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Judge Kinzer to seek ‘Circuit’ Judge seat in 2016

Iroquois County Associate Judge James Kinzer has announced he's a candidate for the Iroquois County Resident 'Circuit Judge' office, to fill the vacancy of Judge Gordon Lustfeldt's seat.

Lustfeldt announced (Monday) he will retire April 30, 2016.

Kinzer has served as an Associate Judge in Iroquois County since 2005. Prior to that, he was a private attorney in Watseka since 1978.

Kinzer said "I feel my 10 years' experience as an Associate Judge has thoroughly prepared me for the position of Circuit Judge." He looks forward to serving the people of Iroquois County as their resident Circuit Judge.

Kinzer is a 1978 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. He and his wife live in Watseka. They're the parents of two adult sons.

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State’s Attorney race in Kankakee County

Three candidates have filed for Kankakee County's prosecutor job. A Republican race in the March 2016 Primary Election finds Ed Glazer Jr. and Emile Capriotti squaring off, while Jim Rowe will give it another go on the Democratic ticket.

Monday was the filing deadline for the March 16 Primary.

Glazar and Capriotti have both worked as Public Defenders. Rowe was un-successful in a bid for the state's attorney job again Jamie Boyd in 2012.

Boyd is not seeking re-election, instead looking for a judge's seat to fill a vacancy.


Judge Wenzelman retires ---

Circuit Judge Kendall Wenzelman put in his final day on the bench Monday. He announced his retirement in October.

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Races galore surface in Iroquois County, filing period closes

Iroquois County voters will have choices for County Board in next year's election. All four County Board districts offer contested-races for the March 2016 Primary Election.

The candidate filing period ended today (Monday) at 5 pm. Last day filers made their way into the County Clerk's Office to turn in petitions.

Some candidates shared thoughts with WGFA News, saying "enough is enough, time to put the train wreck back on track." A couple of candidates said "the mess and controversy created over the last handful years is pretty obvious...reason people have stepped forward."

Two available seats in County Board District 1 finds four candidates filing....Leanne Hofbauer Duby of Martinton and Brent Boehrnsen of Martinton, Michael McTaggart of Clifton and Chad McGinnis of Chebanse.

Five candidates in District 2 are seeking three available seats ... incumbents Jed Whitlow and Ernie Curtis of Gilman filed, along with Ray Guttendorf olf Gilman, Kathy Ebert of Onarga and Barbara Offill of Gilman.

Two available seats in District 3 has five candidates seeking election .... Incumbent Charles Ault of Cissna Park is joined by Marvin Stichnoth of Stockland, Derek Crouse of Rural Watseka, and Steven Homerding and Jonathon Lamie of Milford.

Five candidates will seek three seats in District 4, including incumbents Adam Zumwalt of rural Sheldon and recently-appointed Dan Joyce of Watseka. Potential newcomers are Sherry Johnson, Kevin Coughenour and Kevin Bohlmann—all of Watseka.

Twenty-six Republican candidates have filed for Precinct Committeemen seats; Middleport 3 is contested.

Democratic Precinct Committeemen seats finds three candidates filing.

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Judge Gordon Lustfeldt announces retirement

Iroquois County Circuit Judge Gordon Lustfeldt has announced his retirement, effective April 30, 2016.

Lustfeldt has been the resident Circuit Judge of Iroquois County since October, 1995 when he filled the vacancy created by the retirement of then-Circuit Judge Robert Dannehl.

Lustfeldt previously served as Iroquois County State's Attorney from 1988 – 1995. He was Iroquois County Public Defender from 1982 – 1988. He was an attorney in private practice from 1980 – 1988.

On his pending retirement, Lustfeldt said, "retirement was not an easy decision to make; I enjoy my job and the support of people I work with, and will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Iroquois County. However, he said, 'I want to spend more time with my family and it is time to give someone else a chance to serve."

Lustfeldt's replacement will be chosen in the November 2016 general election.

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Gunfire at Kankakee banquet hall, 5 shot

Two people were seriously injured, five in all were shot when shots were fired early Sunday at a Kankakee banquet hall.  Kankakee Police reported they responded to Guzman's Sports Banquet Hall shortly before 1 am. 

Several witnesses were interviewed but none offered any information to police investigators.  The Daily-Journal reports up to 100 people attended the party that was supposed to be a family reunion, according to the banquet hall management. It was learned it was instead, a well-planned party featuring Chicago area entertainers.  The event featured advanced ticket sales.

The investigation continues.

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