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Sagging steel prices hamper local recyclers

A worldwide slowdown of manufacturing has lowered steel prices so much, the River Valley Recycling location on Route 24, west of Watseka, closed temporarily Monday.

The shut down is until at least the end of March.
A sharp drop of recyclable steel, aluminum cans and copper coming into the facility has slowed business considerably.

River Valley recycling owner Kyle Bruno said everyone dealing with recyclables has been hurt.

Bruno said the company's location at 550 N. Hobbie Ave., Kankakee, remains open for business from 8 am 'til $;30 pm Monday thru Friday and Saturdays 8 am. to 12:30 pm.

The plunging price of steel is "something we have to get through," says Greg Baise, president of the Illinois Manufacturers Association.

Baise said this slowdown began to grab hold in late 2014 to early 2015. Since then, Illinois-based manufacturing heavyweights Caterpillar, John Deere and Granite City Steel have cut workforces.

The price for scrap steel has plunged by four times and in December stood at $35 per ton. Aluminum cans have fallen about half and now are at 40 cents per pound. Copper has dropped by about 70 cents per pound.

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Lynn Foster dies, former Vermilion County Clerk

The former Vermilion County Clerk is being remembered following her weekend death. Lynn Foster served as County Clerk for 24 years before she was defeated in the 2014 General Election. She died Saturday after a brief battle with cancer.

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Danville Police investigate home invasion, stabbing

Danville Police are investigating a home invasion and stabbing which occurred early Wednesday morning in the 1300 block of West Williams Street.

The stabbing victim wasn't identified. He suffered life-threatening injuries, according to investigators. Police believe it may have been a domestic incident.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Danville Police or call Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.

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Watseka Resource Center to offer help for flood victims

A one-stop resource center to assist flood victims will be open in Watseka Friday. The Trinity Church on E. Walnut Street is where several agencies will set up shop from 10 am 'til 7 pm.  Citizens are invited to stop for assistance.  No appointment is needed.

Meanwhile -- Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency personnel are operating a call-center from 11 am 'til 7 pm.  Assistance with damage assessments is available.

The City of Watseka also announcing a team of volunteers from the Lutheran Disaster relief Program will visit town Saturday.  The volunteer groups will offer help those in need that are cleaning up basements or garages from the flood. Those in need of help can today (Thursday) 815-432-6997 from 11 am until 7 pm.  A scheduled-appointment will be made.  This is a one-time event Saturday.

The City of Watsek also has flood clean-up tips.  Visit the Watseka Facebook page or the website at www.watsekacity.org

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Kankakee County sheriff's squad car broken into, AR-15 and ammo stolen

Law enforcement authorities in Kankakee County are asking for the public's help in solving a burglary involving a squad car. A marked Kankakee County sheriff's squad was broken into during the overnight hours Wednesday (January 6). The person responsible stole an AR-15 firearm, ammunition and a bulletproof vest.

The vehicle's passenger side window had been broken and the squad car ransacked. This was in the area of South Wall and W. Water Streets.

The semi-automatic rifle was concealed inside a gun vault in the back of the vehicle.

CRIMESTOPPERS welcomes any calls about the crime. Call 815-932-7463.

Federal authorities have been notified about the burglary.

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