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Iroquois County Primary Election results….

           New faces, 2 incumbents lose board seats

Seven new names will represent the Iroquois County Board, while two incumbents were defeated in the Illinois Primary Election Tuesday.

A new county Treasurer will also be seated following the November General Election.

Each of the four county board districts offered voters a contested-election. And each district will be represented by a new face.

Just over 26% of the registered voters in the county cast a ballot.

Kurt Albers defeated Christy Fink for the Treasurer’s office, being vacated by Mindy Kuntz-Hagan. Albers will face Democrat write-in candidate Bill Nutter in November. Nutter garnered well over the required 14 write-in votes to qualify the General Election.

Albers collected 2064 votes to 1568 for Fink.

The top four vote-getters in County Board District 1 were Lyle Behrends (663), Paul Ducat (560) and Leanne Hofbauer-Duby (508).

District 2 winners were John Shure (539), Steve Huse (498) and Dan Pursley (358).

Joe Young (817), Donna Crow (735) and Paul Bowers (616) were winners in District 3.

Two newcomers also won in District 4...John Zumwalt (677) and Roger Bard(470).

Congressman Adam Kinzinger also won in Iroquois County over James Marter for the 16th District seat.

County Clerk Lisa Fancher and Sheriff Derek Hagen were un-contested winners. So was Senator Jason Barickman and Rep. Tom Bennett.

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Sheriff Doran concerned about increase in traffic crashes

Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran is warning motorists that his deputies will be on the lookout for speed violators and distracted drivers. The sheriff says area roadways have become dangerous and he's very concerned about the number of fatal crashes in and around the Ford County area so far this year. Sheriff Doran wants drivers to protect themselves, their families and others by slowing down and avoid distracted driving.

Ford County deputies will be spending more time on traffic enforcement, targeting excessive speed and distracted drivers. The sheriff said it's not intended to be a money-making venture but instead a life-saving effort to keep people's eyes on the road and slow them down.

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Election Day is here !

Polls are open around the state for Illinois’ primary election. Voting is available until 7 pm. Local election returns air, with summary reports, tonight beginning at 8 pm on 94.1 WGFA.

Winners in this primary will shape the ballot for the mid-term elections in November.

Republican ballots in Iroquois County offer voters choices in all four County Board Districts. There's also a race for the GOP nomination for County Treasurer. Local votes will also determine the winner in the 16th District race for Congress.

Kankakee County voters have a choice for Clerk on the Democratic ballot. There's also a contest for District 2 for County Board.

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Congressman Kinzinger on FEMA Flood Grants for IL-16

Ottawa, IL – Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)announced funds that would be released to the Village of DePue and to the City of Peru to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Last month, areas across the 16th Congressional District faced severe flooding and damages due to intense rains.

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides these grants to state and local governments, and allows communities to prepare infrastructures and other measures that would help reduce the risk of such damages and losses.

Read more: Congressman Kinzinger on FEMA Flood Grants for IL-16

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FEMA, State and local officials to assess flood damages, beginning today

A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is joining state and county officials this week to assess recent flood damage in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties.

Officials will gather at a flood site in Watseka this (Monday) afternoon.

Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency had requested federal assistance for the counties following severe flooding during February. County officials conducted initial damage assessments and found that 126 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage. Another 850 homes were also impacted by flood waters.

Governor Rauner said in a press release issued Friday, ‘’These damage assessments will provide a clearer picture of the damage and insight on what people need in order to fully get back on their feet.’’

Assessment teams from FEMA, IEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local emergency management agencies are expected to begin assessing damage to homes and businesses. The assessments will continue until completed.

Governor Rauner issued a disaster proclamation for all three counties on February 23rd to ensure state support during the flooding.

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