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St. Anne fire destroys apartment building

Some two dozen fire departments responded to an apartment building fire in St. Anne (Saturday). More than two dozen people were also displaced. No reports of injury. The American Red Cross has provided help to those left homeless.

The flames gutted the two-story brick building in the 200-block of S. Chicago Avenue. A neighboring 10-unit apartment complex also sustained damage.

The St. Anne Post Office next door to the second building was spared, but does have smoke damage.

Firemen answered the initial just before 3:30 pm. Several Iroquois County fire departments provided additional water supplies. Firefighters were at the scene until 11 pm.

Early reports indicated the fire started in a downstairs apartment. The cause was under investigation.

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Republicans, Democrats select their party leaders >

Lyle Behrends and Dale Strough will lead the respective Republican and Democratis parties in Iroquois County --- following the bi-annual political conventions held this past week.

An Ashkum resident, Behrends was elected chairman of the Republican Central Commiitee. Paul Ducat was elected Vice-Chair for the GOP and Marty Tilstra will serve as Treasurer.

Watseka attorney Dale Strough was re-elected chairman of the Democratic Central Committee. Dustin Wells will again serve as Vice-Chair. Tammy Nietfeld was elected Secretary and PJ McCullough will serve as Treasurer

In Ford County > Chase McCall of Gibson City was re-elected chairman of the Republican Central Committee. Denis Fisher of Gibson City will serve as GOP Vice-Chairman. Rob Pacey of Paxton was re-elected Treasurer. Kim Evans of Paxton was elected Secretary.

The Vermilion County Republican Party continues under the leadership of Mike Marron. He’s also the current County Board Chairman. State representative Chad Hays will serve as Vice –Chairman for the GOP. The Republican Treasurer is Pat O’Shaughnessy. And party Secretary is Karen Reese.

Vermilion County Democrats have a new Chairman. Germaine Light was elected to succeed Cari West-Monson, who chose to step down from her chairman’s title. She cited personal reasons.

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Chatsworth man charged in home invasion

A Chatsworth man faces felony charges related to a home invasion that left two people injured in Livingston County.

27-year-old Michael Measaw is accused of breaking into a home in Chatsworth Wednesday night. He’s jailed on charges of home invasion, residential burglary and armed robbery.

Livingston County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of two masked suspects armed with a knife at the home. Sheriff Tony Childress said property was taken during the incident that injured two people inside.

The sheriff said a second suspect remained at large Thursday.

There was no word on how serious the injuries were to the two victims.

Measaw was held in lieu of $20,000 bond. If convicted, he faces six to 30 years in prison.

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Jasper County: Indiana man killed at work-site accident

A work-site accident in Jasper County, Indiana (Thursday) left a V eedersburg man dead. 50-year-old Brian Keller was pronounced dead at the scene after he was run over by a front-end loader.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Police responded to a call about a serious accident involving farm machinery near County Road 200 N and 1100 W at Windy Ridge Dairy.

Police reports indicated another worker was operating the (John Deere) front-end loader, removing large bales of straw from two flatbed semi-trucks. The victim (Keller) was walking in the area, wearing ears buds and failed to hear the loader backing toward him. The front-end loader operator failed to see Keller had walked behind him. Keller was struck by the left rear tire, knocking him to the ground. He was then run over.

The JASPER County Coroner’s Office investigated. There was no evidence of impairment observed with the driver of the loader.

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Shared Superintendents ? Can it happen in Illinois ?

The Illinois Senate is inching closer to allowing schools in the state to share superintendents, but some senators have a problem with the plan because it allows voters to demand consolidation at the top of the school district.

The idea is simple: Allow neighboring schools to agree to share one superintendent.

Illinois has more than 850 school districts. Numbers from the Illinois State Board of Education show about one third of them have fewer than 600 students and 44 percent of districts have one or two schools.

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