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Former Governor Jim Edgar lends support to Rep. Josh Harms >

"Good young people is what Springfield needs and I commend you people for sending Josh Harms to represent you."

Encouraging words from former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. The popular Governor, with ties to Iroquois County, visited the Iroquois County Fair Grounds Friday to lend his support to Illinois State Representative Josh Harms. Edgar and Harms both addressed the crowd of around 200.

Harms spoke first about his experiences as a first year legislator. He also spoke about fact that the Democrats being in control of the General Assembly is no excuse for not getting things done for the people of the 106th district. Harms also expressed his gratitude for all of the support he has received from the people in the district and vowed not to forget where he comes from.

Harms introduced Governor Edgar by highlighting his accomplishments such as reformulating the school funding formula, balancing the State's budget, and leaving office with a budget surplus. The Governor spoke about his fondness for the area and the family that he had in Iroquois County. He went on to commend the crowd, "on the fact that you elected Josh last year."

"One of the things we need in government; we need good people and we need good young people...and again you need to be commended for sending Josh." Edgar spoke on the diversity of the state of Illinois and the need to have an understanding of the area one represents. "You need to make sure you have a strong voice in Springfield and with Josh you have that." Edgar said.

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Legislators back bill in support of Peotone airport

Local officials are praising a bill to boost chances of a Chicago-area airport for rural Will County.

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson,( D-Olympia Fields), was the primary sponsor of a bill that combined a new Peotone-area airport with state funding for an arena near the McCormick Place convention center. The bill also includes a fertilizer plant near rural Tuscola, which was paired together under the premise they create jobs.

Among Hutchinson's co-sponsors on the bill was state Sen. Napoleon Harris, D-Flossmoor, while a third area state senator, Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, voted to support the bill.

While in the House of Representatives, area legislators Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City; Will Davis, East Hazel Crest; Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights; Al Riley, D-Olympia Fields, Elgie Sims and Marcus Evans, both D-Chicago, were among the 14 co-sponsors.

As for the proposed new airport, the bill will give the Illinois Department of Transportation the authority to enter into legal agreements with private companies for the development and construction of the facility.

Jones called the proposed airport an "economic engine" for the south suburbs as a whole because of the 11,000 construction and 14,000 permanent jobs it would create.
Davis said in a prepared statement: "Our communities need job opportunities to work their way out of these challenging economic times. Supporting development projects was a priority for me, so that we can attract and sustain businesses to our area and sustain businesses for the future."

That bill is pending before Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet signed it into law, but praised the Legislature for approving the measure.

"The agreement is a major step forward to develop the South Suburban Airport, which will ensure Illinois' place as the transportation hub of the nation," he said in a prepared statement.

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Construction Work Begins Monday on US Route 136

Motorists are advised to slow down and be aware of road work in parts of Indiana beginning today (Mon).

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces maintenance crews will begin a pavement preservation project on US136. The scheduled work is on US 136 from the Illinois State Line to the city limits of Veedersburg.

Flagmen and arrow boards will be in place to direct traffic. The work schedule is subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

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Jobs Now Program brings money to local area

A section of County Highway 3 in Ford County, between Illinois 54 and 115, will be resurfaced using funds from Gov. Pat Quinn's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program.

The project is part of a $10.4 million capital investment on road projects in Champaign, Douglas, Ford and Vermilion counties, announced by Quinn's office Thursday.

The project also calls for shoulder work to be performed on County Highway 3.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the project.

Among other projects, about five miles of the northbound lanes of Interstate 57 from Olympian Drive in Champaign to two miles south of Thomasboro will be resurfaced for $8,836,463. Also, a bridge carrying Illinois 49 over a tributary of Stony Creek about three miles northwest of Fithian will be replaced for $651,580.

The Kankakee Riverfront Trail project is also awarded a half-million dollars for a "shared use path" between Schuyler Avenue and Wall Street in Kankakee.

Kankakee Valley Construction Company was low bidder at a$496,000 for construction of an asphalt and concrete path.

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Chebanse Teen Killed in Bicycle-Semi collision

A 14-year-old Chebanse boy died of injuries suffered when his bicycle collided with a semi Thursday afternoon in Iroquois County.

Jacob Daulton Justice died Thursday evening at Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago. The boy was injured when his bike collided with a semi at 3300 North Road, west of a railroad line. Emergency officials reported the boy was northbound on 1000 North Road when he rode into the path of an eastbound semi.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

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