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Give thanks for good health by donating blood this holiday season

— The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30

Iroquois County >

11/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fire Station, 301 S. Chicago

Kankakee County >

Aroma Park
11/11/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, 3rd and Division

11/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
11/4/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friends and Family of Jace Lillis-Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center, 200 West John Casey Road
11/9/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
11/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
11/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
11/27/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., GatheringPoint Church, 897 W. Bourbonnais Pkwy.
11/28/2017: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 1560 Career Center Rd.
11/30/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/1/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.

11/2/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bradley Village Hall, 147 S.Michigan

11/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Limestone Fire Department, 4948 W Rt 17

Saint Anne
11/28/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Anne Parish Hall, 230 N. Sixth

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

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October clocks in as eighth-wettest on record

Last month was the eighth-wettest October in local weather history, with 6.31 inches of rain, nearly twice as much as the October average of 3.26 inches.

It also was the wettest month of 2017, surpassing the 5.91 inches of rain in May. The total comes despite four consecutive unusually dry months from June through September.

The wettest October locally was in 1941, when there was 9.01 inches of rain. Local weather records go back to 1888.

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Illinois farmers push for harvest emergency to quickly get crops in

– Farmers in Illinois are asking Gov. Bruce Rauner for a little help as they try to quickly wrap up this fall’s harvest.

Because of a rainy spring and late rain this fall, there are still farmers in some parts of Illinois with acres and acres of corn and beans in their fields, and they are running out of time to harvest it.

The Illinois Farm Bureau asked Rauner for a Harvest Season Emergency declaration about two weeks ago.

Kevin Rund with the Farm Bureau said a declaration will allow farmers to add 10 percent more grain to the trucks taking their crops to storage.

“It would allow farmers to get permits to haul a load that exceeded the typical wight limits that apply to trucks,” Rund said.

But farmers have not yet heard back from the governor’s office. Rauner himself is in Israel this week on a weeklong trade mission.

Even if the governor approves the declaration, Rund said farmers shouldn’t rush to overload their grain trucks.
“If farmers hear of a governor’s declaration, they need to remember that there is more to it than that,” Rund said. “They need to check whether or not a local permit is required. If so, they’ll need that permit in hand before they can take advantage of the additional weight.”

Rund said that could mean a permit from the county, township, city, and the state.

Illinois has had a harvest emergency provision since the 1980s but has never used it. Rund says a new tweak to the law makes it more user friendly.

Farmers in northern and northwestern Illinois are still behind in the harvest, and they’d benefit the most from an emergency declaration.

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Update: Arrest made in Beaverville bank robbery

A Pembroke Township man is under arrest for the Wednesday morning bank robbery at the Iroquois Farmers State Bank in Beaverville.

41-year-old Michael Chism is charged with armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and theft.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, with assistance from sheriff’s police in Kankakee County, Illinois State Police and the St. Anne Police Department snd Illinois Conservation Police were all involved in the investigation and eventual arrest.

Police report an undisclosed amount of cash was taken in the robbery at about 9:40 am. Eye witness reports identified Chism. He was arrested at his residence, taken into custody without incident. Police were assisted with a description of a black SUV observed fleeing northbound from Beaverville. No injury was reported.

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Beaverville Bank robbery

Reports of a bank robbery at the Iroquois Farmers State Bank of Beaverville this (Wed) morning. Authorities were searching for a black SUV that fled northbound from the Iroquois County town. It happened just before 10 am.

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police, Illinois State Police answered the call.

There was a lone employee in the bank. Reports indicated a black male robbed the facility at gunpoint. He had a mask and some sort of back-pack. The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injury was reported.

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