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“the lights went out” at Pembroke Township Hall

                                           Unpaid bill cited as reason

Pembroke Township officials have a meeting Tuesday. And the order of business will deal with a power shut-off that occurred Friday at the township hall.

A delinquent bill is the apparent reason the electricity was shut off. ComEd is owned more than $66,400 in unpaid bills, which officials blame on former township supervisor Leon Mondy.

Mondy faces sentencing in federal court in January and is looking at up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for stealing township funds. He admitted to using unauthorized cash withdrawals for gambling, while serving in office.

Township business may have to be re-located while officials work with ComEd to restore the power.

94.1 WGFA.

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Weather change this week, temps dropping

Monday's forecast may be a sign to get out and enjoy some warm sunshine. The 61 degree high may be the end of the pleasant temperature readings.

Rain Monday night and then a rain and snow mix is in Tuesday's forecast for Veteran's Day. The National Weather Service reports temps will drop Tuesday to near 38 by the close of the business day at 5 pm. The rest of the week will offers temps only in the 32-36 degree range.

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Teenager faces felony offenses in fatal crash that killed Watseka man

The 18-year-old driver of a car that slammed into a pickup truck and killed a Watseka man earlier this year will face felony charges.

Dakota Papineau of Bourbonnais faces reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving charges for the collision that took the life of David Senesac and severely injured Senesac's grandson. Civil lawsuits are also on file on behalf of the Senesac family.

The Iroquois County grand jury returned the indictments against Papineau last week.

Iroquois County State's attorney Jim Devine said Papineau is free on bond. Another court appearance is set for this week in Watseka.

The Sheriff's department reported Papineau turned himself in at the jail Friday. He was wanted on a warrant for reckless homicide.

The traffic accident happened northwest of Watseka at a rural intersection. Sheriff's Police reported the vehicle Papineau and two friends were in ran thru a marked-intersection. The collision killed Senesac and left his grandson with serious injuries, which the young boy is recovering from.

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Iroquois County waving Volleyball banner

          Watseka, Cissna Park claim Super-Sectional wins

It's not an everyday occurrence, but two Iroquois County communities are celebrating State appearances in high school sports competition.

And when it comes to volleyball prowess, it's not all that surprising that the volleyball tradition in both Watseka and Cissna Park finds the two schools proudly waving their banners.

Cissna Park and Watseka make IHSA volleyball appearances at this next weekend.

At the Danville Schlarman 1A Super-Sectional Saturday, Cissna Park's T'wolves fought off the host Hilltoppers to earn the trip to Redbird Arena at ISU.

In Class 2A at Christ the King High School in Chicago, Watseka's Lady Warriors held off the defending 2A state champs from Elmhurst Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep to earn a state appearance at ISU.

Cissna Park coach Josh Landon and Watseka's Krista PuFahl can't say 'Thank You' enough for all the community support.


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Message to Iroquois County Board: ‘butt out, mind your own business’

          "seek and destroy agenda" driven by County Board Chairman

 

Voters sent a message loud and clear Tuesday. The state of Illinois and the country ought to listen.

Several emergency responders in Iroquois County question whether that same message needs to resonate with the County Board ?

Onlookers, including county employees and county employers, elected officials, the judicial system, and especially, fire and emergency responders say 'too much petty interference, and "agenda-driving bullying"...has poisoned county government operations and messed up the spirit of cooperation and working together. Some select county board members have already paid the price. And, fire personnel and other emergency responders are turning to the public to help send a message to elected county board members that "they're out of line."

There's perhaps, no other organized agency in the county that knows what mutual aid is all about than the fire departments. And a signed-letter from all Iroquois County fire chiefs to county board members shows unity....they want the 12-member 9-1-1 Board and the 9-1-1 Coordinator left alone.

The letter addressed to the Iroquois County Board has the full support of the fire chiefs. It clearly tells county board members 'they are being misinformed about 9-1-1 operations, driven by the loaded-propaganda agenda of County Board Chairman Rod Copas.

"Most of us aren't too happy with this push to reduce the size of the 9-1-1 board. We have a 12 member board for a reason," Watseka Fire Chief Dave Mayotte tells WGFA News. "Everyone has a certain expertise with input to offer."

A mere $18-hundred a year to conduct business meetings is nothing, Mayotte says, and reducing membership to six will just dilute the process and eliminate important input from people who understand the operation. Mayotte said six less experts will hurt emergency operations and communications in the county.

Martinton Fire Chief Jim Seabert said it's a step backwards after 35 plus years of building expertise with people who understand emergency communications.

Seabert also laughs and questions where the county board members thinks it's their job to tell a professional organization with an elected board in place to govern it, how to do the job.

Seabert, Mayotte, and other fire chiefs united in the effort to wake up the county board members, also question why the county board members think they have any business interfering with fire, police, and 9-1-1 communication business

Emergency responders already have their own governing board. Elected fire trustees or municipal government direct their own people. Law enforcement has a governing board. Ambulance personnel have protocol thru hospitals and the medical boards. 9-1-1 has trained, knowledgeable professionals with rules in place and governed by the Illinois Commerce Commission..

But in Iroquois County, it seems apparent that the County Board has all the know-how.

Chief Mayotte and Chief Seabert say the letter is asking for open communication.

"The county board members need to hear from the public that this election told the story too; they need to know this isn't right. It's not a cost-cutting measure. There's some other motivating factor involved," Mayotte insists is very obvious.

The fire chiefs letter also supports 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble, who Mayotte said "has been so instrumental in keeping equipment upgraded and emergency personnel in tune to what's always going on in the emergency communication sector.

Mayotte said Iroquois County dispatchers are among the best. Vital communication and trained dispatchers is a must, he said.

Mayotte is also a professional firefighter in the Chicago suburbs, serves as fire trainer and is an officer in MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System).

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