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Pence’s Indiana hometown erects signs celebrating new VP

New signs in Columbus, Indiana, are in place to announcing to visitors that it’s Vice President Mike Pence’s hometown.

The signs were installed Friday at two entryways into the southern Indiana city just before Pence took the oath of office in Washington.

The (Columbus) Republic reports city public works department staffers installed the signs with help from the Fire Department, which provided a ladder truck so the new signs could be bolted onto the frames.

The new signs are along U.S. 31 on the north side of the city and Indiana 46 on the west side.

The former Indiana governor is the sixth vice president from Indiana and the first since Huntington’s Dan Quayle in 1989-93 under former President George H.W. Bush.

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The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state. Several individuals have reported to the ISP that they have received automated messages advising them they are under criminal investigation and requesting they send $600. The voice in the automated message appears to be a male with a foreign accent.

The phone number associated with the calls has been faked to appear as a legitimate ISP telephone number of (847) 608-3200, in a practice known as “caller ID spoofing.” The ISP wants to inform the public these calls are not coming from the ISP. Citizens should be wary of calls soliciting money regardless of the phone number the call is made from, particularly if threats are made by the caller or they become pushy.

The ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the Department or ask you to send money for any reason. The ISP encourages those that believe they have been the victim of this phone scam to call the ISP at (847)294-4400 to file a report.

For information on different types of phone scams and indicators of phone scams please visit the Illinois Attorney General website or the Federal Trade Commission at:

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Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen and Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran are informing the public about their offices involvement in issuing scholarships to worthy students.

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding $54,500.00 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning with the State of Illinois.

Sheriff Hagen and Sheriff Doran will each be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.

There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex, or nation origin. The only limitations are as follows:
• Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents
• Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois
• Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2017-2018 school year (excluding summer session).

Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s Office or on the ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2017 (must be postmarked by this date).

For more information, please contact your local Sheriff’s office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.

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Senator Barickman appointed to leadership role in Senate

State Sen. Jason Backman has been appointed Assistant Republican Leader for the 100th General Assembly. The appointment was made by Senate Minority Leader Christine Rodogno.

Barickman finished the previous General Assembly as Minority Whip.

Barickman said in a press release he’s thankful for the opportunity and he’s excited to continue working “to forge common-sense solutions to move our state forward.”

Radogno said “Barickman’s work on education funding, along with his knowledge of issues and his dedication to the people of this state, have made him a great asset to our caucus.”

Barickman, whose a voice for Iroquois County, said “our biggest task moving forward is to continue to work on the recent budget compromise.”

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Watseka looks to slow down video gaming businesses

The city of Watseka may have issued its last video gaming license – at least for now. Discussions over the last few months have not been too favorable when it comes to more gambling opportunities.

Several taverns/bars are already engaged in video gambling and two more stand-alone facilities are on the verge of operating.

The finance committee (Tuesday) voted down another request for a soon-to-open business on the west junction in Watseka.
Mayor Bob Harwood entertained talk about slowing down and stopping any more licenses after a license was granted to a proposed downtown gambling business a few months back.

The committee voted 4-3 not to allow another application. The matter will go before the full council next week.

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