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New substation improves services for EIEC

Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, a member-owned co-op serving electricity to the rural areas of East Central Illinois, recently energized its 27th substation.

The substation, located on U.S. 45 north of Loda, will help provide power to many homes and businesses in the area, including Midwest Poultry near Loda — which has one of the largest electric loads for the 13,500-meter cooperative.

“This new substation will help increase reliability and reduce outage times for our member/owners,” said EIEC’s president and chief executive officer, Bob Hunzinger.

“This substation will provide additional supply and backup for our members served from our existing Buckley, Cissna Park and, ultimately, our Paxton substations.”

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Aqua Illinois welcomes public to Watseka Open House

The citizens of Watseka are invited to an Open House September 1 to learn more about what Aqua Illinois is about and what the company has to offer should the company purchase the city's water and waste-water treatment system.

The Open House, from 4-7 pm, on Thursday, September 1 at City Hall would be followed by a Special City Council meeting.

Aqua Illinois president Craig Blanchette said "we had the public hearing, good comments and questions caem from it, but there's still questions that persist.  He said we're open to hosting an open house to answer questions and provide information for the public."

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Watseka aldermen concerned water & sewer rate proposal too high

A proposal to hike the Watseka sewer and water rates by 100% over the next eight-months isn’t setting well with some aldermen.

The City Council (Tuesday) took no action on a proposal to raise the rates 75% by October 1, then another 25% next May. A decision is likely next month.

The city leaders all realize a rate hike is a must, but “too much, too soon” seems to be the objection.

A formal vote was tabled (Tuesday) when City attorney Frank Simutis informed the council the matter had to be presented as an Ordinance, which wasn’t prepared for this meeting.

It’s clear, the rates will have to increase to meet demands on the water & sewer system for the future. In fact, Mayor Bob Harwood said the system’s taking a $200,000 hit this fiscal year.

The City Council is yet to decide whether the system, now operated and managed by ERH Enterprises, will continue as is, be sold, or the city take over the operation.

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Chatsworth crash kills Wisconsin motorcyclist

A Wisconsin man died Monday after his motorcycle crashed into a van in Chatsworth.

The Livingston County Coroner’s office identified the victim as 51-year-old Richard Gasman of Hortonville, Wis. He was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the crash.
The accident happened at 5:45 pm at Fourth Street and U.S. Route 24.

Illinois State Police and the Coroner’s office are investigating. Chatsworth Fire and EMS answered the call.

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River rescue, 4 youths pulled from Vermilion River

Four juveniles, wading in the Vermilion River near the Forest Glen Preserve over the weekend, were swept off their feet by the swift current. All four were rescued after a three-hour episode.

The Vermilion County Sheriff’s department responded. Reports indicated the youths were in the river clinging to tree roots.

Officers from the Sheriff’s Department, the Dive Team/Swift Water Rescue Unit, All-Terrain Search and Rescue Unit, and Conservation officers were all dispatched. Three of the juveniles managed to safely get to the other side of the river.

A fourth juvenile was discovered a mile and a half downstream, still in the water clinging to a tree. All four of the juveniles were recovered safely, and suffered only minor scrapes and bruises.

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