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Allhands wins 4-way race for Watseka Mayor

John Allhands wants to focus on economic development when he moves into the Watseka Mayor’s office. The Mayor-elect was a winner in a four-person contest in Tuesday’s Consolidated Election.

Allhands, who has been a 4th Ward alderman, earned 42% of the voters support. He grabbed 425 votes to 259 for runner-up Mike Marcier. Bill Nutter collected 188 votes and John Burch 137.

“We have areas that need work, but Watseka also has a lot to offer,” Allhands told 94.1 WGFA-listeners after the win Tuesday night. “I look forward to moving forward with economic ideas and also working to get our police department training and modernizing their efforts.”

Allhands also said he wants to direct efforts to downtown Watseka; we have to make it more inviting.”

Current Mayor Bob Harwood did not seek re-election.
Six other mayoral contests were on the Iroquois County ballots Tuesday.

Jeff Mabbitt won the Sheldon mayors race, defeating Frank Davenport Sr. 185-49.

Milford’s David Maro held on to the Mayor’s office with a win over challenger Ron Johnson 108-76.

In the Village of Iroquois. George Runkle defeated Jack Karr for the village presidency.

At Cissna Park, Michael McCray defeated David Walder for mayor, 222-61.

In Buckley, Sheree Stachura was a winner over Ardell Goetting.. At Loda, the Village President race went to Carol Arseneau, 45-31, over John Zalaker.

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Pembroke Township shooting death investigated

A man is dead after a shooting this (Tuesday) morning in Pembroke Township.

Kankakee County Sheriff's Police confirm the shooting The shooting occurred at a home in the 11000 block of East 7000S Road, near the Illinois-Indiana state line.

Authorities including police and Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner were called to the scene shortly after 7 am.

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Braidwood Police investigate possible murder-suicide

Two brothers were found dead inside a Braidwood home on Sunday night. Police suspect it was a murder-suicide.

Braidwood police report 25-year-old James A. Benson lived at the home in the 200 block of Park View Lane. Benson and 35-year-old Joseph O. Burgess, of Bourbonnais, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators report both men were shot once.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call concerning a quarrel between the brothers. Authorities said police had been called to the house for a previous fight between the brothers in the past several years.

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Bourbonnais house fire displaces five

An accidental fire left at least five people homeless in Bourbonnais Monday. The fire at Tri-Star Estates chased occupants from the structure, according to Bourbonnais Fire Protection Chief Ed St. Louis.

The fire, he said, was contained to a bedroom but smoke and water damage was sustained throughout. The American Red Cross stepped in to assist two adults and three children. Damage estimates were not available.

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Weather expectations OK for Tuesday Election

A wet week is the forecast, but Tuesday’s weather conditions are expected to cooperate for the Consolidated Election. The NWS forecast calls for a cloudy day Tuesday, with a light chance of morning rain and highs around 57 degrees.

Voter turn-out is expected to be low in many parts of Illinois. That, despite so many contested races on the ballots in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion Counties.

The polls open at 6 o’clock Tuesday morning (April 4th, 2017) and will remain open until 7 pm.

Iroquois County voters have seven mayoral races on the ballots. Five mayors contests are on Kankakee County ballots.

Several mayoral, aldermanic/trustee seats are challenged. Township supervisor and trustee seats and Highway Commissioner positions are challenged. Voters will be filling school board seats – including some on the Danville Area Community College Board, in the Rossville-Alvin and Bismarck-Henning School Districts – voters decide Tuesday whether to have a cooperative high school.

And tax hike referendums are popular in many school districts statewide.

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