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State says evidence will show Andrew Condon guilty of murder

No weapon was ever found, but Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine told a jury today (Wed) the evidence and testimony will lead to a murder conviction against 36-year-old Andrew Condon.

Devine's opening statement to a seven women – five men jury will prove Condon shot and killed 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin at the Gilman gas station where the victim worked in 2012. The trial is expected to last two weeks. It's being heard by Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.

Condon has pleaded not guilty. He's represented by attornies Ed Glazer and Greg Morgan.

A parade of state witnesses, Devine told the jury, will include an FBI hand-writing expert who will tell the court It was Condon's handwriting in a letter to another witnesses, asking that man to change his statement made to police investigators.

Devine also stated that investigators will reveal 16 spent 9 millimeter casings found at the scene of the murder in Gilman match a box of ammunition found during a search of Condon's rural Ashkum home – that box of ammo was minus 16 shells.

Jonathan Rubin was shot several times the early-morning hours of October 27, 2012 after he refused to sell Condon cigarettes without a legal I.D. The State's case claims Condon was irrate with Rubin for not allowing to buy his cigarettes.

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New Public Defender named in Kankakee County

Attorney Gus Regas is the new Public Defender in Kankakee County.  Chief Judge of the 21st Circuit, Michael Kick, announced the selection of Regas Tuesday afternoon.

Regas was elected by the Circuit Judges of the 21st Judicial Circuit.  He begins his duties September 12 (2015).

Judge Kick said he and his fellow Circuit Judges are pleased and enthusiastic about the prosepct of working with the Public Defender-elect in the future.  He's considered qualified for the position and will be an excellent leader for the office, according to Kick.

Regasbrings extensive experience in the criminal justice system, including two years as an Assistant State's Attorney, 23 years in the Public Defender's Office and the last 13 years as the Drug Court Public Defender.  he's also maintained a private law practice in Kankakee since 1979.

Regas is graduate of Eastridge High School in Kankakee.  he earned his B.A. from the U of I at Champaign-Urbana and completed his law degree at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

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Opening statements in Condon trial nearing

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.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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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. 

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Gill plans independent run against Davis

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.

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