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Observe National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September by donating blood with the American Red Cross

           Help maintain a diverse blood supply to meet the needs of all patients

PEORIA, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2014) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.

Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Ford County
Sept. 15 from 3-7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 110 E. Illinois St. in Sibley, Ill.

Iroquois County
Sept. 8 from 1-6:30 p.m. at Sheldon Community Center, 104 S. Fourth in Sheldon, Ill.
Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, 200 E.Fairman Ave. in Watseka, Ill.

Kankakee County
Sept. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive in Kankakee, Ill.
Sept. 4 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Sept. 5 from 1:45-7 p.m. at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Road in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cornerstone Church, 393 Southcreek Drive in Manteno, Ill.
Sept. 11 from 3-7 p.m. at Limestone Fire Department, 4948 W. Route 17 in Kankakee, Ill.
Sept. 11 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart, 505 Riverstone Parkway in Kankakee, Ill.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Momence Police arrest robbery suspect

A 24-year-old Kankakee man is under arrest for robbery and aggravated battery. Cavonte Robinson was taken into custody Monday night after Momence officers surrounded a home in Sun River Terrace. A canine unit was used to apprehend the suspect after he reportedly ran from police. Robinson was found hiding in a crawl space.

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Students, Motorists, Cyclists & School Bus Drivers Urged to Heighten Awareness Around School Zones

Ashkum, IL – Students are headed back to school for a new school year and the Illinois
State Police are reminding the citizens of Illinois to take the necessary safety precautions while driving through school communities.

Illinois State Police District 21 Commander Lieutenant Randy Ness is urging motorists, cyclists, school bus drivers, students and parents about the increased vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian traffic in and around school zones.

"As schools across Illinois open their doors for a new school year, Illinois State Police want to remind the public that school zone speed limits will be enforced and drivers should pay attention to the pedestrian traffic and school buses with flashing lights and safety signals," said Lieutenant Colonel Todd Kilby. "Officers will also increase their presence to focus on school zone speed; electronic device and seatbelt violations and other forms of distracted driving," he added.

These violations are serious and can result in hefty fines and possible license suspensions.

To be safe in school zones, motorists should follow these safety tips:
 Motorists must stop for red flashing lights when the stop arms are extended when driving behind a bus and when coming toward a bus on an undivided road.
 If the roadway is divided (two lanes in each direction) motorist traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop.

Illinois State Police Safety Education Officers are available to provide educational presentations at area schools and throughout the community promoting safe driving habits. Lieutenant Randy Ness added that District 21's primary goal is to ensure the safety of our driving communities with vigilance and increase public awareness.

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Area nursing homes recognized

Ten area nursing homes, including two in Iroquois County and one in Ford County, received five-star overall quality ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Gibson Area Community Hospital Annex at Gibson City; The Iroquois Resident, Watseka; and Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth were ranked five-star. Others are: Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana; Country Health, Gifford; Farmer City Rehab & Health Care; Hawthorne Inn of Danville; Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, Mattoon;  Sullivan Rehabilitation & Health Care, Sullivan; and Tuscola Health Care Center.

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Rauner campaign stops in Iroquois County

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bruce Rauner made Iroquois County part of a ten stop bus tour of the state. The weekend trip was made on a bus called the "Shake Up Springfield Express." Rauner said the bus represents the goal of his campaign.

Rauner said his support is coming from both parties. He said Saturday, "I've even had many members of the general assemble - in both parties, even democrats - say, 'Bruce we need a guy like you down here.

Rauner explained his goals for the office to local Republicans in Iroquois County. He also addressed a recurring issue in the race, his wealth.

Rauner explained, "I made a lot of money. I'm proud of it. And I'm not going to take a salary. I want you guys, the taxpayer to keep the money. I'm not going to take a pension, I want the taxpayers to keep the money."

Rauner's bus tour also made stops in Mclean County in Normal, in Piatt County and in the peoria area.  More bus tours are scheduled Monday.

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