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Bicentennial flags raised across Illinois

Flag raising ceremony last signature Bicentennial event until Aug. 26, but other events are planned.

Bicentennial flags across the state were raised simultaneously Monday at noon as part of a statewide signature bicentennial event, but one self-described historian said more needs to be done.
In Iroquois County, retired Circuit Judge Robert Dannehl called on officials and citizens to raise the level of government.
Dannehl spoke at a flag-raising event in front of the courthouse in Watseka. A similar event was held in Paxton where Ford County Board member Chase McCall read a proclation.
The next signature event isn’t until Aug. 26, the anniversary of Illinois’ first constitution.

Springfield’s Pasfield House owner Tony Leone was on a Bicentennial planning commission under Gov. Pat Quinn. He said some ideas from that effort weren’t carried over.

Leone said he doesn’t want to be a downer, but he fears in the transition of administrations some of the moment got lost in the shuffle.

Events other than signature events are scheduled throughout the rest of the year with details at Illinois200.com.

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Express Employment Services assisting local businesses

       Chamber Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Monday, (December 4th), the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Express Employment Professionals.

The new business venture joined the Chamber. Express Employment Professionals is located at 1801 N. State Route 1 Suite 2 in Watseka.

The business is owned by Lynn & Richard Yoerk. They offer services in Iroquois and Vermilion counties. They can be reached by phone at 815-785-1135 or visit their website www.expresspros.com. Express Employment Professionals is here to help with job openings in the area.

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Indiana troopers launched Operation Pull Over Friday night

Friday night, Indiana State Police targeted impaired drivers in Greater Lafayette. Itwas all a part of Operation Pull Over. Troopers were on the lookout for impaired and dangerous drivers.

They also made sure people were using their seatbelts.
Checkpoints were conducted throughout the evening hours.
Police are asking people to observe the following tips:
• Use a designated driver.

• Don’t get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Call a taxi or Uber.
• If you are hosting a party have non-alcoholic drinks available.
• Don’t let friends drive drunk. Take their keys if possible. Offer them a ride with a sober driver or have them spend the night.
ISP wants to remind the public to call 911 if they see an impaired driver.
Troopers hope events like this deter people from drinking and driving.

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$4,000 Worth of Items Stolen From Vehicle In Dwight

The Dwight Police Department is investigating a theft from a motor vehicle.

The theft occurred during the overnight hours November 28th in the 300-block of Spencer Street. A 54-year-old Dwight male said that his medication, drums, band stands and microphones were stolen.

The police department said no forced entry was made and the total amount of items stolen was $4,500.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dwight Police Department.

   Auto break-ins reported at Morocco, IN

Police in Morocco, IN advise citizens to be aware that a series of auto break-ins occurred in the last few days. Miscellaneous items, including loose change and other personal items were reported stolen.

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Braidwood Man sent to prison for possession of drugs

A 21-year-old Braidwood man will spend the next year behind bars. Matthew Garrelts pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of prescription-medication. He was sentenced to one year in prison for the class 4 felony.

In September of 2016, Garrelts was indicted by a Grundy County grand jury for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a class four felony and unlawful possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver, a class three felony.

Garrelts also pleaded guilty to DUI and was placed on two years conditional discharge and must pay over $1,000 in fines.

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