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Racing legend Dick Potts dies

                                    National Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Fame inductee

Racing legend Dick Potts, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. And yes, it is finally revealed that Dick was 76 years old, as it was a running joke that Dick would not tell his age.

Richard R. "Dick" Potts was born in Goodland on November 3, 1937.  He was a lifelong resident of Newton County. Dick served his country for three years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Son of the American Legion, a member of American Legion Post #29 of Rensselaer and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Dick started racing in 1960, and #92 had 521 feature wins in his 51 years of racing. He raced at dirt tracks all over the area, as well traveling the country with racing circuits. He was the winningest driver at the Rensselaer Raceway. During his career he had 23 Track Championships, 33 Runner-up Championships, was 7-time Northern Indiana Clay Track Champion, 7-time Illiana Clay Track Champion, and 2-time Eastern Illinois Clay Track Champion. Dick was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2006.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 2-7:30 p.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Cremation rights are in order. Private family services and interment at Russell Chapel Cemetery will be at a later date.  {courtesy of the Steinke Funeral Home}

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Governor Quinn Announces $347,000 for Bridge Replacement Project in Iroquois County

WATSEKA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $347,000 to replace a bridge in Iroquois County, part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The project is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward.

"Our investment will make traveling in Iroquois County easier and easier," Governor Quinn said. "The project will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy."

A bridge carrying County Highway 15 over Pike Creek about 5.3 miles north of U.S. Route 24 will be replaced for $347,906 by Iroquois Paving Corporation of Watseka, the lower of two bidders. The project will be overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

"I am very pleased to see that the work for this project will be done by a local contractor and will ensure that the funds will be kept in our area, bolstering our economy," State Representative Josh Harms (R-Watseka) said.

The project is part of Governor Quinn's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation. {article submitted}

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John Dowling retiring as Township Supervisor

A change in direction for township government in Iroquois County.

Long-time Middleport Township Supervisor John Dowling of Watseka is retiring, effective March 31, 2014. Dowling, a retired educator for the Unit Nine school district in Watseka, also served several years on the County Board, representing District 2.

The Middleport Township Board has named Kevin Bohlmann of rural Watseka as Dowling's replacement. Bohlmann is currently serving as a Middleport Township Trustee.

The next township election is not until the April of 2017.

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Winter Weather Emergency >

.WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY.
.WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CST FRIDAY.
.WIND CHILL WARNING IS CANCELLED.
.WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS CANCELLED.

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY.WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CST FRIDAY. THE WIND CHILL WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* WIND CHILL VALUES.THIS MORNING 20 TO 25 BELOW ZERO. FOR TONIGHT WIND CHILLS OF 20 TO 30 BELOW ZERO.

* IMPACTS.FROST BITE & HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR IN A MATTER OF MINUTES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT THE WIND WILL COMBINE WITH THE VERY COLD AIR TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE & LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS.MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

BRING PETS INDOORS.

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Travel Advisory: State Police urge caution

                                                Wednesday,January 22, 2014

Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 covering Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties are reminding drivers to take precautions as they travel.

The Illinois State Police are advising motorist to be cautious while traveling this evening. Interstate 57 is experiencing drifting and blowing throughout Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties. Secondary roads are also snow experiencing drifting and blowing snow. Visibility on all roadways is minimal due to the blowing snow.

Drifting is also reported on Route 45/49 and Illinois Route 1.

Motorists are also advised to be cautious while driving near and around snow plows.

The Illinois State Police are asking drivers to monitor changing weather conditions, limit their travels, and be prepared to allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Drivers are also encouraged to put extra water, food, and warm clothing their vehicle. Please contact your nearest police department if you vehicle becomes disabled or involved in a crash.

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