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Livingston County Crash Victim Identified

A Pekin (IL) man has been identified as the victim who died in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday near Chatsworth.  51-year-old Gerald D. Wagoner was the driver who died northwest of the village, along county road 1000 North.

Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke was scheduled to perform an autopsy Friday.

Burke reported the car was eastbound when it ran into a ditch, flipped and landed on its top in a field.  Wagoner was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:30 pm.   Chatsworth fire and Southeast Livingston County Ambulance personnel respo9nded.  The accident was investigated by County Sheriff’s Police.


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sex offender compliance check in Iroquois and Ford counties.

Officers from the United States Marshal’s Service, Central District, Illinois State Police, Ford County Sheriff’s Police, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, Iroquois County Probation, Watseka Police, Paxton Police and Gibson City Police participated in “Operation Dual County II.” The main focus of this initiative was to locate and verify every registered sex offender residing in each county for the purpose of ensuring compliance in accordance with the mandate of the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act of 2006.

Nearly 120 registered sex offenders were checked during the one-day operation, and one arrest was made for an outstanding traffic warrant. Vincent Decker, 22, of Paxton, was arrested for failure to appear on a no seatbelt charge. It’s anticipated that following further investigation by federal, state and local authorities, several arrest warrants will be issued for non-compliance.

This is the second year the agencies conducted the joint operation.

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Indiana Marine killed in Afghanistan

Flags fly at half staff on the lawn of the Fountain County Courthouse in Covington, in honor of Marine Lance Corporal Joshua Witsman.  Corporal Witsman was killed in action in Afghanistan Wednesday.  He was on his second tour of duty.

Fountain County Clerk Patty Gritten knew Corporal Witsman his entire life, and said his dream was to serve his country.

Gritten said Witsman was re-deployed to Afghanistan about 12 weeks ago.  His family was told he was killed around noon on Wednesday.   Gritten said he was looking forward to returning to civilian life and a promising future.


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Livingston County Wreck Kills One

CHATSWORTH – One person is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Livingston County’s Charlotte Township on Wednesday afternoon.

Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke said a car was eastbound when it went into the ditch before crossing the road, flipping and coming to rest on its top in a field on the north side of County Road 1000 North.

First responders from Chatsworth Fire and SELCAS Ambulance responded to the crash and found the driver without signs of life. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:30 p.m.

The crash is under investigation by Livingston County Sheriff’s Police and attempts are being made to notify family members. An autopsy is scheduled for today (Friday).

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Barickman Supports Enterprise Zone Extension Legislation

SPRINGFIELD- State Representative Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) voted in favor of legislation that will extend the life of current enterprise zones for 25 years and create five new zones throughout the state.

“I am pleased we were finally able to approve this economic development measure that will help ensure our job creators have a reliable, stable business environment within these zones,” said Barickman.  “These are proven incentives that attract employers, allow businesses to expand and grow, and help to improve the communities and areas they are located in.”

Since the creation of enterprise zones over 900,000 jobs have been created or retained within the areas.  Around $49 billion dollars has been invested by tens of thousands of businesses within the zones.

Enterprise zones are economic development tools which allow businesses located in designated regions to receive specified incentives. Businesses located within the zones can receive a number of benefits, such as tax credits for each new job created or a sales tax exemption for machinery and building supplies.  In order to maintain these incentives businesses must meet specified requirements for job creation and retention, as well as capital and infrastructure investments.

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