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Barickman addresses Iroquois County GOP Women, calls Springfield “toxic”

Illinois Senator Jason Brickman is as frustrated as anyone else when it comes to the budget impasse in Springfield. In fact, he said, he too feels your pain.

Despite the pain, the always smiling, always-energetic Barickman told members and friends of the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club (Thursday) he really likes representing the people of east-central Illinois in the state legislature.

Barickman said he believes "the legislature should be problem solvers, but House Speaker (Mike) Madigan is giving us a chance to do that. My hope is that Speaker Madigan will join our effort to make Illinois a more competitive place."

Barickman added, hopefully he'll realize mistakes of the past and work on making it better for all of us.

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Sen. Rezin one of six women to receive 2015 Women of Distinction Award

Princeton, IL – Calling it a "tremendous honor and a humbling day," State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Peru) joined five other incredible women in receiving the Illinois Valley Living magazine and the Bureau County Republican, Putnam County Record and the Tonica News 2015 Women of Distinction Award Oct. 15.

"When I was first told I was being recognized for this honor, my jaw hit the floor. It was the first time in my life I was speechless. Literally, speechless. You wouldn't think that from someone in public office – being speechless," Rezin said with a laugh. "To not only be recognized in this way, but to also stand alongside five other tremendous women who also received this honor, it's a moment I will never forget."

Sen. Rezin established the Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance in 2013, which has brought communities, local governments, and emergency personnel together from the region to help prepare for extreme weather events, especially floods, through education, communication, education, and the purchasing of flood-prevention materials. This Alliance is actively seeking grant funding now and has since become a statewide and national model.

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Illinois updates tire storage rules after 2013 Hoopeston fire

The Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued new rules about how to handle used tires.

State officials said the rules will apply to operators of tire disposal and storage sites and facilities that retread, stamp and die-cut tires. The rules are meant to protect from tire fires and breeding of disease-carrying mosquitoes from standing water in tires.

The rules will require operators to change the way they store used tires both indoors and outdoors. The rules also will give emergency responders easier access to tire piles in case there's a fire or other emergency.

It was a June 2013 tire fire near Hoopeston that had everyone's attention on the need for stronger regulations.

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Power outages investigated in NW Indiana

Several power outages reported in White County area leaves more than 700 customers without power Wednesday night.
The outage began around 10:30 pm as reported by a NIPSCO spokesperson.

The NIPSCO website reported a total of four outages in the Monticello area affecting 739 residents and one power outage around Chalmers affecting another 19 customers. As of late Wednesday, they were not sure of the cause of the outages.

NIPSCO ask customers to check the NIPSCO website for updates on power restoration.

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Livingston County confirms 2 West Nile cases

The Livingston County Health Department is confirming two residents have tested positive for West Nile virus. It brings to 57 the number of Illinoisans who have had confirmed cases of the potentially deadly disease this year.

"We have had two positive West Nile cases in Livingston County," MaLinda Hillman, Livingston County Health Department administrator said Wednesday. Both received medical treatment.

Statewide, five of the 57 people with confirmed cases of West Nile have died.

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