum said Shirley Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Illinois State Police at Ashkum reported Davis's disabled car was in the southbound passing lane near mile post 290. A van driven by 56-year-old Daniel Nosek of Lombard rear-ended the Davis car. Nosek was treated for minor injuries.

A state police reconstruction team forced the interstate to be closed for three hours. The accident occurred at 8:18 am.

Ashkum, Gilman, Danforth and Chebanse Township Fire, IMH and Riverside ambulance all responded to the scene.

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