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Watseka Chamber to Hold Mayoral Forum

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a forum featuring Iroquois County Mayoral Candidates on Monday, March 27th at the Unit 9 building at 1411 W Lafayette. The four candidates are: John Allhands, Mike Marcier, John Burch and Bill Nutter. All four candidates will be in attendance to answer questions submitted by local media. Doors open at 6:30pm and the Forum will begin at 7:00pm sharp. For more information or questions please feel free to contact the Watseka Chamber of Commerce at 815 432-2416 or online at www.watsekachamber.org.

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Update: Names Released in Fatal Pedestrian Crash

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of those involved in a fatal pedestrian crash over the weekend.

Michael Halami, 49, of Roselawn was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by Janice Miller of Roselawn on State Road 10 between DeMotte and Roselawn late Saturday evening.

Halami was reportedly walking in the westbound lane when Miller hit him from behind. Miller told police she did not see him in the roadway. Halami was pronounced dead at the scene. The case remains under investigation.

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Vermilion County Unemployment Rises

The unemployment rate in Vermilion County has risen according to the latest reports.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the jobless rate increased nearly one-and-a-half percent. January’s rate was 8.6 percent compared to 7.3 percent in December. During January of this year the Illinois Department of Employment Security says there were an estimated 3,000 unemployed in the labor force in Vermilion County.

Despite unemployment numbers being up, the Conference Board reports area employers advertised for 4,300 positions and around 81-percent were seeking full-time employees.

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Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Newton County

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office reports a man was killed after being hit by a vehicle in Newton County Saturday.

Police responded to a call of a person struck by a vehicle on State Road 10 between DeMotte and Roselawn just after 10pm.

A man was found unresponsive on the side of the road. Police say a Honda SUV was traveling west on S.R. 10 when it struck the male from behind as he walked in the westbound lane.

The driver told investigators she did not see the man walking in the roadway. The Newton County Coroner pronounced the man dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV was not injured and refused medical treatment.

Names are being withheld at this time and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

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Former Columbine Principal to Speak in Kankakee

The former Columbine High School Principal will be the keynote speaker at the Bourbonnais Township Park District’s Emergency Preparedness Leadership program next week.

Frank DeAngelis was serving as principal when the mass shooting occurred at Columbine on April 20, 1999. He will be talking about the event, the response, and the aftermath including the road to recovery.

The program will run from 8:30am-4:00pm on March 29th at the Kankakee Hilton Garden Inn’s conference center. Registration is required and the cost is $129 per person. For more information or to register, go to btpd.com.