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Iroquois County political candidates address voters

A variety of questions were presented to several candidates seeking seats on the Iroquois County Board in next week's Illinois Primary Election.

A Candidates Forum in Crescent City Wednesday evening attracted an audience who listened to all but four candidates vying for seats. All four of the county board districts offer contested-races.

Meanwhile – Early Voting continues through next Monday. Area election offices offer extended early voting hours Saturday. Iroquois County hours Saturday at the County Clerk's Office are from 8:30 am 'til Noon.

Kankakee hours in the Clerk's office are Saturday 9 am to 4 pm. Also Sunday hours 10 am 'til 2 pm.

The polls will be open Tuesday, March 15, from 6 am 'til 7 pm.

Iroquois County Board candidates fielded questions including whether they favored night vs day meetings, a sales tax to boost revenues, long-terms goals toward county progress, size of the board, and thoughts on combatting flooding... to name a few.

No-shows at the event included incumbent Ernie Curtis of Gilman and Kathy Ebert, both from District 2; and Adam Zumwalt from District 4. Also absent was Democrat District 3 candidate Dustin Wells.

Those present to field questions from District 1 were Leanne Hofbauer-Duby, Michael McTaggart, Chad McGinnis and Brent Boehrnsen.

Representing District 2 were Barbara Offill, Ray Guttendorf and Gerald 'Jed" Whitlow. Whitlow is an incumbent.

District 3 candidates are Marvin Stichnoth, Derek Crouse, incumbent Charles Alt, Steve Homerding and Jonathon LaMie.

District 4 candidates were Dan Joyce (incumbent), Sherry Johnson, Kevin Coughenour and Kevin Bohlmann.

Un-contested county office-holders addressed the audience, including State's Attorney Jim Devine, Circuit Clerk Lisa Hines, and Coroner Bill Cheatum.

The forum was sponsored by the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club and the Gilman and Watseka Area Chambers of Commerce.

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Two people killed at Oakwood Truck Stop

Vermilion County Sheriff's Police and the County Coroner's Office are investigating the deaths of two people in the parking lot of an Oakwood truck stop. Coroner Peggy Johnson says a male and a female were pronounced dead at the Pilot Truck Stop Wednesday night.

Johnson reports "it appears to be the result of a murder/suicide.'' The case is an ongoing investigation.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

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Body identified as missing Pontiac man

Livingston County Coroner Michael Burke said the body found Tuesday in a Pontiac park is that of Lou Lowery. The Pontiac man was reporting missing in December. The body was discovered by a man practicing baseball in Jaycee Park.

The coroner said dental records were used to identify the body. The cause of death is pending.

Lowery's family reported him missing December 26.

Search and rescue teams conducted an extensive search of the area in December without results. Foul play was not suspected.

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Kinzinger, Shimkus address Ford County Republicans

America needs to find its mission again.  And Republicans need to re-define their purpose.

That's part of the message Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger delivered Tuesday evening to Ford County attendees at the Lincoln Day Dinner. Kinzinger shared the spotlight with Congressman John Shimkus as keynote speakers.

Kinzinger said America needs to lead by example..."America has to be a leader, be an example for the world; not to take over, but lead how things should be done," the 16th district congressman said.  "That's the idea of the shining city on the hill." 

Kinzinger said "we have to understand our mission.  The mission is not to be comfortable, but to lead and be an example and be comfortable in the process."

Kinzinger also said he has concerns about the GOP party fighting and dividing.  He said, depending on who the front-runner is, we have to unite.

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Kinzinger congratulates IMH for 100 years service

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger visited Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka to congratulate IMH CEO Chuck Bohlmann on providing healthcare to the area for 100 years.

Kinzinger said, "I understand the importance of rural healthcare to the residents of the 16th district. Hospitals like Iroquois Memorial, as well as other rural hospitals across my district and the state, help maintain the quality of life for people throughout rural Illinois."

Kinzinger's roots run deep across Illinois. He has local ties to Watseka. He was born in Kankakee, grew up in Bloomington, and now resides in Channahon. He said his parents instilled in him and his two siblings the importance of hard work and responsiveness through public service.

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