Several traffic accidents have been reported in the Kankakee area and to the north this morning. Light to moderate snow has been reported. Some routes were posing slick conditions. Highway crews were reporting the snow, coupled with re-freezing from the earlier snowfall and freezing rain, was leading to several slide-offs.
Motorists are advised to be aware of changing road conditions. The snowfall is expected to end by mid-morning to around noon. Then, gradulay clearing with dropping temperatures.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be opening at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Rantoul to serve homeowners, renters and business owners who were affected by the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes.
DRC services include help with applying for disaster assistance and finding out about other disaster programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration, state and local agencies and voluntary organizations. Residents must apply with FEMA even if they already provided damage information to local officials, other agencies or organizations.
Rantoul Recreation Building 100 East Flessner Ave. Rantoul, IL 61866 Regular hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week, until further notice
Individuals can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST seven days a week until further notice.
Disaster recovery officials work closely with community leaders to find DRC locations that provide safe and easy access for all survivors. More centers will open as sites are identified and approved.
Santa Train visits area towns, Tree Lighting in Gilman
The Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad's Annual Santa Train passed thru and stopped in several area communities Saturday and Sunday.
Quite a few children visited with Santa during stops Saturday in Gilman, Thawville, Roberts, Melvin and Gibson City. Sunday's stops were in Onarga, Danforth, Ashkum, Clifton and Chebanse.
Gilman also officially lit up its Christmas tree to set the mood for the season. The Iroquois West High School band provided holiday entertainment for the weekend occasion.... the "Light up Your Heart for Christmas" activity.
2013-2014 ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU® YOUNG LEADER COMMITTEE MEMBERS CHOSEN
CHICAGO — The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Young Leader Committee elected its 2013-2014 committee members during the IFB Annual Meeting, held in Chicago, Dec. 7-10.
The committee members, which include Chair Jared Finegan of Ford-Iroquois County, Vice Chair Matt Rush of Wayne County, Secretary Matthew Starr of Hancock County, Achievement Sub-Committee Chair Daniel Gvillo of Madison County, Education and Recruitment Sub-Committee Chair Ryan Voorhees of Tazewell County and Governmental Affairs and Commodities Sub-Committee Chair Dale Pitstick of Kane County, will assume their positions at the end of the IFB Annual Meeting.
Members of the IFB Young Leaders are 18-35 year-old men and women who are passionate about farming. It is a member-created, member-driven program of the IFB that allows members to promote agriculture and compete in events, including the Young Leader achievement award, excellence in agriculture award, discussion meets, quiz bowl, membership contest, county chair award and young leader video contest.