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Fountain County, IN man drowns in creek

A heart attack and drowning were contributing factors in the death of a Covington, Indiana man this week. A cause of death investigation was conducted after 59-year-old Keith Summers was found face down in a creek just south of Veedersburg Wednesday.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Summers had left to go fishing at Coal Creek sometime Wednesday afternoon. His brother Joe became worried when Keith had not returned for several hours because of the heavy rains that day.

Keith’s car was discovered at the Coal Creek covered bridge in southwestern Fountain County. His body was found floating 100 yards downstream of the bridge.

A Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office autopsy was conducted on Summers ruling his death as an accident. The primary cause of death was ruled a heart attack with drowning as a contributing factor.

Investigators say it is unclear how Summers ended up in the creek.

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Traffic accident closes Route 1 at Grant Park

Emergency personnel were on the scene of a traffic mishap this (Fri) morning near Grant Park, in Kankakee County.

It was a two-vehicle accident at County Road 12000 N and Illinois Route 1. Grant Park Fire and ambulance officials were on the scene.

The road was closed around 8:30 am while extrication equipment was being used.

 

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No Lt. Governor: Support Grows to Abolish Position

The lieutenant governor’s office is so important that the last one succeeded an impeached governor. But it’s so unimportant that two previous ones quit out of boredom.

If the Illinois Senate follows the lead of the House, the state’s voters would determine whether to abolish the office entirely. Sponsoring State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) says if a governor leaves by death, resignation, or impeachment, the line of succession would have the attorney general installed in his or her place.

Calling the office a “luxury,” McSweeney asked, “Would you rather fund basic social services, would you rather cut taxes for small businesses, or would you rather fund the $1,847,000 that we spend in 2013 on the office of the lieutenant governor?”

The amendment comes just four years after incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn rose to office from the position of lieutenant governor.

“Simply to say we should abolish an office simply because we want to save a few million dollars,” said State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), “when we’ve seen over the last several years that there’s been a need for a smooth transition, it seems to me that this is not a good thing to do.”

HJRCA 18 has passed the House, 83-28-2.

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Is Dan running ?

Rutherford says he likes his hometown sandbox

Dan Rutherford has a new title, like it or not. It’s Governor Dan Rutherford !

The always likable, always jovial, always smiling, and most-always political-correct Dan Rutherford talks like he’s running for Illinois Governor in 2014. But in Watseka Thursday night, he did all but say he’s running for the state’s top job.

The rural Chenoa resident said should he have an announcement in June, he's coming back his sandbox, Livingston, Iroquois, Ford counties, to do it.

The now-state treasurer told an audience at the Iroquois County Republican Women’s Club Annual Spring Dinner “Iroquois County is his sandbox.”

Despite the fact he’s all over the state, on any given day at any given time, Rutherford told the GOP crowd he’s most comfortable at home in his native territory – Iroquois, Ford, and Livingston counties.

He says this is his sandbox, where he first started his political career at the age of 24. And today, he knows his sandbox friends are the Republican women, men and others who supported his efforts over the years as a State Rep, State senator and now, Treasurer.

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Rutherford had the audience’ attention, talking about how if the GOP party is going to survive and flourish, it has to throw away the labels and represent all peoples --- there’s so much to talk about other than abortion, gun rights, and gay rights…….


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Stabbing in Kankakee, 3 in custody

Kankakee Police are investigating reports of a stabbing yesterday (wed) afternoon. It happened on S. Poplar Avenue. Details are sketchy so far.

The Daily-Journal reported one person was stabbed.  Police had three suspects in custody.


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