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Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce hires New Executive Director

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) announced the hiring of a new Executive Director. Amanda Hibbs comes to the WACC with several years of experience in public relations.

The WACC is gearing up for several upcoming events including Customer Appreciation Days, PASSPORT Coupon Book, and the Annual Meeting and Awards Night.

Ms. Hibbs will then focus on getting out and introducing herself to the members of the community to become more familiar with faces and what they have to offer. Amanda plans to strive to increase membership within the WACC and hopes to bring some fresh new ideas aboard as well as becoming more aware of what is happening in the Watseka area.

Amanda is available at the Chamber office by calling 815-432-2416 or you can stop by 110 South Third Street or you can email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Electric Aggregation Voting Results, some say Yes, others No

There were several communities in the WGFA-listening area that approved electric aggregation programs. But others, including Watseka voters, defeated the referendum question.

Watseka voters said No….500 voting against it while 392 voted in favor. It was a 56 to 44% margin against.

Clifton and Gilman voted in favor. The Clifton voters gave it a thumbs up, 51 – 49%. Gilman voters approved the measure 316 to 156, a 66% to 33% margin.

Approving the question in Tuesday’s election were Fairbury, Gridley, Pontiac, Clinton and Bloomington, and unincorporated Woodford County. The question failed in Streator and unincorporated areas of DeWitt, McLean, Woodford and LaSalle counties.

It passed in the city of Bloomington by a vote of 4,517 to 3,888. In McLean County, the measure failed, 1,515 to 1,222.

The program allows municipalities to bundle Ameren customers’ electricity needs to attract the lowest-bidding supplier. Where approved, customers may opt-out if they wish, but otherwise they are automatically enrolled.

Proponents said aggregation would save customers money on their electric bills. Opponents considered the measure an unnecessary government intrusion.

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Bourbonnais Mayor Paul Shore earns election win

Bourbonnais Mayor Paul Schore gathered nearly 60 percent (896) of the votes Tuesday to win another 4-year term.

Schore, who ran on the Citizens Party ticket, defeated 38-year-old Jeff Keast.

Schore was appointed mayor in 2008 and won re-election in the only uncontested metro area mayoral race the following year. Prior to that he served 11 years as village trustee.

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Incumbent Adams re-elected Bradley mayor

Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams claimed victory at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday when he had 45 percent of the vote in the three-way contest.

With 11 of 13 precincts reporting, the Democrat was more than 100 votes ahead of Progressive-Citizens candidate Mike Watson and was well ahead of independent candidate and former village police chief Don Kufner.

Adams said "We stayed positive and got the word out.”

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Mayor Epstein claims win in Kankakee mayoral race

Voters in Kankakee gave Mayor Nina Epstein the nod of approval Tuesday in her bid for another 4-year term. Epstein won a second four-year term in a lopsided victory over Democratic Party candidate Jarman Porter.

Epstein won 60 percent, or 1,783, votes. Porter, who was a first-time candidate in Kankakee, pulled in 1,176 votes.

Her keys to victory, the mayor said, were two-fold. She said she believes the people are pleased with the direction the city has taken in these difficult times. And number two, her opponent had no vested interest in this city until only a couple years ago.

Epstein said "You have to pay your dues," adding she served two terms as 6th Ward alderwoman before her first mayoral election.

Porter said low voter turnout helped seal his fate. Across Kankakee County, 24 percent of registered voters participated in the municipal election.

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