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Republican candidates announce intentions

There were a couple of political announcements locally this week.

State Representative Josh Harms of Watseka announced his re-election bid for the 106th House District. Harms is in his freshman term as a legislative voice for Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion, Livingston and Woodford counties. He won a three-person primary in 2012 then won the General Election last November.

Harms called his first year in the Illinois General Assembly an "eye opening" experience.

Also announcing this week was Glenn Nixon. The Bourbonnais resident is a Bourbonnais Police Officer and former Kankakee County Board member. He plans to run again next Spring for the 79th House seat, now held by Rep Kate Cloonen.

Nixon lost to Cloonen in 2012.

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Police searching for attempted bank robber suspect

Surveillance tape has been circulated as police continue to search for the man who attempted to rob Municipal Bank in Momence late Friday morning.

No one was injured and no money was stolen during the 11:30 am incident, according to Momence Police Chief Tim Swanson.

The suspect fled northbound on foot after he displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun with a silver barrel and white handle.

The Kankakee County Sheriff's Department website describes the man as approximately 6 feet tall, between 170-180 pounds and in his late 30s or early 40s. He also has disfigured teeth.

At the time of the attempted robbery, he was wearing sunglasses, a lime green shirt with blue jeans and a safari-type hat. He had scotch tape on his fingers and slight facial hair.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Momence Police Department at -815-472-2021 or CrimeStoppers at 815-93-CRIME.

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Livingston County state's attorney on sheriff resignation: 'End of troubled time'

PONTIAC - Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff said the resignation of Sheriff Marty Meredith marks the end of a troubled time in Livingston County.

Uphoff describes the ongoing investigation of the sheriff as a dark cloud that's been hanging over the county for the last several months. Meredith has announced that he'll step down from his position, and Uphoff said that marks a positive change for the county.

"I think this is probably the first little glimmer of sunlight we've seen, with the sheriff's resignation coming at the end of the month."

Meredith is accused of misusing county property and could face charges of official misconduct. The investigation remains in the hands of the Appellate Prosecutor's office, and in August Special Prosecutor Charles Coburn made an announcement that new evidence had surfaced in the case. Uphoff believes that was a wake-up call.

"I don't think it's a coincidence that last month the Appellate Prosecutor said they'd be coming down with a decision or releasing something toward the end of August, and here we are in the first few days of September and the sheriff is resigning."

The Special Prosecutors haven't yet released the new information to the public. They only said their case is moving forward.

Meredith has always maintained that he's done nothing wrong and he believes he'll be exonerated. Meredith said he intends to pursue opportunities out of state once he steps down from the sheriff's office.
{Pontiac Leader)

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Former Governors endorse Dillard in GOP race for Governor

CHICAGO - Two former GOP governors are endorsing state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the 2014 gubernatorial primary, saying he's the only Republican who can win the general election.

Former Governors Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson sent a letter earlier this week to all GOP county and township chairmen and ward committeemen asking them to support Dillard. They say the Hinsdale legislator is a seasoned campaigner and the only candidate who ''can take the fight to the entrenched Democrats that dominate the state capitol.''

Dillard served as Edgar's chief of staff. Dillard narrowly lost the 2010 GOP primary to state Sen. Bill Brady, who went on to lose to Gov. Pat Quinn.

Dillard faces Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner in the 2014 primary.

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Gibson City welcomes GOP Governor candidates

The Ford County community of Gibson City hosted the Republican candidates running for governor Saturday morning.

Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) and R8 Partners Chairman Bruce Rauner discussed their platforms for governor. All four focused on Illinois' unemployment rate, which is ranked second worst in the nation.

Rutherford said his pick for lieutenant governor, Steve Kim, would take on the task of improving the unemployment rate.

Rutherford said his lieutenant governor will actually have a substantive role in the Rutherford administration. He said his lieutenant governor (Kim) will be in charge of the Office of Job Creation and Retention.

The candidates also talked about their fiscal policies, pointing out events that prove their commitment to conservative government. Rutherford said he has been fiscally conservative since day one at the State Treasurer's office.

"I said, 'go to every desk of the Illinois State Treasurers, and if no one is sitting there, I want you to disconnect the telephone.' We got rid of 14 percent of the telephone lines in the office of State Treasurer just because no one was sitting there," Rutherford said, "I didn't fix the state budget problem, but when I stand before you, I know that you do that in your home, church and business, government should do that too."

Brady criticized less conservative politicians, recalling a time when he served in the Statehouse with future President Barack Obama.

"I used to play poker with him, and I used to joke that if he was half as conservative with our tax dollars as he is with his own poker money, we'd be a lot better off," Brady said.

Brady ran for governor in 2010, losing to Gov. Pat Quinn. He said the reason Republicans didn't win the governor race last election is a lack of leadership.

"With your support, we won the primary [in 2010]," Brady said, "And with your support we won 98 counties in this state. And with your support, leading the ticket we picked up Illinois House and the Illinois Senate and Congress. We didn't have that great fortune in the last election because we didn't have someone who could bring our party together."

The winner of the Republican Primary will face off against Gov. Pat Quinn or Challenger Bill Daley.