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Chebanse man killed in Iroquois County crash

A two-vehicle crash near Clifton Friday evening klilled 18-year-old Brian Denault Jr.  He was a passenger in a vehicile driven by 17-year-old Mason Peters of Clifton, who's now charged with failure to reduce speed and disobeyed a stop sign. 

Denault was pronounced dead at Riverside Hospital. 

Sheriff's Police report Peters was westbound on County Road 2900 N and failed to stop for a sign sign.  His vehicle was broadsided by a southbound truck driven by Douglas Buschman of Reynolds, Indiana.  Peters and Buschman were treated for injuries. 

Chebanse Townshop Fire and Riverside Ambulance were at the scene.  The accident remains undewr investigation.

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Stolen vehicle nets Crescent City man 6 years; Watseka man gets 3 years in DOC

45-year-old Jason Schopf of Crescent City plead guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle.
In Iroquois Circuit Court, Judge Gordon Lustfeldt sentenced Shopf to six years in prison for the Class 2 felony. Schopf was found in Crescent City with the vehicle stolen from Tennessee.

33-year-old Donald Russell of Watseka was sentenced to 3 and a-half years in prison for burglary. He was arrested for stealing a motorcycle from a local business in September of 2014. The cycle was recovered by police at a local business parking lot.

Russell pleaded guilty before Judge Lustfeldt.

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Iroquois County Board cited for violation of Labor Relations Act

The Iroquois County Board meets in special session Monday (6/29) to make good on its failure to act on a union contract with the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Monday's 9 am special meeting finds the agenda stating "discussion and vote on the AFSCME union contract."

The special session also refers to discussion and vote on claims for a boiler replacement.

But the immediate issue has the County Board forced to react to an administrative law judge's order.

AFSCME, in February of 2014, filed an unfair labor practice charge with the State Panel of the Illinois Labor relations Board, claiming Iroquois County failed to ratify a preliminary collective bargaining agreement that the two parties reached through negotiations and mediation.

Whether the contract would have been approved is not the issue. The matter was NOT even presented to the County Board for a vote.

The Law Judge stated in the ruling that AFSCME filed the charge against the county after a tentative agreement was reached in February 2014.  The contract was never presented to the county board for a vote even thoufh the county's own negotiating committee agreed on the pact. Iroquois County had issueswith the 'layoff language,' claiming there was no violation of the Labor Relations Act.  The Judge disagreed.  The ruling agaist the county stated the negotiating committee recommended the agreement be ratified.

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Rain, flooding likely to continue this week

Don't expect much relief from the wet weather this week. The National Weather Service (NWS) extended bad news in its briefing today (6/15).

The forecast says thunderstorms will redevelop again today. Periods of showers and thunderstorms could produce heavy rain. Damaging wind gusts and torrential rainfall will accompany the stronger storms.

The NWS report points to a daily threat for additional heavy rainfall which could worsen ongoing river flooding and enhance flash flood potential. The wet weather will add to the flood warnings already in place on the Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion rivers.

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Iroquois County relays for cancer cure

The program offered a different schedule this year, but the mission was the same – finding a cure for a dreaded disease.

Iroquois County's Relay for Life found several individuals and teams rallying at Watseka High School Friday evening. The event was moved indoors due to the rainy weather. The goal was to raise $116,000 for research to find a cure for cancer.

One of the chairmen, Sarah Seifert, said "we are a little shy of the goal, but the event was fun and it again brought people together for a great cause."

"The rain didn't matter," Seifert said. There were 30 teams and it was a good relay season. She praised the high school custodial staff and the relay's logistic team for making the last-minute adjustments.

WGFA Radio, 94.1 FM, kicked off the event with a brief, special broadcast at 5:30 pm. Key contributors to the annual event shared thoughts and statistics on the years of success in raising money toward cancer research. The opening ceremony a little past 6 pm was followed with the popular Survivor's Lap, The Team lap, and Luminaria.

Friday's Iroquois County Relay was followed up with the Kankakee County Relay for Life Saturday at Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee.

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