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Andrew Condon handed 50-year prison term for killing gas station attendant

Iroquois County Judge Gordon Lustfeldt (Monday) sentenced a rural Ashkum man to 50 years in prison for the 2012 shooting death of a Gilman gas station attendant. The judge also said denied a new trial for 36-year-old Andrew Condon.

Condon was convicted in August of killing 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin. That happened after Rubin refused to sell Condon cigarettes because he didn't have a proper ID.

Condon continues to say he's innocent. He maintains the evidence didn't support the verdict. Condon did apologize to the Rubin family members, stating justice wasn't served for either side.

Impact statements were presented to the court prior to the sentencing.

Key evidence in the trial, presented by the state, included an incriminating box of ammunition found in Condon's home –that box minus the exact number of rounds fired at the victim inside the Gilman gas station. The firearm used to kill Rubin was never found, but the state reasoned with the argument that Condon had enough time to dispose of evidence before he was questioned by police.

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I-74 re-opened after morning crash

Illinois State Police are reporting traffic is back to normal on Interstate 74 between Farmer City and LeRoy following a Monday morning accident.
Police said a semi-trailer involved in the accident rolled on to its side blocking the eastbound lane between the Illinois 136 and LeRoy exits. Traffic was being rerouted onto U.S. 150 at the Illinois 136 exit, about four miles east of LeRoy.

There were no major injuries reported. The accident is still under investigation.
The accident was reported just before 8 o'clock. The interstate was closed for about 90 minutes.

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Cissna Park returns to state; Watseka comes up short in Super-Sectional

The Cissna Park T-wolves earned a second consecutive state volleyball tournament berth Saturday with a 3-set win over Mount Pulaski. The Timberwolves fought back from a 1-0 deficit (18-25), then stormed to a 26-24, 25-21 win at the Effingham St. Anthony 1A Super-Sectional.

Coach John Landon's squad will take a 32-5-1 record to the semi-finals Friday. They meet up with Clay City at 9 am at ISU's Redbird Arena.

Watseka meanwhile, came up short in a bid for another state appearance. The Warriors season ended at Beecher with a 2A loss to Elmhurst Timothy Christian. Watseka ended its season at 25-12 after winning its Regional for a fourth time in five years.

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Jamie Boyd’s departure from State’s Attorney race opens door to races for prosecutor’s office and judgeship

Kankakee County State's Attorney Jamie Boyd will not be a candidate for re-election next year. Instead, the 53-year-old announced Friday he will seek a seat on the bench to replace the retiring Judge Kendall Wenzelman.

Boyd said he planned to seek re-election until Wenzelman announced he was retiring at month's end. The vacancy for a judge's seat will find a race developing because Associate Judge Mike Kramer will also run. He'll be involved in a Republican primary contest with Boyd in March.

Kankakee attorney John Coghlan also plans to seek the judgeship, according to the Daily-Journal.

Boyd's job as prosecutor also opens the door for candidates. Democrat Jim Rowe, who narrowly lost to Boyd in 2012, is an announced candidate again, for state's attorney.

Two others, according to the Journal, have also expressed interested in the state's attorney's office. (Emile Capriotti and Larry Beaumont).

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Justice Kilbride administers oath to new lawyers

Illinois Supreme Court Justice and Kankakee-native Thomas Kilbride was back in Kankakee (Thursday) to administer the attorney's oath to 27 new lawyers representing the 3rd Judicial District.

A bar admission ceremony was held in the 3rd Judicial District at Kankakee Community College. It's believed to be the first time the Illinois Supreme Court held a bar admission ceremony in Kankakee. Previous ceremonies have taken place in Ottawa, Joliet, Rock Island and Moline.

Justice Kilbride, who's a graduate of Bishop McNamara High School, presided over the ceremony, welcoming members of the class, their families and friends.

Presiding Justice Mary McDade of the 3rd District Appellate Court at Ottawa and KCC President John Avendano (Av-in-DON-O) also offered remarks.

Area judges from Kankakee and Iroquois Counties were also guests, along with Appellate Court Judge Mary K. O'Brien.

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