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Iroquois County Board to welcome new members

Voters in Iroquois County showed support for new members of the County Board in Tuesday’s election.

Districts 1 and 3 offered voters a choice. Chad McGinnis and Michael McTaggart were winners in District 1. McGinnis grabbed 2259 votes to McTaggart’s 2040. Mack Berry finished with 707.

Charles Alt earned himself 2089 votes in District 3. Marvin Stichnoth was second with 1839. Both win seats. Dustin Wells and Chuck Hartke finished with 1174 and 870 votes, respectively.

In District 2... Gerald ‘Jed” Whitlow, Barbara Offill and Ernie Curtis were un-contested.

District 4 welcomes three newcomers....Kevin Bohlmann, Sherry Johnson and Kevin Coughenour.

County Office-holders win unopposed ---

Three Iroquois County officials won re-election Tuesday. They were all unopposed.

Lisa Hines totaled 11,708 votes for Circuit Clerk, Jim Devine earned 11,373 votes for State’s Attorney, and Bill Cheatum had 11,638 votes for Coroner.

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Iroquois County narrowly OK’s public safety tax

Just 104 votes separated the Yes and No votes for a public safety sales tax in Iroquois County (Tuesday).

The Yes votes totaled 6,435 to 6,331 No votes. The slim margin of victory was 50.4% to 49.5%.

Twenty-six precincts favored the .25% (quarter-cent) tax that finds all people shopping for certain items in the county paying the tax. It’s not just taxing Iroquois County residents.

The quarter-cent tax exempts certain items. It’s expected to generate a little over $400,000 that will support law enforcement efforts.

Police, fire departments and other emergency responders were in support of the tax.

Precincts that voted against the sales tax included Loda, Artesia, Chebanse 1 & 2, Ashkum 1 & 2, Milks Grove, Martinton, Sheldon 2, Middleport 2, Fountain Creek, Papineau.

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Herscher burn-victim identified

The body of a man found burned to death in a pickup truck near Herscher last month has been identified.

17-year-old Cody Rattin of Herscher was identified by the Kankakee County Coroner’s office. DNA samples helped with the investigation.

The truck was discovered on fire near a barn October 17th. The truck was found at 13000 W and 7500 S Roads.

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Reddick woman sentenced to prison

A 43-year-old Reddick woman will spend 27 years in prison for the shooting death of her former husband.

Michelle Rockwood pleaded guilty to murder in Kankakee Circuit Court. Her plea was for the death of 49-year-old Theodore Rockwood in November 2015. The victim was shot five times in his Shannon Shores home.

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Manteno man dies in 3-vehicle crash

A 47-year-old Manteno man suffered fatal in
juries in a three-vehicle accident in rural Manteno Monday.

The victim is identified as Matthew Denham. He was pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center, according to the Coroner’s office.

The accident occurred about 2 pm at North 3000E Road and East 7500N Road. Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said the accident involved an SUV, semitractor and a minivan.
One person was airlifted to a suburban hospital. Two other accident victims were taken to local hospitals.

The Illinois State Police accident reconstruction team is investigating.

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