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Four seeking prosecutor's job in Ford County

The applicants of four attorneys are on file as they look to become Ford County's next state's attorney. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted in May.

Attorneys Lance Camp of Paxton, Andrew Killian of Gibson City, Erik Gibson of Galesburg and Randy Yedinak of Pontiac have all applied for the for the state's attorney's job. One of them will be selected to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of now-state's attorney Matt Fitton to a Ford County judgeship.

Republican party leaders and a panel of other local officials will interview the candidates. The Republican precinct committeemen and special panel will make recommendations for the county board's consideration on who should be appointed. The county board is expected to vote on approval of that candidate at its June 9 meeting.

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Kankakee County approves loan to meet bill payments

The Kankakee County Board Tuesday met in special session. The Board OK'd a $3-million loan that'll hopefully allow the county to pay its bills.

The loan is likely to buy some time to allow the county to make it through top the next tax cycle.

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JUSTICE THOMAS L. KILBRIDE TO ADMINISTER OATH TO NEW ATTORNEYS

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride will administer the attorney's oath to 21 new lawyers who will be admitted to practice in a ceremony in Ottawa on Thursday, May 1.

The group is among 691 men and women who were certified as candidates and will be sworn in as Illinois attorneys at ceremonies in the state's five Supreme Court judicial districts.

The program in the Third Judicial District will begin at 11 a.m. in the Appellate Court Building at 1004 Columbus Street in Ottawa.

Justice Kilbride will preside over the ceremony and welcome the members of the class, their families and friends.

George Leynaud will be the speaker for the ceremony. Mr. Leynaud is engaged in the general prac-tice of law with the firm of Leynaud & Leynaud in Peru.

Umberto S. Davi, second vice-president of the Illinois State Bar Association, also will speak.

Circuit Judge Kathy Bradshaw Elliott of the 21st Judicial Circuit will make the motion to admit the class. Walter W. Ratajczyk, Assistant State's Attorney for Will County will second the motion to admit the class.

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Small Town Decriminalizes Pot

(Bradley, IL) -- People busted with a small amount of pot in Bradley, Illinois may not face criminal charges. Village board members cleared a new ordinance (Monday) which will allow police to write a ticket for anyone caught with less than ten-grams of pot. The fines would range from 200-to-750-dollars. Police officers would be allowed to use their discretion on whether to write a ticket or arrest the suspect, so repeat offenders may not get off as easily as they'd hope.            {Metro News}

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Onarga man dies in head-on crash on 45/52

A 75-year-old Onarga man was killed today (Tuesday) when his car collided head-on with a pickup truck on U.S. Route 45/52 in Kankakee County.

Donald L. Blanchette was northbound when he crossed the center line near County Road 6600S. The car hit a pickup driving south. Illinois State police report the crash happened just before 10 am.

Blanchette was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
An unidentified 42-year-old man from St. Anne was the driver of the pickup. He was taken to a local hospital.
The crash closed Route 45/52 at 6500 South for nearly three hours.

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