Twelve jurors are in place for the Andrew Condon murder trial in Watseka. Opening statements are expected today in the Iroquois County courtroom of Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.
The jurors selected include seven women and five men. Four more alternate jurors will be selected today from an original pool of nearly 100 citizens.
The 36-year-old Condon has pleaded not guilty to 2-counts of first-degree murder. He's accused of shooting to death 27-year-old jonathan Rubin of Danforth in 2012. Rubin was working as a clerk at a Gilman gas station when he was shot several times.
Iroquois County: Route 1 traffic limited to single-lane
There's more Route 1 construction work slowing traffic in Iroquois County. About six miles of the route, from north of Watseka to the Pittwood area, is down to a single lane. Construction cones have motorists diverted from the northbound to the southbound lane today (Wednesday 8/19).
The work zone begins north of the Route 1 bridge project, already limiting traffic to a single-lane.
Motorists need to show some patience and slow it down.
Dr. David Gill of Bloomington is running for Congress again, but unlike his four previous attempts, he's not running as a Democrat this time. Gill says he'll run as an Independentfor the 13th District seat currently held by Republican Rodney Davis of taylorville. Davis would be seeking his third term. No democrat so far has announced plans to challenge Davis. To get on the ballot, Gill needs to collect the signatures of 15,000 registered voters.
Illinois Department of Labor Honors Agriculture Day at Illinois State
Fair with Grain Bin Rescue Tube Demonstration
August 18, 2015. In honor of Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department of Labor invites the public to watch an interactive, live grain bin rescue tube demonstration.
The Department has partnered with the Illinois Fire Service Institute to educate and engage the public on the following: • Total economic output generated by the Illinois agricultural sector: 9.56% • $19.6 billion generated annually by Illinois' agricultural commodities • 97% of Illinois' agricultural industry made up by family farms • 7 out of 10 grain bin accidents happen on family farms
"Grain bin accidents have been on the rise in Illinois, and the state now ranks 2nd nationally for such incidents," highlighted Director Hugo Chaviano. "It is important for us to reverse this statistic by raising awareness, educating and offering training resources."
"We are thrilled to join the Illinois Department of Labor in the Governor's Tent this year at the State Fair," said David Newcomb, Ag Rescue Program Manager with the Illinois Fire Service Institute. "We hope everyone joins us in honoring Agriculture Day and stops by for a demonstration."
Throughout the State Fair from 10AM to 7PM each day, there will be a demonstration every twenty minutes.
Area war veterans will be escorted to Washington, D.C. next week, courtesy of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Veterans from Ashkum, Gibson City, Kempton, Rankin, and Rantoul will be onboard the honor flight to the nation's capital August 25.
82 veterans representing the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy, with 10 from World War II, 50 from the Korean era and 22 who served during the Vietnam War era will be onboard.
Along with their guardian escorts, they will be flying to Washington, D.C., aboard a Sun Country 737 charter jetliner on a day trip to visit and reflect at memorials in the country's capital. Once the airplane lands at Ronald Reagan National Airport, the veterans and guardians will board three coach buses.
Land of Lincoln Honor Flight of Springfield will embark on the first of its three fall flights that day. The honor flight will return to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield that same evening, arriving around 9:30 p.m. Family, friends and the public are encouraged to come to the airport to welcome the veterans, who come from two out-of-state towns and 53 Illinois communities.
Land of Lincoln Honor Flight provides a flight to veterans of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam War eras. A sign-up application may be obtained at www.LandofLincolnHonorFlight.org or by contacting John Dust at 309-339-0227.