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#10 School board listens, Football coach stays, parent banned

The Iroquois West Unit #10 school board took action Monday concerning its high school football coach and a parent who were involved in an alleged altercation after a recent game.

After hearing from sides and concerned-parents, the school board ruled football coach Matt Wasilewski will remain as coach while a parent, Mike Reed, will be banned from school activities and school grounds for one year.

Sources informed WGFA News an altercation between Wasilewski and Reed stemmed from a recent game between Iroquois West and Dwight on September 9th. Dwight won the game 30-20.

The school board listened to statements from both men and witnesses to the altercation, which, according to testimony, was started by Reed when he put his hand on Wasilewski. Assistant coach Mike Barkley told the school board he tried to step between the men to defuse the situation.

Gilman Police investigated the incident. No charges have been filed.

Superintendnet Linda Dvorak said the school board is standing behind Wasilewski. The third-year coach will remain in his position.

Reed admitted he was mad about the situation. He apologized for the incident.

The school district now wants to work toward improving sportsmanship within the district. Future talks with all concerned, school officials, prants and other fans, will focus on the Illinois school code policy.

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Armed robbery in Watseka

Watseka Police are asking for the public's help in finding an armed robber.  It was early Sunday when the armed robbery was reported at the Gas Depot on West Walnut Street.  The incident occurred just before 3 am.

Police Chief Jeremy Douglas said a black male with a slender build and wearing a mask entered the business producing handgun.  He ordered the clerk to empty the register.  The suspect then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

No injury was reported.  Watseka Police ask anyone with information to contact police  at 815-432-4918.  Callers can remain anonymous.

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Monee man’s Jeep collides with semi, serious injury

A jeep collided with a Kenworth truck-tractor Monday in Kankakee County, severely injuring the Jeep’s driver. 20-year-old Zachary Gonzalez of Monee suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Provena St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

The driver of the truck tractor...57-year-old Jack Spurgeon of Brook, Indiana...was not injured, according to a Illinois State Police report.

Police reported the Jeep was eastbound on Kankakee County Road 12000 N, approaching the Route 1 intersection. The jeep’s driver did not stop at the stop sign. He collided with the northbound truck.

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New Chief Justice selected for Illinois Supreme Court

Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been named the Illinois Supreme Court’s new chief justice.

The Nashville, Illinois resident will be installed during a ceremony at the Supreme Court Building in Springfield October 31st.

Justice Karmeier will take over when the 3-year term of current Chief Justice Rita Garman of Danville ends next month.

Chief Justice Garman extended her congratulations to Justice Karmeier on his selection to be the chief justice. Justice Garman said ‘’I have known Justice Karmeier for many years and hold him in the highest regard.’’

‘’I have always appreciated his thoughtful legal analysis and his judicial temperament. Justice Karmeier is one of those rare individuals who can graciously offer and accept constructive criticism,’’ she added.

Chief Justice Garman noted as she leaves the leadership role on the Illinois Supreme Court ‘’there are several projects and initiatives that have begun over the past three years, but are not yet fully realized.’’ And Justice Garman added that she knows that ‘’these projects will be in capable hands.

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Update: Clifton teen dies in traffic accident

Sixteen-year-old William Hanson was identified as the teen killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident Sunday in Iroquois County. He was a Central High School student.

The teen was westbound when the pickup truck he was driving left the roadway, hit a culvert and rolled several times. Illinois State Police said the vehicle then hit several trees.

The accident happened on Route 45 at 1159 E Road.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Bill Cheatum.

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