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Downstate Republican senator: Illinois should legalize marijuana

State Senator Jason Barickman says he is ready to support legal, recreational marijuana if the law is written correctly.

That means only selling to adults, making sure to protect people's other rights, and making sure the hundreds of millions of dollars that marijuana sales could bring into the state are used properly.

Barickman said he's ready to vote yes, but not to co-sponsor the plan.

Barickman says he expects other Republicans to also endorse marijuana, and he hopes Governor Bruce Rauner changes his mind.

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"Gain It Back" food drive to benefit Martinton Pantry

The Watseka Park District is hosting a food drive today (Wed) to replenish the Martinton Food Pantry, hit by thieves last week. The park district is teaming up with Iroquois Federal to collect non-perishable food items.  The food will be shipped to the Martinton Pantry.

94.1 WGFA's Don Elliott took the morning show on the road today to encourage volunteers to donate food.  The morning show broadcast 'live' from the park district from 6 - 9 am.  Food is beiunbg collected all day long, thru the close of business at 5 pm. 

The pantry was victimized by vandals last week.  Over 1,000 pounds of food was stolen or ruined.

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2 dead in I-65 crash

The express lane of southbound Interstate 65 was closed near State Road 26 (Tuesday) due to multiple crashes. The Tippecanoe County Coroner was contacted.

Police say at around 3:20 pm a crash occurred near exit 169 on Interstate 65. Traffic was backed up. Shortly after, a car hauler was headed towards exit 172. The backed-up traffic wasn’t seen and the driver failed to slow down in time and crashed into a barricade. The car hauler then smashed into a car which then smashed into the back of a semi.

A domino effect then occurred when a box truck and then another semi both crashed into the car resulting in a pileup.
Indiana State Police confirmed two deaths. Emergency crews were at the scene trying to remove the occupants from the vehicles involved. Southbound I-65 traffic was messed for hours.

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Watseka Wal-Mart robbed

An armed robbery at the Watseka Wal-Mart is under investigation.

Police are looking for a white male, between 40-50 years-old, approximately 6-foot tall with a smaller build. He was wearing glasses, a surgical mask, stocking cap and a black Carhart coat.

The man entered the store at about 10:45 pm (Monday) with a gun tucked into his waistband. The subject reportedly fled from the store with an undetermined amount of money. Police report he may have fled in a newer-model Nissan Rogue.

Anyone with info is encouraged to call Watseka Police at 815-432-6822.

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Iroquois County candidates file for 2018 primary election

COUNTY CLERK & RECORDER
*Lisa L. Fancher, 400 S. Thomas, Gilman, IL 60938 (Filed 11/27/17, 8:30 a.m.)

COUNTY TREASURER
Kurt Albers, 2190 E 2750 North Rd., Martinton, IL 60951(Filed11/27/17, 8:30 a.m.)
Christy (Hoffman) Fink, 121 W. Mann, Gilman, IL 60938 (Filed 11/27/17, 9:12 a.m.)

SHERIFF
*Derek W. M. Hagen, 534 E. Martin Ave., Watseka, IL 60970 (Filed 11/27/17, 2:25 p.m.)

COUNTY BOARD - DISTRICT I - VOTE FOR 3
Paul J. Ducat, 1368 E 3100 North Rd., Chebanse, IL 60922(Filed 11/27/17, 8:30 a.m.)
*Lyle Behrends, 2731 N 600 East Rd., Ashkum, IL 60911 (Filed 11/30/17, 8:52 a.m.)
Laverne H. Boettcher, 1302 E 3200 North Rd., Chebanse, IL 60922 (Filed 12/4/17, 2:14 p.m.)
Leanne Hofbauer Duby, 2351 E 2800 North Rd., Martinton, IL 60951 (Filed 12/4/17, 3:44 p.m.)

COUNTY BOARD - DISTRICT II - VOTE FOR 2
*John Shure, 044 E 900 North Rd., Buckley, IL 60918(Filed 11/27/17, 8:30 a.m.)
David H. Penny, 734 E 1000 North Rd., Buckley, IL 60918(Filed 11/27/17, 8:30 a.m.)
*Daniel W. Pursley, 288 N 70 East Rd., Loda, IL 60948 (Filed 11/28/17, 10:50 a.m.)
Steve Huse, 993 E Twp Rd 207, Gilman, IL 60938 (Filed 12/4/17, 2:20 p.m.)

COUNTY BOARD - DISTRICT III - VOTE FOR 3
Paul Bowers, 1811 E 1200 North Rd., Milford, IL 60953 (Filed 11/27/17, 9:14 a.m.)
*Vincent LaMie, 123 E. Woodworth Rd., Milford, IL 60953 (Filed 11/28/17, 4:16 p.m.)
*Donna Crow, 103 W. McKinley, Milford, IL 60953 (Filed 12/4/17, 10:10 a.m.)
Joe Young, 503 N. 5th, Cissna Park, IL 60924 (Filed 12/4/17, 10:42 a.m.)

COUNTY BOARD - DISTRICT IV - VOTE FOR 2
Roger Bard, 614 E. Grant, Watseka, IL 60970 (Filed 11/27/17, 9:07 a.m.)
*Larry Hasbargen, 118 W. Herron Ct., Watseka, IL 60970 (Filed 11/27/17, 1:07 p.m.)
John Zumwalt, 902 S. 5th, Watseka, IL 60970 (Filed 11/28/17, 9:05 a.m.)

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