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Women’s Clinic of Danville offers 1st annual Pro-Life Essay Contest for high school students

The Women’s Care Clinic of Danville is pleased to announce its first annual Pro-Life Essay Contest for high school students. Vermilion County, Illinois, students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit written essays or visual works of art addressing the topic, “Valuing Life from Conception to Natural Death.” Written essays must be no longer than 750 words; visual works should be unframed and mounted on 22 x 28 poster board or similar backing.  All entries become the property of Women’s Care Clinic for contest and promotional purposes. Entries are due Friday, March 20, 2015. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in each category; winners will be announced at the Clinic’s Annual Banquet for Life on Thursday April 23, 2015. For more information, complete rules and a printable contest poster, go to  The Women’s Care Clinic is located at 200 West Williams Street in Danville; phone number 217-431-0987; email

Heart Disease Takes the Lives of 1in 4 People Each Year

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Learn the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease during American Heart Month

SPRINGFIELD – February is American Heart Month and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. encourages everyone to reduce their risk of heart disease and learn the warning signs of a heart attack.

“Heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Illinois and the United States.  Every year, approximately 600,000 individuals die in the United States from heart disease.  That amounts to 1 in every 4 deaths,” said Director Shah.  “But there are things you can do to reduce your risk – even small steps like using spices instead of salt to season your food.  Use American Heart Month as an opportunity to make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease.”

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Little Lorraine will conduct Food Drive for Grant Township Food Cupboard

The Little Lorraine Theatre in downtown Hoopeston this weekend, February 6th, 7th & 8th will be donating to the Grant Township Food Cupboard.  Bring an item in to be donated to the Food Cupboard and see a movie.
Movie’s showing will be God’s Not Dead, Camp Harlow & Heaven is for Real.

John Greer PTO sells ‘Shuck the Corn’ scratch off tickets

John Greer Grade School is putting the fun back in fundraising with a new promotion.  Instead of taking orders and delivering products, the school will sell “Shuck the Corn” scratch off tickets.

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GOP to pick county board members

According to the Commercial News, The Vermilion County Republican Party will conduct meetings to choose replacements for two county board members.
At 7 p.m. Monday, the party’s central committee will meet at the fire station in Catlin to choose a board member to replace Dave Stone, who resigned after being appointed to the office of Vermilion County Recorder.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the central committee will meet at the fire station in Rossville on Illinois Route 1 to choose a board member to replace former board chairman Gary Weinard who is retiring from the county board.
For information, contact Stone at 474-1434. The public is welcome.

Vermilion to explore consolidating county, city voting offices

According to the News-Gazette, Vermilion County officials want one office, rather than two, handling all elections within the county.

The question is which office — the county clerk or a countywide election commission?

Vermilion is in the minority of counties in Illinois that have more than one office handling elections. In Vermilion’s case, the Danville Election Commission coordinates voter registration and elections within the city of Danville, and the county clerk’s office handles the same in the rest of the county.

Beginning today, county officials want to explore a consolidation of the two, an idea that’s been tossed around through the years but received no formal consideration until now.

The Vermilion County Board’s tax and elections committee will start that discussion during its 4:30 p.m. meeting in the courthouse annex, 6 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

County Board Chairman Mike Marron said he wants to put together a group that will study two options.

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January weather was cool and dry in Illinois

The statewide average temperature last month came in at 25.4 degrees.  That’s one degree below normal and the 53rd coldest January on record in Illinois according to state climatologist Jim Angel.  Statewide average precipitation for January was just over 1.5 inches, which is half inch below normal.  Angel says snowfall totals varied widely throughout the state.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

February 1, 2015

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Semi Crash Closes I-57


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Vermilion County woman held prisoner in a home.

A Vermilion County man was arrested after a woman reported she was being held prisoner in his home.

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