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Gibson City names new police chief

Eric Hyatt has been named named Gibson City’s new police chief. He’s a current member of the department, serving as a Lieutenant.

Hyatt replaces Steve Cushman, who retired last week
Hyatt has been in law enforcement for 16 years. He’s a native of Colfax. Hyatt has been with the Gibson City department for 10 years. He spent the first six years of his career with the Fairbury Police Department.

Mayor Dan Dickey said Hyatt was his obvious choice to lead the police department. The appointment was made at Monday’s city council meeting.

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Paxton police chief says he’s owed 6,848

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane is taking legal action against the city that employs him, its mayor and its comptroller/treasurer. He claims the city owes him nearly $7,000 in overtime pay.

Bane filed a small-claims complaint this week in Ford County Circuit Court. The complaint, according to the News-Gazette, states the city has refused to pay him for overtime he accumulated by attending city council meetings and various committees over a nine-year period.

Bane said he is owed $6,848 for meetings he attended between May 2006 and August 2015.

The complaint names the city, Mayor Bill Ingold and Comptroller/Treasurer Julie Burgess as defendants.

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Watseka City Council OK's Loveridge Lane drainage study

The Robinson Engineering firm will conduct a study to find solutions to a drainage problem in the Loveridge Lane sub-division in Watseka.  The Watseka City Council (Tuesday) voted 8-0 to allow engineers to spend no more than $24,000 to look into local concerns.

Flooding in the sub-division, near the Iroquois County Courthouse, has been a concern among residents there.  The ponding has gotten worse in recent years, according to neighbors.  The nearby T.P. & W. Railroad has also made efforts to clean up a ditch.

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Kentland water samples OK

Water quality concerns raised by residents pushed the Kentland, Indiana town council into taking action to make sure residents have clean drinking water.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management reported the department did investigate complaints. Bacteria samples were taken from the homes that reported issues, and the results came back without any problems.

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Early voting expands Monday in Illinois

Early voting opportunities have greatly expanded across Illinois as of Monday.

Early voting has been available in Illinois since Sept. 29 but only in certain places, like a county election authority office. The Illinois State Board of Elections say that as of Monday permanent polling locations have opened across the state, making early voting more accessible.

Election board officials advise voters to make sure they cast ballots in the county where they are registered. Officials say voters can find contact information for county election authorities and early voting locations on the board's website .

Illinois election officials also say it's not too late if you didn't register to vote. Grace period registration is available through Election Day but voters must cast a ballot when they register.

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