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Illinois Route 66 Association seeks National Historic Trail designation

The latest plan to highlight Route 66 is getting a thumbs up in Illinois. >>>>

There are places along Route 66 from Chicago to California that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Now there is a plan in Washington D.C. to make the entire road a National Historic Trail.

Two U.S. Senators, Tom Udall from New Mexico and Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma, are pushing the plan.

Debbie Bates with Illlinois' Route 66 Association is all in favor of the idea. Bates says the Route 66 Association supports anything that will help remember and recognize Route 66.

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Brook house fire does $50,000 damage

No injuries to report, but a a chimney fire in a wood burning fireplace is to blame for an overnight house fire in rural Morocco, Indiana. Brook-Iroquois Township fire chief Kyle Conrad says firefighters received the call shortly before 1 am for a fire at the Mindy Chamberlain residence at 5047 W 600S in rural Washington township.

Firefighters discovered the fire had spread to the wall around the fireplace and had breached the chimney. Eleven Brook firefighters were assisted by 9 other firefighters from Morocco and Kentland fire departments. Other assistance was provided by the Newton County EMS and Newton County REMC. Firefighters cleared the scene around 3 am. Conrad estimates the loss at around $50,000.

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The Illinois Farm Bureau says word that there’s an agreement in principle on a new farm bill in congress is a welcome relief for Illinois’ agriculture community. Members of a conference committee in congress have been working for months to bring different House and Senate versions together. It could be agreed upon and signed into law before the end of the year.

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Alvin teen’s courage gets State Senate honor

“Blake Kinnett Day” in Illinois is being recognized Saturday (December1).

The designation is in honor of a Vermilion County teenager diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a genetic disease that destroys the protective sheath surrounding the brain’s neurons. There is no cure.

“Blake Kinnett has been an inspiration to those around him through his courage and determination,” said State Sen. Jason Barickman. “I’m proud to have this opportunity to honor him and his family.”

Blake has been a sports fan and athlete throughout most of his young life.

In February 2017, Blake was diagnosed with ALD.

Barickman sponsored Senate Resolution 2216, designating December 1, 2018, as Blake Kinnett Day. The resolution was adopted by the Illinois Senate (Wednesday (11/28).

The community of Alvin has also named a basketball court in his honor, Kinnett’s Court. The community also plans a celebration in honor of Blake’s life while recognizing his impact on the people around him.

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Reorganize: County Boards set up for new year, office-holders prep for oath

Newly elected county officials are set for their swearing-in events this next week. Mondays marks the start and re-direction for winners in the recent election.

Circuit judges will swear-in county-wide office-holders at 9 am Monday. Courtrooms are the usual settings for the oaths of office. The Iroquois County Board will meet to reorganize, select a new chairman and vice chairman, and swear in new members on Monday afternoon.

The meeting will be at 5 pm in the County Board Room at the Administrative Center.

Elected officials beginning 4-year terms include are: Sheriff Derek Hagen, County Clerk Lisa Fancher and newly-elected Treasurer Kurt Albers.

County Board members elected are: District I Lyle Behrends, Leanne Duby, Paul Ducat; District II John Shure, Steve Huse; District III Joe Young, Donna Crow, Paul Bowers; and District IV John Zumwalt, Roger Bard.

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Vermilion County swearing-in event ---

Newly elected Vermilion County officials will be taking their oaths Monday.

The officials to be sworn in include: Sheriff Pat Hartshorn, Cathey Jenkins, County Clerk; County Treasurer Darren Duncan; Supervisor of Assessments Mathew Long; Board of Review member Robert Huffman;
Board of Review member Amanda Shepherd; Board of Review member Jay Fruling; Regional Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Reifsteck.

Vermilion County Board members newly elected will be sworn in at 6 pm Monday in the County Board chambers. The ceremony will be at the Vermilion County Administration Building in Danville.

Members include:
Larry Baughn, Jr.- District 1
Joel Bird - District 1
Natalie Duncan - District 1
Daniel Wright - District 2
Joe Eakle - District 3
Steven Fourez - District 3
Adam Hart - District 4
Jim Watson - District 5
Breannah Haton - District 5
Wesley Bieritz - District 6
In District 7 – A.J. Wright
Also in District 7 – Craig Golden
In District 8 – Phearn Butler
In District 9 – Bruce Stark
District 9 – Diana Frazier-Brennemen

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