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Milford students to showcase technology at State Capitol

Milford second-grader students Mattison Johnson and Gavin Schunke will take their now-how to Springfield next week. The students will be demonstrating to state legislators and other adults how technology is used to improve student achievement.

Milford Grade School is one of about 60 Illinois schools that will participate in TECH 2014, an annual "Students for the Information Age" event to be held 1-3 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

Milford teacher Terese Hancock and district technology director Kena Clark also will participate.

Computer workstations will be set up in the Capitol Building Rotunda so students may show how technology has helped them with their schoolwork.

The Milford students will demonstrate their project "Breaking News! Speaking, Fluency, and Technology!" for students in kindergarten through third grade.

According to a submitted news release, Newsmaker, is a technology tool to enhance writing, speaking, listening, and presentation skills.

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Paxton man facing arson charge now slapped with theft

Forty-eight year-old Darin McCall of Paxton is facing a new charge of theft, accused of stealing a tractor and selling it to a recycling facility.

McCall is accused of stealing an antique tractor from a Vermilion County site near Rankin and then selling the equipment to the recycling business in Iroquois County.

McCall is facing a felony theft charge. In Vermilion County, McCall has pleaded 'not guilty' to a felony arson charge for allegedly starting a house on fire than he was renting in Loda,

Three days later, he pleaded innocent to a previous charge of arson, a Class 2 felony, in connection with a fire he allegedly set last year in a home he was renting in Loda.

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Four seeking prosecutor's job in Ford County

The applicants of four attorneys are on file as they look to become Ford County's next state's attorney. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted in May.

Attorneys Lance Camp of Paxton, Andrew Killian of Gibson City, Erik Gibson of Galesburg and Randy Yedinak of Pontiac have all applied for the for the state's attorney's job. One of them will be selected to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of now-state's attorney Matt Fitton to a Ford County judgeship.

Republican party leaders and a panel of other local officials will interview the candidates. The Republican precinct committeemen and special panel will make recommendations for the county board's consideration on who should be appointed. The county board is expected to vote on approval of that candidate at its June 9 meeting.

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Kankakee County approves loan to meet bill payments

The Kankakee County Board Tuesday met in special session. The Board OK'd a $3-million loan that'll hopefully allow the county to pay its bills.

The loan is likely to buy some time to allow the county to make it through top the next tax cycle.

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JUSTICE THOMAS L. KILBRIDE TO ADMINISTER OATH TO NEW ATTORNEYS

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride will administer the attorney's oath to 21 new lawyers who will be admitted to practice in a ceremony in Ottawa on Thursday, May 1.

The group is among 691 men and women who were certified as candidates and will be sworn in as Illinois attorneys at ceremonies in the state's five Supreme Court judicial districts.

The program in the Third Judicial District will begin at 11 a.m. in the Appellate Court Building at 1004 Columbus Street in Ottawa.

Justice Kilbride will preside over the ceremony and welcome the members of the class, their families and friends.

George Leynaud will be the speaker for the ceremony. Mr. Leynaud is engaged in the general prac-tice of law with the firm of Leynaud & Leynaud in Peru.

Umberto S. Davi, second vice-president of the Illinois State Bar Association, also will speak.

Circuit Judge Kathy Bradshaw Elliott of the 21st Judicial Circuit will make the motion to admit the class. Walter W. Ratajczyk, Assistant State's Attorney for Will County will second the motion to admit the class.