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Pontiac youth killed in ATV accident

An all-terrain vehicle accident Saturday south of Pontiac killed a 14-year-old Pontiac boy.

Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson said the accident happened shortly before 1 pm. The victim's name was being withheld pending notification of family members.
South East Livingston County Ambulance Services responded to the scene.

The Livingston County Coroner's Office and Sheriff's Department are investigating the accident.

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Governor Rauner appeals FEMA denial of State’s request for flood assistance to local governments

Additional $1.8 million in local government costs brings state, local costs related to December flooding to nearly $16.8 million


Governor Bruce Rauner (Friday) asked President Barack Obama to reconsider the recent denial of Illinois' request for federal assistance to help local governments in several counties recover from severe flooding and storms in late December and early January.

The appeal included nearly $1.8 million in additional qualifying costs and spelled out additional factors that justify Illinois' request for federal assistance for local governments.

"Illinois is committed to continued recovery efforts in these counties," said Governor Rauner. "Without this federal assistance, the ability for many communities to recover fully from this devastating disaster will be difficult, if not impossible."

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Watseka firm wins bid for new community center in Ludlow

J&J General Contracting of Watseka will oversee construction of a new building in the Champaign County town of Ludlow.

J&J Contracting was the lowest bidder of 10 firms and will build a new community center. The bid was for $328,500.

The Ludlow Board approved the bid on a 3-2 vote. A target date for completion of the construction is mid-September.

An arsonist destroyed the Ludlow Community Center last year. 28-year-old Wayne Largent was sentenced to 30 years in prison for torching the community center, which also housed the Ludlow Police Station. Largest was led to believe evidence against him linked to a crime was stored inside the police station and wanted to destroy it.

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Bonfield man convicted by Ford County jury for obstructing justice, possession of cannabis

A Ford County jury convicted a Bonfield man on charges of obstructing justice and unlawful possession of cannabis. The same jury acquitted 30-year-old Chet Seliga of a DUI charge.

A sentencing date is set for May 31. Seliga faces penalties ranging from probation to up to three years in prison for the Class 4 felony of obstructing justice.

He's also looking at probation to up to 30 days in jail for unlawful possession of cannabis.

Seliga was arrested in December of 2014 during a traffic stop in Cabery in Ford County. The traffic offenses were dismissed in favor of the obstruction of justice, cannabis and DUI charges.

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Cloonen Sponsors Legislation to Fund Agricultural Education

State Rep. Kate Cloonen is sponsoring new legislation to reinstate funding for agricultural education programs throughout Illinois.

"Agriculture is one of the largest industries in our area and the economic backbone of so many of the towns and villages throughout the region," said Cloonen. "Supporting our state's number one industry requires that we educate a new generation in the latest practices and technologies in the industry."

Cloonen is co-sponsoring House Bill 6424 to reinstate funding for agriculture education at the full $1.8 million amount, despite Governor Rauner's proposal to eliminate this funding. Kankakee County, like much of Illinois, depends on agriculture as a vital part of the local economy. A recent study by Decision Innovation Solutions showed that nearly one-fifth of the county's economic production is from farming.

"We must continue to fund programs that invest in our future and support core parts of our economy," Cloonen added. "Eliminating funding for agriculture education is a huge mistake for a state that relies so heavily on the agriculture economy. We cannot dig our way out by harming our most productive industries throughout the state."

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