Illinois’ law enforcement community is sounding a strong message that threats against students or faculty won’t be tolerated. Any person making such a threat to harm students or faculty at a school can expect the strict enforcement of the law.
Threats are not a laughing matter. The Illinois State’s Attorneys Association, Illinois Sheriff’s Association and Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police say all such threats are taken very seriously. They say investigating such threats diverts precious resources.
The law enforcement community of Illinois issued a statement Wednesday that it stands united in making schools safe.
Several school threats have been investigated in recent weeks.
A two-vehicle colission Wednesday killed a man in Iroquois County. 64-year-old Gregory Ainsworth of rural Danforth was pronounced dead at the scene at 2300N and 300E Roads.
Sheriff's Polcie and County Coroner Bill Cheatum are investigating. The victim's westbound vehicle was hit by a northbound unit driven by ad vehicle operated by an Onarga woman. Terri Vadeboncoeur and her passenger were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Danforth Fire and Riverside Ambulance also answered the call.
The Centennial Christian Church in Watseka is coordinating with the Emergency Management Agency to provide sheds for flood victims. Contact the church 815-432-3812. Sheds will be provided based on need. The International Disaster Emergency Service is organizing with the Centennial Church. The effort begins Friday.
The Iroquois Couty Emergency Management Agency continues to coordinate the recovery efforts for flood victims. Help and answers to questions are available at 815-432-6997.
The Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee put former Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood in charge of the group that’ll help direct efforts to assist flood victims.
The committee, made up of several individuals representing many agencies, will focus on distributing monetary donations to those in need. Harwood knows it’s a long-haul effort; the process takes many months or longer to get people back to normal.
The assistance provided includes financial, psychological and spiritual support. In addition, volunteers will reach out with physical help for those unable to do many things on their own. Coordinating the continuing process takes ongoing meetings and discussions to meet the needs of people.
The long-term committee first organized after the 2008 flood, when Watseka and other Iroquois County areas were devastated by flood waters. The committee was also pressed into action for floods since 2008, including the 2015 event The group of about 30 people organized again at First Trust and Savings Bank, which has an established account for monetary donations. The public is invited to get involved with several different committees.
Harwood is serving as chairman, replacing Kerry Bell, who headed up the committee since its start in 2008.
Tornado season is here and preparedness is key. The National Weather Service will be conducting a statewide tornado drill in Illinois today.
The Weather Service says Weather Radio, radio and television stations, cell phones and sirens will all be activated at 10 am for the drill.
The National Weather Service office wants area residents to take time to consider what you would do in the event it was a real tornado warning.
A Tornado Watch simply means that conditions are favorable for the possibility of tornadoes to develop.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has actually been sighted.
For protection you should move to your basement or get under a heavy table or workbench, if possible. If you have no basement take cover in small, interior rooms on the lowest level – such as a bathroom or in a closet. It is preferred that those areas have no windows.
If you are in an office building or school, protect yourself in an interior hallway or a lower floor. Avoid auditoriums or gymnasiums or other structures with wide, free-span roofs.
If you are in a mobile home or vehicle and a tornado warning is given, it is best that you leave them and go to a substantial structure. If there is no shelter nearby and the tornado is approaching you should lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert with your hands shielding your head.