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Henry County Township Consolidation Hitting Roadblocks

(Cambridge, IL) -- Township leaders in Henry County are fighting to keep their jobs. County leaders last night backed away from a plan to ask voters if they'd like to consolidate some townships to save money or make government more efficient. Some current and former township leaders told the county that they're necessary parts of local government, and that consolidating townships will take away a local voice.

Supporters of consolidation argue township, and other forms of local government, are just another paycheck for taxpayers to support and that there's too much duplication of services.

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Caterpillar looks to build utility vehicles

Illinois' big yellow engine maker is looking to make something a bit smaller. Caterpillar yesterday announced plans to get into the utility vehicle market. The first model looks like a heavy duty golf cart that can carry up to one thousand pounds. Cat hopes to get the vehicles to dealers by next year. The new utility vehicles will be made in Minnesota as part of a deal between Cat and Textron Specialized Vehicles.

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Head-on collision kills 1, injures 2 in Danville

A head-on collision (Thursday afternoon) on Danville’s Memorial Bridge killed one person and left two other people hurt. Danville Police report the crash occurred in the middle of the bridge on South Gilbert Street. It happened at 1:15 pm.

One person died after the crash at an Urbana hospital. Michael Shanks has been identified as the victim. He was one of the drivers. The 52-year-old from Kokomo, Indiana also had a passenger. That passenger was also treated at a Champaign hospital.

Police said a vehicle operated by a 19-year-old from Danville was southbound and veered into the northbound lanes where the collision occurred.

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Iroquois County budget ready for FY18

After a lot of talk about red ink, it’s all black again in Iroquois County as a new fiscal year approaches. The County Board has approved its new budget which begins December 1st and Board Chairman John Shure says everyone appears pleased with the numbers.

Shure credits Finance Director Anita Speckman for working with department heads to keep the numbers in order.

"It's my understanding Iroquois County may be the only county in the state with a balanced budget. If so, we intend to keep it that way," Shure said.

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Update: Person-of-Interest questioned about missing Mokena woman found murdered in Kankakee County

(St. Anne, IL) -- One person is in custody after a missing Mokena woman was found murdered in rural Kankakee County.

Kaitlyn Kearns' body was discovered yesterday morning in her Jeep Grand Cherokee in St. Anne. She had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Kearns was last seen early Monday leaving her job at Woody's Bar in southwest suburban Joliet.

Will County detectives welcome any information about the case. Call 815-727-8574. Info can alse be directed to Will County CrimeStoppers www.crimestoppersofwillcounty.org

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