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Third Flood Zone Coalition meeting held, approach to regional floodplain management continues to develop

OTTAWA, IL – State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said a third Flood Zone Coalition meeting was held July 24 in Ottawa following two previously successful meetings in which local officials have agreed to take a more regional and comprehensive approach to flood preparation and management.

Discussion on how to best prepare the region for future flooding continued and plans have begun to develop.

Sen. Rezin said the ongoing commitment of local officials to participate in a regional plan is encouraging.

"What we're doing with these meetings ultimately benefits this entire area and the people who live in our communities," she said. "We will continue these discussions about how to best plan and implement measures that will help us better prepare and respond to floods that occur. I couldn't be more pleased at the ongoing interest and involvement that these meetings have produced and we will keep having them as long as they are needed."

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Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check to be conducted

Ashkum, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 21, will be conducting Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) in Kankakee County on August 16th and 30th, according to Lieutenant Randy Ness. The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

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Bennett the GOP choice for 106th House seat

Tom Bennett of Gibson City will be the Republican name on the ballot for the 106h House district this November. Bennett was a unanimous choice Sunday to replace Josh Harms of Watseka, who elected to withdraw from the race to return to teaching.

A selection committee chaired by Livingston County Republican Party Chairman John McGlasson made Bennett the choice following a meeting Sunday in Paxton.

Bennett was part of five-person race for the House seat in 2012. Bennett finished second to Harms.

Tom Bennett is the Republican chairman for Ford County. He's also a veteran member of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, now serving as Chairman. He's employed as IT Service Manager for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington.

Watseka alderman Bill Nutter is the Democratic challenger for the House seat in November.

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Bears excited about Bourbonnais camp improvements

The Chicago Bears front-office is pretty impressed with the changes and improvements at Olivet Nazarene University.

Summer camp opened today (Friday) and members of the front-office made their rounds to see improvements to the training site.

Senior director of business development, Brian McCaskey, said the organization is "proud" to call Bourbonnais and ONU its summer home through at least 2022.

The latest changes on campus center around the recently renovated locker room, which tripled in size and included updated training facilities and the reconditioning of two of the four practice fields.

The remaining two fields will undergo the same process this fall.

McCaskey said. "It's nice to see the improvements and how they meet the players and coaches' needs. McCaskey said "look around, it looks like all these great fans like it too."

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Iroquois, Ford, Livingston County unemployment down again

The jobless rates in central-Illinois counties and throughout the state continue to decline. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports it's another reflection of an improving economy.

All 102 counties in the state saw drops in jobless rates in June when compared to June 2013. This is also the third conservative month that IDES has reported similar drops for all metro areas in the state.

Spokesman Greg Rivara says "That's significant given how diverse the state is." Rivara said "It reflects the progress that is being made with people going back to work."

The unemployment rate and the number of jobs can often move in different directions because the numbers collected are from two different surveys, Rivara said.
The Illinois jobless rate for June was 7.1 percent, down from 9.8 percent in June 2013, according to IDES. The national rate was 6.3 percent in June, down from 7.8 percent a year earlier.

Area counties and their June 2014 (June 2013) rates include: Ford, 6.2 percent (8.8); Iroquois, 6.1 percent (8); Livingston, 6.9 percent (8.8).

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