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Grundy County Board chairman seeks 75th District House seat

Grundy County Board chairman Ron Severson has decided to seek appointment to state Representative Pam Roth's 75th District seat in the Illinois House. Roth anounced this last month her resignation due to her husband's job transfer to Texas. She will vacate her seat by the end of the summer.

Severson was born and raised in Kendall County near Minooka, where his family had a cattle ranch. He has lived in Grundy County for 22 years and has served on its county board for 11 years.

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Man charged for beating death at veterans home

Kenneth Laura was formally charged last week with aggravated battery and involuntary manslaughter for the beating death of one of his fellow residents at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

But the 65-year-old will not be arraigned to enter a plea until a psychological report is filed with the court.

The court is in the process of determining if Laura is fit to stand trial.

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Auto mechanic fatally injured when truck falls on him

An autopsy was conducted Thursday on 51-year-old Enrique Serrano of Kankakee, who died Wednesday after a truck he was working on fell on him.

The accident happened at Acme Auto Parts, along I-57 in Kankakee. Serrano was working as a part-time mechanic.

Serrano was underneath a pickup truck when the truck fell. The truck was suspended using an end loader with forks when it fell off.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said Serrano died at Presence St. Mary's Hospital.

Sheriff's Police report Acme owner Mike Baker said the forks on the end loader were not properly attached before the vehicle was lifted by Serrano.

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Financial crisis looms for emergency communications in Iroquois County

It's a cry heard before. Now, it's even louder. And the need is now.

Budget concerns for the Emergency Telecommunications Safety Board (ETSB) are at the critical point. What was thought to be a big concern two-three years down the road, hsas found its way to now. Money to fund the ETSB is about to go dry.

9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble brought the dismal news to the Iroquois County Board Budget Committee. Money to fund the county's emergency dispatch center is fast disappearing. That cost would fall in the laps of the county and city of Watseka.

The looming problem has been building. Technology has resulted in so many people giving up their landline phones in favor cellphones. And the budget has relied on the original $2 tax per landline. On the flip side, cellphones are only taxed 73-cents per phone.

Illinois lawmakers have been asked repeatedly for several years to find a solution. It hasn't happened.

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Hoopeston tire fire cleanup underway

They're beginning the slow process of cleaning up debris from last month's massive fire at a tire recycling business in Hoopeston.

The Illinois EPA is monitoring the cleanup process at J&R Used Tire Service. Fire officials say hotspots in the rubble are still being found a month after the blaze was extinguished,

The June 19 fire was sparked by static electricity and eventually engulfed the 400,000-square-foot brick facility. Heavy, black smoke billowed for hours and was seen for miles. More than 100 firefighters from Illinois and Indiana battled the flames at the 10-acre site.
Several dozen trailer loads of debris have been carted from the site.

Environmental officials say they believe the facility had more than a million tires when the fire began. The rubber from the used tires was being converted into products, including mulch.

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