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Armed robbery in Hoopeston

Hoopeston Police are investigating an armed robbery which occurred late Sunday night.

Police are looking for an individual seen wearing a disguise when entering and leaving Ted’ Home Beverage in the 100-block of W. Main Street at 11:15 pm. The suspect was brandishing a handgun. He’s considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hoopeston Police at 217-283-5196 or Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 217-446-8477.

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Union Pacific announces RR crossing detour in Watseka

The July and August rains have saturated the ground, leading to railroad grade crossings being impacted. That’s reason for the very-slow train traffic thru Watseka.

The saturated soils have affected the base for the grade crossings. That’s also affected the track, which has to be repaired. The slow trains are expected to continue until the track repair is completed.

And now comes word from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)... that the Route 24 and Route 1 Union Pacific Railroad crossing in Watseka will be closed for a week, beginning Tuesday, September 6.

The railroad will be rebuilding the grade crossing. The work is expected to take eight (8) days.

Beginning September 6, a detour will be in effect taking Route 1 and 24 traffic around the City of Watseka.

Motorists should use caution and expected delays along the detour route.

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Subdivision paving in Bourbonnais

Paving of the streets in the StoneMill Farms subdivision in Bourbonnais will start September 6.

This project is expected to take about six to seven days to complete, pending weather issues.

Traffic within the subdivision may be altered. Vehicles should not be parked on the streets during the construction period.

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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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