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Ten Iroquois County Board seats up for election in 2016

The petition filing period is underway for the March 2016 Primary Election in Illinois.  And 10 county board seats are up for election in Iroquois County.

Candidates for the county board and precinct committeeman and other elected offices have until the end of November to file their paper work.  The filing period is late November.

The County Board seats in District 1 up for election will include the seats of Keven Hansen and Dale Schultz, both of Clifton.

The available seats in District 2 include Jed Whitlow, Bret Schmid and Ernest Curtis of Gilman. 

District 3 seats coming due are Chalrie Ault of Cissna Park and Jean Hiles of Watseka.

Three seats in District 4 are alo up, including Adam Zumwalt of Sheldon and Donna Wasmer and Dan Joyce of Watseka.

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Former Kankakee County Board member, Pembroke Township Supervisor has probation revoked

Supervised release for former Kankakee County Board member and Pembroke Township Supervisor Larry Dean Gibbs was revoked at a hearing on Friday (Oct. 2, 2015), before Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid in Peoria. The 54-year-old Gibbs was sentenced to serve nine months in federal prison after pleading guilty to violating terms of his supervised release.

Judge Shadid ordered that Gibbs report to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Nov. 2, 2015, to begin serving the sentence.

Gibbs was serving a one-year term of supervised release following completion of his prison sentence for filing a false income tax return when a petition to revoke his supervised release was filed on June 4, 2015. Gibbs was sentenced on May 8, 2013, to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $66,282 to the IRS, after pleading guilty to filing a false tax return for the 2005 tax year.

During the court hearing on Oct. 2, Gibbs admitted that he violated his supervised release when he traveled to Minnesota on May 22, 2015, without the prior permission of his probation officer, and that he failed to report that he had been arrested for various traffic violations in Woodbury, Minn.

On June 3, 2015, Gibbs filed a document in U.S. District Court in Urbana to advise the court that Larry Dean Gibbs was "deceased and cannot speak, or appear." The notice further stated that "further information must be referred to Minister Mulumbua Humraukn El Taikaem Bey, Executor." In a document filed in Kankakee County Circuit Court on Apr. 30, 2015, an order for Change of Name was entered by Judge Ronald Gerts to change Gibbs' name from Larry Dean Gibbs to Mulumbua Humraukn El, Taikaem Bey.

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Sheldon Township – Settlers Trail settle lawsuit

A 2013 lawsuit between Sheldon Township and the Settlers Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois County has been settled out of court. Both parties have stated 'they're satisfied' with the agreement.

The suit was asking for more than $1.8 million in damages, Sheldon Township alleging that the wind farm company failed to adequately restore township roads used to build the 94-turbine wind farm in 2011.

The defendant was E.On Climate & Renewables North America LLC, doing business as Settlers Trail Wind Farm LLC.

The lawsuit had claimed that the road-restoration work, which was required to be done by E.On as part of a "road upgrade and maintenance agreement," remained "deficient over an approximately five-mile radius." The agreement required E.On to repair all roads damaged during construction to their "preconstruction condition" or better, and the $1.8 million sought by the township reflected the cost for having the work done by a "third party."

Court records show a motion filed has "The parties have resolved all issues pending with this court."

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Milford school construction cost under review

Milford School District #124 may be taking a closer look at its construction project.  The $17.5 million budget for the building project may exceed projections. The board did not accept any construction bids Monday. 

The architectural firm, Prather Tucker Associates, informed the school board other options can be looked at or the specs can be re-worked for an adjusted  design. New bids will be considered at a meeting later this month.  

The delay in the bidding process may lead to a later date for completion of the project.  The current completion date is the fall of 2017.  

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Iroquois County forensic audit findings may be directed to State’s Attorney

The true findings of a forensic audit of computers in the former Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department are very likely to become open for public review, despite preliminary findings only referring to code numbers as to which employee's computers were reviewed.

Decatur-based Garrett Discovery Incorporated was paid $5,650 to examine health department computers for evidence of misuse. A September report to the Board's policy & procedure committee identified alleged misuse and also showed anti-forensic software was used by some in an attempt to delete the computer's history.

Andrew Garrett's report only used code numbers and did not disclose which employee's computers were examined. Garrett alluded to privacy in regards to not identifying the employees' computer.

Illinois' Freedom of Information Act opens the door to the fact that taxpayers dollars paid for the audit, and the privacy issue won't protect employees the audit may not have targeted.

Some board members have pointed out an initial examination of just five computers, by the past County Board, targeted specific past employees while ignoring other alleged wrong-doers. Now, the examination of 18 computers may be revealing embarrassing information against other employees not targeted in the probe.

Meanwhile – Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine has repeatedly said 'poor office management does not dictate what can be prosecuted as a crime.'

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