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Mayoral races plentiful in Iroquois County

Seven contested mayoral races appear on the Iroquois County ballot for the upcoming April 4 Consolidated Election. Included is a four-person race in Watseka, where current Mayor Bob Harwood is not seeking re-election.

Voters also have a choice for village leadership in Buckley, Cissna Park, Iroquois, Loda, Milford and Sheldon.

Township Supervisor, Highway Commisioner and Trustee races at the township level of government also appear on ballots.

Grace Period voting is underway.  Questions can be directed to your respetive county clerk's offices.

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Sample ballots available in Iroquois County

Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher has announced that the publication of the full ballot, as well as sample ballots for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election are now available on the county’s website at www.co.iroquois.il.us.

You may also call the clerk’s office at: 815-432-6960 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and request a sample ballot which can be mailed or emailed to you.

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Iroquois County: ETSB Board appointment questioned

An appointment to serve on the ETSB Board in Iroquois County raises a little concern and questions. The concern is really about inclusion and a little fairness. County Board Chairman John Shure appointed Charles Alt of Cissna Park to fill the unexpired term of Dan Rayman on the Emergency Telephone System Board. Rayman, who’s also the Vice-Chair of the County Board, recently resigned his seat on the ETSB. Alt was named to fill the vacancy, a move that’s the call of the Board Chairman. But a routine voice-vote of the County Board (Tuesday) to support the appointment, raised enough “nays” to call for a Roll-Call vote. Shure’s appointment was supported on a 9-7 vote. First-term board member Sherry Johnson of Watseka questioned how/why qualifications aren’t considered ? ………. "It would be nice to have the Chairman talk to us and find what the members strengths and weaknesses are, to see how we can all offer our best," Johnson stated. Johnson reminded Chairman Shure that he and Vice-Chair Rayman told her when was seated in December, they’d talk about who might be a better fit for serving committees. That, she said, hasn’t happened. Shure told Johnson he didn’t recall saying that. Johnson later told 94.1 WGFA News, she understand the appointment is the Chairman’s choice, but a little respect goes a long way too……………… "It is the Chairman's decision to appoint, but an equal playing field for everyone would be appropriate," Johnson said. Board member Donna Crow (Milford) also questioned the heavy-hand of too many county board members on the ETSB Board when people with more emergency-response qualifications may be better suited for the ETSB. 94.1 WGFA

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Iroquois County Board sets March 24th deadline for County Farm bids

The Iroquois County Board set a special meeting date to award the bid for farming the Iroquois County farm land. Meanwhile -- bids will be due by 12:45 pm Friday, March 24th.

A special Management committee meeting is planned for 1 pm that Friday followed by a special County Board meeting to award the bid at 2 pm.

The county’s original lease to Sega Ag Production, Inc. was formally relinguished due to financial concerns with D & S Farms Partnership.

Bid specs can be reviewed at the Iroquois County Clerk’s Office. The highest bidder must provide a letter of credit from their bank. Full payment is required by the end of business on March 31.

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Helicopter crash kills pilot in White County

A helicopter crashed in White County, Indiana (Tuesday), killing the male pilot.

The helicopter crashed just before 4 pm, south of Chalmers, and landed in a field near the intersection of county roads East 700 South and South 150 East.

Indiana State Police and the White County Sheriff’s Office were on scene investigating, along with the NTSB and the FAA who were also called in to assist.

Sgt Kim Riley said the pilot was the only one in the helicopter at the time of the crash.

Riley said the helicopter was part of a utility crew with EC Source, working to string power lines in the area. He said the pilot was subcontracted through the company.

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