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Ready for the March 2016 Primary Election ?

                        Petition circulation period starts September 1

Candidates interested in running for elected-office in the March 15 Illinois Primary should note you can begin circulating nomination petitions Tuesday, September 1.

The first day for candidates of established political parties to file their nomination papers with their respective county clerk's office is Monday, November 23. The filing period runs thru Monday, November 30.

Several positions in both Ford and Iroquois County up for election in 2016. Included are the offices of Circuit Clerk, State's Attorney, Coroner and also County Board members and Precinct Committeemen.

Questions can be directed to the Iroquois County Clerk's Office in Watseka at 815-432-6960 or Ford County Clerk's Office in Paxton at 217-379-9400.

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'Boma Field' dedication Friday

Officlals at Iroquois West High School and the Raider-community is renaming the high school football field.  'Boma Field' will honor the late John Boma.  A dedication ceremony is set for Friday, August 28, at 6:30 pm.  

Coach Boma started his coaching and teaching career at Iroquois West in 1972.  He became the Head Football Coach in 1975.  Boma led the Raiders to 145 victories, several playoff appearances and two state semi-finals.  He was inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988. 

Coach Boma passed away July 16, 2015.

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Labor Day Drunk Driving Crackdown Begins in Illinois

Law enforcement looking for drunk drivers to help stop deadly crime

SPRINGFIELD – Drunk driving, especially around holidays such as Labor Day, is one of the deadliest crimes we face in Illinois and the nation as a whole. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) are committed to saving lives and today the agencies announced the kickoff of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign leading up to Labor Day.

From today through Labor Day, state police will join more than 250 local police departments and county sheriff's offices to step up enforcement with roadside safety checks and hundreds of additional hours of drunk and drugged driving patrols. {info submitted}

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Bond set at $500,000 for Watseka shooting

A 25-year-old Watseka man is jailed on a half-million dollar bond for the weekend shooting that left a woman hospitalized. Jerry Pintelon is being held in the Iroquois County Jail. He's facing two felony charges for attempted murder and 2-counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

The victim, 20-year-old Kyliee Schwartz, was listed in stable condition at Carle Hospital in Urbana. She was shot three times late Saturday in a domestic dispute, according to a neighbor.

Watseka Police answered a call about shots fired at a residence in the 100-block of E. Ash Street.

In Iroquois Circuit Court (Monday), Judge James Kinzer listened to the charges read by Assistant State's Attorney Kara Macz. Kinzer agreed to the $500,000 bond for attempted murder, which could carry a 6-30 year prison term, if convicted. The felony charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm could lead to 4-15 years.

A status hearing on the case is scheduled for September 3rd.

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Loda village president, Dudley, will fulfill term

Ron Dudley now says he'll continue serving as mayor of Loda. He had announced earlier this month he would resign, effective September 1. The News-Gazette reports Dudley had changed his mind, and that a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday to discuss appointing his replacement is no scheduled.

Dudley never submitted a formal letter of resignation, only saying he "didn't like the way things were going; nothing being accomplished." Reports had Dudley "fed up with the village board fighting."

The 66-year-old retired postal worker, said he will serve the remainder of his four-year term. Dudley was elected president in April 2013. Dudley succeeded Carol Arseneau who decided not to seek a third consecutive four-year term.

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