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Watseka Marine coming home after 70 years

World War II Marine veteran Jack Redman will finally be laid to rest in his hometown, Watseka. The remains of Jack Redman will be included in a local funeral yet this month.

The funeral, most agree, is long overdo after Jack Redman died in World War II. Jack Redman was killed by Japanese forces in the Pacific Ocean.

Jack's remains, dog tags and belt buckle are among artifacts now in Honolulo. They are scheduled to be delivered to Chicago. That's where a Marine color guard unti will escort the casket for military honors.

The full story of the Marine's homecoming is featured in this past weekend's edition of the Daily Journal, written by Dennis Yohnka.

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Oil Trains Facing New Safety Regulations

(Washington, DC) -- The mile-long trains that roll through Illinois carrying crude oil with growing frequency will operate under tougher new federal restrictions. The federal government today announced an accelerated phasing out of older tank cars and the use of newer cars less prone to leaks and explosions. The new regulations also mandate an enhanced braking system on those "rolling pipelines" to shorten the stopping time and distance in order to reduce the chances of collisions and derailments. {Metro News}

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Police justified in shooting near Monon, Indiana

           ... Hostage situation started in Watseka ...

Authorities in Indiana say an in-depth investigation has resulted in a ruling that officers involved in a shooting in White County earlier this month were justified.

The episode began in Watseka (IL) involving a hostage. It was on April 9, when Don Smith of Elkhart, iNDIANA robbed a Watseka office building and lead authorities from more than 10 agencies on a pursuit that eventually ended near Monon, Ind.

The hostage was eventually freed and unharmed, but the 29-year-old Smith was shot after pointing his firearm at police.

Indiana State Police said officers were able to box in the suspect's stolen vehicle. But when the suspect pointed his firearm, officers defended themselves by fatally wounding Smith.

White County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Guy said the officers involved were justified in shooting Smith. Four officers from two agencies fired their weapons.

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Iroquois tax statements in the mail

Iroquois County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, has announced that the 2014 payable in 2015 real estate tax statements have been mailed to taxpayers.

The deadline to pay the first installment without penalty is June 3, 2015. The second installment due date is September 3, 2015.

The Treasurer's Office is open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail or at any bank in Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal and Commonwealth Credit Union.

Taxpayers paying in person at the Treasurer's Office or at the local banks should bring the entire bill if they would like a receipt.

Credit card payments will be accepted by phone and online starting May 4, 2015.

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Pontiac officer killed by drunk driver remembered with sign along I-55

Family and friends of Pontiac police officer Casey Kohlmeier gathered along I-55 in Livingston County (Friday) to dedicate a section of the highway in his name.

A newly-posted sign names a section of the Illinois roadway "Casey Kohlmeier Memorial Highway." The hope is that the visibility of the sign will change people's driving habits and keep his memory alive.

Kohlmeier and his K-9 partner Draco were killed on October 30, 2013, when a drunken driver slammed into Kohlmeier's squad car in the median. The driver is serving a 12-year prison term.

The officer's mother, Keri Schmidt, said "More than anything, I hope they remember he was killed by a drunk driver."

His father, Jeff Kohlmeier, said he hopes a sign dedicated to a police officer "will bring awareness that these guys are risking their lives.

Kohlmeier, an Air Force veteran, had served on the Pontiac Police Department for six years and was part of the Livingston County Proactive Unit.

State Senator Jason Barickman and former State Representative Josh Harms worked with the Illinois Police Benevolent & Protective Association to gain legislative approval to dedicate I-55 between exist 197 and 202 as 'Casey J. Kohlmeier Memorial Highway.'

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