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Early Voting begins for November Election

It’s the first day for Early Voting in advance of the November 8th General Election. And activity is likely picking up at election offices.

Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher said her office staff has been busy preparing for busy days ahead. Likewise in Ford, Kankakee and Livingston County. The Vermilion County Clerk’s Office and the Danville Board of Election Commission is also expecting busy times for the next few weeks.

Early Voting, introduced in 2006, allows registered voters to cast their ballots prior to Election Day. There’s no reason needed for voting early, but Kankakee County Clerk Bruce Clark reminds voters if you cast your ballot early, the votes cannot be changed....

Ballots cast early will be stored in an Optical Scan Ballot tabulator. The tabulators will be totaled on Election Day after the polls close.

Questions can be directed to your county clerk’s office.

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Fatal crash in Livington County

An 86-year-old Forest woman died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon.  Dorothy Trainor was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The westbound car the woman was driving on 1100 N in Pleasant Ridge Township had stoppped at the stop sign at 2900 E.  Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson said the victim then pulled into the intersection and collided with a UPS delivery truck.  The truck driver was treated at the scene.

Sheriff's Police and Forest and Strawn fire personnel were also at tzhe scene.

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Iroquois 911 Coordinator stumps for public safety tax >

Iroquois County voters are urged to learn about the value of a public safety tax and how the money generated from a proposed quarter-cent tax will enhance the good of the county.

Voters November 8 are being asked to support a quarter-cent tax on just certain items. It’s the fourth attempt for such a tax that would generate monies for additional sheriff deputies, squad cars, sheriff department and 9-1-1 equipment and partial funding for emergency dispatchers.

9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble took the educational message to the Chebanse Township Fire officials in Clifton and the Watseka City Council (Tuesday evening).

New and improved communication equipment upgrades, Dubble says, is being pushed. That’s reason for the need to vote in favor of the minimal tax, to raise monies for upgrades to communications.

A successful referendum would raise just over $400,000 per year.

Dubble told the Watseka officials the city would benefit...
“Watseka could save $40,000 a year on the amount the city provides for its share of the joint dispatch,” Dubble told the city council. “Additional police patrol would develop in and outside the city limits,” she added.

Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and aldermen pledged their support for the public safety tax.

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Watseka Police advise citizens to lock up their vehicles, 2 juveniles accused of break-ins

One 14-year-old is in custody, another juvenile is on the run after Watseka Police say the two were caught breaking into cars at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital parking lot.

Police responded to IMH Sunday afternoon concernign a report of two juveniles burglarizing cars.  The two suspects ran east where they disappeared in a corn field near Watseka High School.  Police and other agencies surrounded the corn field.  A 14-year-old juvenile was apprehended as he exited a field.  He was charged with burglary to a vehicle, theft and obstructing justice.  A second juvenile is still on the run.  

Watseka Police Chief Jeramy Douglas reminds citizens to keep their vehicles locked, don't leave keys in the vehicles and remove valuables when parking your vehicle.

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Olivet Nazarene University reports record enrollment

This fall, Olivet Nazarene University reports the highest enrollment in the University’s 109-year history, highlighting a significant increase in graduate students and a record number of students living in housing on the main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Olivet’s historically strong trend continues for enrollment of freshmen and transfer students. Of the total 4,953 students enrolled, nearly 2,900 are undergraduates, and 2,359 of the undergrads live on campus.

“Students from across the country and around the world continue to arrive on Olivet’s campus each fall, even as enrollment is decreasing at many universities, and some are even closing their doors,” said Susan Wolff, dean of undergraduate enrollment. “Students and their families consistently value Olivet’s quality academics and career preparation in a Christian environment.”

In Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, enrollment tops 2,000, representing an increase of more than 21 percent over the past five years.

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