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Rauner’s top ag officials resign

The state's two top ambassadors for Illinois agriculture resigned Thursday.

Phil Nelson, a LaSalle County farmer who had served as Gov. Bruce Rauner's agriculture director for just nine months, and Patrick Buchen, who served a short stint as manager of the two state fairs, left their posts. The governor's office made the announcement.

Rauner's office offered no explanation for their departure but said Nelson will remain on the payroll for the next month to help with the transition.

"I appreciate Director Nelson's commitment to agriculture and his service to the people of Illinois," Rauner said in a prepared statement. "I wish him all the best."

Rauner named current Department of Agriculture Chief of Staff Warren Goetsch as acting director. A search for a permanent replacement is underway.

Nelson served as president of the Illinois Farm Bureau before joining the Rauner administration in January.

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Condon seeks new trial

Convicted-killer Andrew Condon is asking the court for a new trial.  The rural Ashkum man is jailed awaiting sentencing for the murder of Jonathan Rubin of Danforth.  The shooting death of Rubin took place at a Gilman gas station where was employed in 2013. 

The 36-year-old Condon was found guilty of first-degree murder by an Iroquois County jury in late August. 

Condon's attorney Ed Glazar Jr. filed the motion for a new trial.  The motion cites several errors made durign the trial.  Judge Gordon Lustfeldt heard the trial in Watseka.

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Iroquois County police beat

21-year-old Terry Blair of Gilman was arrested early today for violating his bail bond.  He was arrested by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police on a warrant. Deputies returned him from the Livingston County Jail.

Gilman Police arrested 47-year-old Kelly Marie Cookston.  The Gilman woman was charged with criminal trespass to property.

Watseka Polcie arrested 32-year-old Cory Durflinger of Watseka.  He was wanted on a Ford County warrant for failing to appear for a DUI.

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Jobless rate holding steady, rises slightly in Iroquois County

Unemployment numbers are holding steady in Illinois. But the local rate in Iroquois County did rise a bit in August. The Iroquois number jumped from 4.9 to an even 5% last month.

The Kankakee County rate is at 6.1%, down from 7.8 in 2014.

Vermilion County unemployment in August held steady at 6.7%. The City of Danville had a slight jump from 7.6 to 7.9%. The Champaign County rate dropped from 5% to 4.9.

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St. Anne Pumpkin Fest all go this weekend

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the pumpkin crop is down this year, but that won't stop any activities in St. Anne where the annual Pumpkin Festival is set for this weekend.

It's 27 years strong. And the fun never goes away.
And this year, the James Bond theme will find seven different Bond vehicles on display. They're featured in the Saturday afternoon parade.

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The rain and flooding this summer took a big bite out of the pumpkin harvest. But there's still plenty of 'orange' that light-up St. Anne. A line-up of games, food, carnival rides, and live entertainment is enhanced with the Bond vehicles.

Doug Redenius is one of the founders of the Ian Fleming Foundation, making the movie-famous Bond vehicles available...

The Bond display will include the Neptune Submarine from the film "For Your Eyes Only," Q Boat and Flying Parahawk from "The World Is Not Enough," Pool Boat from "Live And Let Die," the Jaguar from "Die Another Day," the Aston Martin from "The Living Daylights" and the model Goldfinger Jet from "Goldfinger."

"This will be the first time that people can see this many vehicles on display at once," said Fleming Foundation co-founder Doug Redenius.

Pumpkin Festival co-chair Barb Deneau says "the pumpkin crop suffered just like all the other crops." But don't fret, the James Bond theme is making the weekend show a real attraction.

"This year's theme is 'The World of James Bond,'" Deneau said.

Co-Chair Bob Hubert says the small community comes alive for the annual event...

The Pumpkin fest runs Friday through Sunday in downtown St. Anne.

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