A brief evacuation this morning at the Valspar Corporation plant on Greenwood Avenue in Kankakee.
Kankakee fire reported a fire broke out in a mixing area of the plant. A fire department spokesman said it may have been a chemical reaction that led to the fire. No injury was reported. Damage estimates were unavailable.
Motorists were asked to avoid that area this morning. Some area roads were closed for emergency access.
Watseka Council – Watseka Ford fail to agree on dealership pact
It's back to the drawing board for a dealership agreement between Watseka Ford and the Watseka City Council.
And the failed agreement leaves a mutual disappointment between the two sides.
At issue is the cost of a utilities infrastructure project that'll allow the Bell Holdings Group to develop a new auto dealership on Watseka'a east edge. An earlier agreement called for a sanitary sewer and storm water project for road construction on a10-acre site east of the Watseka Wal-Mart, on Route 24.
A 3-2 vote (Tuesday) by the city council was against the infrastructure project. Some council-members say they're not against the project, but instead against the cost.
The city has been working with Bell Holdings in arranging a sales tax agreement and a revolving loan fund to create a new Ford dealership. The proposal includes a 10-acre split of the property, for the dealership plus other business developments.
Proponents say it means city growth, jobs, and sales tax revenues.
No injuries or severe damage has been reported, but straight line winds knocked down tree limbs and power lines during a storm system that blew through Central Illinois Monday evening.
The storm activity continued into west-central parts of Indiana too. Flash flooding was reported.
The storms produced watches and warnings for most of the area around 5:30 p.m. lasting until around 9 pm. According to the National Weather Service, damage was scattered both north and south of Bloomington-Normal. Weather spotters reported high winds and some hail, in some spots.
Winds measured at 62 miles per hour were reported at the National Weather Service office just east of Lincoln. The Chicago area had wind gusts at 70 mph.
In Bloomington, winds gusted at 53 miles per hour at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.
A handful of counties had scattered power outages as well.