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Police pushing safe Thanksgiving travel campaign

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.

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Rep. Cloonen, Nicor help with readiness for winter weather

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.

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Candidate filing period begins Monday

The process for a presidential election year begins Monday (November 23) as political hopefuls begin the candidate filing period for the March 2016 Primary.

The filing period runs for a week ...November 23 thru Monday, November 30th. That's to get your name on the March Primary ballot.

{NOTE: The County Clerk's Office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday}

Iroquois County offices up for election in 2016 include State's Attorney, Circuit Clerk and Coroner. County Board seats are also up for election in all four districts. Precinct committeemen seats are also up.

In Vermilion County.... the County Clerk's Office will be accepting petitions for County Auditor, Circuit Clerk, Recorder, State's Attorney, Coroner, County Board Members, and Precinct Committeemen.

The deadline to file candidacy petitions is Monday, November 30th at 5:00 pm.

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Manhole cover damages car in Clifton

There was no injury, but a manhole cover did substantial damage to a vehicle at a gas station in Clifton Thursday.  A Kankakee woman, 34-year-old April Hennessy, was making her way thru the parking lot of a gas station.  She ran over an unsecured manhole cover to an underground gas tank. Police reports stated the manhole cover sprung upwards and damaged her car.  Damages exceeded $15-hundred dollars.  

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated.

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Milford Fire, Mutual Aid remembers Captain Cook

The Milford Fire Protection District and the Eastern Illinois Mutual Aid Fire Association is posting notice of the loss of one their own. 53-year-old James "Cookie" Cook died in a car-train accident Tuesday, November 17, 20015 in Iroquois County.

'Cookie" served as a Captain with the Milford Fire Department. He's a former Mayor of Milford and was an active volunteer in the community. He was a local businessman and often volunteered his services.

Survivors include his wife, Dorrie, daughter Zoe, and sons Zakary and Max.

Area fire personnel, including members of the Eastern Illinois Mutual Aid Fire Association (MABAS 37) are welcome for a fire department walk-through at 6:30 pm Friday at the Milford Christian Church. Visitation is 4 – 8 pm.

Saturday's funeral at 11 am at the Milford Christian Church will also include a procession of fire equipment, lining up east of the church on Hickory Street.

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