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Former U.S. Senator from Illinois remembered

         Former Milford resident, Gene Callahan, friend pays respect


Fairview Heights, IL - Visitation was Sunday, July 13th for former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois.

Dixon died July 6 at his home in Fairview Heights. He was 86.

The Democrat's career in politics spanned more than 40 years in public office. He was in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1993, serving as the third-ranking Democrat. He also chaired a subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee.

Visitation was Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lindenwood University's auditorium in Belleville.

The funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at the same location.

Among those speaking at the service were U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson and Gene Callahan, Dixon's former chief of staff.

A private burial for family and close friends followed.

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Lake Shafer accident kills Illinois woman

Indiana conservation police say alcohol and speed were factors in a recreational accident that left an Illinois woman dead last Saturday (7/12).

It happened just after 4:00 pm on Lake Shafer at Monticello.

Conservation officers reported 43-year-old Anne Wittstock of Burbank was driving a wave runner with a passenger on board.

For an unknown reason, she drove the wave runner into the NIPSCO security cables that are stretched across the lake to keep boaters away from the Norway Dam.

CPR efforts were administered by other boaters. The Monticello Fire Department transported Wittstock to the IU White Memorial Hospital, where she was flown to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and later pronounced dead.

The male passenger, Joseph Allen, also of Illiniois, was uninjured.

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Rep. Harms’ replacement under review

Five Republican Party chairmen of the counties in the 106th Illinois House District are seeking a nominee to replace State Representative Josh Harms, of Watseka. Harms withdrew his candidacy for re-election in November, having announced that he plans to return to teaching after just one term in the House.

State law stipulates that he be replaced by Aug. 15 by the Republican county leaders, who will be chaired by John McGlasson, Livingston County chairman. Others are Shane Cultra, of Iroquois County; Tom Bennett, of Ford County; Mike Marron, of Vermilion County; and Matt Smith, of Woodford County.

Applications will be available by emailing the House Republican Organization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All applications were to be returned to the same address by July 19.

The committee will convene on Tuesday, July 22, to review applications and on Sunday, July 27, to conduct interviews.

More information is available by emailing McGlasson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Brittany Fischer crowned Iroquois Fair Queen

Nineteen-year-old Brittany Fischer of Watseka is the new queen of the Iroquois County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. She was crowned Wednesday night at the Crescent City fairgrounds.

Brittany is the daughter of Darrin and Julie Fischer.

The new 2014 queen was crowned by her cousin, the outgoing 2013 fair queen, Kymber Nakaerts of Clifton. The pageant marked the 44th year for the annual event to get the county fair underway.

First runner-up was Casey Widholm of Clifton. Second runner-up was Alison Hamrick of Iroquois. Miss Congeniality went to Courtney Bossong of Watseka.

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UPDATE: Potomac woman dies in crash in Iroquois County

                                       Victim was former Hoopeston resident

The Champaign County Coroner's office has identified a Potomac woman who died of injuries she sustained in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday in Iroquois County.

29-year-old Sarah Heffelfinger-Taylor was pronounced dead just past 4 pm at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup released the information.

Iroquois County sheriff's police reported Heffelfinger-Taylor was westbound on Iroquois County Road 500 North, east of Illinois 1, in Prairie Green Township. It was around 12 noon when her vehicle left the road, hitting a railroad embankment and went airborne before landing on the west side of the railroad property.

The Wellington-Greer Fire Department, Milford Fire Department and Hoopeston Area EMS also responded to the accident.

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