Bennett re-elected chairman of Ford County Republican Central Committee
Gibson City resident Tom Bennett will continue to lead the Republican party in Ford County. Bennett was re-elected chairman of the Ford County Republican Central Committee during the annual County Convention April 16th.
"We are very pleased to have precinct committeemen and women in 20 of 22 precincts in Ford County," Bennett said.
Bennett said the Ford County Republican party has "worked hard these last two years" to bridge the gap between voters and elected officials, "as we have held a forum for all four Republican governor candidates, sponsored a Meet the Candidates event for Republicans running for Ford County sheriff and judge, and provided several opportunities for voters to meet several Republican candidates throughout the year.
Other officers elected include Vice-Chair Tim Nuss of rural Roberts, Denis Fisher of Gibson City as secretary, Rob Pacey of Paxton as treasurer. Steve Pacey of Paxton, Jon Clark of rural Sibley and Phil Peterson of rural Gibson City serve as district chairs.
IEMA Encourages Participation in ‘America’s PrepareAthon!’ on April 30
First National Day of Action Expected to Draw Millions of Participants
SPRINGFIELD – On April 30, millions of people are expected to take part in the first-ever America's PrepareAthon!, a national day for preparedness actions sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout the state are encouraging individuals, families, businesses, schools, community organizations and others to be part of the event by participating in a preparedness activity related to tornadoes or floods.
For its part, IEMA will conduct a tornado drill for 120 employees in its largest workplace in Springfield. The five-story building houses more than half of the agency's employees and was damaged when tornadoes struck Springfield on March 12, 2006. IEMA will conduct tornado drills at its other facilities at later dates to ensure employee preparedness.
"Tornadoes and floods are two hazards we know well in Illinois," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "But just recognizing these hazards isn't enough. It's even more important to take action to prepare for those hazards. The national day of action on April 30 provides an excellent opportunity for people, businesses, schools and others to practice their plans."
America's PrepareAthon! is a new nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted twice a year.
The Central Unit Four School District at Clifton is a beneficiary of the Miner Charitable Foundation. The school district will receive $100,000 to go toward improvements for the school's auditorium and main building.
In return, the auditorium will be renamed in honor of the late Harold and Jean Miner of rural Watseka.
The foundation was established for the benefit of students and communities of Iroquois County.
Unit Four School Superintendent Tonya Evans said "we're very excited about the opportunity to upgrade our facilities and equipment for the fine arts program with this donation."
The program includes band, chorus, theatrical plays and other activities that use the auditorium.
The Miners were especially interested in music and the arts. Jean Miner was an accomplished musician and a member of a professional vocal trio with her sisters. She was a church organist for 30 years and played at the Iroquois County Fair draft horse show for many years.
Harold, a successful farmer and investor, served as one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's feed grains advisers in the 1970s, then on the advisory committee of U.S. Trade Representatives Clayton Yeutter and Carla Hill.
The donation to Central is the largest since the late Charles Studt, a bachelor farmer from rural Ashkum, left the athletic department nearly $108,000 after his death in 2007 and established a $350,000 fund with the University of Illinois Foundation to fund scholarships for Central students pursuing agriculture or engineering degrees.
Iroquois County Judge Gordon Lustfeldt (Monday) denied a change of venue request for Andrew Condon's murder trial. The rural Ashkum man's trial will remain in Iroquois County.
Defense attorney Ed Glazar had asked the court to move the trial for his 34-year-old client, claiming Condon cannot receive a fair trial in Iroquois County due to pretrial publicity. Glazar claimed that more than two-dozen newspaper articles that have been published about the case since Nov. 14, 2012, have prejudiced potential Iroquois County jurors.
Condon has pleaded innocent to two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2012 fatal shooting of 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin of Danforth. Records show Rubin was killed at the Shell gas station in Gilman where worked.
Judge Lustfeldt denied Glazar's motion. Assistant State's Attorney Alex O'Brien argued that the defense failed to meet its burden of proof.
O'Brien said the defense had to show that there's nobody in Iroquois County who either doesn't know about the case or who hasn't already made up their mind on it," and they didn't do that."