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Ford County State’s Attorney race shapes up for 2016

Two Republican candidates have surfaced in a developing race for State's Attorney in Ford County.

The 2015 March primary will find 44-year-old Lance Cagle of Fisher seeking the prosecutor's job along with 39-year-old Andrew Killian of Gibson City. Cagle announced Monday he'll seek the office. Killian had already announced his intention to seek the office now held by Randy Yedinak.

Yedinak was appointed in June of 2014. He announced he will not seek re-election as Ford County State's Attorney. Instead, Yedinak will run for the prosecutor's job in Livingston County.

Cagle is a lawyer practicing in Bloomington and Paxton. He lives in Fisher.

Killian announced his intent to seek the office in July. He's been practicing for 14 years and has worked with the DCFS the last five years. Killian was assistant state's Attorney in DeWitt County from 2003 to 2008.

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Red Flag Warning in parts of Illiana

Red Flag Warning Remains In Effect From 10 Am CDT
This (Mon) Morning To 7 Pm CDT This Evening. Strong Winds
And Low Relative Humidity is likely for all of Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Southwest 20 To 25 Mph with Gusts Up To 35 mph.
Relative Humidity As Low As 23 Percent.
Impacts include potentially rapid fire growth.

A Red Flag Warning means critical Fire Weather Conditions. A Combination Of Strong Winds Low Relative Humidity And Warm Temperatures Will Contribute To Extreme Fire Behavior.

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I-57 crash near Rantoul injures 4

I-57 traffic near Rantoul was backed up Friday. A 3-car accident injured four people. State police reported none of the injuries were life-threatening.

A Bradley driver, 24-year-old Rachel Prochazka, lost control while southbound. Police reported her car went spinning thru the median barrier into the northbound lanes, hitting two northbound cars. Drivers of the other cars were from Orland Park and Memphis.

Prochazka was cited for improper lane usage.

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Cheatum, Devine, Hines announce re-election bids in Iroquois County

Three Iroquois County elected office-holders have publicly made it official – they will seek re-election in 2016.

County Coroner Bill Cheatum, State's Attorney Jim Devine, and Circuit Clerk Lisa Hines will appear on the March Republican Primary ballot.

Devine has been the county prosecutor since 2001. He said he enjoys the job, wants the job and looks forward to working for the people of Iroquois County.

He recognized his assistants, Alex O'Brien and Kara Macz, for the outstanding work they do in the state's attorney's office. Devine said 'the job is that much better when you surround yourself with good, professional people.'

Devine also told the gathering at the Republican Women's Club Fall Luncheon 'the GOP women are a true indication of what the Republican party is all about.' He said the elected office-holders are very supportive of what the club is all about.

Cheatum will seek his fourth term as Coroner. He was first appointed to the job in 2002 to fill a vacancy when then-Coroner Eldon Sprau was elected Sheriff. Cheatum said he enjoys working for the people of Iroquois County.

Lisa Hines of Cissna Park has held the Circuit Clerk's office since 2008. She's seeking her 3rd term. Hines has been an employee in the office for 25 years, having served as First-Deputy Assistant prior to being elected.

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Barickman addresses Iroquois County GOP Women, calls Springfield “toxic”

Illinois Senator Jason Brickman is as frustrated as anyone else when it comes to the budget impasse in Springfield. In fact, he said, he too feels your pain.

Despite the pain, the always smiling, always-energetic Barickman told members and friends of the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club (Thursday) he really likes representing the people of east-central Illinois in the state legislature.

Barickman said he believes "the legislature should be problem solvers, but House Speaker (Mike) Madigan is giving us a chance to do that. My hope is that Speaker Madigan will join our effort to make Illinois a more competitive place."

Barickman added, hopefully he'll realize mistakes of the past and work on making it better for all of us.

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