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Buckley, Crescent City seat new mayors

                                       First female village board president in Buckley

The village of Buckley seated its first female village board president Monday. Sheree Stachura was sworn-in by Village Clerk Jim Biggs at the board’s monthly meeting Monday night.

Stachura was a winner in the April 4 election, defeating longtime Buckley resident and Ardell “Goat” Goetting to win the president’s job. The vote tally was 134 – 36.
Goetting was former mayor and trustee. Stachura had served three years as a trustree.

Local residents were on hand at village hall as Stachura was sworn-in along with Biggs.

Also taking their oath of office were: Peggy Shockley, Keith Hartke, Becky Weisenbarn and Ernie Hoopingarner as trustees. Hoopingarner is serving a 2-year term.

After being sworn-in, Stachura expressed appreciation with a “thank you” to outgoing village president Evan Scott Shockley for all he has done for the village while in office. Shockley opted not to run for re-election.

In Crescent City – Mark Rabe was sworn-in Monday as village mayor. He succeeds long-time mayor Jim Ward, who did not seek re-election.

Ward was in attendance at his 411th meeting. He served as mayor for 28 years.

Also recognized was 24-year trustee Bev Stein who retired. Trustee Steve Carley and newcomer Kim Lund were sworn-in along with village clerk Ruth Boyer.

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Milford man ruled “fit to stand trial”

A 29-year-old Man who’s accused of throwing a tomahawk at an arresting Iroquois County officer will stand trial for attempted murder.

Kevin Funk is accused of throwing the tomahawk at the arresting officer last year. The deputy was serving a warrant in rural milford to arrest Funk for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

The court ordered a mental competency exam last November. In April, it was determined Fund is fit to stand trial. He’s charged with attempted murder of the officer and the sexual assault offense.

Sheriff investigator Clint Perzee suffered a broken arm and a laceration to his arm. He underwent surgery and is back on the job.

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Gas station robbery leads to arrest of Essex man

22-year-old Joshua Carlson of Essex is in custody for the Monday armed robbery of a Manteno gas station.

Will County authorities arrested Carlson after a suspicious person report at a truck stop in Monee. Police said the suspect fled but was apprehended after a short chase.

Carlson met a description of the Manteno robbery suspect. Police found a weapon and mask in his vehicle.

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Marron and Hays chosen to direct Vermilion County Republican Party

Vermilion County has new leaders in place to lead the Republican Party. Former Party Chairman Mike Marron is returning to that position, and the new Vice Chairman is State Representative Chad Hays.

The new leaders were elected during a meeting of the Vermilion County Republican Central Committee over the weekend.

Joel Bird of Hoopeston was picked to fill the vacancy in County Board District 1. The vacancy came about when Darren Duncan was appointed County Treasurer.

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Kankakee’s new mayor has focus on budget, personnel matters

Chasity Wells-Armstrong is off and running as Kankakee’s new Mayor. She was sworn-in Monday night before an overflow crowd at the Kankakee City Chambers.

Mrs. Wells-Armstrong made history last month, winning election to become the city’s first-ever African-American Mayor. She told the crowd, she’s the city mayor, not an African-American Mayor or a Democrat Mayor. She insisted, “we’re all in this together, for the good of Kankakee.”
And that drew thunderous applause.

She said she has to get a budget in place. She’s reaching out to people with experience and still looking for key people for the administration.

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