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Federal grant to benefit Manteno Fire Department

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding the Manteno Fire Department a federal grant. The Manteno Fire Protection District has been named a recipient of a $425,000 multi-year grant.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly provided information about the grant.

The salaries. benefits and pensions of three firefighters will be paid over three years. The new hires brings the department up to 23 full-time personnel.

94. 1 WGFA

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Loda village board says ‘No’ to share program for police protection

The Iroquois County towns of Buckley and Loda will not be sharing Buckley police officer Chris White. The Loda village boared recently voted down an offer from Bucley officials to share White's services.

Money was the issue. Loda trustees, on a 3-2 vote, felt there were more pressing matters to deal with in the community.

Earlier discussions would have had White gaining more work hours to be split between patrol time in the two towns. Questions about insurance and retirement benefits may have gotten in the way.

Loda officials may have another option to pursue; maybe finding a way to get the lake associations, Bayles Lake and Lake Iroquois, to share the costs of local police help.

94.1 WGFA

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Amazon Wind Farm to create revenue in Benton County

Benton County, Indiana has another wind farm under construction. The Amazon Wind Farm is being built.

After two years of development, farmland will be occupied by 65 turbines west of Fowler, just off State Road 18.

The Amazon Wind Farm entered into a 13-year power purchase agreement to supply electricity for its web services.

150 megawatts is the listed power, which is the equivalent of enough energy for 50,000 households.
The construction phase is set to be completed by the end of the year.

Pattern Energy Engineering manager Brad Hillman said that he cannot comment on the financial agreements they reached with area farmers, but he says the overall boost to the economy is substantial.

Taxes and onsite staff that will work on the site is estimated to generate around $40 million over the next 25 years.

Hillman said farmers benefit from leasing their land for the use of these turbines as well, especially during a rain-filled summer like this year.

Hillman said "It's a great way to create a stable revenue source for farmers who are in a position to have a wind turbine on their land, which is really good for this year because of all the rain we have gotten."

Hillman said it's all about creating a better tomorrow, "to create that environmentally power-friendly generation."

94.1 WGFA

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Pilot Hill Wind Farm ready to go

The Pilot Hill Wind Project is under construction and 103 turbines are nearly ready to produce electricity. The 187 megawatt wind farm, near Herscher, will feed the grid at the Commonwealth Edison sub-station in Kankakee.

Pilot Hill is within a month of becoming operational. The 103 turbines cover a 12-mile stretch south of Herscher.

A 10-person work crew will be involved in the operation.

Electricity from the wind farm is being purchased by Microsoft Corporation, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement with EDF Renewable Services.

EDF owns the wind farm property, acquired from the original developers Vision Energy and then Orion Energy.

It was Vision Energy, back in 2007, who first proposed the development. Back then, 300 turbines were planned for a 64-square mile area of four counties – Kankakee, Iroquois, Ford and Livingston. Pilot Hill's footprint today only includes Kankakee and Iroquois.

Another 30 turbines in Norton Township are in the planning stage. They would be part of Kelly Creek Wind Farm, covering northern Ford County.

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Illinois crops remain flooded

The rain let up, but it's too late to save some of Illinois' crops.

"When you say 'save'," said USDA Illinois statistician Mark Schleusener, "there are certainly spots within fields – and perhaps some entire fields – that are lost. It's not hard to find what people call the potholes in the field, and they've been underwater for days and weeks, and those plants are dead. Almost every field in Illinois has a little corner or some spot like that."

Fifteen percent of corn and 19 percent of soybeans are in poor to very poor condition. Only about half the corn and soybean crops are in good to excellent condition.

The progress report shows 32 percent of corn in the dough stage, and 31 percent of soybeans are setting pods.

Dave Dahl, IL Radio Network
Filed Under: Agribusiness, State News