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Berger selected Ford County Chairman

A unanimous vote Monday gave the Ford County Board Chairmanship to Randy Berger of Gibson City. He replaces Rick Bowen who did not seek another term as chairman.

Berger was re-elected to his third term on the board in November's election. There was no opposition for Berger in his bid for the top chair. He said he hopes do his best for the county, be a leader and encourage businesses to locate in Ford County.


The only new board member elected is John Clark. Elynor Stagen was elected to another term as board vice chairwoman.

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Iroquois County office-holders sworn in

Three county-wide officer-holders took their oaths of office today. Sheriff Derek Hagen, Treasurer Mindy Kuntz Hagan, and County Clerk Lisa Fancher were all winners in unopposed election November 4th.

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Anderson voted in as new Iroquois County Board Chairman

Kyle Anderson of Beaverville (District 1) is the new chairman of the Iroquois County Board. Anderson was the lone nomination when the County Board re-organized today (Monday).

Anderson received 16 votes. Jean Hiles voted No. Brett Schmid abstained. Donna Wasmer and Dan Pursley were absent.

Voting in favor of Anderson were board members: Charlie Ault, Lyle Behrends, Russell Bills, Donna Crow, Ernie Curtis, Keven Hansen, Larry Hasbargen, Troy Krumweide, Vince Lamie, Dan Rayman, Dale Schultz. John Shure, Jed Whitlow, Susan Wynn Bence, Adam Zumwalt and Anderson.

Dan Rayman was the only nomination for Vice-Chair. He received Yes votes from Alt, Anderson, Behrends, Bills, Curtis, Hansen, Hasbargen, Krunweide, Lamie, Schmid, Schultz, Shure, Zumwalt and Rayman.

Abstaining from the vote were: Crow, Hiles and Whitlow.

Absent: Pursley, Wasmer, and Wynn Bence.

Hasbargen, Lamie and Pursley are newcomers.

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Thanksgiving Day fatalities identified

Two St. Anne residents have been identified as the victims who died in a one-vehicle accident Thanksgiving Day in Donovan.

41-year-old Mark Morris and 32-year-old Joanna Bakula were killed when the piclup truck driven by Morris slammed into a tree.

Illinois State Police investigated just past midnight. The northbound truck left Route 52 before hitting the tree.

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Iroquois County 9-1-1 Board to oversee emergency dispatching

After months of discussion, or lack of it, there's a glimpse of unity. And the Iroquois County 9-1-1 Board is taking control to oversee operations in the 9-1-1 Center, including managing the emergency dispatchers.

The new fiscal year – December 1st – will find the 9-1-1 Board stepping up to keep the county's critical emergency dispatching services intact.

The County Board's Policy & Procedure committee gave its nod of approval (Wednesday).

A newly-organized County Board takes over Monday, December 1st. The Board officially reorganizes following the 2014 elections.

It was the County Board's pressure, led by former Chairman Rod Copas, that kept the two sides apart in trying to resolve differences. Copas had pushed to have the County Board take over dispatching services. But the 9-1-1 Board members insisted they have the expertise to make the necessary critical conditions to operate dispatching to meet the public safety needs of the public.

9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble reported Wednesday that emergency first-response agencies are returning signed-contracts to the 9-1-1 Board that find those agencies are OK with continuing dispatch services as they have been over the years.

The 9-1-1 Board is being reduced from 12 to six members. The County Board will have representation.

Leftover funds from the dissolved ICOM Board are being turned over to the Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB). That funding totals $96, 633.

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