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Bourbonnais: Rt. 45 intersection closed

John Casey Road, at the intersection of U.S. Route 45 in Bourbonnais is closed to the east for one-half block. Officials report the route is scheduled to be re-opened by 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 22nd.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Shake Out Drill welcomes your participation

The 2013 GREAT CENTRAL U.S. SHAKE OUT is Thursday, October 17th at 10:17 am.

Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is teaming with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium in welcoming your and your organization to practice earthquake safety.

Iroquois County EMA welcomes your participation and feedback. After the brief 1-minute drill, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us what you learned. Mail, email, or telephone us and tell us how your group/organization participated and what you may have learned.

In total more than 17 million people worldwide will practice earthquake safety. Hopefully, even more will see and learn what to do should a real earthquake ever affect the local area. Learn more at www.shakeout.com/centralus/login

DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON is what we want you to do during the :60 second drill at 10:17 am.

94.1 WGFA Radio is a proud sponsor of the GREAT CENTRAL U.S. SHAKE OUT. If your organization wishes, tune in a few minutes before the 10:17 am drill and WGFA will guide your participation by airing a :60 PSA (Public Service Announcement), encouraging participants to "DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON."

Schools, businesses, government offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and citizens at home are encouraged to practice the drill and then discuss your experiences.

The Iroquois County EMA/ESDA office, as always, welcomes your feedback and questions. Visit our website: www.iqesda.com

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Housing Development Planned in Rossville; lots selling for $1

Rossville Mayor Richard Queen says it's a "great deal." Homeowner lots are selling for $1 each in his community. The hope is to generate a tax base.

Chicago-area developer Will Nelson says when he saw an ad offering one-dollar lots it intrigued him, ''and honestly I doubted it could be real, but it certainly is,'' he added. The Village of Rossville bought the land located on both the north and south sides of the community in hopes of finding a developer.

Mayor Queen says "we've found the developer and we're we want to move on this." He says "'because these lots will come back on the tax rolls and the village and the county will benefit,' it's quite deal," the Mayor said.

Nelson has plans for The Carriage Homes of Rossville. Buyers will choose from five different sets of ranch-style, maintenance free, single family attached homes. They range in size from 1,200 to 2,000 square feet.

''These will not be cookie cutter homes; we are building quality homes with high-end amenities,'' says Nelson. He adds ''buyers are buying a lifestyle as much as they are a new home.''

The homes will be built on lots served by the Rossville Village water, sewer and natural gas service. There are no age restrictions for the development. The average price of the homes is expected to be around $150-thousand dollars.

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Federal Government Re-opens

Washington, D.C. lawmakers found compromise late Wednesday approving a bipartisan deal to reopen the federal government and avert an unprecedented debt default. It ended a 16-day impasse. President Obama said he will sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk.

The Senate voted 81-18; The House voted 285-144. Only Republicans opposed the deal in each chamber.

Both chambers then adjourned for the rest of the week. House Republican leaders accepted the Senate deal to end the partial shutdown and avert a Thursday deadline to raise the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, which would have been a risk to the nation's economic standing.

Republicans were committed to keeping up their fight to rein in the Affordable Care Act but would use "smart, targeted strikes" and aggressive oversight in the future.

"Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president's health care
law will continue," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Republicans remain opposed to new taxes, he added.

Republicans initially had demanded delaying or defunding the health care law before they would agree to raise the debt ceiling or fund the government, but those demands faded over several weeks.

The final deal does not include any significant revisions of the Affordable Care Act.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Ford County Board moves to withdraw from Ford-Iroquois Health Department

The Ford County Board voted this week to gain state approval to withdraw Ford County from the arrangement for the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

The board's hired-attorney is asking the state public health department to allow Ford County to separate from the two-county arrangement.

A letter to State public health director Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck is asking the board to take action to withdraw from the agency in either November or December. The health department would then be split up effective June 30, 2014.

The Ford County Board has already prepared a resolution to withdraw. The Ford County Board has not publicly discussed as a full board the reasons for needing to split up the health department, but Chairman Rick Bowen said Tuesday that conversations between board members have occurred.

The Iroquois County Board has also indicated it too, favors dissolving the dual-county health department.

94.1 FM, WGFA