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Forrest man gets 7 years for burglary

A Livingston County man was sentenced to a seven-year prison term (Wednesday) after he admitted breaking in to a home in Urbana in November. 34-year-old Brent Weeks will also have to pay more than $4,000 in restitution to his victim.

Weeks pleaded guilty to one count of residential burglary. He admitted he broke into a home November 1 stealing pocket watches, coins and other jewelry.

Other charges were dismissed. Court records showed he was on parole for burglary at the time. Because of his prior convictions, Weeks was labeled a Class X felon. He was looking at between six and 30 years in prison.

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Kinzinger opponent ousted from ballot in Illinois

A Republican candidate who was looking to run against Congressman Adam Kinzinger has been kicked off the primary ballot. Rockford businessman Colin McGrody was removed from the ballot.

The State Board of Elections reports close to 300 of McGrody's 893 signatures on the nomination petitions
were ruled invalid.

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Kankakee Valley Park District under investigation

The Illinois State Police has an investigation team looking into the finances of the Kankakee Valley Park District. The Park District and the Kankakee Valley Park Foundation are the subject of an investigation.

Park District Executive Director Roy Collins has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Daily-Journal reports the two agencies expenses and revenues are being reviewed. Part of the investigation includes the cash receipts of the popular BBQ Fest. Park District audits over the last three years have questioned the accounting practices.

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Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher has announced that the County Clerk's office will be open for Grace Period Registration and Voting from February 17th – March 15, 2016. During this grace period, an unregistered qualified elector may register to vote (two forms of I.D. will be needed) and also a registered voter may submit a change of address form in person at the County Clerk's office.

If a voter registers or changes an address during this grace period and wishes to vote at the March 15, 2016 Primary Election, he or she must do so by grace period voting in person at the County Clerk's Office.

Office hours for Grace Period Registration and Voting are: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday, March 12th office hours are from 8:30 a.m. – noon. Additionally, the Clerk's office will be open Election Day, March 15th for Grace Period Registration and Voting from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For information concerning Grace Period Registration and Voting, please call the County Clerk's Office at 815-432-6960.

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Iroquois County choking, stabbing suspects dealt $100,000 bonds

A Crescent City man charged with choking a child and his girlfriend remains in the Iroquois County Jail. 31-year-old Michael Shadowen had bond set at $100,000 Tuesday by Circuit Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.

Shadowen is charged with two counts of aggravated domestic battery. Sheriff's Polcie were called to the emergency room at IMH Monday to investigate a report of a child who was allegedly choked at a Crescent City residence.


Judge Lustfeldt also set bond at $100,000 for Lisa Bitzel, who's facing a charge of aggravated domestic battery. She's alleged to have stabbed her boyfriend several times early Sunday morning. She was arrested Monday by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police.

State's Attorney Jim Devine said Bitzel claimed it was self defense. But she had no visible injuries while the victim, 61-year-old Steve Hofbauer of Rankin, was stabbed repeatedly about his body. He was taken by ambulance to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

The incident happened near Hoopeston, in Iroquois County at 095N and 1700E Road. Deputies responded to a 911 call from Hofbauer saying he'd been stabbed by his girlfriend. Officers found Hofbauer bleeding from multiple stab wounds. He was in his vehicle in the driveway. Bitzel was taken into custody without incident.

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