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GOP Lt. Governor candidate addresses Iroquois County GOP women

Evelyn Sanguinetti spoke about the need to attract the Hispanic vote. Addressing the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club in Watseka, Sanguinetti, the Republican Lt. Governor candidate for the November election, said getting the Hispanic voters is part of a movement that has to happen for the GOP.

Sanquinetti said the Hispanic population is all about faith and family, so we republicans need them on our side. It's a passion, she said, she continues to push.

The DuPage County running-mate of Bruce Rauner said another passion is the Republican women movement. She said in her opinion, women can carry a message once they're on a mission.

The Iroquois County Republican Women's Club hosted its Spring dinner Thursday night in Watseka.

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5K to honor Brent McTaggart Saturday

The "Paint Your Path" 5K honoring Watseka teacher/coach Brent McTaggart is set for Saturday. The event is to be held at 8 am Saturday at Watseka Community High School. Check-in is from 7 – 8 am.

Several businesses and individuals have donated for the event. Proceeds from the race go toward scholarships for student-athletes from the school and to honor coach Brent McTaggart, who died in an automobile accident a year ago.

More than 500 participants have registered. A balloon launch will start the race at 8:30 in the morning. Awards will be presented to participants in different age groups.


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Senator Barickman Meets with Paxton-Buckley-Loda Students

Paxton – State Senator Jason Barickman(R-Bloomington) visited PBL Junior and Senior High Schools Thursday, to hear from the students and let them know what their leaders in Springfield are working on this session.

"These bright young students may not be eligible to vote quite yet," said Barickman. "But they have just as much of a stake in state government as their parents." Barickman added, "The votes we take this spring on topics like school funding and higher education will play a major role in the opportunities they have to succeed in life."

Barickman addressed major issues including school funding, MAP Grants, and the Illinois economy. But he also took questions and comments from the students, to find out what concerns them right now.
"We need to engage these young minds in the process of state government now," said Barickman, "So that they remain involved and active in ensuring Illinois has the right leaders in the future."

The range of questions included everything from what his positions are issues, to his favorite part of being a Senator, and even what type of car he drives.

"It was good," said Junior Kade Hill, "Very informative relating what we learned here in government class to what really happens."

"We learned a lot, like how he grew up," said 8th grader Emma Fleming, "You'd think a politician is someone that acts different, but he's just a regular guy."      {article submitted}

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Horrell sentenced to life for beating death of Kankakee doctor

In Kankakee Court Thursday, Phillip Horrell was sentenced to life behind bars for the October 2012 murder of 81-year-old Dr. James Goldenstein. The doctor's wife, Betty. was also beaten.

Horrell expressed remorse, saying he was "sorry." Horrell plead guilty last year to the attack at the couple's home in Westwood Estate home. Prosecutors said the attack occurred just a couple of days after he was released from prison.

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Kankakee County EMA presented $15,000 for pipeline clean-up help

The Buckeye Partners pipeline group said 'Thank You' today (Thurs) to Kankakee County for help in last month's gasoline pipeline spill in Limestone Township.

Buckeye's Sr. Manager, Pat Hodgins, said monitoring continues to make sure all parties are satisfied. He said the area is safe. Contaminated soil has been removed.

Kankakee County emergency responders, Hodgins said, dud a great job keeping the area's citizens well-informed during the clean-up process.

Buckeye Partners presented the Kankakee County Emergency Management Agency with a $15,000 check. The money. County EMA Coordinator Dave Zinanni said, will be used to upgrade response equipment.

Testing of 39 residential wells after the spill near Route 113 has turned up no contamination.

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