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Coal City tornado victims’ line up for assistance

Citizens in Grundy County are ready to receive financial pay-outs from a Long Term Recovery Committee for damages from the summer tornado in Coal City.

The Community Foundation of Grundy County has $299, 200 in a fund. Money will be distributed to affected residents beginning in October. Families need to be registered to be eligible for any funds.

The community finance director reports even though there were more than 800 property sites damaged or destroyed, fewer than 400 people have registered for assistance. There's an application deadline of October 2 for making the list to share in a monetary distribution.

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Watseka plans grant help for flood victims

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is winding up its Disaster Assistance visits in Iroquois and Grundy County today (Thursday). Representatives are at Watseka City hall and the Coal City Library again from 9 am 'til 4 pm.

The SBA help is still available online at www.sba.gov/disaster or by calling 800-659-2955. The application process for low-interest loans can still be completed on your own thru November 2nd.

SBA Rep Reece Strong said up to 20 people have visited the Disaster Shop at City Hall over the last week.

Meanwhile, the city of Watseka is working up its application process to provide grant help for flood victims. The grants will assist in rebuilding or demolition and help keep property sites on the local tax rolls.

Letters have been mailed to property owners that either raise their homes or demolish the structure. The grant is for those homes with 50% or more damage from flooding.

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Monon, IN woman killed in White County crash

A two-vehicle crash near Monon Wednesday afternoon killed a 41-year-old woman. Starlene Newbold died when her car was hit by an SUV. A passenger in her car was air-lifted to Indianapolis.

Sheriff Pat Shafer said Newbold was turning left onto Quarry Road from U.S. 421 when it was hit by the SUV driven by 35-year-old Heather Schubert of Zionsville.
Schubert was taken by ambulance to IU Health White Memorial Hospital before being transported to Lafayette.

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Watseka infrastructure work continues

Busted up streets, barricaded-closed roads can certainly frustrate motorists, but it's also part of the formula for an improved future. And – in Watseka, infrastructure improvement projects are just that – a focus on better times ahead.

It all takes time. But it is happening in different sections of the city.

City Public Works Director Marvin DeLahr informed the Public Works committee (Tuesday) that after delays in flood clean-up and recovery efforts, some of the infrastructure work is resuming. Sewer improvements and pot-hole patching has to be completed. It's hoped better weather conditions and resource supplies will keep progress moving forward.

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Lawsuit ruling favors Kankakee County jail operations

The Kankakee County Sheriff's Department is clarifying an earlier report about an inmates' lawsuit on how booking procedures are conducted at the County Jail.

The sheriff's office actually was a winner in a federal lawsuit regarding strip-searches of all inmates as they are booked in at the corrections facility.

Under-Sheriff Mike Downey said its standard practice, under Corrections guidelines, to strip-search those detained. He said the practice falls within the standards of protocol. And the court agreed.

Federal judge Colin Bruce of the Central District of Illinois favored the county in his ruling that the jail strip searches are constitutional.

Sheriff Tim Bukowski said this ruling could have a significant impact on county jail operations across the state.

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