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Involuntary manslaughter: Beating death in Watseka brings new charges

A Watseka man is now charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the beating death of a Chebanse man.

21-year-old Gregory Eisermann was in Iroquois Circuit Court Tuesday. The State's Attorney's office upgraded the charge against Eisermann following last week's death of 55-year-old Gary Guenette. Guenette died of a severe head injury inflicted during an altercation outside a Watseka bar May 9th.

Eisermann was jailed initially for aggravated battery and possession of a controlled substance. His $100,000 bond was reduced (Tuesday) to $10,000.

Watseka Police reported it was an altercation outside a bar that led to Guenette's injury and the arrest of Eisermann. Police found Guenette unresponsive in a Walnut Street parking lot. He was transferred with life-threatening injuries to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

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Brody Adams wins WGFA’s 50th Iroquois County Spelling Contest

Cissna Park 6th-grader Brody Adams is the 2016 Iroquois County Spelling Champ. Brody is an anniversary winner – the 50th WGFA 5th - 6th Grade Spelling Bee winner.

And he gets it done on Friday the 13th ! Brody's forever lucky day !!

Brody bested the field of 20 contestants to earn the championship trophy. The Cissna Park Unit #6 school district can boast of having the top speller this year.

As to listened in on 94.1 WGFA with pronouncer Don Elliott, Brody gets it done after 2nd place finisher Kaylee Brosseau stumbled on the word "aviator.

Brody then correctly spelled aviator and followed that by spelling the word nervous --- to win the bee.

Kaylee Brosseau and two other students from the Unit #4 Nash Middle School finished in the top five.

Tyler Balthazor and Jonah Hendrickson were respective 4th and 5th place spellers. And 6th grader Robyn McIntyre of Iroquois West finished in 3rd place.

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Kankakee County crash kills 15-year-old

A two-car accident Sunday night killed a 15-year-old Reddick boy and injured his brother and another driver in Kankakee County.

Illinois State Police report the crash happened just before 10 pm on Route 17 at County road 19000 W. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

Kameron Allison is identified as the victim, according to the Kankakee County Coroner's office. The boy was a passenger in a car driven by his 16-year-old brother. The un-identified brother was air-lifted to a Chicago area hospital.

Kameron Allison was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gessner said both brothers, students at Herscher High School, were wearing seat belts.

Police report the brothers were westbound on Illinois Route 17 on their way home when a car driven southbound by a 33-year-old St. Anne woman ran the stop sign at 19000 W.

She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Additional charges are being reviewed.

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Chebanse teen in fatal hit-and-run, facing lesser charges

The 16-year-old Chebanse boy arrested last week for a hit-and-run accident that killed a man is now facing lesser charges.

The juvenile boy, released to his parents, is on home detention. The earlier reckless homicide charge has been reduced to leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

The State's Attorney Office may file additional charges.
36-year-old Aaron Sorensen was killed when he was hit while skateboarding along Route 45, south of Kankakee. He died at Presence St. Mary's Hospital.

A tip led police to the boy, who told investigators he hit something but thought it was a sign.

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Iroquois County tax bills on their way

Iroquois County tax bills are in the mail. Payment is due June 13th and then September 13th.

County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, announced that the 2015 payable in 2016 real estate tax statements have been mailed to the taxpayers of Iroquois County.

The deadline to pay the first installment without penalty is June 13, 2016. The second installment due date is September 13, 2016. After the due dates a 1 ½ percent penalty must be added each month it remains unpaid, according to Illinois State Statutes.

The Treasurer's Office is open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail or at any bank in Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal and Commonwealth Credit Union.

Taxpayers paying in person at the Treasurer's Office or at the local banks should bring the entire bill if they would like a receipt.

Credit card payments will be accepted by phone and online starting May 13, 2016. Call the Treasurer's Office first at 815-432-6985 during office hours to verify the payment amount.

Remember that a drop box has been installed at the Administrative Center near the 911 Center so that taxpayers can drop off their payments during non-office hours.

If you have any questions about exemptions, assessed valuations, or address changes, please contact the Assessment Office at (815) 432-6978.

If you have any questions regarding the tax rates, please contact the County Clerk's Office at (815) 432-6960.

If there are any questions about your tax statements, feel free to call the Treasurer's Office at (815) 432-6985.

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