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RIP: 3 murder victims laid to rest in Newton County, IN

The remains of three unidentified victims were finally laid to rest in Newton County Saturday.

The victims, known as the “Unidentified kids of Newton County,” became quite a story under County Coroner Scott McCord. He’s been on a mission to identify the murder victims and locate their families.

McCord is winding down his mandated two-term, eight years in office. He’s wanted to close this case after three decades.

On Saturday, dozens of people gathered at the County’s Administrative Center in Morocco to conduct the funeral service for the victims McCord named victims A, B and C. Adam Doe, Brad Doe and Charlene Doe are now interred in a crypt at Riverside Cemetery in Brook.

McCord tells 94.1 WGFA News “these are people, not just skeletal remains.” The coroner said “every kid belongs to a family. The three are children of Newton County.”

The skeletal remains of three kids that were in the coroner’s office,when McCord took office in 2009. He said, then, “I want to bring these people home.”

Two of the victims were found in the town of Lake Village in 1983. The third victim was found in Morocco in 1988.
After no leads were gained, their remains sat on a shelf until 2009 when McCord reopened the cases. Ever since, he’s had one mission – finding their true identities.

He said even though the victims still have yet to be identified, he felt they needed to be laid to rest after three decades.

The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children had a representative in attendance Saturday. McCord said he’s still working to find the true identities.

At least for now, Brad, Adam and Charlene, can finally rest in peace.

94.1 WGFA

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Retired Watseka Police Chief Dick Corke dies

The Iroquois County law enforcement family is remembering Richard ‘Dick’ Corke. The Watseka resident lost his battle with cancer (Saturday). He was 67.

Dick Corke spent his adult life with the Watseka Police Department. He joined the department after a stint in the military, then climbed the ranks serving as Police Chief before his retirement. He also served as Cissna Park Police Chief following his retirement in Watseka.

Corke was also a Watseka alderman after his police days.
Friends and family remember him as a caring, community-minded individual; always looking out for the underdog. Past and present members of the Watseka department say he always backed his officers. He spoke his mind and stood his ground.

Dick Corke is survived by his wife, Cindy. Arrangements are pending with the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Weekend fires fueled by winds in Iroquois County Weekend fires fueled by winds in Iroquois County Weekend fires fueled by winds in Iroquois County

A Saturday afternoon fire destroyed a large tool shed in rural Onarga. A truck was also listed as a total loss on the Jim Lee farmstead at 200 E and 1350 N Roads.

The Ford-Iroquois fire department answered the initial call. Mutual aid was provided by Buckley, Loda, Danforth, Onarga and Gilman. Water supplies became an issue during the three-hour battlw ithe flames. No injury was reported. The cause was under investigation.

A field fire Sunday alerted fire crews from Woodland, Milford, Sheldon and Watseka . The field, already harvested, is at 2423 E and 1520 N Roads in rural Woodland. A machine malfunction was the likely cause. The fast-moving flames were fueled by the 25-30 mph winds.

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Illinois to vote on amendment about transportation fund use

The amendment question, dubbed the "lockbox" amendment, addresses the state government practice of spending earmarked transportation revenue for other purposes.

On Nov. 8, Illinois voters will determine whether to amend the state constitution to ensure money intended for transportation projects is spent on that.

The amendment question, dubbed the “lockbox” amendment, addresses the state government practice of spending earmarked transportation revenue for other purposes. Money for transportation projects comes from license fees, vehicle registration costs, gas taxes and road tolls.

Benjamin Brockschmidt, policy vice president for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Council, said $6.8 billion of earmarked state funds was not spent on transportation. The proposal was approved for the ballot through bipartisan support of the General Assembly, which was sought by a broad transportation coalition that included the Illinois Chamber, organized labor groups, and road planning and construction groups.

“Illinois Farm Bureau policy has long supported motor fuel tax funds to be used for construction and maintenance of roads, streets and bridges only,” said Kevin Semlow, IFB director of state legislation. “We fully support the ‘lockbox’ constitutional amendment.”

State funds intended for transportation projects regularly are taken for other government purposes.

Brockschmidt highlighted bridge soundness and the need for regular infrastructure investments. About 93 percent of bridges statewide rate “acceptable” condition. If bridges aren’t regularly maintained and repaired, the acceptable percent will decrease to 85 percent, according to Brockschmidt.

"That (lack of upkeep) adds to the cost of transportation, and adds to the wear and tear on other bridges” as motorists seek alternative routes, he noted.
In rural areas, bridges with lower weight restrictions or closed ones can add miles and cost to transport crops and livestock to market.

Brockschmidt said questions have surfaced about which funds will be put in the lockbox and which won’t. “The spirit and goal is to protect transportation funding,” he said.

If voters approve the amendment, legislation will be needed to clarify implementation of the new requirement, Brockschmidt said.

In Brockschmidt’s view the proposed amendment’s fate may impact more than roads and bridges given Illinois’ dire financial situation. If the amendment fails to pass, legislators across the state will view any special funds as available for other expenses, he said. “If we don’t pass this, things can get worse,” Brockschmidt concluded.
Semlow added, “On Nov. 8, we encourage everyone to go to the end of the ballot and vote yes on the ‘lockbox’ amendment.”

For more information about the proposed amendment, visit {saferoadsamendment.com}

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Indiana: All set for 60th Covered Bridge Festival

It’s one of Illiana’s largest tourist attractions. The Covered Bridge Festival – in Parke County, Indiana. And it’s getting underway today (Friday).

The kick-off of the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival finds organizers promoting the 60th annual event.

If you plan on visiting the Covered Bridge Festival, there are a couple of ways you can enjoy seeing the 31 historic bridges. Self-guided routes with directions will guide you to the various covered bridges. And there are bus tours that happen daily during the Festival that take you from Rockville and take you to some of the smaller towns that you wouldn’t necessarily go to when you’re traveling by car.

There are two information booths on the square in Rockville, plus a Visitor’s Center is located three blocks east of the square. For more information visit the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival at www.coveredbridges.com.

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