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Manteno, Monticello, IN losing jobs

The Diversatech campus in Manteno is losing one of its home-base companies. The Merisant plant is closing its doors in mid-December with plans to move to a southeastern state. The company makes sweeteners for coffee shops and restaurants.

The company has been one Diversatech’s anchor facilities.
Employees will be assisted in finding new opportunities. Ninety workers are affected. Merisant has operated three shifts, five days per week. Some of the employees have been there for 18-20 years.

Wisconsin-based Regal Beloit is closing its doors in Monticell, Indiana and heading to a southeastern state. The company let 35 employees go. The plant, which manufactures air flow, power transmission, motion control and power generation solutions, is relocating machines to a plant in Mexico.

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Appeals Court puts hold on order to block Election Day Voter Registration

Illinois voters will be allowed to register on Election Day for the time being. A federal appeals court placed a temporary hold yesterday on a judge's order to block the state's Election Day voter registration law. Last week, the judge ruled the policy was unconstitutional. The law requires counties with populations of 100-thousand or more to offer Election Day registration at all polling places.

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Vote-buying investigation underway in Kankakee County

Reports of voter fraud has triggered an investigation in Kankakee County. The State’s Attorney’s Office issued a press conference (Tuesday) stating alleged vote buying may be compromising the local election process.

Reports indicated Chicago political powers were offering gifts to potential voters in exchange for votes in favor of State Rep Kate Cloonen, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and other Democrats.

Applications for ‘Vote by Mail’ ballots are also the subject of the investigation.

Meanwhile -- Democratic leaders in Kankakee County have also issued a press release notifying the State Board of Elections and the Department of Justice claiming legally-registered voters in Kankakee County have been turned away from polling places. Voters denied claim they’ve been harassed and intimidated by local government officials.

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Danville crash kills 16-year-old, 3 others injured

Danville Police report a teenager is dead and three others injured the result of a single-vehicle crash Monday night.

The victim was a sixteen-year-old female. Three other people in the vehicle...all females, ages 14, 17, and 20....were treated for injuries at a local hospital.

The victim killed is now identified as 16-year-old D’nija Nicole Parker of Danville.

The others were not identified.

Police said their vehicle left the road near the intersection of Griggs and Beard Streets and slammed into a building. It happened at 8:30 pm. An Accident Reconstruction Team is reviewing the crash.

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Rossville home invasion nets Paxton man 15 years in DOC

A 21-year-old Paxton man was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with a home invasion in Rossville earlier this year. 21-yr-old Frank Zamiar III pleaded guilty in August to one count of home invasion, a Class X felony. Vermilion County prosecutors agreed to dismiss two additional counts of home invasion, plus one count of felony theft.

The Paxton Record reports Zamiar will be required to serve at least 50 percent of his 15-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Zamiar was given credit for 147 days already served at the Vermilion County Jail.

Zamiar was charged in connection with a May 3 incident in Rossville. Police records showed a man and a woman heard a banging noise DURING AN EARLY-MORNING HOUR and then discovered that someone had kicked open a door. The man and woman were restrained by the intruder and the man was battered and items of value were stolen from the home.

Vermilion County investigators, with the help of Paxton police, identified Zamiar as a suspect, and a search warrant was obtained and executed at his home, where items linked to the home invasion were found.

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