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Cyber safety section on Ready Illinois website offers online safety information for home, businesses and children SPRINGFIELD - Whether through a computer at home, school or work, or with a mobile device, millions of Americans access the Internet each

Cyber safety section on Ready Illinois website offers online safety information for home, businesses and children

SPRINGFIELD – Whether through a computer at home, school or work, or with a mobile device, millions of Americans access the Internet each day. The Internet provides almost limitless opportunities while creating risks that can range from mere inconveniences to serious threats such as identity theft and child safety.

Throughout October, which is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will highlight cyber safety to help people understand online risks and what they can do to prevent problems.

"The Internet is part of our everyday life," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "With the click of a mouse, we can make purchases, communicate with friends and family around the world and perform a myriad of business functions. We want people to understand how to protect their computer, personal information, business operations and, most importantly, their children from cyber risks."

Monken said the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov) includes a cyber safety section that provides information and links to dozens of resources for the safe use of computers and the Internet at home and businesses, as well as guidance for parents and children about online safety.

The site also offers information technology (IT) "Best Practices," including an IT policy template, sample policies and guidance on how to avoid risks associated with the storage of information on photocopiers, fax machines and printers.

Online shopping is just one of the many uses of the Internet that is rapidly growing in popularity. U.S. online retail sales are estimated to top $252 billion in 2013. While shopping on the Internet is convenient, it's important to ensure your computer has the latest security software, web browsers and operating system to provide the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.

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Cattle truck overturns on I-74

An interstate crash involving a truck carrying cattle that happened early Wednesday resulted in several cattle being killed.

Illinois State Police reported the truck driver was westbound on I-74 about 2:40 am. 29-year-old James D. Carmack was driving a livestock hauler when he ran off the road, struck the median cable and overturned.

State police cited Carmack for improper lane usage.
Carmack was carrying 65 head of cattle.

Carmack was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

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Indiana Deer hunter falls from tree stand

A Fountain County, Indiana deer hunter was airlifted to the hospital after a fall from a tree stand Wednesday afternoon.

Department of Natural Resource (DNR) officers said it happened around 4:15 p.m. in a wooded area south of Covington.

28-year-old Justin Raley of Covington was hunting in a stand about 20 feet off the ground. Investigators said the cables designed to hold up the bottom section of the stand rusted through and broke.

Raley was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with serious internal injuries and a broken wrist.

Investigators said Raley was not wearing a safety harness.

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34TH Annual Harvest Daze this weekend in Watseka

It's the largest fundraiser of the year for the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka. The 34th Annual Harvest Daze runs Friday evening through Sunday. Vendors, food, and entertainment are on the grounds at the old courthouse on Cherry Street.

Judy Ficke with the Old Courthousesays there's 70 vendors lined up for the weekend event. There's a car show and an antique tractor show. There's also a talent show.

Opening ceremonies are planned at 9 am Saturday. The American Legion Post 23 presents the colors with Bernie Markley singing the national anthem.

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KCC job fair Thursday

About 50 potential employers are setting up displays at the KCC Job Fair Thursday. The program runs from 9 am 'til Noon on the Kankakee Community College campus. The fair is free to the public. .

Veterans are especially encouraged to attend. Employers will conduct pre-screening interviews for full- and part-time positions.

Visitors are encouraged to dress for an interview and have resumes available.

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