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Governor to tour tornado damage in Pontiac

Cleanup continues for residents and businesses in Livingston County and other communities after the severe weather ripped thru north-central Illinois Wednesday night.  The National Weather Service cinfirms there were nine tornadoes that touched down.  The worst area hit was Pontiac. 

Governor Bruce Rauner will visit with citizens and first responders at business site on Route 116 and I-55 in Pontiac today (Friday).

Pontiac, Ottawa, Marseilles, Seneca and Earlville weree among the areas damaged.  Rauner said he's receiving regular updates from state officials concerning damage assessments and cleanup.  The govenor said he and his wife are thnking of those injured or sustained property damage.

Meanwhile-- Senator jason Barickman said his office is providing help for storm victims.  He encourages anyone in need of assistance from the stomr to contact his Bloomington office at 309-661-2788.

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Feeder calves killed in I-57 truck crash

Officials reported 17 of 93 feeder calves died in a semi crash Thursday morning near Rantoul. A semi-trailer tractor carrying the calves to Iowa overturned on an Interstate 57 exit ramp.

The 17 animals either died or had to euthanized. A livestock procurement manger said most died on impact.

State Police said the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The truck driver and his pet dog were able to crawl out of the cab. The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed.
Firefighters from Rantoul and Thomasboro responded to the scene. Water was sprayed on the trapped calves to keep them cool in the hot June weather.

A University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine staff member was on the scene and euthanized the animals that suffered significant injuries.

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Meth lab discovered in Watseka, two arrested

Watseka Police located an active Meth lab (Thursday). Acting on a tip of a possible meth lab at an E. Walnut Street location, police investigated, then obtained a search warrant and found met-making materials, hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia.

29-year-old Thyrl Fisk and 28-year-old Marisa Fisk, both Watseka residents, are charged with possession of methamphetamine, participating in meth manufacturing, possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say more arrests are expected.

The case was carried out by the Watseka Enforcement Team in cooperation with the Iroquois County Sheriff's Office and the Iroquois County State's Attorney's office.

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Hoopeston Police make two drug arrests

A traffic stop on W. Washington Street in Hoopeston (Wednesday) led to two arrests. The driver and a passenger face charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.

18-year-old Elyscha Wells and 38-year-old Juan Colunga, both of Hoopeston, face arraignment in Vermilion County.

Police stopped the vehicle knowing the vehicle had an expired registration.

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Mel Reynolds out of Jail; Trial still on

Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds is out of jail and wearing a bracelet. A federal judge released the ex-lawmaker (Thursday) from custody in the Kankakee County detention center. Reynolds will wear an electronic monitoring device while he awaits trial. He's accused of not filing federal income tax returns between 2009 and 2012. {Metro News}

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