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Report: Some Flood Waters Receding
There are reports of flood waters receding along parts of the Illinois, DuPage, and Des Plains rivers. The waters began a slow return towards normal yesterday after last weekend's record-setting floods. Officials say the Fox River is expected to crest sometime today but will likely remain above flood stage the rest of the week. In Lake County the flooding has affected nearly 45-hundred properties.
Worst Of Flooding May Not Be Over
Rain continues to fall in much of Illinois and is in the forecast for the next few days. That means some already flooded towns could get hit again. Water could top levees along the Illinois, Mississippi and Sangamon Rivers. Those who live near the rivers are being warned to prepare for extensive flooding.
Quinn Asks For Federal Help After Floods
Governor Quinn is asking FEMA to help out with flood assessments in Illinois. It's the first step in making sure people have the proper paperwork completed in order to get federal assistance. More than 80 counties have asked the state for help after storms ravaged their communities. Since last Thursday, more than 240 IDOT workers have helped deliver sandbags, plastic, pumps, hoses, and trucks to communities. The Department of
Corrections has put 600 inmates to work filling sandbags. And the Illinois State Police is keeping a close eye in interstates and other roads to make sure drivers are safe.
Drivers Can Register Their Vehicles Online
Drivers can save a trip to the DMV by renewing their vehicle registrations online. Secretary of State Jesse White says about 20,000 people have chosen the paperless option since the program launched last fall. Those who sign up will not only help save the earth by cutting down on paper usage, but they'll also help the state save about 400-grand. Drivers can sign up at CyberDriveIllinois.com.
Woman Charged With Cyber Stalking On School Principal
A Benton woman is facing charges after allegedly turning to Facebook to express her frustrations. Thirty-three year old Amy Brown said she wanted to kick a school principal's teeth "down her throat so she'd suffocate on them." The post was made on March 21st, but Brown was just arrested this past weekend. She was charged with cyber-stalking and has been released on bond.
Add Security Planned At Illinois Marathon
Authorities will increase security measures at this weekend's Illinois Marathon in Champaign. Police from the University of Illinois say they'll introduce certain added security in light of last week's Boston Marathon bombings. They say additional officers and resources will be evident and runners will now be required to use official badges supplied at registration.
Wine Tax Proposed
Illinois lawmakers are looking to impose a new tax on the purchase of a bottle of wine. The proposal would tax all bottles of wine sold in Illinois by two-cents per gallon. The revenue would then be used to promote the state's wine-tourism industry.
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