The 2016 election process got started Monday, the first day for filing petitions for the March Primary. County Clerks' offices and the State Board of Elections were busy places Monday morning. Those candidates seeking election or retaining seats in the Illinois General Assembly, Congress and local county offices turned in paper work showing their intent.
Area State Representatives seeking re-election include: Tom Bennett in the 106th District, Dan Brady in the 105th and Chad hays in the 104th. All are Republicans now serving in the Illinois House.
For State Senate in the 52nd District – incumbent Scott Bennett, Democrat of Champaign.
Congressional candidates filing included Adam Kinzinger in the 16th District, John Shimkus in the 15th District, and Rodney Davis in the 13th. Elected offices in Iroquois County --- States's Attorney Jim Devine, Circuit Clerk Lisa Hines and Coroner Bill Cheatum have filed for re-election. Contested races for County Board are surfacing. Districts 1, 2 and 3 show races for available seats.
In Kankakee County --- After Monday's filing, Emile Anthony Capriotti is the lone candidate to have filed for State's Attorney. Ed Glazar and larry Beaumont are likely to join Capriotti on the Republican ticket.
Jim Rowe is expected to seek the office again on the Democratic ticket.
Current State's Attorney Jamie Boyd is not seeking re-election. He plans to seek a judgeship to fill a vacancy on the bench.
County Board and Precinct Committeemen seats are also up for election in 2016.
The filing period continues until next Monday, November 30th.
After the snowy weekend, temperatures in Central Illinois are expected to slowly rise this week. The high could be near 60 degrees on Thanksgiving Day.
The National Weather Service reports today (Monday) will be sunny with a high of 39 degrees and Tuesday calls for mostly sunny with a high near 43 degrees. There may be some fog due to the snow and climbing temperatures. Overnight lows will be around 25 degrees.
Wednesday's forecast is partly sunny and a high of 48 degrees. The chance of showers rolls in Thanksgiving Day with a high near 58 degrees.
The temperature will drop to about 44 degrees overnight. Friday's high will be near 48 degrees with a chance of showers. A chance of rain or snow could arrive Friday night.
Law enforcement agencies are joining a nationwide effort to keep motorists safe as they hit the road for the Thanksgiving Holiday period. Historically, Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year, and with more people on the road it increases the chances of accidents.
Illinois State Police ask motorists to avoid the Fatal Four moving violations – DUI, speeding, non seat belt use, distracted driving. Police say avoiding the Fatal Four can help reduce your chances of being involved in a serious traffic crash.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved the lives of more than 12,500 passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older nationwide in 2013.
Residents from around the Kankakee area attended a home heating and energy efficiency seminar hosted by state Rep. Kate Cloonen, Nicor Gas and Kankakee County Community Services, Inc. (KCCSI).
"With energy costs rising as temperatures drop, winter can be hard for any family. Nicor can help their customers navigate these financial challenges both by providing assistance resources and in helping residents better weatherize their homes," said Cloonen. "I thank Nicor and KCCSI for partnering with my office to connect residents to these resources and help them prepare for the winter cold."
Attendees received free materials, information and resources to weatherize their homes and receive assistance on their energy bills. Residents unable to attend may find information on home heating and weatherization resources at www.nicorgas.com/residential/energy-assistance or www.kccsi-cap.org.