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Mayor Epstein claims win in Kankakee mayoral race

Voters in Kankakee gave Mayor Nina Epstein the nod of approval Tuesday in her bid for another 4-year term. Epstein won a second four-year term in a lopsided victory over Democratic Party candidate Jarman Porter.

Epstein won 60 percent, or 1,783, votes. Porter, who was a first-time candidate in Kankakee, pulled in 1,176 votes.

Her keys to victory, the mayor said, were two-fold. She said she believes the people are pleased with the direction the city has taken in these difficult times. And number two, her opponent had no vested interest in this city until only a couple years ago.

Epstein said "You have to pay your dues," adding she served two terms as 6th Ward alderwoman before her first mayoral election.

Porter said low voter turnout helped seal his fate. Across Kankakee County, 24 percent of registered voters participated in the municipal election.

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Mayoral Races Hi-Light Iroquois County Election Results >

Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and Gilman Mayor Rick Theesfeld were winners in Tuesday’s consolidated election in Iroquois County. The two, respective leaders in their communities were among the mayoral candidates in seven other villages that made up the contested ballots.

Harwood pulled 57% of the vote to out-distance challenger John Burch by a vote margin of 544 – 413.

Theesfeld meanwhile, received 378 votes to Andy Johnson’s 130 in a 74 to 26% margin of victory in Gilman’s race.

Theesfeld will welcome two new members to his city council. Steve Fancher won Ward 2 over incumbent Sharon Strohschien while John Elliott defeated Robert Hartke in Ward 3. Incumbent Mike McGehee was re-elected in Ward 1, defeating Larry Pankey and Tom Hamilton.

In Watseka’s Ward 1 aldermanic race, Marvin Purvis fought off a challenge from Mark Garfield.

Buckley has a news mayor. Evan Shockley defeated James Hull.

Donovan mayor Ken Ward was re-elected, defeating Dennis Karr Sr.

Ronald Dudley won a 3-person race for Loda mayor. David Maro won re-election for mayor of Milford. And incumbent mayor Russell Williams lost his re-election bid in Woodland to Eric Morales.

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Sheldon Fire Results in $100,000 Damage

A garage fire was fueled by high winds Monday, spreading to a house and resulting in damages pegged at $100,000. There was no injury. The cause is yet to be determined.

Sheldon firemen answered the call to 102 W Cottage Avenue in Sheldon. Mutual aid was provided by firemen from Concord, Donovan, Stockland, Milford, and Watseka. Martinton was also on standby.

The fire started in a detached garage. The wind spread flames to the house. The garage, it’s contents, and a vehicle were listed as a total loss. Sheldon fireman Tim Williamson reported the west end of the house, a section of the roof, and two bedrooms sustained damage. The rest of the house is smoke-damaged, but a majority of contents can be salvaged. Heat from this fire also melted siding on the house to the west.

The fire’s cause is under investigation.

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I-57 Crash near Paxton Injures Motorist

A Gary, Indiana woman was injured this (Tuesday) morning in a traffic accident on Interstate 57 near Paxton.

21-year-old Ambriah Williams was hospitalized. She suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Illinois State Police.

It was just before 8 am when Janice Nieman of Buckley crossed into Williams’ lane to avoid merging southbound traffic. Williams lost control of her car, which went into a ditch and hit several trees.

Nieman was not injured. She faces preliminary charges of improper lane usage.

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Election Day 2013, Voters Head to Polls

Candidates are looking for voter approval today for several local governmental offices. It’s Election Day in Illinois. The Consolidated Election groups municipal, school board, junior-college districts, fire and library districts, and referendums.

Statewide, officials only expect 20-25% of the voters to turnout. Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher is hopeful up to 30% will cast ballots locally. Election officials in Vermilion County are predicting only about a 17-percent voter turn-out as voters head to the polls today. 

Voters are casting ballots today in races for City Council and Village Board seats, Kankakee, Danville, and Parkland Community College Trustees and other school board races. Several contested races at the township level of government are popular on ballots. Some communities, including Watseka, Gilman, Clifton, Danville, Fairbury and Pontiac, have a question on the ballot for electric aggregation. 

The polls open at 6:00 a.m. and will remain open until 7:00 p.m.

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