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Iroquois GOP WOMEN DEBATE Features State Candidates

A spirited debate last night between the Illinois Senate candidates for the 53rd district.  In Crescent City, Senator Shane Cultra and Rep. Jason Barickman exchanged a few barbs over several issues, primarily the budget and who voted for issues that really pertain to the conservative east-central Illinois area.

The Republican Women’s Club of Iroquois County sponsored the event, which also included the 106th House candidates and Iroquois County Board candidates.

The county’s county-wide officers, who are unopposed, also addressed a select-audience of about 75 people at the Crescent City Grade school gym.

County Clerk Lisa Fancher explained the absentee voting process which is now underway for the March 20th Primary Election.  State’s Attorney Jim Devine and Coroner Bill Cheatum also addressed those in attendance.

Barickman and Cultra answered questions about tort reform, reducing the state’s debt, attracting and retaining business in Illinois, the problems with Medicaid, and providing legislative leadership.

Cultra wasted little time lashing out at his opponents voting record…….                                 

Barickman countered, saying mis-information is what voters need to pay attention to…………

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Iroquois County Board will Explore Financial Guidance >

In light of ongoing struggles to get a handle on finances, the Iroquois County Board today (Tues) OK’d a finance committee recommendation to explore the hiring of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), preferably with government experience.

County Board Chairman Ron Schroeder appointed board members Dale Schultz, Jim Meyer, Susan Wyn-Bence and Kyle Anderson to begin the process of seeing if that ideal person is out there – to help part-time board members get a better-understanding of the process.

Finance committee member Rod Copas this is not pointing blame on anyone; it’s just a call to find someone iwht the background to help get a handle on the money matters that’ve been such a  struggle.  Copas said “it’s been a good 90 days or more since we’ve had accurate information to work with.’

Schroeder, Meyer, and Copas made it real clear, Data Processing Director Angela Rutlege’s job is secure; no need for her to worry.   {Rutledge underwent surgery today following a heart attack this past week}

Copas also praised employee Mary Ann Molnar in Data Processing for “a yeoman effort in working overtime to assist with making payroll deadlines” during a difficult time this past week.

Finance Chair, Meyer, assured all concerned this exploratory effort for a CPA would help a everyone.  He said the financial expert could assist all departments, including the board chairman and budget committee in helping to understand the budget process.

 

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Iroquois County GOP Women Host 'Candidates Forum'

Iroquois County Board candidates and those candidates seeking state legislative seats will answer questions tonight at a political forum in Crescent City.

The County's Republican Women's Club is hosting the event, which welcomes the public to learn about the candidates prior to the March 20th Illinois primary election.  The event begins at 6 pm. It's at the Crescent City Grade School gym.

County Board candidates seeking seats in District 3 and 4 will answer questions.  

The five GOP candidates seeking the nomination for the 106th House seat are Josh Harms of Watseka, Tom Bennett of Gibson City, Scott McCoy and Brian Gabor of Pontiac, and Richard Thomas of Dwight.

The Republican candidates seeking the nomination for the 53rd Senate District seat are Representative Jason Barickman and Senator Shane Cultra.

The event is free; the public welcome.

 

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State Trooper, Fire Chief Injured in Traffic Crash

Illinois State Police report a separate fatal accident led to a second crash..the latter involving a trooper and the Otto Township Fire chief.

A state police squad slammed into the rear of a fire vehicle driven by Otto Township Fire Protection District Chief Jay Hanson.  It happened early Sunday,  while both emergency vehicles were involved in a search for a rollover accident that killed someone  else.

Hanson and the un-identified trooper were treated at Riverside Hospital.


A press release issued by District 21 state police at Ashkum stated the accident occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 57, just north of Chebanse. 

Hanson and the trooper were searching for a rolled over vehicle, when Hanson spotted the vehicle and braked. The trooper didn’t notice the fire vehicle had stopped, running into the rear end.

State Police reported an un-identifed passenger of the rolled over vehicle died from his injuries. The driver, 37-yr-old Eboni Williams of Champaign, suffered serious injury.

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Iroquois County Board News…..Retirements, Call for Financial Info

Retirements in key county board positions had the attention of the Iroquois County Board Finance committee Thursday.  The county board’s Administrative Assistant and veteran Recorder in the Office of Recorder and County Clerk have announced their intended retirements.

Barbara Witte has been employed for 30 years with county government.  She announced her future retirement, effective in May.  Board Chairman Ron Schroeder read Mrs. Witte’s resignation letter which was accepted—with regret. Board members praised her dedication and loyalty.  Her immediate response was “it’s time.”

Mrs. Witte’s responsibility includes directing business affairs and recording committee minutes of meetings.

Carolyn LaBounty is leaving her post as Chief-Deputy Recorder, which she’s held the last eight years.  The job, County Clerk Lisa Fancher said, is a very important position, which needs to be filled.  Newly-employed Cheryl Ishmiel, an elections department Clerk, will move into the Recorder position.  Clerk Fancher said a union position for Elections Clerk will be need to be filled soon; the March primary right around the corner.

Finance questions ----

The Finance committee, at the suggestion of Vice-Chair Rod Copas, approved a motion to explore a search for an in-house CPA.  The details for the position are yet to be worked on, but Copas said “there’s a need for someone with expertise to get a handle on the money matters.”

Copas said he doesn’t blame Data Processing Director Angela Rutledge, at all.  But the need is obvious for everyone to get a handle on what’s going on here.  He said it’s been 90 days since we’ve had accurate information to work with; Finance Chair Jim Meyer was asked to get county auditor Hope Wheeler to the full board meeting next week to explain what’s what.  Copas said “we’re waiting and getting no where.”

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