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Governor Rauner Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines for Businesses and Individuals Impacted by Recent Flooding

- Governor Bruce Rauner today announced that the State will waive penalties and interest for taxpayers who cannot file or pay on time as a result of the December 2015 and January 2016 floods. The waiver applies to taxpayers in the 23 disaster declared counties for payments or returns due between December 23, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

"Right now, our impacted communities are dealing with catastrophic damage as a result of the flooding," said Governor Rauner. "Now is the time to focus on healing and recuperation, not deadlines. Once these affected families and businesses have had the opportunity to recuperate, they can gather the essential paperwork to file their returns and pay taxes."

The 23 declared disaster counties include: Alexander, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Douglas, Iroquois, Jackson, Jersey, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Menard, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Randolph, Richland, Sangamon, St. Clair, and Vermilion.

Taxpayers who opt to mail their deferred returns and payments should write Flood – December 2015 on the outside of the envelope in red ink and on the top of each page of the tax filing, so the account can be updated and handled appropriately. Filers using MyTax Illinois or electronic filing methods are instructed to refer to the Illinois Department of Revenue's website: Tax.Illinois.Gov.

For questions, the Illinois Department of Revenue has set up a mailbox dedicated to those impacted by the floods at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sagging steel prices hamper local recyclers

A worldwide slowdown of manufacturing has lowered steel prices so much, the River Valley Recycling location on Route 24, west of Watseka, closed temporarily Monday.

The shut down is until at least the end of March.
A sharp drop of recyclable steel, aluminum cans and copper coming into the facility has slowed business considerably.

River Valley recycling owner Kyle Bruno said everyone dealing with recyclables has been hurt.

Bruno said the company's location at 550 N. Hobbie Ave., Kankakee, remains open for business from 8 am 'til $;30 pm Monday thru Friday and Saturdays 8 am. to 12:30 pm.

The plunging price of steel is "something we have to get through," says Greg Baise, president of the Illinois Manufacturers Association.

Baise said this slowdown began to grab hold in late 2014 to early 2015. Since then, Illinois-based manufacturing heavyweights Caterpillar, John Deere and Granite City Steel have cut workforces.

The price for scrap steel has plunged by four times and in December stood at $35 per ton. Aluminum cans have fallen about half and now are at 40 cents per pound. Copper has dropped by about 70 cents per pound.

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Lynn Foster dies, former Vermilion County Clerk

The former Vermilion County Clerk is being remembered following her weekend death. Lynn Foster served as County Clerk for 24 years before she was defeated in the 2014 General Election. She died Saturday after a brief battle with cancer.

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Danville Police investigate home invasion, stabbing

Danville Police are investigating a home invasion and stabbing which occurred early Wednesday morning in the 1300 block of West Williams Street.

The stabbing victim wasn't identified. He suffered life-threatening injuries, according to investigators. Police believe it may have been a domestic incident.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Danville Police or call Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.

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Watseka Resource Center to offer help for flood victims

A one-stop resource center to assist flood victims will be open in Watseka Friday. The Trinity Church on E. Walnut Street is where several agencies will set up shop from 10 am 'til 7 pm.  Citizens are invited to stop for assistance.  No appointment is needed.

Meanwhile -- Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency personnel are operating a call-center from 11 am 'til 7 pm.  Assistance with damage assessments is available.

The City of Watseka also announcing a team of volunteers from the Lutheran Disaster relief Program will visit town Saturday.  The volunteer groups will offer help those in need that are cleaning up basements or garages from the flood. Those in need of help can today (Thursday) 815-432-6997 from 11 am until 7 pm.  A scheduled-appointment will be made.  This is a one-time event Saturday.

The City of Watsek also has flood clean-up tips.  Visit the Watseka Facebook page or the website at www.watsekacity.org

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