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Low-Interest Loans Available For Flood Victims

(Undated)  --  Low-interest loans are available for some people who've been impacted by the recent floods.  The Disaster Recovery Linked Deposit Program helps residents, businesses and farmers get the cash they need to recover from weather-related damage to their property.  Even those who expect their flood insurance to cover most of the damage are eligible for the loan for one year until their reimbursement arrives.  The maximum interest rate for qualifying borrowers is just over two-point-three-percent for a two-year loan and about two-point-seven-percent for a three-year loan for the month of April 2013.  Check out for more details.   

Be Careful Cleaning Up After The Floods

(Undated)  --  State officials say people should be sure to protect themselves against possible disease as they prepare to clean up after recent floods.  Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says flood waters can contaminate food, water, house appliances and just about anything it touches.  Flood water and sewer overflows can contain bacteria, fecal material, viruses and other organisms that may cause disease.  Those involved in the cleanup process should avoid skin contact with flood and sewer water, keep kids away from flood water and sewage backup, don't eat or drink anything exposed to flood and sewer water, keep contaminated objects away from your mouth, hands, and nose, and wash your hands frequently.

Monk Accused Of Trying To Kidnap Teenager

(Antioch, IL)  --  A Benedictine monk from Wisconsin is behind bars after allegedly trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl from Antioch.  The "Chicago Sun-times" reports 57-year-old Thomas Chmura admitted offering rides to young girls over the past six weeks.  He allegedly tried to lure the Antioch teen into his car last Friday by telling her how beautiful she was.  The girl took off running and reported Chmura to police.  He was arrested Friday night and charged with attempted child abduction and disorderly conduct.

One More Day To Enroll In Prepaid Tuition Program

(Undated)  --  Illinois parents have one more day to sign up for the College Illinois prepaid tuition program.  The enrollment period ends tomorrow.  The program allows parents to buy a college plan for as little as 40-dollars a month.  Contract prices vary and are based on the age or grade of the beneficiary.  For more details on how you can save now and avoid the rising costs of college tuition, check out

Central Illinois Woman Celebrates 109 Years

(Congerville, IL)  --  A Central Illinois woman is celebrating 109 years today.  Mae Schrock's secret to living a long life isn't that complicated.  She tells the "Bloomington Pantagraph" she's alive today simply because she just didn't die.  Aside from that, Schrock says she's always kept pretty busy, even holding on to her driver's license until she was 102.  Schrock plans to celebrate her big day at a party with her family. 

Illinois River Levels Dropping - Finally

(Undated)  --  Water levels along the Illinois River are dropping.  Residents along the areas affected by recent floods were relived yesterday as their efforts to sandbag finally seemed to be working.  The "Journal-Register" says the Illinois River in Meredosia was down to 28-point-five-feet yesterday.  Meanwhile, levels were also dropping in the areas of Havana and Beardstown.

Some Indiana Drivers May Pay E-Z Pass Fee

(Springfield, IL)  --  Indiana drivers who pay for Illinois tolls using an E-Z Pass transponder could be on the hook for an extra fee in the very near future.  Illinois officials say they're looking to add a three-cent transaction fee for Indiana drivers who use E-Z pass on the Chicago Skyway and the Indiana Toll Road.  Indiana drivers who have the I-Pass transponder already pay the fee in addition to normal tolls.  According to officials the added fee would balance out a long-unresolved issue of fairness.

Wisconsin Monk Faces Abduction Allegations

(Undated)  --  A Benedictine monk from Wisconsin is under arrest in Illinois, accused of the attempted abduction of a teenager.  The "Sun-Times" said Thomas Chmura faces charges of trying to abduct a 14-year-old in Antioch.  Police say Chmura, of Saint Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wisconsin, admits he's tried to offer rides to young girls in recent weeks.

Rockford Hosts Twins Convention

(Rockford, IL)  --  Folks in Rockford are seeing double -- many times over.  That's because the 49th annual Illinois Twins Convention was in town over the weekend.  Organizers say the convention is an opportunity for twins of all ages to come together and talk about what it's like to have the special bond twin siblings enjoy.


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