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Chairman Copas proposes withdraw from 2-county LEPC

Another proposed split in a Ford-Iroquois county government arrangement is on the table.

The Iroquois County Board Chairman is pushing to withdraw from the Ford-Iroquois Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). It's a dual-county arrangement to plan for emergencies.

The two-county set-up was originally made to pool resources of two less-populated counties to better prepare for emergencies, especially hazardous material situations.

The two-County LEPC pulled personnel together to make the most of two rural counties with limited resources.

The LEPC membership includes various emergency responders...police and fire, hospital and health department employees, industrial leaders and even the public input is welcome.

Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas believes Iroquois County can manage better on its own.

History has shown county government has been lax and neglected to fulfill its obligation toward emergency management. Thus, the two-county approach was implemented to pool resources and urge participation from elected officials.

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Two cats die in White County, IN house fire

A mail carrier alerted emergency personnel about a house fire that killed two cats Wednesday in White County, Indiana. Two cats were killed and the fire damaged part of the home.

The Wolcott, Indiana Fire Department responded to the fire after receiving the call just after 12 noon. Firefighters were unsure how the fire started, but do know it started near the kitchen area.

No one was injured during the fire. The owners of the home were not at home when the fire started.

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Governor Quinn, Rauner debate in Peoria tonight

By The Associated Press
PEORIA - Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner are meeting for their first true debate of the Illinois governor's race.

The candidates are scheduled to face off tonight in Peoria. The meeting comes as the race has grown increasingly personal and nasty. Both candidates have attacked the other's character and how they've conducted themselves.

Quinn is seeking his second full term. Rauner's making his first run for public office.

They have appeared together before a major teacher's union and the Chicago Tribune editorial board. But Thursday's event will be the first televised meeting in a full debate format.

It's sponsored by the League of Women Voters and several public radio and television stations.

Rauner and Quinn are scheduled to debate two more times before the Nov. 4 election.

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Chief Justice Garman attends State Supreme Court re-dedication

(Springfield, IL) -- After a 16-million-dollar renovation, the Illinois Supreme Court building has been officially reopened. The rededication Monday ends a year on the road for the Supreme Court justices, who met mostly in Chicago for the past year, but also held a session at the historic courthouse in Ottawa. A new commemorative plaque has been placed on the building in Springfield, next to the original plaque from the 1908 dedication.

Chief Justice Rita Garman of Danville and former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson were among the notables who were part of the re-dedication event.                                                               {Metro News}

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Illiana Toll Road Survives Effort To Kill It

(Chicago, IL) -- Plans for the controversial toll road linking Illinois and Indiana have survived the opposition of the Chicago area's main planning board. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning today (Tues) could muster only ten votes of the 12 it needed among its 15 board members to kill the public-private Illiana project. The road is a point of contention between Mayor Emanuel, who opposes the idea, and Governor Quinn, who sees it as a potential economic engine. {Metro News}

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