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GOP Women’s Club earns State ‘Gold’ Award

                           Susan Wynn Bence named 2nd V-P of State Federation of GOP Women

The Iroquois County Republican Women's Club has earned gold. The local organization received the Gold Achievement Award from the Illinois Federation of Republican Women. The recognition came during the Fall Convention this past weekend in Springfield.

The Iroquois County GOP club was chosen for the award based on its involvement in several categories including Special Events, Fundraising, Participation in Parades, membership attendance at meetings and board of director meetings and participation on campaign committees.

Local club events included; Candidate forums, 9-11/Remembrance Day Event, a congressional debate, membership luncheons, participation in local parades, Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair, several members hold public office, members participate on state wide committees, and volunteer hours.

The Iroquois County club also sends delegates to the state convention.

Also at the state convention this past weekend Susan Wynn Bence of Watseka was elected the 2nd vice-president for the Illinois Federation of Republican Women. Iroquois County has never had a member hold statewide office in IFRW.

The Illinois Federation of Republican Women is the largest all-volunteer Republican women's organization in Illinois. The IFRW is a grassroots organization organized into nine regions and 41 clubs.

On another note....the Kankakee County Republican Women's Club was honored with the President's Award. Kankakee County's club is a new club that is growing by leaps and bounds. Tinker Parker serves as club president.

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Paxton bar fight leaves one man dead, another in custody

The Associated Press

PAXTON — A 49-year-old Paxton man is dead and another man is in custody after a bar fight in Paxton.

Paxton Police reported Jeffrey Potts, of Paxton, died early Friday after being found lying on a sidewalk in front of Shooky's Bar.

Potts had been stabbed in the chest.

33-year-old Sean Kelley was also found on the sidewalk. He was treated for unspecified injuries and later arrested.

Kelley faces preliminary charges of aggravated battery and second-degree murder. He's being held on $1 million bond in the Ford County Jail.

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Governor Quinn Praises Critical Vote to Move Illiana Corridor Project Forward

Critical Project Receives Yes Vote from MPO Policy Committee; Will Create Thousands of Jobs and Drive Economic Development throughout Region

CHICAGO – After years of pushing to make it a reality, Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illiana Corridor Project – an innovative public-private partnership to build a much-needed, regional highway – is moving forward.

Today's vote by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's MPO Policy Committee approved the project as a priority in the GO TO 2040 Plan. The Illiana, along with the South Suburban Airport, are key parts of Governor Quinn's agenda to drive economic growth throughout the South Suburbs and across Illinois.

Today's vote by the committee, which is comprised of members from throughout the Chicago region, means the Illiana project is eligible for federal funding and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) can proceed to obtain bids from the private sector.

"Today marks a major victory for economic development and jobs in the Southland, which will strengthen Illinois' economy and pave the way for future growth," Governor Quinn said. "I applaud the members of the MPO Policy Committee for making the Illiana a priority. This regional highway will not only serve the largest and fastest growing areas in Illinois, it will have a long-term economic impact of more than $4 billion in the region."

In addition to the South Suburban Airport, Governor Quinn has been pushing to make the Illiana Expressway a reality since taking office as part of his economic vision for the south suburbs of Chicago.

The Illiana will be a 47-mile, access controlled highway that extends from I-55 in Illinois on the west to I-65 in Indiana on the east. When built, the Illiana Corridor Project will be an invaluable regional asset for the south suburbs, the state and the broader Midwest, promoting and supporting the business environment, workforce, local and global economy and quality of life.

Potential economic benefits include the creation of more than 9,000 construction jobs and 28,000 long-term jobs.
The South Suburban Airport will serve as the third major Chicago-area airport in the south suburbs and has been one of the Governor's key priorities since 2009. Building the global transportation hub will create more than 11,000 construction jobs and as many as 14,000 long-term jobs after it becomes operational. Earlier this year, the governor secured and signed a new law to break the longstanding gridlock that will allow the airport to be built.

The Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation (IDOT and INDOT, respectively) have been engaged in planning the Illiana with the Federal Highway Administration since the spring of 2011. The preferred corridor for the limited access, four-lane toll road is being refined and discussed, with a public hearing on the proposed location later this year. Additional public input on the project will be sought during the state and federal agency and public-private partnership approval process. The Illiana planning process is expected to be complete in early 2014.

IDOT and INDOT will soon begin the process of selecting a private team to finance and build the Illiana Corridor project, the first public-private partnership of its kind in Illinois. This innovative financing method, which has already been used by Indiana on other projects, will bring new investment dollars into the state transportation system and allow IDOT and INDOT to make further infrastructure investments that will benefit the region.

Studies by IDOT and INDOT have shown that the Illiana will provide local and regional congestion relief, create jobs, and serve as a much needed trucking corridor in the bi-state region.

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Iroquois GOP Women host Gubernatorial candidates

Jobs and choosing a leader who can lead. Three of the four Republicans for Illinois Governor next year had similar messages in Watseka Thursday. They made their pitch at the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club Fall Luncheon.

Chicago-area businessman Bruce Rauner and State Senators Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady said the GOP nominee needs to target what the party is all about and restore a business-friendly atmosphere to Illinois.

Rauner says he's the guy because he's not a politician; he has no ties to the problems the state's in right now.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford was not in attendance. His running-mate for Lt. Governor, Steve Kim, also addressed the audience. Kim was the first Asian-American in Illinois history to have won the nomination of a major political party for a statewide office.

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Bourbonnais: Rt. 45 intersection closed

John Casey Road, at the intersection of U.S. Route 45 in Bourbonnais is closed to the east for one-half block. Officials report the route is scheduled to be re-opened by 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 22nd.

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