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Rep.Bennett will reamain on Parkland College Board

Newly-elected state representative Tom Bennett plans to remain a member of the Parkland College Board of Trustees.

Bennett is Chairman of the Parkland Board of Trustees. He said he plans to serve the board but will step aside as chairman. Bennett said how the next chairman will be chosen isn't known right now.

Bennett also said any state legislation impacting Parkland will find him reviewing each matter and he may abstain his vote to avoid conflict.

The Gibson City resident was elected last month to represent east-central Illinois in the 106th District. He replaces Watseka resident Josh Harms, who withdrew from the election after winning the primary election in March.

The 106th represents Ford and Iroquois county, and parts of Livingston, Vermilion and Woodford counties.


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Gilman Police address phone scams

The holiday season brings warnings to consumers about fraudulent activity. Retailers and consumers have already been advised about phony money circulated locally. Fake one hundred dollar bills have been reported in Watseka and in Newton and Jasper County in Indiana.

Now, Gilman Police are reporting phone scams. Chief Jason Anderson tells WGFA News he's received two recent complaints of a caller claiming to be representing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The caller is asking would-be victims to direct funds to a money-pack or pre-paid gift cards, then when the caller requests you scratch off and reveal code numbers, that amount of money is wiped from the card and disappears. Authorities report it's next to impossible to find the person responsible.

Chief Anderson points out, the IRS doesn't do business like this over the phone and would never call.

As always, end such calls as quickly as possible. The rule of thumb is, only do business with people you're familiar with. Guard your personal information and credit card information. Never provide anyone with your bank account info.

Feel free to report any and all suspicious activity.

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Bossert to head Kankakee County Board

Mike Bossert was re-elected Tuesday to a new two-year term as Chairman of the Kankakee Board. Bossert won the approval of the board members on an 18-9 vote.

The challenge came from 15th district board member Andy Wheeler. After the vote, Wheeler said 'the leadership should know, the public is watching.' Bossert said he and the board are up to the challenge ahead.

Matt Whitus was elected Vice-Chair.

New members taking their oaths were Sam Payton of District 4, Janice Peters representing District 8 and Sally Evans from District 12.

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Mike Marron to serve Vermilion County Board as Chairman

He's no stranger to county government in Vermilion County. Mike Marron is the new Vermilion County Board Chairman.

Marron stepped up from the vice-chair position Monday night, elected on a 24-1 vote during the reorganization meeting in Danville. The Republican Chairman was the only person nominated for the job.

Gary Weinard stepped down from the chair citing time and health issues. Weinard remains a member of the board.

Bill Wright was elected to the Vice-Chair position.

The Board will review candidates for a vacant seat. Cathy Jenkins' District 4 seat is now open. She is now Vermilion County Clerk, having defeated veteran Clerk Lynn Foster in November.

Thomas O'Shaughnessy is now a county circuit judge, so his county recorder seat is now vacant.


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Berger selected Ford County Chairman

A unanimous vote Monday gave the Ford County Board Chairmanship to Randy Berger of Gibson City. He replaces Rick Bowen who did not seek another term as chairman.

Berger was re-elected to his third term on the board in November's election. There was no opposition for Berger in his bid for the top chair. He said he hopes do his best for the county, be a leader and encourage businesses to locate in Ford County.


The only new board member elected is John Clark. Elynor Stagen was elected to another term as board vice chairwoman.

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