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Manteno fire destroys barn, kills horses, goats

A barn fire two miles east of Manteno Monday killed four horses and three goats. Manteno Chief Scott O'Brien reports the cause is still under investigation. Damage estimates were un-available.

Flames were shooting out of the roof when firemen arrived just before 6:30 pm.

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Garage fire in rural Iroquois County

Martinton firefighters had help from seven other departments Thursday battling a 3-car garage fire along the Iroquois River.

John Torres and his wife were not injured when their garage went up in flames along Oak Acres Drive, east of the Iroquois River. The couple had just backed their vehicle into the structure and unloaded groceries when they heard something like an explosion...about 12:40 pm.

Martinton Fire Chief Jeff Meyer said the approximate 24 x 60 foot structure was engulfed when firemen arrived. Meyer said it was the car that caused the fire. The garage and vehicles were a total loss. No injury. The couple’s house, about 15-feet to the north, was spared.

Mutual aid had several departments hauling water to the site, including Ashkumj, Papineau, Crescent –Iroquois, Danforth, Chebanse Township, and St. Anne. Aroma Park Fire provided back-up at the Martinton fire station.

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Former Gilman City Clerk facing embezzlement charges

The City of Gilman’s former clerk, Michelle “Shelly” Fancher is free on bond having posted the required bail for felony charges of Theft and Official Misconduct.

Fancher turned herself in (Thursday) at the Iroquois County Jail. A warrant had been issued for her arrest. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police conducted an investigation into the misappropriation of city funds.

The City of Gilman initiated the investigation, alleging Fancher embezzled more than $10,000 over a seven-year period from 2011 to 2017. Fancher resigned from her elected post several months ago.

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Illinois lawmakers push for rural school broadband

SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE INTRODUCING LEGISLATION TO HELP BRING HIGH SPEED INTERNET TO MORE STUDENTS IN RURAL AREAS. >>>
SENATOR ANDY MANAR OF BUNKER HILL SAYS NEARLY 90 THOUSAND STUDENTS AT ABOUT 100 RURAL SCHOOLS DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH SPEED INTERNET.

“Many students can’t do what so many others take for granted...stream educational videos, participate in online testing, play games. It brings opportunity to all children when it comes to learning, “ Manar said.

MANAR SAYS HIS BILL CALLS FOR BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE PUT IN AT THESE SCHOOLS. THE PROJECT WOULD BE A ONE-TIME EXPENSE AND PAID FOR WITH 16 MILLION IN STATE FUNDS AND BY LEVERAGING FEDERAL MATCHING DOLLARS.

THE BILL CALLS FOR BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE PUT IN AT RURAL SCHOOLS IN ILLINOIS. THE PROJECT WOULD BE A ONE-TIME EXPENSE OF 16 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE STATE, WITH FEDERAL MATCHING FUNDS PICKING UP THE REST OF THE TAB. IT’S SUPPORTED BY SENATOR JENNIFER BERTINO-TARRANT OF PLAINFIELD.

“Without broadband, students lack that opportunity and access for quality education just because of geographic location,” according to Bertino-Tarrant.

BILL SPONSORS SAYS NEARLY 90 THOUSAND STUDENTS IN ABOUT 100 RURAL SCHOOLS IN ILLINOIS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH SPEED INTERNET. {IRN}

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