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Kankakee County Consolidated Election results

There were a handful of contested races in Kankakee County yesterday with incumbents faring well among them.

Bourbonnais was the one place where all the incumbents were voted out. Long-time music store owner Randy King was swept onto the village board along with challengers Jeff Keast and Jack Littrell. Incumbents Scott Byrne and Wayne Baranowski were defeated.

In the race for Kankakee City council, David Crawford beat Theodis Pace in the race to fill the vacant seat in the Third ward. Incumbent sixth ward alderman Dennis Baron easily defeated Tom Ivy Senior in the city's only other race.

Two of three incumbents will return to the Bradley Village board. Democratic board members Lori Gadbois and Jerry Balthazor easily won re-election while Mike Watson edged George Golwitzer to become the newest village trustee.

In school board races, incumbents had a pretty good night. For Kankakee school district 111 two incumbents won re-election while Angela Shea got the most votes to oust Dana Washington.

Two incumbents in Manteno held off a challenge from three challengers to the school board. While in Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53 Michael Jurka will be joining the incumbents. Jurka will be replacing Tim Butterfield who chose not to run again after 12 years on the board.

Park District races in Kankakee County got a lot of attention leading up to the election.

The Bourbonnais township Park District will see a few new faces. Incumbent Kim Bennett won re-election and will be joined on the board by newcomer Clark Gregorie. Anthony Settle ran unopposed to fulfill an unexpired term left vacant by John Betts who moved out of the district.

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Referendums bring ‘Yes’ votes in Iroquois County

Iroquois County voters turned a deaf ear to the anti-tax increase sentiment. Voters approved tax increases to support school issues in Milford and Crescent City, and also supported tax hikes for the Milford Park District and for police protection in Sheldon.

Milford School District #124 will begin its process to issue $17 million, $500,000 in building bonds to demolish the high school building and then build and equip the grade school building for both grade and high school purposes.

There were 733 Yes votes to 480 No. That's a 60 – 40 percent margin.

Crescent City voters approved a hike in the Education Fund for District #249. The rate goes from 4.32% to 5.12%. The vote was 239 in favor while 185 opposed.

The Sheldon Police Protection question was approved 134 to 127. The Milford park District tax increase was approved 367 to 195.

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Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce announce 2015 Annual Banquet

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Annual Banquet for 2015. This year's event will be held at Celebrations on May 6th starting at 5:30 pm. The Chamber is "Celebrating 70 years." The Chamber would like to honor the business community and its supportive Chamber members.

The highlight of the event is the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce awards for Business Leadership and Staff Achievement. The Times-Republic also gives out the Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Business Leadership Award and Staff Achievement Award.

Anyone interested in nominating someone for either of the above awards can do so by contacting the Chamber office at 815-432-2416 for a nomination form or go to www.watsekachamber.org. Please note if you have someone you would like to nominate just give us a name and why you are nominating them, a short, brief paragraph.

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 17, 2015.

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FAA: businessmen, coach among plane crash fatalities

Family members have identified at least two of the victims killed in a plane crash in McLean County. Seven people were killed when a C414A Cessna Chancellor crashed outside the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) at Bloomington.

Among the people onboard, on its way back from Indianapolis to Bloomington, were Pub II co-owner Terry Stralow and Scott Bittner, longtime owner of Eureka's Bittner's Locker. Also aboard was Illinois State assistant basketball coach Torrey Ward, according to the Bloomington Pantagraph.

At a press conference today (Tues), officials could not speculate on the cause of the crash that killed seven people as it approached the CIRA runway.

McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage could not speculate as to whether dense fog played a part in the crash of the aircraft designed to hold up to ten passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the deaths. The crash occurred as the occupants were returning to Central Illinois Regional Airport from Indianapolis, site of Monday night's NCAA title game.

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Plane crash near Bloomington kills seven

The Federal Aviation Administration is confirming the deaths of up to seven people in a plane crash near Bloomington. A noon press conference is scheduled.

The crash occurred east of Bloomington as the occupants were returning to Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) from Indianapolis, site of Monday night's NCAA title game.

FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators were enroute to the crash scene. The aircraft is to be towed to a secured hanger at CIRA for the investigation.

Reports stated Scott Bittner, longtime owner of Eureka's Bittner's Locker, was on the twin engine C414A Cessna Chancellor that belonged to his father, Terry Bittner. Terry Bittner was not aboard.

According to the National Weather Service, visibility at ground level was one-half mile to a mile at ground level and 200 feet above ground in the area at the time of the crash between 3 and 3:30 am. A NWS meteorologist said there was dense fog starting around 10 pm. but no storms.

Rescue crews and the McLean County Coroner's office have been at the scene since early morning. The McLean County Sheriff's Office said the plane was located in a field near Illinois 9 and 2100 East.

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