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Drowning in Braidwood Lake

A Maywood (IL) man drowned Monday evening in Braidwood Lake. It was an apparent fishing accident,

65-year-old Charles Johnson was pronounced dead at 9:45 pm Monday at Riverside Medical Center.

It’s believed he fell from a boat after he stood up.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said people in another boat retrieved Johnson from the water and administered CPR. But he was pronounced dead when he reached the hospital.

Braidwood Lake, owned by Commonwealth Edison, is part of the Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area in Grundy County.

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Benton County woman dies in fire

A Benton County, Indiana woman died after a house fire Tuesday afternoon.

The victim’s identity is being withheld at this time.

The emergency call came just before 1 o’clock. The location was on State Road 71, south of Kentland.

Earl Park firemen answered the call. The state fire marshal's office is investigating.

Investigators believe it began in the area of the garage but the cause is unknown.

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Teens injured in Iroquois County rollover

Five teenagers, including a 16-year-old driver were injured Monday evening in a single-vehicle rollover accident.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated at 2100 E and 2100 N Road.

The injured were taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.  Two were air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana for treatment of injuries.

The 16-year-old driver was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed.  Sher was also ticketed for Violation of Illinois' Restricted Driving Permit, that's the Graduated Driver Law limiting the number of passengers to one for a young driver.

IMH and Martinton Ambulance and Watseka Fire responded to the call.


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Aldermanic, Trustee races popular in April 9th Election

Contested aldermanic or trustee races appear on next Tuesday’s ballots in eight cities/villages in Iroquois County.

The Consolidated Election is April 9th. Early Voting is underway. Contact your County Clerk’s Office for any needed information.

In the Village of Woodland, no less than seven candidates are on the ballot for three available trustee seats.

Five candidates are after three trustee seats in the Village of Clifton.

In Buckley, four announced-candidates seek three seats for a 4-year term. There’s also three Buckley hopefuls after two available seats for a 2-year term.

Ashkum and Loda has three trustee seats available with four names on the ballots on each town.

Aldermanic races are contested in Gilman and Watseka. Wards 1, 2 and 3 have challengers chasing the incumbents IN Gilman. Watseka’s Ward 1 finds a 2-person race.


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Keady earns Hall-of-Fame Honors

Boiler legend: "I'm thrilled and humbled"

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former Purdue men's basketball head coach Gene Keady was elected in to the College Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday night.

Keady began his career at Western Kentucky. He then became the coach at Purdue where he led the Boilers to a 512-270 record. Keady coached the Boilers for 25 years.

"I'm thrilled and humbled to be elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame,"  Keady said. "It's a total team effort. I couldn't have done it without my former players, assistant coaches, and support staff."

Rollie Massimino and former U.S. congressman Tom McMillen also headline the 2013 class that will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

The class will be inducted during a ceremony on November 23 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Keady is currently a special assistant at St. John's working for Red Storm Head Coach and former Boilermaker assistant Steve Lavin.