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Prep for more severe weather in Central Illinois Friday

The National Weather Service is telling us to be ready for more threatening weather today (Friday).  

Thunderstorms rolled through Central Illinois Thursday, damaging  trees and power lines.  The heavy rain added yet more moisture to already saturated grounds, but damage reports weren’t too severe.

Meteorologists say now’s the time to get yourself in the severe weather mode. Gino Izzo says “it’s about preparation not reaction.”

Today’s forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms during the day and an 80 percent chance at night. Isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail will be possible.

The chance of thunderstorms drops to 60 percent Saturday, and the weather is expected to be partly sunny Sunday and Monday.

The storms Thursday through Saturday are expected to drop a total of 2 to 3 inches of rain, prompting concerns about flash.

Watseka Public Works crews and fire department personnel were clearing some trees and power lines last night.  North 6th Street and W. North Street had debris on the roadway.  A semi was blown over on I-57 north of Gilman.  Winds were clocked at 56 mph.

Iroquois County Amateur Radio Club members were activated with weather spotting detail last evening.

Thursday’s storms toppled a tree 16 to 30 inches in diameter on Illinois 116 near Minonk about 3:30 p.m. About 15 minutes later, a 50 mph gust was reported in El Paso.

Ameren reported about 15,000 customers without power statewide late Thursday night, but most of the outages were in the Springfield and East St. Louis areas. Local outages were 123 customers in Logan County, 60 in DeWitt County, 45 in Tazewell County, 23 in Woodford and nine in McLean County.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch from 1 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evening

High temperatures are expected to be about 80 degrees Friday and Saturday and about 68 degrees Sunday and Monday.

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Rutherford announcing bid for Governor’s office

The notice was issued Thursday from the office of Treasurer Dan Rutherford. The long-time Republican voice for central-Illinois is expected to announce his bid for Governor Sunday.

It's been at least a year now that Rutherford's been talking about the state's financial problems and what needs to be done to fix it. He's hinted about a run for the state's top job. Now that announcement is here.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford will announce his plans formally at a series of stops and rallies beginning Sunday.

The first-term statewide officeholder confirmed Thursday that he'll launch a day's worth of rallies in Chicago Sunday and then head south for stops in his home-town Pontiac area and then Springfield. He'll make a formal announcement to the media Monday in Springfield.

The 58-year-old Pontiac native will be the first to formally enter what could be a crowded GOP race. Other potential candidates include wealthy hedge fund manager Bruce Rauner of Chicago and state Sens. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale.

The winner of the primary will take on the winner of the Democratic race. Gov. Pat Quinn is eyeing another term, but he could be challenged by Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Rutherford was elected to the Illinois House in 1992 and then moved to the Senate in 2003. He was elected state treasurer in 2010.

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Special Weather Statement - Iroquois County

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
556 PM CDT THU MAY 30 2013
...SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT...

AT 556 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A STRONG THUNDERSTORM 12 MILES SOUTHWEST OF PAXTON...MOVING NORTH AT 50 MPH.

UP TO PENNY SIZE HAIL...WINDS 50 TO 55 MPH...OCCASIONAL CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING...BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS...ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM.

CITIES AND TOWNS AFFECTED...
PAXTON... BUCKLEY... PIPER CITY...
GILMAN... ONARGA... ASHKUM...
CLIFTON...


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE SMALL BRANCHES TO BE BLOWN DOWN...AND LOOSE OBJECTS TO BLOW AROUND. STAY AWAY FROM HIGH OBJECTS OUTDOORS SUCH AS TREES. HEAVY RAINFALL COULD LEAD TO STANDING WATER ON ROADWAYS AND POOR VISIBILITY. SEEK SHELTER IN A STURDY STRUCTURE UNTIL THIS STORM HAS PASSED.

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Watseka City Council sworn-in

Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and four newly-elected city aldermen took their oath of office Tuesday night.  Among the new members of the administration is alder-woman Monna Ulfers.  She was elected in April to replace Marty Bramsteadt, who moved from the area. Ulfers represents the 4th Ward.

Also winning election in the Consolidated Election were Marvin Purvis, Mike Marcier and L.D. Smith. 

Other city officials sworn-in by City Attorney Frank Simutis were Treasurer Carolyn DeLahr and City Clerk Sean Deneau.

Yet to be filled is an aldermanic vacancy in Ward 3.  Tim Matthewson recently resigned when he re-located, moving out of

Ward 3.

 

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Mayor Harwood votes give payraises to Police Chief and Public Works Director

Deadlocked votes by city aldermen in Watseka last night forced Mayor Bob Harwood to break the ties. And his Yes votes gave two-percent pay hikes to Police Chief Roger Lebeck and Public Works Director Marvin DeLahr

Proposed pay increases were on the table for the two officials.  Aldermen Chuck Garfield, Mike Warren and L.D. Smith voted against the increases, while aldermen Bill Nutter, Mike Marcier and Marvin Purvis voted in favor.  

The City Council did approve two-percent pay hikes for Administrative Clerk Kathy Kosik, Code Enforcement officer Stan Molter and city employee Sonny Brammer.

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