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Bourbonnais businessmen plead guilty in federal court

URBANA --- Fifty-four year-old Greg Yates and his son, Terrance Yates, have pleaded guilty for defrauding a federal business loan program out of $1.7 million dollars.

Both men face sentencing in May, according to the U-S Attorney's Office. They could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison.

Greg and Terrance Yates admitted to using a construction project in Casey (IL) to gain the $1.7 million in federal grants.

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Roberts Boli Orders too common

Boil orders in Roberts just won't go away. The small Ford County community is battling water line breaks and the cold weather has offered no relief.

Only a few days after a boil order was lifted in town, residents are again being asked to boil their drinking water until further notice.


The second boil order in a one-week span is in effect, and it likely will remain so until Wednesday or Thursday, according to Village Board President Rick Flessner.

The boil order was prompted by a broken water main discovered shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday.  One water main was fixed then another popped. Flessner said workers are diligently trying to solve the problems and he's asking for residents to be paitient.

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Iroquois County Road Commissioner faces felony charge

Pigeon Grove Township Road Commissioner Dan Bauer of Cissna Park is free on bond having been arrested for Official Misconduct. The 54-year-old Bauer is accused of using the township's tax exempt status for personal gain.

He was arrested Friday by county sheriff's police.

Police report the investigation revealed Bauer purchased a lawn tractor in 2011, using personal funds while using Pigeon Grove Township's tax-exempt number. During the investigation, police said a search warrant executed at Bauer's Cissna Park family farm operation, the lawn tractor in question was located on the property.

Bauer surrendered himself to the county jail Friday.

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GCMS High School relocates after water main break

A water main break has forced school officials in Gibson City to relocate school classes today and maybe thru the week.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High school announced temporarily classes at Gibson City Bible Church because of the water main leak. Principal Chris Garard announced "the high school will be forced to repair our main water supply, which we have discovered is badly leaking somewhere under our building."

This water supply is a 4-inch main line.

Work will begin Monday and eventually will require shutting off all water, including the service to the school's boiler heating system. The relocation will take an estimated one to five days, he said.

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Senator Coats to address Newton County Republicans

The Newton County Republican Central Committee is pleased to announce that United States Senator, Dan Coats, will give the keynote address at the 2014 annual Lincoln Day Dinner to be held Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Beaver Township Community Center in Morocco. The dinner will begin at 6:00pm CST.

Dan Coats began his service to our nation in the U.S. Army before attending Indiana University School of Law. After working for a Fort Wayne life insurance company, he joined the office of then Congressman Dan Quayle as a district representative. Coats has served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

Honoring a term limits pledge, Coats stepped down from his senate seat in 1999. In 2001, he was named Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Coats returned to the U.S. Senate in 2011 to help restore fiscal responsibility and ensure that future generations inherit a safe and prosperous America.

In the 113th Congress, Coats serves on four Senate committees; Appropriations, Select Intelligence, Commerce, and the Joint Economic Committee.

Tickets for this event are $25 per person and can be obtained by contacting any Republican elected official or precinct committeemen.

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