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Watseka City Council sworn-in

Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and four newly-elected city aldermen took their oath of office Tuesday night.  Among the new members of the administration is alder-woman Monna Ulfers.  She was elected in April to replace Marty Bramsteadt, who moved from the area. Ulfers represents the 4th Ward.

Also winning election in the Consolidated Election were Marvin Purvis, Mike Marcier and L.D. Smith. 

Other city officials sworn-in by City Attorney Frank Simutis were Treasurer Carolyn DeLahr and City Clerk Sean Deneau.

Yet to be filled is an aldermanic vacancy in Ward 3.  Tim Matthewson recently resigned when he re-located, moving out of

Ward 3.


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Mayor Harwood votes give payraises to Police Chief and Public Works Director

Deadlocked votes by city aldermen in Watseka last night forced Mayor Bob Harwood to break the ties. And his Yes votes gave two-percent pay hikes to Police Chief Roger Lebeck and Public Works Director Marvin DeLahr

Proposed pay increases were on the table for the two officials.  Aldermen Chuck Garfield, Mike Warren and L.D. Smith voted against the increases, while aldermen Bill Nutter, Mike Marcier and Marvin Purvis voted in favor.  

The City Council did approve two-percent pay hikes for Administrative Clerk Kathy Kosik, Code Enforcement officer Stan Molter and city employee Sonny Brammer.

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Emergency Help for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Iroquois County organizations are rallying the troops to help the tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.

The Trinity Lutheran Church at Cissna Park and the Martinton Fire Auxiliary are collecting items that’ll be trucked to Oklahoma.  Non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, bottled water, and other household items are being collected.

 The food items and cleaning supplies can be brought to the Martinton Fire House today (5/29) from 5 -7 pm.  A truckload of supplies will be driven to Oklahoma this week.

 The Trinity Lutheran Church at Cissna Park will collect helpful supplies thru the end of the second week in June.  A semi-trailer will be delivered to the victims.  Monetary donations will be accepted.

Oklahoma’s Emergency Management Agency reports 2400 homes were damaged or destroyed.  Some 10,000 people were affected, including the 24 confirmed dead. 

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Kankakee Shooting leaves one Man Dead

Investigators in Kankakee are looking for help in their investigation of a shooting death. It happened last night in the 300-block of N. Wildwood Avenue.

The victim was 26-year-old Orlando Wilson.  Police say he was shot outside his home around 10 pm. 

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New Fire Chief named in Bradley

The Village of Bradley has a new Fire Chief. Jim Baird was relieved of his duties Tuesday by Mayor Bruce Adams.  Named to replace Baird is former Deputy-Chief James Travis.

Mayor Adams announced the change but he declined to say why he made the decision.

Baird was named the village’s first full-time fire chief five years ago under then-mayor Gael Kent.

Before that, Baird spent his entire, 38-year career in the south suburban Lansing Fire Department, where he rose to the rank of assistant chief.

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