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NWS surveys storm damage

A utility company's sub-station was damaged in northwest Indiana overnight. NIPSCO reports one its distribution sites at DeMotte was heavily damaged from the violent weather. Jasper County had 900 people in the dark. Winds were clocked at 60-70 mph, downing power lines and trees. Damage was reported in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.

Survey teams are reviewing the damage to determine whether it was a tornado or high winds.

Com-Ed had more than 10,000 customers without power early today. Most have been restored. Areas near Grant Park and Momence were still without around mid-day (Tues).

Ameren also had 13,000 customers without their service Monday night.

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Update: Manteno man found dead in the Iroquois River

Twenty-three year-old Brock Allen Prince of Manteno was pulled from the Iroquois River Sunday after he went missing late Saturday night. There were reports he had attended a party in the village of Iroquois and may have gone swimming.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and several area fire and rescue teams spent the early-morning hours Sunday and then again during the day Sunday searching for Prince.

Sonar equipment was used to locate the victim. The man's body was retrieved from the river and pronounced dead just before 4 pm.

Rescue teams had searched for the missing man at the Iroquois river bridge on U.S. Route 52.
Iroquois County Sheriff's Police are investigating. County Coroner Bill Cheatum said it's not known why Prince entered the river. An autopsy was scheduled.

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Harms Withdrawing Candidacy for State Representative

Freshman legislator withdraws from ballot, will serve out rest of term

Watseka... In the following statement released today State Representative Josh Harms (R, Watseka) intends to file paperwork this week to remove himself from the November ballot, citing a desire to return to teaching and be closer to his family.

"It has been an honor to serve in the Illinois General Assembly, but at this time it is my intention to return to the teaching for the upcoming school year, a move that will allow me to stay closer to my family.

During my short time in Springfield, I have made quite a few friends on both sides of the aisle. And while I had an abundance of frustration at the direction Illinois is headed, there were also many opportunities to affect positive change.

As a whole being a legislator was a tremendous experience, one that I appreciate greatly. However, at this time I must return to my given profession. I'll be filing paperwork later this week removing myself from consideration this fall, and plan on fulfilling my legislative obligations through the end of this term.

In addition, I have already notified those making the decision on my replacement. It is my understanding that the process has already started, and I'm confident our area will be well represented moving forward.

I'd like to again thank everyone for their faith while representing them in Springfield, and to let them know I will continue to serve them to the best of my ability until the next Representative is sworn in."

A longtime educator, Harms holds a Bachelor's degree in education from Illinois State University as well as a Master's degree from Governor's State. Harms initially won office in a four way primary to represent the newly drawn 106th District in 2012. The 106th District includes all of Iroquois and Ford Counties along with portions of Livingston, Vermilion, and Woodford Counties.

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Manteno man apparent drowning victim in Iroquois River

                                       Party turns into tragedy

A 23-year-old Manteno man's body was recovered from the Iroquois River at Iroquois Sunday afternoon. The un-identified man was an apparent drowning victim. Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum, who pronounced the victim dead, said an autopsy will be completed today.

Concord-Iroquois Fire Chief Dave Faupel said it appeared a Saturday night party near the Route 52 bridge at Iroquois County involved some public intoxication. Sheriff's Police are investigating.

The Concord Fire Department received the call around midnight Saturday. Emergency personnel from Beaver Township Fire at Donovan, Sheldon, Watseka and Kentland, IN were all at the scene. Firemen walked the river bank while Ashkum, Watseka and Kentland rescue boats worked the waterway from the east side of Route 52.

Faupel said a two-hour search was called off about 2:30 am. The search resumed at 6 am Sunday. Ashkum Fire, Watseka and Aroma Park rescue boats again worked the fast-flowing river.

Sonar equipment from the Department of Natural Resources located the body around 4:30 Sunday afternoon 350 feet downstream toward the west, according to Chief Faupel. The MABAS 41 Dive team from Hudson (IL) retrieved the victim's body.

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T-storms likely in Monday forecast

The NWS reports strong thunderstorms will make Monday morning a bit trying. Early morning storms could redevelop again during the late afternoon. The temp is likely to reach 88 with a heat index near 98.

There is a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms late Monday afternoon through the evening hours. The NWS says there's a potential for damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and a lower threat of large hail.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected in central-Illinois the rest of the morning. At times, heavy rainfall may redevelop. Things will quiet down before the chance of storms re-developing later in the day.

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