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School Safety: District Drills Required >

Illinois schools are now required to have a school shooting drill at least once a year.

It's a new law, enacted in response to the Connecticut shooting last year. Cops and paramedics will have to participate in the drill, but the students don't have to, and at first they probably won't, says Gerald Brookhart, the Peoria County regional superintendent of schools.

"Some of the superintendents ... thought that they might first do it with just the staff, and show the staff what they're supposed to do and how they're supposed to react, and then they wanted to make sure that the brought in a police official for one of those when the kids are there – but it's not mandatory," he said.

In addition to the drill and other security measures, Brookhart says schools are trying to create a safe environment in which no one will feel compelled to shoot anybody.

The law does not apply to colleges and universities, but sponsors say that could be a next step, since Northern Illinois University was the scene of a shooting spree in 2008. { IRN }

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Welcome rain, Crops need more rain, heat

This (Thursday) morning's rain shower brought .33 of an inch of much-needed moisture at the WGFA studio site, north of Watseka. Other volunteer rain gauge reporters checked in with .21 at L'Erable, .20 at Beaverville, Gilman and Kankakee. Watseka and areas to the south had up to .40 of an inch.

The Illinois corn and soybean crops could stand more rain and heat, the state office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported this week.

Last week was cooler and drier than normal, and those factors are starting to hurt crops.

"The dry conditions and cool temperatures are affecting grain development and delaying crop maturity progress," a release from the office said.

Crops in the state's eastern region — which includes Champaign-Urbana, Danville and Kankakee — are generally further along than crops in other parts of the state.

As of Sunday, 100 percent of soybeans in the eastern region were setting pods, compared with 76 percent statewide. Twenty-four percent of the corn in the eastern region had reached the dent stage, compared with only 14 percent statewide.

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Chamber gearing up for Business After Hours

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is announcing its Fall kick-off for Business After Hours on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

The event is from 5:30pm-7pm at Creekside Prairie & Community Center on Prairie Lane in Cissna Park.

All Chamber members, their employees, and guests are invited to come socialize and enjoy refreshments.

The After Hours kick-off plans a fun, exciting evening. The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce has a "Mystery" announcement to make at the event.

Business After Hours is a program of the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce, designed to provide networking opportunities for area businesses and organizations as well as to help promote the community through the success of its members. For more information about the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce activities, contact Amanda at the Chamber office 815-432-2416.

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DACC: National leader for Student Achievement

Danville Area Community College (DACC) is being recognized as one of eight institutions, nationwide, designated as a 2013 Leader College by Achieving the Dream, Inc.

Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income and minority students, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.

DACC President Alice Jacobs says credit for receiving Leader College status goes to the community college's outstanding faculty, staff and Board of Trustees. President Jacobs adds they have been willing to engage in discussions about student success, examine critical data, and change policies and procedures that were barriers to students.

''Most importantly,'' added President Jacobs, ''the College has been willing to innovate with new methods of teaching and learning so that all students have an opportunity for success.'' {courtesy: DACC Human relations}

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GOP names Anthony to replace state Rep. Roth

Republicans have named their person for the vacancy in the 75th House seat in Illinois.

Kendall County sheriff's deputy John D. Anthony was appointed Monday to fill the seat vacated when state Representative Pam Roth, R-Morris, resigned.

Anthony will become the first African-American GOP member of the Legislature since 1983 when he's sworn in next Monday. He is also part Puerto Rican.

The 37-year-old Anthony, who lives in the Kendall County portion of Joliet, will serve out the remainder of Roth's term, which ends in January 2015.

Anthony indicated he would seek a full term by running in the 2014 election.

Roth announced her resignation in late July after her husband was transferred to a new job in Texas. The resignation was effective Monday.

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