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2 Storms in 5 Days

Low pressure currently developing in Colorado will track E/NE into the Great Lakes by Saturday evening.  This system is quite different than those we’ve recently seen, as it is approaching from the southwest and has more moisture and warmer air to work with.  As a result, a wide variety of wintery precipitation is expected across central Illinois.

Precipitation Onset:
Light snow will develop by around midday on Friday, January 31st then continue into the early evening hours.  This initial surge of precipitation will be quite light, with most locations along/north of a Jacksonville to Danville line measuring less than 1” of snow.  Further south, conditions will be warm enough to support all rain or a rain/snow mix south of I-70.

Main Event:
As low pressure ejects northeastward out of Colorado, precipitation will become heavier from late Friday evening through early Saturday afternoon.  Warmer air lifting northward ahead of the system will allow the precipitation to change to freezing rain or just plain rain across a large swath of central and southeast Illinois…with mainly snow falling from the Peoria area northwestward.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, January 31, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Another Winter Storm headed our way for the weekend

Winter will continue to kick us around the next 10 days.
Models are in pretty much agreement that we will have a system move through Friday night into Saturday and bring a wintry mix of both ice and snow.
Ice accumulations shouldn’t be heavy but mixed with 2-4” of snow (heavier amounts the further north you are), it will still make traveling hazardous.


January 29, 2014, Danville, Illinois- The Bismarck-Henning High School Boys Basketball Team will host the 5th annual “Hoops for Hope” Breast Cancer Awareness home game Friday, February 14. The Blue Devils will be sporting pink uniforms for the 7 p.m. game, and fans are invited to show support and help paint the gym pink by wearing breast cancer awareness pink attire! 

Once again the Cancer Center at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center is honored to be chosen as the recipient of funds raised at this event through cash donations, t-shirt sales, ribbon sales, a 50/50 raffle, a bake sale and more.  Money raised helps pay for medicine, transportation and other care and support for local breast cancer patients.

Hoops for Hope T-shirts order forms are available at Presence United Samaritans’ Gift Shop. Shirts must be ordered by Tuesday, February 4.

For more information on Hoops for Hope, contact, or Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Foundation, 217.442.6583.

Illinois families struggle to heat home due to high propane costs

As families throughout Illinois struggle with the soaring demand and high prices for propane to heat their homes, State Representative Josh Harms (R-Watseka) is asking Governor Quinn and Attorney General Madigan to take additional measures to help affected residents weather the storm.  In letters sent to both Quinn and Madigan, Harms and fellow lawmakers, detail four possible actions to help alleviate the crisis, while also requesting the investigation of price gouging and broken supplier contracts. 

Harms said he was especially appreciative of the Governors swift action in filing an emergency disaster proclamation regarding the critical shortages of LP gas within our state, however, additional steps need to be taken to ensure our residents make it through the winter.

Harms Introduces Bill to Protect Religious Organizations

Watseka…State Representative Josh Harms (R-Watseka) has introduced legislation to protect religious organizations from having to participate in any way with same sex marriages.  After the passage of Senate Bill 10, same sex marriage, there were protections put in place for churches but not for other facilities associated with the church.  Representative Harms stated that this legislation, House Bill 4263, is necessary to ensure that religious organizations are not statutorily forced to go against their faith.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
January 28, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, January 27, 2014

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