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Benton School Corporation without a Superintendent

There's no school superintendent in charge yet in the Benton School Corporation in Indiana.

Monday was the first official day on the job for North Newton Superintendent Destin Haas after a controversial end to his tenure as the Benton Community Schools Superintendent earlier this month.

The Benton Board of Education is reportedly working on a plan while a search is underway for a new superintendent. Options include promoting an interim superintendent or contracting the job out.

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Denny’s Restaurant at Bourbonnais closed for repairs

A fire at Denny's Restaurant, just off Route 50, at Bourbonnais will find the facility closed for at least 30 days.

Repairs will have to be made and then the restaurant will have to pass inspection from the Kankakee County Health Department.

The fire last Friday caused an estimated $100,000 damage. The cause of the fire has not officially been determined, but officials said the main damage was to the rooftop. A heating and air-conditioning unit will have to removed to make repairs to the roof.

There was no injury.

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Kankakee driver killed in Pembroke Township accident

A single-vehicle accident in Pembroke Township killed a Kankakee man. The victim is identified as 48-year-old Antonio Williams.

The Kankakee County Coroner's office reports Williams was westbound on 16,000 E at 7000 S Road. The vehicle left the roadway on the right side. Williams then lost control and ran into a ditch. A passerby discovered the accident.

An autopsy will be completed.

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Iroquois County's FY14 budget available for review

The Iroquois County proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 fiscal year is available for review by the public. The required 30-day public review finds the budget available at the Iroquois County Clerk's Office in Watseka. It's also online at www.co.iroquois.il.us.

The board is likely to approve the budget during its November meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 12, at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

Residents are encouraged to contact Iroquois County Board members with input or feedback. Contact information for board members is available on the "County Board" page on the county's website.

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New chief justice supports cameras in court

DANVILLE – Illinois' new chief justice of the state Supreme Court has her views on issues pertaining to the judicial system. And Rita Garman says she fully supports her predecessor's push to open trials to news photographers and electronic media.

Rita Garman commented today after she was sworn in at a ceremony in her hometown of Danville.

The 69-year-old replaces Thomas Kilbride. His highest profile policy was launching a pilot program two years ago permitting cameras in select courtrooms.

Asked in the interview if she backs the pilot program, Garman responded, "I certainly do - wholeheartedly." And she added she didn't see Illinois ever going back to a blanket prohibition on courtroom cameras.

Dozens of counties are already participating. And Garman said she hopes the state's most populous county, Cook, will begin participating soon.

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