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3-way sheriff’s race unfolds in Ford County

                                   Lottery will determine ballot position

Monday's first day of filing for the March 18th Illinois primary painted a three-way race for the GOP nomination for Sheriff in Ford County.

Incumbent sheriff Mark Doran will be challenged by Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane and Dennis Higgins, the Ford County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Coordinator, who's also a former Police Chief in Gibson City.

All three candidates filed first thing Monday morning, setting up a lottery draw to determine the order the names will appear on the ballot.

The filing period continues this week.


* County Board seats challenged ---

Two Republican candidates are running unopposed for re-election to four-year terms in District 1 on the county board: Dave Hastings and Gene May, both of rural Paxton. Both filed their nominating papers Monday at the same time, so a lottery will also be held on December 3rd to determine their ballot order.

Also filing his petition for re-election was Tom McQuinn, a Republican from rural Paxton, for a two-year term as a District 1 county board member.

Other county board members up for re-election are Floyd "Bud" Otto Jr. of rural Roberts and Pat Haskins of rural Sibley, both in District 2, and Randy Berger of Gibson City and Rick Bowen of Elliott, both in District 3. Of those, only Otto had filed a petition as of Monday afternoon.

Also filing Monday was Penny Stevens of Paxton, as a Republican candidate for county treasurer. The incumbent treasurer, Judy Hastings, has announced she will not run for re-election. Marsha Peznowski of Roberts has picked up a petition to run as a Democrat, but she had not filed her petition yet to be listed on the Democratic primary ballot.

County Clerk Linda Kellerhals also filed as a Republican for re-election to her post.

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County Clerk, Treasurer, Sheriff among early filings in Iroquois County

Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher of Gilman, Treasurer Mindy Kuntz Hagan of Sheldon, and Sheriff Derek Hagen of Watseka filed their petitions today (Monday 11/25) for the March 2014 Primary Election.

The three office-holders all plan to seek re-election next year. 

Monday is the first day to file petitions in advance of ther March 18th Illinois Primary.  The filing period ends at the close of business Monday, December 2nd.

Three incumbent County Board members also filed their paper work. John Shure of Buckley in District 2; Marvin Stichnoth of Milford in District 3 and Watseka resident Russell Bills in District 4.  Also filing in District 2 was Dan Pursley of Loda.

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24 Hour Enforcement Patrol Beginning November 26 to Honor Fallen Trooper & Make Roads Safe

Springfield– Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today that ISP districts statewide are gearing up for the holiday travel period, beginning with the Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, and lasting through the New Year. This year, a special enforcement memorial operation is being dedicated to fallen Trooper Kyle Deatherage, who was killed in the line of duty on November 26, 2012, while conducting a traffic stop.

All ISP sworn personnel are committed to working Operation Kyle, and will be aggressively patrolling Illinois roadways for 24 consecutive hours (Nov 26 - Nov 27) in remembrance of fallen ISP Trooper Kyle Deatherage.

"There is no greater tribute than the commitment of all sworn officers showing their respect, dedication and commitment to Kyle and the safety of every driver and passenger during this 24 hour period," said ISP Director Hiram Grau. "His life was tragically taken from his family and police family two days before Thanksgiving and Operation Kyle will be a strong reminder to the motoring public that safe driving saves lives," Grau added.

Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the busy holiday driving period, and continues through the New Year. Beginning on Tuesday, November 26 through Sunday, December 1, ISP officials expect high traffic volumes on interstates and roads throughout the region. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, is expected to be the busiest. Illinois State Police will implement periodic saturation patrols until the New Year to enforce ISP's Fatal Four mission: Speeding, Seatbelts, DUI and Distracted Driving.

ISP statewide campaigns are targeting Fatal Four violators and are also coordinating efforts with IDOT, local police and sheriffs. Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays where driving related incidents involving alcohol fatally impact college students and young adults gathering for the holidays.

"Operation Kyle will kick off the enforcement period, and officers will saturate the interstates, conduct road side safety checks and participate in other traffic enforcement details to identify ISP Fatal Four moving violations. A special emphasis will be placed on DUI enforcement and holiday DUI patrols will be designated statewide," said ISP Division of Operations Colonel Michael Zerbonia.

"Our number one goal during this 24 hour enforcement period, and through the holiday season, is to raise awareness and reduce the number of fatalities on Illinois roads and highways. Sobriety checkpoints will also be enforced and DUI violators risk arrest and severe penalties," Zerbonia stressed. Officials also stressed that fines have increased to $120.00 for texting while driving.

Motorists who consume alcohol should consider an alternative means of transportation. A DUI arrest can cost thousands of dollars in attorney fees, court costs, insurance fees, fines and jail time. A DUI arrest can result in a permanent criminal history record.

Weather conditions can also be a factor, and Illinois State Police urge motorists and out-of-state visitors to plan ahead, follow the rules of the road, and take the necessary safety precautions during this holiday driving season.

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Indiana tornado victims urged to report damage

State homeland security officials in Indiana are urging Indiana residents to report storm damage from last week's tornado outbreak as soon as they can.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security needs damage reports from homeowners and local governments to determine whether or not the state will seek federal disaster aid.

Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson says the agency wants to make sure that people whose power was knocked out by the storms "have an opportunity to report their damage."

At least 28 tornadoes touched down in Indiana on Nov. 17, making the outbreak the state's third-largest on record.

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Candidate Filing Period begins…

Candidates were lining-up today (Monday, 11/25) to file petitions in advance of the March 18th Illinois Primary Election.

Candidates who were standing in line when the office opened will be placed in a lottery – if necessary – to determine which candidate's name appears first on the ballot.

Candidates only have Monday through Wednesday to file petitions this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday. The County Clerk's office will be closed on both Thursday and Friday. Monday, December 2nd is the last day to file candidacy petitions.

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