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Local issues for today's election...

Kankakee County has a ballot loaded with contested issues, including local county seats, a state representative race and state's attorney contest.

In Iroquois County, there's just a couple of contested matters.  The races were all decided in the March primary election.

Iroquois County Board District 1 has three seeking two seats, Chad McGinnis, Michael McTaggart and Mack Berry are on the ballot.

Iroquois County Board District 3 finds four names on the ballot; two to be elected.  Charles Alt, Marvin Stichnoth, Dustin Wells, and Charles "Butch" Hartke all appear on the ballot.

Iroquois County voters are also being asked to support a quarter-cent sales tax on limited items to support law enforcement.

The marquee race in Kankakee County has state-wide interest.  For the 79th Illinois House seat, Kate Cloonen is challenged ty Lindsay Parkhurst.

The race for State's Attorney features Ed Glazer against Jim Rowe. 

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Election Day: Polls open 6a 'til 7m

Election Day has arrived.  Polls will be open until 7 pm.  Iroquois and area county results will be followed by 94.1 WGFA News beginning just after 7 pm. 

A record number of people have already cast early-vote ballots.  Election officials report more people than ever took advantagte of early-voting.  Iroquois and Kankakee County officials report the number of early-votes surpassed the numbers cast in the last presidential election.  The state board of elections says nearly one-point-three-million people opted to cast an early ballot through Monday morning. 

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IDOT closing Watseka railroad crossing for repairs

Iroquois County motorists traveling thru Watseka will have to deal with a detour beginning Monday.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced the Illinois Route 1 / TP & W Railroad crossing on Watseka's east edge will be closed Monday, November 7.  The closing is for about 10 days to allow the railroad to rebuilding the crossing.

A posted detour will direct motorists to use County Highway 40 (Woodland Road) to gain access to Routes 24, Route 49 and Route 1.

Drivers are urged to use caution and expect delays along the detour route.

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Watseka drug arrests

Two Watseka men face illegal drug charges after they were arrested by Watseka Police Wednesday.  Officers responded to a domestic problem in progress at a residence on W. Park Avenue.  Initial reports indicated a possible weapon was involved.

Policed did not locate any victims or a weapon. However, an assortment of drugs were observed in the residence.

27-year-old Jose Perez Moreno and 31-year-old Jose Moreno Valdivia were arrested for Manufacturing/Delievery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of METH with intent to deliver, Manufacturing and Delivery of Cannabis and Possessioin of Drug Paraphernalia.  The charges resulted after police observed large quantities of suspected-Cocaine, Methanphetamine and Cannabis in the residence.

Both men are free on bond after posting 10% of $50,000 bonds.

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Watseka sheds second-set woes in v-ball win

It was all about getting back to the basics, what got them to a Sectional final. That was the message from coach Krista Pufahl to her team after it dropped Game 2 to Reed Custer in Thursday’s Class 2A Sectional Championship at Seneca, IL.

The veteran coach told her team, “It’s done. It’s over with. Let’s focus on Game 3. Fresh start. Let’s get back to the game plan.”

What the Watseka Warriors did was just that. Watseka (36-2) did dominated the third set for a 25-17, 21-25, 25-13 victory against the Comets to earn a trip to the super-sectional round for the third consecutive season.

Katie Kidwell led Watseka with 14 kills, 14 digs and three blocks. Kennedy Bauer chipped in nine kills and five digs, and four other players notched at least one kill.

“We have a lot of offensive weapons,” Pufahl said. “
Emily Bunting had her own double-double with 23 assists and 14 digs, and Mallory Drake also hit double-digit digs with 11.

Watseka faces Chicago Latin at 1 pm Saturday in Elmhurst for a return to next weekend’s state tournament.
Chicago Latin won its first sectional title with a 25-23, 10-25, 25-23 victory against Elmhurst IC Catholic on Thursday in Chicago.

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