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Now a 3-way race for the bench in Ford County

                                                      State's Attorney Fitton running

Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton has announced he's become a third attorney to announce candidacy for a soon-to-be-vacated circuit judge's post in Ford County.

Fitton will be a Republican candidate, joining already announced-candidates Ellen Lee and Ross Sorensen.

The three will meet in the Republican primary March 18th. They all seek to replace the retiring Judge Stephen Pacey, who plans to step aside December 31st.

The winner of the primary would appear on the November general election ballot. The new judge would take office Dec. 1, 2014, although court officials said the Illinois Supreme Court could appoint the winner of the primary to the vacant seat earlier.

The 52-year-old Fitton, of Paxton, said he believes he is qualified, noting he has experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney in both criminal and civil law.

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(Ellen Lee is the wife of former Ford County State's Attorney Tony Lee. Ross Sorensen is from Loda).

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Unemployment Rate Rises in Iroquois, Vermilion, Champaign County

New unemployment figures released Thursday show the jobless rate in Iroquois County was up slightly from a month ago.

Vermilion County rose slightly during October. Champaign County's unemployment rate was also a bit higher.

Kankakee County unemployment was listed at 10.1 in October, the same as September and down from the 10.2 in October of 2012.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports Vermilion County's unemployment rate climbed from 11.0 percent in September to 11.3 percent in October. In Champaign County, the October jobless rate was 7.8 percent – up from 7.5 percent in September.

In Iroquois County the jobless rate also rose slightly, from 7.1 to 7.3 percent.

Danville's unemployment rate of 13.9 percent during October was up nearly four-percent from a year ago. In October of 2012 the jobless rate in Danville was 10.0 percent.

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Two candidates seek judgeship in Ford County

Two attorneys will face off for a judicial bench seat in Ford County in the march 18th primary election. A vacancy was created with the announced resignation of Circuit Judge Stephen Pacey.

Attorney Ellen Lee of Paxton and Ross Sorensen of Loda are announced candidates in the March 18 election.

The 58-year-old Ellen Lee is the husband of former Ford County State's Attorney Tony Lee. She has practiced law for more than 30 years, including the last 19 years in Gibson City. She has also served as legal counsel for Gibson City and Gifford. Currently, Lee is the attorney for Elliott, Roberts and Sibley.

Sorensen is 30-years-old, a practicing-associate with the Martensen and Niemann law firm in Paxton. He's also the attorney for both the city of Paxton and the Paxton Park District.

He is a member of the Ford County Drug Court Team and a founding member off the Iroquois Foundation for Behavioral Health in support of the Iroquois Mental Health Center.

The Illinois Supreme Court has the option of appointing an interim judge or leave the seat vacant until after the election.

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Two-year prison term for ex-Cissna Park official

In Iroquois Circuit Court (Monday 12/2), Judge James Kinzer handed a former Cissna Park bookkeeper a two-year prison term.

Rhonda Sue Siebert pleaded to a Class 3 felony charge of theft. She was ordered to report to the county jail January 23rd for transport to the Department of Corrections.

Siebert was also the former collector of the village. She was accused of stealing between $100,000 and $500,000 over a six-year period. The investigation, according to prosecutors, revealed the money was stolen by using a village credit card, checks, and cash.

Siebert had been village clerk since January 1993 and bookkeeper/collector for at least 15 years. Siebert was fired as collector/bookkeeper by the village board in September 2012. She then resigned as village clerk.

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Ford County circuit judge Pacey to retire

Ford County Circuit Judge Stephen Pacey will retire effective Dec. 31, 2013.

Judge Pacey was appointed to the 11th circuit bench as a circuit judge in 1996. He was then elected to the position two years later and retained in 2004 and 2010.

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