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Indiana tornado victims urged to report damage

State homeland security officials in Indiana are urging Indiana residents to report storm damage from last week's tornado outbreak as soon as they can.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security needs damage reports from homeowners and local governments to determine whether or not the state will seek federal disaster aid.

Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson says the agency wants to make sure that people whose power was knocked out by the storms "have an opportunity to report their damage."

At least 28 tornadoes touched down in Indiana on Nov. 17, making the outbreak the state's third-largest on record.

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Candidate Filing Period begins…

Candidates were lining-up today (Monday, 11/25) to file petitions in advance of the March 18th Illinois Primary Election.

Candidates who were standing in line when the office opened will be placed in a lottery – if necessary – to determine which candidate's name appears first on the ballot.

Candidates only have Monday through Wednesday to file petitions this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday. The County Clerk's office will be closed on both Thursday and Friday. Monday, December 2nd is the last day to file candidacy petitions.

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Bourbonnais Sportsplex purchase stirs criticism

Could the Bourbonnais Park District be abolished ? That's something the citizens watchdog group OUTRAGE is talking about as it responds to a news story last week, that the park district plans to lease the former Hidden Cove Sportsplex.

The plan to lease what's been recently known as Legends Sportsplex comes after voters last year voted NO to have the park district take over the facility. Yet, now the plan is to lease it and eventually own it in 10 years.

Should the matter go back on the ballot to abolish the park district, it would take organizers over 4,000 signatures to place the question on a ballot. In November of 2012, voters rejected the idea of the park district taking over the facility by 2-1 margin.

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Local home-building company provides disaster assistance

                                                    All American Homes

It's a first step toward rebuilding after a disaster. And in Watseka, Designer Homes & Development are one of the home-building firms that can provide more-immediate help to those who lost their home.

Juanita Muller says the All American Disaster Relief Program can be an affordable solution – and with discounts. Muller says often times, home can be built and be ready to move in within 100 days.

And there's also priority scheduling for disaster victims, meaning disaster-victims get moved to the front of the waiting list.

And weather isn't a big factor like it could be for other builders. Designer homes are built in a controlled environment and delivered to the job site. Construction is completed a short time.

Randy & Juanita Muller have been Designer Homes reps for the last 15 years.

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Ford County businesses, agencies working to assist Gifford

Businesses and agencies in Ford County have stepped up to assist neighbors in nearby Gifford devastated Sunday's tornado.

The Paxton Record is a collection site for donations of toiletries and hosehold items. Another drop-off site is at Shields Automart Paxton. The Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton has offered to temporarily house displaced Gifford residents.

Gibson City and Paxton work crews helped get water service restored to the Gifford community.
Ford County avoided the destruction that was caused by Sunday's storm system in the northern Champaign County town.

No tornado touched down in Ford County; there were only straight-line winds, according to the National Weather service.

Ford County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Dennis Higgins said he spent most of Sunday afternoon in Gifford and the surrounding rural area. Higgins said he first checked about a dozen homes in the country around Gifford, all of which were "completely gone or not livable at all," to make sure nobody was still in the homes or injured.

Higgins was also in Gifford after checking on about a 12-mile area.

Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren said six Paxton firefighters were in Gifford on Sunday helping to search and secure homes. Gibson Area Ambulance Service also sent two ambulance crews to Gifford.

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