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15 horses saved from fire at Pembroke ranch

Fire destroyed a barn and a horse trailer in Pembroke Township Saturday night. Fifteen horses were rescued before the fire consumed the property.

Watseka fire was among a handful of departments that responded to the call just after 11 pm. St. Anne, Momence and Bourbonnais also assisted Pembroke firemen.


Pembroke Fire Protection District Chief Mark Baines saved the horses. He responded to the call and found two structures, about 100 feet apart, on fire. The unattended ranch is at 15000 and 4500N Road.

There were no human injuries, although one horse suffered burned back hips. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Warm, sunny start to the week…soggy weekend ahead

A foggy Monday morning should give way to three days of warm temps and sunshine before more showers roll in toward the end of the work week.

The National Weather Service reports today will be the first in what forecasters think will be three straight days of high temperatures in the mid-70s to low-80s. Sunshine should be around with the warmth today, Tuesday and Wednesday.

A chance of thunderstorms returns overnight on Wednesday into Thursday morning. Thursday's temperatures could drop into the mid-60s with a chance of showers.

That chance of showers will remain through the weekend. National Weather Service forecasters think temperatures will drop off a little more, hovering around 60 through next Sunday. Overnight lows could drop into the mid-40s.

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Illinois foreclosure problems continue

Foreclosure rates in the Illiana area have dropped over the past year, but the decline is getting no help from the state of Illinois.

RealtyTrac gives Illinois the third-highest foreclosure rate in the nation, behind only Florida and Nevada.

Though the foreclosure activity nationwide is up slightly, 3.2 percent since last month, it is still down significantly, 22.1 percent from the prior year.

The numbers not real impressive here. Kankakee County had 721 foreclosure notices filed in 2012, down only a half dozen from 727 the year before.

The number of homes in foreclosure in January and February show 83 in Kankakee, 43 in Bourbonnais, Bradley (18), Manteno (25), and Watseka (8).


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UPDATE: Illinois A-G will not pursue charges against Ford-Iroquois Public Health

Attorney General says No charges against Health Department

 

* The following information updates an earlier-posted WGFA website story regarding the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department....

 

WATSEKA --  Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine now confirms the Illinois Attorney General will not pursue any criminal charges concerning allegations made against the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

Devine said he was asked by Assistant Attorney General Mary Bucaro to act a spokesperson for her, stating her office will not be pursuing any charges against any employee or the Ford-Iroquois Health Department.

Devine had asked the A-G to "take a look" at financial handling of matters within the local health department. That came after months of accusations at Freedom of Information requests from sources even outside the two-county area.

The A-G's ruling is that "nothing stands out to merit criminal charges and the matter will not be pursued."

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Agency on Aging report: No flaws found in audit of Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department

BLOOMINGTON – An investigative report of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department reveals ‘no evidence to support fraudulent expending of grant funds.”

That’s the finding in an audit conducted by the East Central Illinois Area AGENCY on AGING.

The Bloomington-based agency, which serves 16 central-Illinois counties, conducted what it calls a thorough investigation of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department on April 2nd.

Planning & Program Manager Susan Real reviewed the purchase of gift cards under the Caregiver Gap Program to make sure cards were used in accordance with Area Agency allowable cost requirements. It allows for the purchase of school supplies, school clothing, etc for the grandchildren/relatives being raised by grandparents/relatives.

The audit also reviewed expenses reported under the implementation of the Elder Abuse M-Team Meetings to make sure meal costs were in accordance with Area Agency allowable cost requirements.

The Agency on Aging Executive Director Mike O’Donnell notes in a letter to the F-I Public Health Department “No evidence was found to support fraudulent expending of East Central Illinois Area AGENCY on AGING Title 7 grant funds.

O’Donnell reports expenses reported were considered allowable with the Older Americans Act Federal Regulations. The report also states Lunch expenses were in accordance with the AREA on AGING Title 7 applications for Fiscal Year 2012 and FY 2013.

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