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Dubble credits fire departments for communication response to downed 911 system

A long frustrating day in Iroquois County Monday finds the 9-1-1 system back up and operational today. And, the Internet is back online, enabling both telephone landlines and cellphones again.

AT&T work crews repaired a cut fiber-optic line along Route 1 near Papineau. The cut line took out service about 12:30 am Monday. Once the problem area was located, the repairs were made and service gradually returned by around 8:30 pm.

AT&T officials have not said whether the cut line was accidental or an act of vandalism. The service outage stretched into northwest Indiana.

Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble said up to 10 fire departments were able to man back-up call-boxes at their fire stations to handle incoming emergency calls and then relay those calls to the 9-1-1 center by radio communication.

It's not the first time such communications have broken down, so the back-up system finds key people knowing their roles.

"I can't say enough good things about their effort. It's what's so good about the first responders, we're a family and we work together as a team," Dubble said Monday afternoon as service was being restored. "The fire departments and the dispatchers got it done. I can't thank them enough."

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Police investigating “cloud file” of nude photos of Herscher high school students

Herscher Police are working with Herscher School District administrators investigating reports of several photos of high school girls found on a computer file. The photos, according to the Daily-Journal were discovered on a Google cloud storage-unit.
The Journal reported the digital drive required a password to access it, so it was not available to the public.

Police have not offered any further comment.

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Livingston County crowd forces meeting postponement

The Livingston County Board adjourned early Thursday evening, postponing its regularly scheduled monthly meeting until a location could be found that could accommodate the crowd of more than 300 people who would not normally attend.

Hundreds of representatives and employees of United Auto Workers, Teamsters, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and other labor groups were present to express concern about Gov. Bruce Rauner's controversial Turnaround Agenda.

The agenda includes a right-to-work provision he hoped counties would support and possibly put up for referendum. Right-to-work legislation is cited by unions as threatening to the power of unionized labor.

The meeting was to begin in a second story hall of the Historic Courthouse. Shortly after calling the meeting to order, Livingston County Board Chairman Marty Fannin announced that, due to an inability to accommodate everyone, the meeting would take a 15-minute recess. The meeting was moved to another hall in the Law and Justice Center.

The second meeting hall was also filled beyond capacity.

Fannin then announced that the room was not large enough for the people attending, and motioned for adjournment, noting that the meeting was postponed until a larger facility could house all of those who might plan to attend.

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Iroquois County phone service interrupted; fiber-optic line cut

Repair crews are headed to a location along Illinois Route 17 in Kankakee County where a fiber-optic was cut, eliminating phone service for much of Iroquois County.

The problem started about 12:30 am today (Monday). AT&T reported a cut line, what was believed to between Watseka and St. Anne. The problem area was actually located on Route 17 and work crews are now on the job.

Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble reported fire departments have been manning back-up telephone lines for emergencies.

AT&T and Verizon cell phone were affected. The Verizon service has since been re-stored.

Landline service with AT&T and Frontier was not working. But Dubble said those customers who dial 9-1-1 will get thru to local fire departments or you'll reach Kankakee County, KANCOM.

So 9-1-1 service was operational, despite.

Nita Dubble told WGFA listeners (this morning) those emergency calls are being answered.

"Fire departments are manning back-up call-boxes and relaying info from callers to 9-1-1," Dubble said.

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Rt 1/17 Railroad crossing at Grant Park to close for repairs

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced the planned closing of the Union Pacific Railroad crossing in Grant Park for re-construction. The closing will begin Monday, April 27th and last for 14 days.

IDOT has a detour arranged. Posted signs will direct traffic.

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