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Ford County: Route 115 re-opended

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Illinois Route 115 is open again to traffic.  The route was reopened today (Thursday) from U-S Route 24 to Route 54. 

Repairs have been completed on a double barrel box culvert about 7.2 miles south of Route 24 in Ford County.

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Pontiac Correctional Center inmate sentenced for murder

A Pontiac Correctional Center inmate has received a 60-year sentence for murdering another inmate.

Michael Bragg pleaded guilty to binding Fabian Carrillo's hands behind his back, placing a plastic bag over his head and strangling him in December 2014. The Ottawa Times reports the men were in Pontiac's segregation unit at the time.

Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff said Bragg told investigators he killed Carrillo so he could remain in prison. The 35-year-old Bragg was set for parole in 2033.

According to Uphoff, Bragg decided to "take out" the first inmate he saw whom he didn't like and is now eligible for parole in 2093.

Bragg was originally serving time for several crimes in Cook County, including aggravated sexual assault. The 36-year-old Carrillo was in prison for a 2000 Chicago murder.

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Job Fair today at KCC

The public is welcome today (Thursday) at a job fair hosted by Kankakee Community College. The event runs from 9 am 'til Noon.

KCC's Director of Marketing Carrie Nugent says more than 50 business reps and industrial leaders will be present. Veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visitors are urged to dress professionally and bring resumes.

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Purdue University workshop helping veterans interested in farming

A Purdue University program that introduces people to agriculture is hosting a workshop just for veterans and active service members who are considering a life in farming.

The May 1 workshop sponsored by Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program begins at the Deer Creek Community Center in Camden.

Participants also will travel to nearby Freebird Farm & Homestead for a tour of that veteran-owned farm near the north-central Indiana town of Walton. The farm produces pasture-raised chickens, goats and sheep using environmentally-friendly agricultural practices.

The workshop and tour is free but registration is required and space is limited.

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Early Voting in Indiana

Indiana's primary election is just a few weeks away, but voters can start casting their ballots Tuesday.

If voting in person at a polling location, voters must present a government issued ID. If mailing in an absentee ballot, voters must meet qualifications set by the Indiana Election Division.

Election officials anticipate a lot of early voters.

Voters have until May 2 by noon to cast early votes.

Questions can be directed to local county clerk offices.

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