Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner overlooks the south fork of the Sangamon River, where two teenagers were killed while crossing a flooded road last week, during his tour to the area Sunday in Kincaid, Ill
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 05, 2016

Iroquois, Vermilion Among 11 More Counties In State Disaster Declaration

Governor Bruce Rauner visited the Iroquois County seat of Watseka Tuesday morning, where about 50 had to leave their homes last week.  Mayor Bob Harwood says given all the severe flooding problems in Southern Illinois, he feels good about the state's chances of a federal declaration. The bulk of damage in Vermilion County was to rural roads, and a sanitary sewer line in Danville.

Bruce (middle) discussing protocol with Rob James-Collier (Tomas, left) and Kevin Doyle (Mr. Mosley, right).
Courtesy of Masterpiece
January 04, 2016

Downton Abbey Historical Adviser On Season Six, Filming And More

Downton Abbey season six, the final season, premiered in the U.S. yesterday to great acclaim. It wouldn’t look the way it does or be so historically accurate, however, if it weren’t for Alastair Bruce. The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, Masterpiece’s smash hit about the Crawley family and their servants call Bruce, the show’s historical advisor, “The Oracle” because he knows everything about the customs and protocols of the time period. 

In this aerial photo, floodwater from the Mississippi River threatens the maximum security Menard Correctional Center, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Chester, Ill. Surging Midwestern rivers forced hundreds of evacuations, threatened dozens of levees and
Jeff Roberson/Associated Press
January 01, 2016

Flooding Prompts Evacuation In Portion Of Southern Illinois

Authorities near one levee in far southwestern Illinois are being told to move to higher ground.  The county board in Alexander County issued an emergency evacuation Friday.  Meanwhile, Governor Bruce Rauner ordered the Illinois National Guard to help with the recovery effort.   

A flooded corn field along Route 130 near Villa Grove.
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December 29, 2015

Rain Ends, But Flooding Continues In Illinois

A flood warning continued for much of central Illinois Tuesday, with specific flood warnings for the Sangamon River at Monticello, the Vermilion River near Danville, road closures in towns including Villa Grove and Sidney and standing water on roads in many other spots of the state.

A black tee shirt reading Ride for Ray.
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
December 11, 2015

Ray Spooner’s “Little Ride” Continues To Grow; Benefit On Sunday

In October, we told you the story of Ray Spooner, the Urbana man with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, who was embarking on a bike ride across the country to raise money and awareness for ALS research.  Ray is back home after finishing his ride, though it was anything but smooth.  As Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline learned this week, Ray’s “little ride” has turned into something much bigger.

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