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Ashkum fire ruins former store-front

A fire of suspicious origins did major damage to biker hangout in Ashkum Saturday night.

The Stone Cold Motorcycle Club clubhouse caught fire about 8 o'clock Saturday evening and it took the efforts of several area fire departments to bring it under control.

The building is one of the oldest on Main Street in Ashkum, built around 1856.

The motorcycle club rehabbed the property about 4 years ago, fixed up the front room, and has using the building for social gatherings since that time.

Yellow police tape is keeping club members from getting inside to see if the old building can be repaired and saved.

It is expected the yellow tape will come down once a state fire marshal has completed an investigation.

{news submitted by WGFA's Mack Berry}

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Illinois Rail Safety Week – What Most Americans Do Not Know About Vehicle Versus Train Crashes

Ashkum, IL – During Illinois Rail Safety Week, which runs from September 14th to September 20th, the Illinois State Police District 21 wants to promote safety for both motorists and pedestrians around railroad tracks. Most Americans are unaware of the dangers associated with railroad crossings and trains. Did you know, according to Operation Lifesaver, that across the United States;
- 333 - Number in millions of vehicles that cross railroad tracks every day.
- 270 - Number of people killed in 2012 at highway rail grade crossings.
- 442 - Number of people killed in 2012 trespassing on railroad property.
- 18 - Number of football fields it takes a freight train, traveling at 55 mph, to stop.
- 50 - Percentage of vehicle/train collisions that occur at crossings with active warning devices (lights, gates, bells).
- 212,600 - Approximate number of at grade highway rail crossings in the United States.
- 40 - Times you are more likely to die in a crash with a train than you are to die in a vehicle crash.
- 3 - Average time, in hours, between each incident where a vehicle or pedestrian is struck by a train.

When crossing railroad tracks, you must always follow the law and be aware of your surroundings! For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

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TV Anchor Announces His Own Terminal Diagnosis

(Champaign, IL) -- A television news anchor in Champaign used the airwaves to announce that he has brain cancer and is only expected to live for four to six months. Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA, Channel 3 that doctors say the tumor is too large for surgery or radiation. The Addison native and NIU graduate said he'll try a new treatment to slow the tumor's growth and hopes to work as long as he can.             {Metro News}

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Presence St. Mary’s Hospital named one of 2014 America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience

Kankakee, IL ...... Presence St. Mary's Hospital has been named as one of the 2014 America's 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by WomenCertified Inc., home of the Women's Choice Award®.

The Women's Choice Award seal is reserved for hospitals across America who partner with WomenCertified in its mission to empower women to make smart healthcare choices. The distinction is the only award that identifies the country's best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital, including quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women.

"Being treated with the proper level of care impacts one's health, well-being, and healing so it is critical for women to know those hospitals that demonstrate the highest level of quality care to their patients" says Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified Inc., home to the Women's Choice Award, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines.     {submitted}

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Schleef retires from Iroquois County Zoning office

Iroquois County Zoning administrator Gloria Schleef calls it a career today. She's retiring after 24 years as the planning and zoning chief.

Mrs. Schleef was recognized by the county board this week.
Schleef began her county employment in May 1992 in the assessor's office. She became zoning administrator in 1994 and the duties and office operation was moved into its own department.

Schleef's 24 years as planning and zoning administrator of Iroquois County now finds the county board reducing the office to a single employee. Debbie Wright continues, but she's been moved to the assessor's office in a cost-cutting move. Mrs. Wright will work under the supervision of Supervisor of Assessments, Bob Yergler.

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