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FEMA Denies State’s Appeal for Flood Assistance to Local Governments

                   Denial ends process for seeking federal assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today denied the state's appeal for federal assistance to help local governments in several counties recover from severe flooding and storms in late December and early January.

"The process is supposed to take into account a multitude of factors, but this denial demonstrates that only the numbers really matter," said James K. Joseph, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). "States with high populations concentrated in urban areas, such as we have in northeastern Illinois, often struggle to reach their thresholds, particularly when the impacts are in rural, sparsely populated areas of the state. Once again our poorest communities continue to suffer because of this unfair process."

Illinois' threshold for federal public assistance is $18.1 million, which is based on the state's population of $12.8 million multiplied by $1.41.

Joseph pointed to severe localized impacts that should have been considered, such as in Alexander County where local government expenses totaled more than $4 million. That equates to more than $486 for every person living in the county.

Under federal rules, the state cannot submit another appeal for federal assistance.

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Drug ‘Take-Back’ events scheduled …

Officials in Kankakee and Vermilion County are teaming up with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to collect those unwanted or used prescription medicines you may have around your homes.

Scheduled 'Drug Take-Back Day' is Saturday (April 30).

Any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off – no questions asked. Sheriff's deputies will be on hand to accept the drugs. The service is free and anonymous and will take place from 10 am until 2 pm.  Drop-off sites are at Northfield Square Mall in Bradley and the Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville.

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Bradley couple arrested for growing pot

A pot-growing operation near a school led to the arrests of two people Wednesday. Bradley police busted a couple who were growing marijuana in their house.

37-year-old Joshua Oden and 31-year-old Renee Kennedy are charged with manufacturing 20 to 50 cannabis plants, intent to deliver cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police confiscated 411.1 grams of cannabis with an estimated street value of $3,000. There were 21 plants from an indoor grow system.

Police discovered the operation during a search in the 300 block of North Michigan Avenue. Police have been investigating the pair for two weeks, according to a news release.

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Watseka: Citywide clean-up announced

The City of Watseka has set its annual citywide clean-up for early May.

Dumpsters will be provided at the city-owned yard waste facility on South 2nd Street on Saturday and Sunday, May 7th and 8th.

The service is for Watseka residents only. Residency verification will be required. The yard waste facility will be open Saturday (May 7) 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday (May 8) 1 – 6 pm.


Other items not accepted include: rocks, dirt, concrete, roofing materials, hazardous liquids, or any type of fuel containers, batteries and tires.

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Unemployment rates up again in east-central Illinois

Unemployment rates are up across East-Central Illinois. New numbers released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show numbers increasing in Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion Counties.

In Iroquois County the jobless rate climbed from 6.0 to 6.8 compared to last March. In Ford County, the unemployment rate of 6.5 percent in March was up one-percent from a year earlier.

Vermilion County's jobless rate hit 8.4 percent during March. That was up from 6.8 percent a year ago. The city of Danville's unemployment rate rose to 9.0 percent – up more than 2-percent from March of last year.

The jobless rate in the Champaign-Urbana-Rantoul area climbed one-percent to 5.8 percent last month.

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