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Ameren Illinois Finalizes Storm Restorations

Ameren Illinois crews have restored service to more than 148,000 customers since Sunday's devastating storms and tornadoes

Collinsville, Ill. (Nov. 21, 2013) – More than 1,500 Ameren Illinois crews and contractors have completed repairs and restored service to a majority of the customers in the remaining Illinois communities, including the hard-hit areas of Gifford, Pekin and Washington.

"There are a few isolated outages, so today crews will move through the impacted areas to identify any remaining customers without service," said Ron Pate vice president Operations and Technical Services. "Our crews will also begin cleanup of the debris left from our damaged infrastructure."

At the peak of the outage, more than 148,000 customers were without power throughout the Ameren Illinois service area. The storm began working its way through the Ameren Illinois territory at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Hundreds of homes were lost or severely damaged.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the impacted communities," said Richard J. Mark, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois. "I also want to thank our customers for their patience as we worked through getting these outages resolved. The road to recovery will not be easy. In addition, my hat goes off to the field personnel and support staff for the tremendous work they have performed under less than ideal conditions."

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EIEC names new CEO/president

PAXTON — Bob Hunzinger has been named the next chief executive officer and president of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative (EIEC). He begins his new duties on January 1.

Hunzinger replaces Dave Champion, who is retiring after 40 years of service at Paxton-based EIEC.
"We are confident that Bob will serve our member/owners well and that he is the right person to lead our cooperative into the future," said Marion Chesnut, EIEC's board chairman.

Hunzinger, a native of Dieterich and graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, has 20 years of experience in the utility industry in Illinois. He has worked for Illinois Power in Champaign-Urbana and Decatur and the Soyland Power Cooperative. More recently, he served as general manager for municipal utilities in Kentucky and Florida. He has over 30 years of varied utility experience.

"I am excited and humbled for this opportunity and the trust the board members have placed in me," Hunzinger said. "I look forward to working closely with the board and the hard-working employees of EIEC to continue their history and tradition of providing excellent service.

EIEC is a rural electric cooperative that supplies electricity to about 12,000 member/owners. EIEC's board of directors selected Hunzinger following a nationwide search conducted over many months. The board interviewed several highly qualified candidates.

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Danville Police Seek Hit & Run Driver

                                                    Child hit by car


Danville Police are looking for a hit and run driver who struck a five-year-old boy with a small motorcycle. Police say the boy was hit after he exited a school bus on Garden Drive.

Officers said the stop arm of the bus was activated, and when the child walked across the bus path a small motorcycle, driven by a male with a female passenger, went through the stop arm striking the child.

The impact caused the motorcycle to fall over but the driver and passenger fled the scene. Police have recovered the cycle and are seeking the driver and passenger.

The five-year-old boy was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries. Anyone who has any information can contact Danville Police.

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Momence man killed, hit by truck

An 84-year-old man was killed in Momence Wednesday afternoon. Police report William Gilbert was hit by a vehicle in the 500-block of N. Ash Street.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said a village public works truck, collecting leaves, hit Gilbert near 6th and Ash streets. Gilbert was pronounced dead at the scene.

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EIEC progressing with restoration efforts ….

                                             Restoration efforts nearly complete

Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative line crews are nearing the end of the restoration process that began Sunday afternoon as high winds and tornadoes swept through east central Illinois.

In all, 5,497 accounts were without electricity at some point during the last two days, and over 100 electric poles were knocked down. The crews are now working to identify individual lines and poles that may still be damaged. Any Eastern Illini member/owners that are still without power are encouraged to call the co-op at 800-824-5102.

Dave Champion, Eastern Illini's President/CEO said, "We would like to thank all of our member/owners for their patience as we worked to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We'd also like to thank the four Illinois electric cooperatives that sent workers and equipment to our area to aid in the restoration process. As usual, our employees showed great determination and professionalism as they worked around the clock to get the lights back on for our member/owners." Champion continued, "The devastation that these storms left behind is tragic. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone that lost their homes and belongings." {submitted info}

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