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Champaign County straw poll gives Rutherford nod in GOP race for Governor

A straw poll Sunday in Champaign County gave State Treasurer Dan Rutherford top-billing among the four Republican candidates in the race for Governor.

The Republican Party held its annual fall festival in Urbana, giving each of the four GOP candidates an opportunity to make their pitch to the party faithful.
Rutherford received just over half of the votes cast (50.4 percent) at the event.

Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner was in second place with 22.6 percent. State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale was third with 19.1 percent.

The straw poll state Senator Bill Brady of Bloomingtont just 7.8 percent of the vote. Three years ago Brady was the party's gubernatorial candidate, and got 49 percent of Champaign County in a five-way Republican primary election that year.

Rutherford stressed that he has the know-how to get the needed Chicago-area votes needed to win a statewide race.
The Livingston County native said "statistics have shown that if you don't get 20 percent of the city of Chicago, it doesn't matter what you do in Champaign and Vermilion counties. If you don't get 20 percent in Chicago you don't win a statewide race."

Rutherford added, "As your nominee for governor of the state of Illinois, I got 22 percent of the city of Chicago (for treasurer in 2010). Our Republican candidate that year (Brady) got 18. I won, he lost."

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Farm Bill debate continues

                                                   Food stamp recipients growing in Illinois

Congress will continue debate this week on whether food stamp recipients should face more-strict eligibility requirements in order to receive them. And with that comes word that the number of Illinois residents relying on the federal government to supplement their food pantries has grown nearly 35 percent in three years.

Two million Illinoisans received food stamps in August while another 40,000 applications were waiting to be processed.

So while the unemployment rate begins its slow but steady descent, more and more Americans appear unable to meet the basic needs of their families.

A national report released by "The Working Poor Families Project" indicates that nearly one third of families are now low income. And it estimates that 50 million people might soon become part of a growing demographic, called 'the working poor.'

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Kuntz-Hagan to seek re-election as Iroquois Treasurer

Iroquois County Treasurer Mindy Kuntz-Hagan is announcing her re-election bid for 2014. 

She has a combined 33-yeras in state and county government.  She says there's been many changes over the years and Kuntz-Hagan says she's made cuts in her department budget and will continue to focus on cost-cutting while still providing the citizens of the county with the service they deserve.

Mindy and her husband, Mick, live in rural Sheldon and say they're fortunate to be raising their 9-year-old daughter on the same farmstead Mick was raised.

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Frank’s Appliance earns Dealer of the Year Award

BRADLEY -- Frank's Appliance Center and Sleepsource of Bradley was recently named the Greater Midwest Region Dear-of-the-Year. The award came at the 2013 BrandSource National Convention for Independent Dealers.

Owners Mark and JoAnne Keen accepted the honor in Las Vegas. And JoAnne tells WGFA News it was a real honor.

The award points to true "neighborhood experts" that offer extensive knowledge and unparalleled service to customers.

JoAnne says this is a tremendous honor for all our wonderful employees.

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1st Illinois West Nile death

                                                     2nd Bird in Ford County with West Nile Virus

A man has died and it could be from West Nile Virus. Thursday, the health department was told a 70-year old man from Decatur died.

A private lab determined he had West Nile. Tests are being done by the Illinois Department of Health to confirm it.

The state confirmed a Logan County man died from the virus and another human case of infection is being reported in Jefferson.

Meanwhile -- The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department reports another bird has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The bird was collected from the Sibley area in Ford County.

The health department's Environmental Health Director, Terry Eimen (eye-men) continues to suggest you use insect repellant and get rid of standing water in-and-around your homes.

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