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Bence elected head of IFRW

Susan Wynn Bence has been elected the Illinois Federation of Republican Women (IFRW) as its new president.

Bence will oversee nine regions and 41 clubs. It is the largest grassroots volunteer Republican women's organization in Illinois, according to the news release.

Bence joined the IFRW in the late '90s and has been significantly involved ever since. She is the past president of the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club. She has also served the IFRW as membership chairman prior to becoming the second vice president in 2014.

She served as the chief of staff and campaign manager for former state representative Josh Harms and chief of staff to state representative Tom Bennett before accepting her current position as the Springfield director for Illinois Lieutenant Govenor Evelyn Sanguinette.

Other elected officers include first vice president Sue Hamilton of Carterville, second vice president Jayne Lehman Raef of Bourbonnais, third vice president Lt. Governor Evelyn Pacino Sanguinette of Wheaton, fourth vice president Linda Brown of Savoy, secretary Mary Sundermeyer of Savoy, and treasurer Elaine Zannis of Oak Brook.

The IFRW will host its spring conference April 15-16 in Carbondale.

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Momence school district facing cuts

The Momence school board is expected to vote on a reported $441,600 worth of cuts. Teaching staff and sports programs are part of the cuts as the school board considers increasing fees for sports, fine arts and driver's education.

The Daily-Journal is reporting the district has had a deficit budget for the past five years. There's a projected deficit of $300,000 this year. The district is listed on the state's "early warning" profile.

School officials have proposed cutting six teachers, which will save about $348,600.

The board also is looking into moving the district's preschool and special education programs to Je-Neir Elementary School to save on personnel costs. The district has proposed eliminating eight coaching positions, in addition to athletic transportation.

Cutting eight coaches would save the district about $14,000 and would eliminate freshman sports teams.
School officials also proposed raising sports and driver's education fees to generate an additional $29,500 in revenue.

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Kankakee murder trial resumes, heightened security likely

The Rachard Butler murder trial will demand increased security when the trial resumes today at the Kankakee County Courthouse.

A fight on the 1st floor of the courthouse Friday involved some 30 people. No arrests were made and no injuries were reported. The Daily-Journal reported the fight may have involved two men expected to testify.

Security was heightened when a threat was made on Butler's life earlier in the week.

Butler is facing 45 years to life in prison. He's accused of shooting to death Kenneth Groves at a house party in November 2013.

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Murder convict freed from prison after Innocence Project Involvement

A Central Illinois man is free from prison after serving nearly 20 years of a 55-year sentence. Teshome Campbell was freed Friday after the Champaign County state's attorney declined to retry him for the 1998 murder of 44-year-old James Shepherd of Urbana. The Illinois Innocence Project worked on Campbell's case. {Metro News}

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Watseka Police arrest 2 men on drug charges

Two men are jailed in Watseka after an investigation involving alleged identity theft. 67-year-old Walter Urban of Watseka and 27-year-old Mekiell Burns of Pembroke are jailed in Iroquois County.

Urban is facing charges of possession of a controlled sugbstance and possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Burns is charged with identity theft and theft over $500 dollars.

Police acted on a tip of an alleged identity theft in which credit cards were opened to purchase items online and then having items shipped to a local address. Police intercepted a package delivered to the address, which then led to a search warrant.

Urban was arrested. Then, the following day, police acted on a tip that another subject would be going to that residence to pick up the package that police had intercepted. Surveillance was set up and Burns was arrested.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police, the Iroquois County State's Attorney's Office, and Bradley Police were involved in the case.

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