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Central Illinois man ready to provide hurricane relief

MT. ZION, Ill. (WCIA) – Dean Otta is one of hundreds of Red Cross volunteers across the country that are ready to face Hurricane Ian, and he’s from right here in Central Illinois. As soon as airports open up, Otta will fly to Florida. He’s been following natural disasters like Hurricane Ian for over a […]
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Demonstrator Disrupts DeVore News Conference On SAFE-T Act

The heated debate over the SAFE-T Act and the end of cash bail in Illinois continues. Republican candidate for attorney general Thomas DeVore called a news conference in Chicago to contend that eliminating cash bail would actually result in more Black and Hispanic suspects being detained without bond. That’s because the law provides for suspects to be held indefinitely for certain “forcible felonies” where probation is not an option, which DeVore says will impact minority suspects disproportionately. But the news conference was disrupted by a demonstrator who accused DeVore of wanting to see more minorities incarcerated by trying to keep the cash bail system in place.

Chicago volunteers head to Florida in aftermath of Ian

CHICAGO - The American Red Cross estimates there are 13,000 people in shelters in Florida after Hurricane Ian ripped through the state Wednesday. Now, more trained volunteers from Chicago are on the way. Red Cross officials say thousands of emergency vehicles loaded with supplies were positioned in Florida before Ian...

WIRC Project Santa Program Deadline This Friday

The deadline for first consideration is the Western Illinois Regional Council’s Project Santa Program is this Friday, September 30th at 4 pm. Public Relations Manager Jamie Roth says the program has been around since 1983:. “It’s mission is to provide a Happy Holiday full of gifts, food, and clothing...

Illinois Red Cross mobilizing to help Florida residents

CHICAGO - With Hurricane Ian making landfall Wednesday afternoon, catastrophic winds and flooding has left residents displaced. At O’Hare International Airport (ORD), there were no flights in or out of Florida by late Wednesday morning. Despite that, disaster workers and volunteers are still heading into the storm zone to help.

Local organizations & volunteers helping Hurricane Ian relief efforts

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — In Central Illinois and surrounding communities, organizations and volunteers are stepping up to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian. For 12 years, Dean Otta has volunteered with the American Red Cross and assisted with other disaster relief efforts. His next mission will entail helping those impacted by Hurricane Ian. “New people […]

Central Illinois relief organizations mobilize for Hurricane Ian

In the wake of Hurricane Ian, relief organizations across Central Illinois band together to provide some help to the tens of thousands of Floridians without shelter and food. Lisa Martin is the executive director of Midwest Food Bank Morton. She says as soon as a disaster happens, volunteers at the food bank's warehouses leap into action to pack “disaster boxes.”

Recovery Corps: At Your Service

The recovery organization, launched in 2018, is taking the notion of peer support to the next level. Peers are the bedrock of recovery support services, and peer support comes in many forms. Traditionally, support is informal, like sponsorship through 12-step programs or the natural give-and-take that happens when people in recovery come together. Formal training is also available, and most states have a certification process for trained peer workers. Either way, formal or informal, peers share their experiences, provide encouragement and hope, and create opportunities for friendship and fellowship.

Three Agencies, Countless Possibilities

CHICAGO, Ill. – Sept. 29, 2022 – Regions Bank on Thursday announced a $20,000 donation to Housing Action Illinois that will support three affordable housing initiatives throughout the state. This first-time community collaboration supports housing programs and resources for at-risk and low-income families served by the Embaras River...

200M pounds of toxic chemicals dumped into US waterways in 2020: analysis

Polluters in just 10 states were responsible for more than half of the 193.6 million pounds of contaminants released into U.S. waterways in 2020, a new report has found. Toxic discharge flowed into one in every three local watersheds across the country and included many cancer-linked chemicals, according to the findings, published three weeks ahead of the Clean Water Act’s 50th anniversary.

Susan G. Komen Story Started in Illinois

As we near October and breast cancer awareness month many will begin to hear about Susan G. Komen. Her name is tied to a foundation that has raised millions of dollars for breast cancer research and Gail Young – the Executive Director of the Susan G. Komen central Illinois chapter says that Susan’s story started in Illinois.