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Rep. Harms’ replacement under review

Five Republican Party chairmen of the counties in the 106th Illinois House District are seeking a nominee to replace State Representative Josh Harms, of Watseka. Harms withdrew his candidacy for re-election in November, having announced that he plans to return to teaching after just one term in the House.

State law stipulates that he be replaced by Aug. 15 by the Republican county leaders, who will be chaired by John McGlasson, Livingston County chairman. Others are Shane Cultra, of Iroquois County; Tom Bennett, of Ford County; Mike Marron, of Vermilion County; and Matt Smith, of Woodford County.

Applications will be available by emailing the House Republican Organization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All applications were to be returned to the same address by July 19.

The committee will convene on Tuesday, July 22, to review applications and on Sunday, July 27, to conduct interviews.

More information is available by emailing McGlasson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Brittany Fischer crowned Iroquois Fair Queen

Nineteen-year-old Brittany Fischer of Watseka is the new queen of the Iroquois County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. She was crowned Wednesday night at the Crescent City fairgrounds.

Brittany is the daughter of Darrin and Julie Fischer.

The new 2014 queen was crowned by her cousin, the outgoing 2013 fair queen, Kymber Nakaerts of Clifton. The pageant marked the 44th year for the annual event to get the county fair underway.

First runner-up was Casey Widholm of Clifton. Second runner-up was Alison Hamrick of Iroquois. Miss Congeniality went to Courtney Bossong of Watseka.

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UPDATE: Potomac woman dies in crash in Iroquois County

                                       Victim was former Hoopeston resident

The Champaign County Coroner's office has identified a Potomac woman who died of injuries she sustained in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday in Iroquois County.

29-year-old Sarah Heffelfinger-Taylor was pronounced dead just past 4 pm at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup released the information.

Iroquois County sheriff's police reported Heffelfinger-Taylor was westbound on Iroquois County Road 500 North, east of Illinois 1, in Prairie Green Township. It was around 12 noon when her vehicle left the road, hitting a railroad embankment and went airborne before landing on the west side of the railroad property.

The Wellington-Greer Fire Department, Milford Fire Department and Hoopeston Area EMS also responded to the accident.

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Iroquois County crash kills Hoopeston woman

A Hoopeston woman died Wednesday afternoon from injuries she suffered after a rollover accident in Prairie Green Township. The woman hasn't been identified.


Iroquois County Sheriff's Police report the woman was westbound on Iroquois County Road 500N east of Illinois Route 1 when her vehicle left the roadway striking the railroad embankment. She was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital in Urbana after being air-lifted from the crash site.


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Tate & Lyle expanding in Indiana, new jobs

Tate & Lyle is investing more than $90 million into two Lafayette, Indiana facilities.


Vice President of Community and Government Relations Chris Olsen said "The two plants in Lafayette represent more production capacity than we have in any one location any place in the world." The production capacity at the two Lafayette Tate & Lyle facilities is about to grow after Tuesday's announcement.
Olsen said there are two primary reasons for the investment.


"It will help grow our production capabilities," Olsen said. "But there will also be a substantial investment in pollution control equipment, which should help improve our environmental footprint."


A tax abatement approval opened the doors for the expansion.


The projects are expected to take about three years to complete and will add 10 new jobs.


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