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Federal grants awarded to township fire departments

U.S. Representative Robin Kelly's office announced (Tuesday) that Kankakee and Pilot Township fire departments have each been awarded federal grants to bolster their emergency operations.

The funds come from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program.

Kankakee Township plans to upgrade its extrication equipment. The department is getting a little more than $20,000.

Pilot Township will use its $114,858 grant to purchase air packs; breathing apparatus equipment.

The grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to enhance fire response and other emergency protection.

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Watseka Council lays out flood grant guidelines

The hope is to offer assistance to those property owners dealing with flood damage. But there's also a focus on keeping property on the local tax rolls.

The Watseka City Council has worked on a flood grant program that'll do just that -- provide up to $5,000 for people to move forward with demolishing damaged structures or contracting to have their structures raised.

The Council voted 8-0 to set three guidelines in place for the $5,000 grant to kick in.

There must be an application submitted for the grant, provide a certificate showing occupancy, and provide paid receipts for any materials in the process.

Mayor Bob Harwood said 39 homes are documented as having substantial flood damage. Letters have been mailed to those property owners to let them know they must meet the criteria of the National Flood Insurance Plan to either raise the structure or demolish it. Fourteen homes are in the process of being raised.

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NWS confirms tornado hit Will County

A damage assessment team from the National Weather Service (NWS) reports it was an EF1 tornado that hit eastern Will County over the weekend. The communities of Frankfort and Monee were cleaning up debris after the tornado hit, damaging eight homes. No injury was reported.

The twister was on the ground for 2.6 miles and winds were clocked at 90 mph.

A golf course was also damaged.

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IMH RANKED IN THE TOP 15% NATIONWIDE BY MEDICARE INVALUE BASED PURCHASING PROGRAM

Iroquois Memorial Hospital is ranked in the top 15% by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in their July 2015 Value Based Purchasing Report card.

"We are very excited to be ranked in the top 15% of over 3,500 hospitals nationwide and second out of area hospitals," said IMH Nurse Lead Leslie Cottrell. There are several factors that go into determining IMH's ranking. Some of those factors include HCAHPS scores, clinical outcomes, and efficiency.

Hospital Value-Based Purchasing is independently measured by CMS as a part of their long-standing effort to link Medicare's payment system to a value-based system to improve healthcare quality. Hospitals in the program are paid for inpatient acute care services based on the quality of care, not just quantity of the services they provide.

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Farm Safety Week – Drivers urged to be alert for farm equipment

This is Farm Safety Week. The Fall harvest is underway. Motorists need to be extra careful and aware of slow moving farm equipment on roadways.

Area police agencies are asking the motoring to realize that farm equipment includes not only tractors and combines, but grain trucks, grain wagons, truck tractor semi-trailers, auger wagons and trailers. Such equipment should be marked with a slow moving vehicle emblem.

Farmers are hitting the roads with their farm equipment, headed for the fields. Crashes involving farm equipment are not uncommon in Illinois; a state where the majority of over-all land is farmland. East-central Illinois records some of the highest farm equipment crashes.

Officials remind motorists that patience and courtesy is key to safety on the road. It is critical to use caution, slow down and share the road. Studies show that left-turn, rear-end and passing collisions are the most common types of accidents involving motorists and farm machinery.

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