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Alleged drug-trafficker 'Migo' Ramirez trial set for June

A former Paxton resident has learned his drug-trafficking trial is scheduled for this summer in Macon County. A June 12th date is on the calendar for 35-year-old Eddi “Migo” Ramirez.

Ramirez failed to have his criminal drug case thrown out of court based on grounds of double-jeopardy.

A state appellate court ruling upheld a judge’s decision to reject Ramirez’s claim that his felony drug-trafficking case in Macon County should be thrown out. Ramirez had claimed he was being subjected to double jeopardy by being charged in Macon County with drug-trafficking crimes for which he already had been charged in federal court.

Ramirez is charged in Macon County with unlawful criminal drug conspiracy, a Class X felony. He’s jailed on a $500,000 bond. A conviction could bring 5 to 120 year prison term.

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Fairbury voters choose a new mayor

A new mayor was named by the people of Fairbury during the Consolidated General Election Tuesday. David Slagel, who currently serves as an alderman on the Fairbury City Council and helped form the Fairbury Improvement Group, will be sworn in during the city council meeting in May.

Problems with the Livingston County election results website made tracking results difficult, but unofficial results showed that more than 900 voters turned out to the polls in Fairbury.

Slagel was an overwhelming leader having received 501 votes (52.46 percent), Seth Welch received 210 votes (21.99 percent), Kaci Zimmerman received 193 votes (20.21 percent) and Brian Meints received 51 votes.

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Dickey wins mayor's race in Gibson City

In Ford County election news, Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey was re-elected to his fourth consecutive four-year term by defeating challenger John Carlson. It was a 555-247 margin of victory for Dickey.

The 60-year-old Dickey said “We’re going to keep moving forward in Gibson City.”

Carlson is a 3rd Ward alderman.

Incumbent Harold Forbes won re-election to his position as village board president in Melvin. Forbes received 68 votes in his victory over challengers Joseph Cornell (34) and Edwin Miller (27).

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Kankakee Mayor, Epstein, defeated; Bourbonnais and Bradley incumbents win re-election

In a close race in Kankakee, Alderwoman Chasity Wells-Armstrong has defeated Mayor Nina Epstein — 1,918 to 1,703 votes.

Independent candidate James Stokes received 455 votes.
Bradley and Bourbonnais voters overwhelmingly reinstated incumbent mayors.

Mayor Bruce Adams defeated Trustee Mike Watson with 61 percent of the vote.

In Bourbonnais, Village President Paul Schore received 58 percent of the vote, defeating Jeff Keast for a second time.

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Allhands wins 4-way race for Watseka Mayor

John Allhands wants to focus on economic development when he moves into the Watseka Mayor’s office. The Mayor-elect was a winner in a four-person contest in Tuesday’s Consolidated Election.

Allhands, who has been a 4th Ward alderman, earned 42% of the voters support. He grabbed 425 votes to 259 for runner-up Mike Marcier. Bill Nutter collected 188 votes and John Burch 137.

“We have areas that need work, but Watseka also has a lot to offer,” Allhands told 94.1 WGFA-listeners after the win Tuesday night. “I look forward to moving forward with economic ideas and also working to get our police department training and modernizing their efforts.”

Allhands also said he wants to direct efforts to downtown Watseka; we have to make it more inviting.”

Current Mayor Bob Harwood did not seek re-election.
Six other mayoral contests were on the Iroquois County ballots Tuesday.

Jeff Mabbitt won the Sheldon mayors race, defeating Frank Davenport Sr. 185-49.

Milford’s David Maro held on to the Mayor’s office with a win over challenger Ron Johnson 108-76.

In the Village of Iroquois. George Runkle defeated Jack Karr for the village presidency.

At Cissna Park, Michael McCray defeated David Walder for mayor, 222-61.

In Buckley, Sheree Stachura was a winner over Ardell Goetting.. At Loda, the Village President race went to Carol Arseneau, 45-31, over John Zalaker.

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