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Dr. Gill accepts job at state health department

SPRINGFIELD - Dr. David Gill has opted for a leadership job in state government rather than make another run for elected office.

He was named Friday as assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, a $127,800-per-year job.

The 53-year-old Gill is an emergency room physician from Bloomington. He was named  to the job six months after narrowly losing a race to represent Illinois' 13th Congressional District. It was Gill's fourth failed bid to represent a part of central Illinois in the nation's capital.

He said he will focus his efforts on trying to address the issue of access to health care, as well as the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.

In addition to losing to Republican Rodney Davis in November, Gill also lost three prior bids for Congress to former U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson of Urbana.

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Midwest rivers will rise again, just not as high

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- More heavy rain and late-season snow are creating new flood concerns for Midwest river towns still cleaning up from April flooding. However, forecasters say the waters won't rise as high as last month.

Precipitation hit the heartland Thursday and Friday, and was expected to continue through the weekend.

Up to 4 1/2 inches of rain was expected in the St. Louis area alone through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The timing isn't great. Heavy rain last month led to significant flooding on the Mississippi River and in some cases record flooding on the Illinois River. Both still are flooding at many locations in Missouri and Illinois, and will see a bump from the new rain.

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Opening night postponed at Kankakee Speedway

It was opening night TONIGHT (Fri) at the Kankakee County Speedway. But the event’s been postponed due to inclement weather.

The National Weather Service forecast didn't offer much of a window of opportunity for the season-opening race program Friday, and promoter Tom Smith said he called workers around 9:30 a.m. when he saw the forecast..

The next scheduled action at the speedway is Friday, May 10

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Anna Jennings top speller in WGFA Spelling Contest

A couple of 6th graders narrowed down the field of candidates at today’s (Friday) WGFA Spelling Contest. When it was over, Anna Jennings of Cissna Park was the winner in the 47th 5th-6th Grade Spelling competition --- heard on 94.1 FM.

WGFA’s Don Elliott presented the words. After Taylor Schippert mis-spelled the word

r e s i d u e, Anna Jennings was offered the opportunity…….

The top five finishers earned trophies. The event was held at the Watseka Unit 9 Office.


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Big R cuts the ribbon on grand re-opening

WATSEKA -- Big R owner Jerry Gibbs says “we learn from every store.” And that list of Big R stores grows with new and more opportunities.

The parent-store in Watseka is celebrating its grand re-opening this weekend. The bright-remodeled store-front --- the former Wal-Mart building on Route 24 East --- proudly displays the Big R logo and colors.

It was 49 years ago when the store surfaced in Watseka. That’s when Bill & Pat Crabtree opened the business. Today, there’s 16 stores in Illinois and Indiana. Nine stores are in Illinois, including Gibson City, Danville, Tilton, Pontiac and Morris.

The new store offers much more display space and parking.


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