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Paxton man faces up to 60 years for sexual assault

35-year-old Billy Stevens of Paxton could be spending up to 60 years in prison. He was convicted Wednesday of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Stevens will be sentenced November 17 in Ford County Circuit Court.

A Ford County jury returned a guilty verdict of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.

Stevens was charged in February for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl over the course of more than a year. The charges were a result of an investigation by Paxton police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service.

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Carol Arseneau back in charge of Loda government

She served eight years as mayor Loda. Now, Carol Arseneau is doing it again.

Arseneau has replaced embattled Village president Ron Dudley, who resigned after a no-confident vote from the village trustees. Arseneau was sworn in and will fill Dudley's term for the next 18 months, until the April 2017 municipal election. The village trustees selected Arseneau for the job.

Arseneau served the last two years as a village trustee. She was mayor for eight years, choosing not to seek another term as leader of the village. Dudley was elected to fill the top post.

Arseneau had previously served as board president for the eight years until opting to run instead for a trustee position in 2013.

With Arseneau vacating her trustee seat, there are now two spots available on the village board.

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Henning man killed in accident

The Vermilion County sheriff's office and Coroner's office are investigating an accident that killed a Henning man early this (Tues) morning.

Coroner Peggy Johnson said 54-year-old Michael Lacombe was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Illinois 119. An autopsy was scheduled Tuesday afternoon.

The accident was discovered around 12:30 am on a stretch of road, near Bowman Road. The route is a curve that goes under a railroad viaduct. Emergency responders said it appeared the driver failed to negotiate the curve.

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Former Illini Dee Brown does Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — One of the Illini's most popular basketball players in Illinois history paid a visit to see state lawmakers (Tuesday) in Springfield.

Dee Brown works as a UI special assistant to the athletic director. He was in the state capital to lobby legislative leaders to move on a higher-education budget. Brown joined a number of UI students who also made the trip to call attention for state funding for higher ed.

Illinois has been without a budget since a new fiscal year started July 1.

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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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