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Bennett leaving as Ford County GOP chairman

State Representative Tom Bennett is stepping down as chairman of the Ford County Republican Central Committee. The Gibson City resident cites demands of the job and his busy schedule in Springfield as his reason for giving the leadership post.

\Ford County’s 21 Republican precinct committeemen will meet to select Bennett’s replacement.

The person elected would fill the remainder of Bennett’s existing two-year term, through April 2018.

Bennett serves as representative for the 106th District. He is running unopposed in the November 8 general election, to begin his second four-year term as a state representative in January.

Bennett said that although he is vacating his chairman position, he will continue serving as a Ford County Republican precinct committeeman.

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Kinzinger to address Iroquois GOP event

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger will be the guest speaker for the annual fall luncheon of the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club in Watseka. The 12 Noon program is Monday, October 17, at Celebrations.

Kinzinger is a three-term congressman, representing the 16th Congressional District for four years. His district stretches from Iroquois, Ford and Livingston counties north to the Wisconsin state line. Locally, it also includes Grundy and southwest Will County.

Kinzinger recently was named Republican House whip. He serves on the energy and commerce committee and previously served on the foreign affairs committee.

His only opponent for re-election this year is a write-in candidate, John F. Bouchard, who has said he objects to Kinzinger's failure to support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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ATV thefts in Watseka nets 2 arrests

Watseka Police have arrested a St. Anne man in connection with the theft of two ATVs from a Watseka dealership. The Watseka Suzuki Honda business reported the theft last Wednesday.

57-year-old Donald Baker was charged with theft over $10,000. He’s jailed in Iroquois County.

Another man is also identified as 31-year-old Andrew B. Hancock of St. Anne. He’s currently in the Kankakee County Jail on unrelated charges. Watseka Police plan to seek charges against him when he is released from Kankakee County.

Watseka Police and St. Anne Police wrapped up a three-day investigation into the thefts. According to police reports, two ATVs were stolen from inside a fenced in area of the business. One of the ATV’s was recovered.

Police were able to obtain surveillance photos and asked the public for help in identifying the suspects. St. Anne Police notified Watseka Police of the possible identities of the two men. Police said Baker admitted to being involved in the theft.

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Watseka schedules citywide cleanup

The city of Watseka will be providing dumpsters for the fall citywide cleanup. The dumpsters will be placed at the city owed yard waste facility located on South Second Street Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23.

The service is for residents of Watseka only. Residency verification will be required. The yard waste facility will be open from 9 am ‘til to 5 pm on Saturday and from 1 to 6 pm on Sunday.

Items that will not be accepted include: rocks, dirt or concrete, roofing materials, any hazardous liquids (including paint), any type of fuel containers, batteries, and tires.

Electronic waste will not be accepted.

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Advisory: Routes 102, 113 repairs

The Illinois Department Transportation (IDOT) has announced daily lane closings along Illinois Routes 102 and 113 in the Kankakee, Grundy and Will County areas.

Motorists will need to be aware of construction workers for several weeks and months along Warner Bridge Road and Wilmington and Braidwood.

Shoulder work, replacement of guardrails, and installation of rumble strips is part of the scheduled work.

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