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EARLY VOTING >>> set to go February 21st

Local election offices across Illinois will be busy next week as the push toward the March primary accelerates.

Some counties are already open for early voting. Others will open next week. But all local election offices in the state are supposed to at least be ready for early voters by the end of the week.

The Illinois State Board of Elections requires that grace period registration begin Wednesday and that local offices post hours for early voting at all of their polls by the end of next week. McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael says this is the beginning of the push toward the March Primary.

That decision, whether Democratic AG candidate Scott Drury will stay on the ballot, has some counties waiting to start early voting.

Michael hopes for a decision next week, but admits the courts are bound by the same calendar as election authorities are.

Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher has announced the Clerk's Office will be open for Grace Period Registration and Early Voting February 21 - March 20. Citizens can register to vote and also submit a change of address form at the Clerk's Office.

If you register to vote and wish to vote for the March 20 Primary, you must Vote In Person at the office.

Questions can be directed to 815-432-6960.

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Wisconsin man jailed in Iroquois County

A traffic stop in Watseka led to a chase and a manhunt. Now, a man is in custody facing federal weapons charges.

Watseka Police made a stop Wednesday night. But the driver fled armed with an A-R 15 rifle.

Christopher Hamlin of Watertown, WI wasn’t apprehended during the 7:30 pm traffic stop. Instead, there was an approximate 17-hour manhunt for Hamlin. He was taken into custody around noon (Thursday) after he was spotted in a residential area. He was chased by police into a wooded area where he was captured.

Hamlin was wanted on a federal warrant for weapon offenses. He was being held for federal authorities in Watseka.

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Area State Legislators differ on budget address

Following Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget address (Wed), reaction was spit along party lines. However, some Republicans also pointed to problems with the Governor’s proposal and how property taxes will be affected.

Democratic State Senator Scott Bennett stated: “Once again, I heard little in the budget address to make me believe that the governor has come to understand the importance of education and a willingness to turn the tide and stand up for our local schools, colleges and universities. His proposed budget only adds financial pressure on schools and universities that have already been starved and endured three years of chaos and uncertainty during the budget stalemate that he created.”

Republican State Senator Jason Barickman offered more-favored comment of the speech saying “The Governor’s proposed budget offered a roadmap for what will be required to enact a balanced spending plan for the next fiscal year.

Everyone has been saying for years that we need to change the way the state spends money and this proposal does just that. But make no mistake, however we move forward on a budget, there will be some very tough decisions to make.”

Senator Toi Hutchinson said the budget ‘acknowledges the devastating impact the past three years of chaos in Illinois.’ She said fewer working families are taking advantage of child care assistance to further their education and fewer people suffering from mental illness are getting care while fewer citizens are receiving life-saving treatment for addictions.

Senator Sue Rezin said difficult bi-partisan decisions must be made to achieve financial success...

Republican state reps, Tom Bennett and Lindsay Parkhurst were encouraged by the message, calling for both sides to work together.

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Weather Alert: Fog slowing traffic in Illiana

Dense Fog Advisory issued for this Valentine's Day evening, February 14. The advisoty is in place until 9 am Thursday.

...Dense Fog increasing in coverage this evening... ...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THURSDAY...
* VISIBILITY...To one quarter mile or less at times. Rapid changes in visibility are possible. * IMPACTS...Poor visibilty in areas of dense fog will make for hazardous travel.

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Watseka: Mayor wants report on options for water & sewer system

Watseka aldermen Dennis Cahoe and Mark Garfield have an assignment to investigate options for the city to consider for operating the city's water and sewer systems. Mayor John Allhands wants numbers to review by the end of March.

After a special Saturday morning City Council meeting to discuss the sewer & water set-up didn’t happen, the mayor is asking the council members to do the work and find what direction the city needs to pursue.

Allhands said "I know we all realize that ignoring this problem will not make it go away. In addition, with an uncertain financial picture and an aging water and sewer system, there’s an urgency for this research.”

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