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Iroquois County Meet-and-Greet with Tom Bennett

He's a veteran in the insurance industry, an educator, has an agriculture background, and perhaps, most important locally, he has conservative values. And with all that, Tom Bennett wants to State Representative, with a voice for reason in Springfield.

Tom Bennett met with Iroquois County supporters in Watseka Wednesday evening. The Gibson City resident knows there's big issues in the state legislature; and those issues are well-documented. The question is: How does Tom Bennett or anyone else get solutions rather than the same ole ?

Bennett said "one step at a time to common sense is the approach he'll take" The conservative Ford County resident serves the Parkland College Board, is a former K-12 school board member, and works as a manager at State Farm insurance.

Bennett's troubled by the jobs he sees moving from the area. He's bothered by budget problems, taxes being raised, and how the economy isn't friendly to business.

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No Water in Chatsworth

                                          Boil Order issued


A water main prompted a boil order in the Livingston County of Chatsworth. Residents will need to boil all water for consumption until further notice.

Service failed Wednesday. That pushed the Chatsworth elementary school into emergency mode. Water use was restricted. Bottled water was available for students and staff.

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Kankakee County road work alters traffic flow

Motorists in the Kankakee – Bradley area may want to make alternate travel plans today. Road work will find Route 50 from Brookmont Boulevard to Armour Road (in Bradley) re-surfaced. Delays are likely due to lane restrictions. Motorists need to be aware of construction crews and flagmen.

IDOT says the work will continue this month and thru November.

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Two dead in Ford County crash

                     State police correct victim's name


A three-vehicle accident near Melvin Tuesday afternoon took the life of two people.

Illinois State Police updated a new release that now identifies a second victim as 51-year-old Debra Lowe of Fort Wayne, Indiana. (An earlier report identified her as Debra Moody).

77-year-old Jack D. Moody of Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Illinois 54 near 1000E Road. Debra L. Lowe was airlifted from the scene, but pronounced dead at a Champaign hospital.
State Police say Moody was driving a pickup on Illinois 54 at 4:46 pm. Moody's vehicle crossed over the center line into the path of semi truck and continued on into the lane of another pickup driven by Ms. Lowe. The Moody and Lowe pickups collided head-on. The un-identified driver of the semi was not injured.

The investigation into the accident is still continuing.


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Double fatality in head-on collision in Ford County

Two pickup trucks collided, killing both drivers in rural Ford County Tuesday afternoon.

77-year-old Jack D. Moody of Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Melvin.

The other driver (not related), was identified as 51-year-old Debra Moody of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Illinois State Police released the information about the accident this (Wed) morning. The collision occurred at 4:46 Tuesday afternoon southwest of Melvin. It was near Illinois 54 and Ford County Road 1000 East.

State police report Jack Moody was northeasterly on Route 54 when his truck veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit a rear wheel of a trailer being towed by a semi-tractor driven by a 55-year-old man from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Moody's truck then collided head-on with Debra Moody's pickup truck, which was following the semi-tractor.The driver of the semi was not injured.


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