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Clifton Mayor resigns; relocating to Florida

The Village of Clifton Mayor Jan Meier O'Connell resigned this past week. Her husband accepted a job opportunity in Florida. And the family will be moving there.

The resignation is effective Friday, January 17th.

O'Connell has served the village for 18 years, first as a trustee, then as mayor. She told the Clifton Advocate "she's grateful to the village residents for giving her the opportunity to serve on the board."

O'Connell said she's seen a lot of progress during her 18 years and she knows there's more to come.

Long-time village trustee Bob Berns is likely to succeed O'Connell. He has a choice to resign as trustee or serve as interim-mayor. Berns can either serve as Mayor ProTem or interim mayor until the next municipal election in the Spring of 2015

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Winter weather problems not isolated

Hardware stores and other fix-it-up shops are reporting some busy times as homeowners are now feeling the effects of last week's snowfall and arctic temperatures. The weather blindsided many of us in Illinois and Indiana.

The weather went from many people using space heaters to using sump pumps and roof repair materials. Pot-holes have become an extreme problem too. Auto repair shops are reporting numerous tire and rim damage and also front-end problems on vehicles.

Flood related devices are also common purchases. The melting snow has caused concern for possible flooding.

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Flood warning in effect for Kankakee River at Shelby, IN

Flood advisories for Momence, Wilmington

The Kankakee River at Shelby was under a flood warning until further notice Monday due to weekend rains and melting snow.
The National Weather Service said the river was at 10.2 feet at 6:45 a.m. Monday morning. Flood stage is 9 feet.

Minor flooding was occurring Monday morning and only minor flooding was forecast.

The river is expected to rise slightly to a crest of 10.3 feet by midnight Tuesday, but the National Weather Service warned ice jams were also possible. Ice jams can cause rapid fluctuations in river levels.

At 10 feet, the Kankakee River at Shelby can cause flooding that impacts local and county roads. Wildwood Estates and Sumava Resorts experience minor flooding as well.

The NWS has Flood Advisories on the Kankakee River at Momence and Wilmington. The Wilmington site is until Tuesday morning. The advisory at Momence is until Wednesday evening.

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Riverside Welcomes Neurology Nurse Practitioner

                              Jessica Kellett, NP-C Joining Riverside Neurology Specialists

KANKAKEE, IL (January 13, 2014) – Riverside Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of Jessica Kellett, NP, who will see adult neurology patients with the Riverside Medical Group Neurology Specialists.

"I believe in delivering healthcare that is compassionate, holistic and patient-centered. Health promotion and disease prevention are equally as important as the treatment of the disease," said Kellett. "I encourage my patients to make lifestyle choices that will help them achieve happy, healthy lives, to the fullest extent possible for them.

Kellett earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Illinois State University. She also earned both her Bachelor and Master of Science in nursing from Rush University in Chicago. She is a member of the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society.

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Kankakee River flood warning issued

The Kankakee County Emergency Management Agency is on standby status for potential Kankakee River flooding.

The action came when the National Weather Service at Chicago issued a flood warning for the river at Momence at 9:45 am Friday, according to EMA Director Dave Zinanni. NWS also issued a warning for the Shelby, Ind., area, about 20 miles upstream from Momence.

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