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Chicago Catholics plan prayer before conclave

CHICAGO (AP) -- Catholics in Chicago plan a Mass and prayer vigil as the conclave to elect a new Pope begins Tuesday at the Vatican.

The Archdiocese of Chicago plans the services Monday at Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Chicago. Officials with the Archdiocese say they want to be united with Chicago's Cardinal Francis George, who is in Rome for the election. The 75-year-old George is the leader of more than 2 million Roman Catholics in the Chicago area.

The Rev. John Canary will celebrate the Mass in Chicago. He is a monsignor and vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The prayer vigil will follow the Mass.

Former Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world last month when he announced he would resign the papacy. He officially stepped down Feb. 28.

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Iroquois County Grand Jury Indictments

A Stalking charge led to other charges against an Ashkum man and then an indictment. The Iroquois County grand jury indicted 55-year-old David Brown for the Stalking offense, plus Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer, Aggravated Fleeing & Attempted Fleeing & Alluding, and Violation of an Order of Protection.

During his arrest for a repeated violation of an Order of Protection, Brown is reported to have accelerated his pick-up truck with a deputy sheriff hanging from the driver’s side door. The deputy suffered a knee injury.

Brown was among nine defendants indicted by the grand jury.

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Also indicted was 35-year-old Tunis Clyden of Milford for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. The defendant committed a sexual act with a victim under the age of 17. Clyden was under investigation by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department.

18-year-old Lindsey Weber of Paxton faces indictment for Criminal Damage to Property, That case was investigated by Sheriff’s police. The case was investigated for damage done to a residence in Loda.

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Illinois State Police Officers “Freezin for a Reason”

Ashkum, IL - Illinois State Police officers, their families, and local agencies participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge on March 2, 2013. The participants “plunged” into Manteno Lake, in Manteno to help support the Special Olympics Illinois. There were a total of 430 participants and raised $128,000.

The Special Olympics Illinois provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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Gilman candidates talk issues, seek votes for April 9th

Aging infrastructure and improving the business climate are the issues the mayor and aldermanic candidates talked about last night at a candidates Forum, sponsored by the Gilman Chamber of Commerce.

A sparse audience listened to the candidates comment about cleaning up aging buildings while attracting new business ventures.

Incumbent mayor Rick Theesfeld seeks re-election April 9th. He tells WGFA News he has served as mayor since 2009 and has served the council since 1991.  he looks forward to working for the community.

Andy Johnson was not present to participate in the question-answer period. But later, he said change is needed.

Johnson declined to elaborate on his ideas for improvement.

Other aldermanic candidates all shared ideas and comments about desires for growth, improving business and re-building infrastructure. The candidates expressed a spirit of cooperation and cited the economy as a major roadblock toward meeting their goals.


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Illinois Unemployment rises to 9 percent

The state Department of Employment Security says Illinois unemployment rose to 9 percent in January.

That was up from 8.7 percent in December and back to almost the 9.1 percent rate of January 2012.

Department Director Jay Rowell blamed the uneven recovery the state has experienced since the recession.

The number of unemployed people in the state rose by 4 percent to 594,800. The state added a relatively small 7,100 jobs in January.

The biggest job losses were among companies in the trade, transportation and utilities sector where the state lost a net 5,500 jobs in January. Government agencies also shed a net 1,500 jobs. Educational and health services employers added 5,500 jobs.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in January. That was slightly higher than December.