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Graduates set at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais

There’s 1,428 graduates getting their degrees today (Sat) at Olivet Nazarene University. It’s a historic graduation at the Bourbonnais school, the 100th graduating class.

The community’s expected 5,000 visitors for weekend commencement activities.

Social workers and nurses earned their pins Friday. The university reports 624 traditional students and 804 graduate-students are accepting diplomas today.

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Danville’s Lakeview College of Nursing Graduation Saturday

The Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville is holding its graduation ceremony  (Saturday).  There are sixty-seven candidates for graduation in Lakeview’s Class of 2013.

The Commencement Ceremony is being held in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School starting at 10:30 this (Saturday) morning.

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Dr. Gill accepts job at state health department

SPRINGFIELD - Dr. David Gill has opted for a leadership job in state government rather than make another run for elected office.

He was named Friday as assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, a $127,800-per-year job.

The 53-year-old Gill is an emergency room physician from Bloomington. He was named  to the job six months after narrowly losing a race to represent Illinois' 13th Congressional District. It was Gill's fourth failed bid to represent a part of central Illinois in the nation's capital.

He said he will focus his efforts on trying to address the issue of access to health care, as well as the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.

In addition to losing to Republican Rodney Davis in November, Gill also lost three prior bids for Congress to former U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson of Urbana.

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Midwest rivers will rise again, just not as high

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- More heavy rain and late-season snow are creating new flood concerns for Midwest river towns still cleaning up from April flooding. However, forecasters say the waters won't rise as high as last month.

Precipitation hit the heartland Thursday and Friday, and was expected to continue through the weekend.

Up to 4 1/2 inches of rain was expected in the St. Louis area alone through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The timing isn't great. Heavy rain last month led to significant flooding on the Mississippi River and in some cases record flooding on the Illinois River. Both still are flooding at many locations in Missouri and Illinois, and will see a bump from the new rain.

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Opening night postponed at Kankakee Speedway

It was opening night TONIGHT (Fri) at the Kankakee County Speedway. But the event’s been postponed due to inclement weather.

The National Weather Service forecast didn't offer much of a window of opportunity for the season-opening race program Friday, and promoter Tom Smith said he called workers around 9:30 a.m. when he saw the forecast..

The next scheduled action at the speedway is Friday, May 10

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