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Vietnam veteran from Illinois receives medals

DIXON, Ill. (AP) -- A northern Illinois veteran has received his military medals more than 40 years after the war in Vietnam.

The Telegraph in Dixon reports that 63-year-old Leonard "Len" Saunders of Polo was presented with the medals on Monday. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger presented him with a Purple Heart and the Army Commendation with Valor. About 20 of Saunders' family and friends were in attendance at the American Legion in Dixon.

Saunders said afterward that the presentation meant a lot to him.

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Congressman Kinzinger hosts Town Hall meetings

WATSEKA --- Congressman Adam Kinzinger's talking jobs, agriculture, getting big government out of the way...issues the Republican voice for central-Illinois says Washington leaders must find answers to.

Kinzinger was at the WGFA studio (Tuesday) saying government needs to get out of the way of American people's lives.

Kinzinger hosted a Town Hall meeting at Watseka City Hall.

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Templeton, IN residents still struggle with wells

Residents in the Benton and Warren County areas in Indiana have had water restored in many homes, but residents wonder how long it will last. Water wells went dry last month.

Many say it was an irrigation system that drained the supply.

DNR officials confirmed that a farmer's nearby irrigation system caused the Templeton town wells to dry up. Now, 21 days later, some residents said when one well is up and running another runs dry. The concerned residents said the water level is dropping and the efforts to fix the wells may be for nothing.

What happened to their small community, citizens say, hopefully will influence a new state law.

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Powerball jackpot at $425 million after no weekend winner

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No one hit the Powerball jackpot this past weekend, so the money will roll over and it's created a roughly $425 million prize for Wednesday's drawing.

The midweek jackpot remains below the record $590.5 million jackpot won in May by an 84-year-old Florida woman. But as it stands, it would be the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever and the fourth-largest lottery prize on record.

Saturday's winning numbers were 21, 24, 36, 42 and 45; the Powerball was 15.

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Former Sheriff will run again in Livingston County

Former Livingston County Sheriff Marvin Rutledge is running for the job again.

Rutledge announced Monday his intention to challenge the incumbent and another announced-candidate in 2014. Rutledge served two terms as sheriff but did not seek re-election in 2002.

He said in a statement Monday "I would best serve this county as your sheriff."

Rutledge was serving the Livingston County department as chief deputy. That was until his resignation Monday morning.
Current Sheriff Marty Meredith has not yet said if he'll seek re-election for a second term next year.
Rutledge joins Mark Scott, an officer with the Dwight Police Department, as a candidate for the sheriff's post. Scott announced his candidacy on Sunday.

Both candidates and Meredith are Republicans.
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