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Kankakee primary: Incumbent defeated

At least two new people will serve the Kankakee City Council after the April 2nd election.

Vote results from a low voter turnout in Tuesday's Primary shows Ward 1 and Ward 6 will find new faces taking seats in the spring.

Veteran Ward 6 alderman Dennis Baron did not seek re-election. Tuesday's Republican primary finds Ed Pentuic a winner over Stephen Kelley. The Democratic winner was Michael Cobbs over Tommie Ivy Sr.

In Ward 1, incumbent Democrat Gloria Kennedy was defeated by Michael Prude.

In Ward 2, on the Democratic side, Alderman Mike O'Brien defeated Calvin Works.

A female Mayor will serve Chicago ---

Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preclwinkle was compete in an April 2nd run-off to becoem the next mayor of Chicago.  One will become the first African-American woman to serve the third largest city in the United States.  Lightfoot and Preckwinkle earned 17 and 16% of the vote in Tuesday's Primary election. There were 14 candidates seeking the office to replace Rahm Emmanuel, who did not seek re-election.

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Callahan tabbed Director of Illinois DNR

                                             ...past National Ag Broadcaster at WGFA –

A well-known Ag broadcaster and Iroquois County native is in line to serve as Illinois’ director of the Department of Natural Resources.

Colleen Callahan of Milford is Governor JB Pritzker’s pick to head up the DNR. Colleen served as Director of the USDA Rural Development Office in Champaign under the Obama administration.

Callahan was a long-time Ag broadcaster in Radio and TV in Peoria. She also was a past National Farm Broadcaster at WGFA.

She’s one of three cabinet directors nominated by Gov. Pritzker. She also served on the Governor’s Ag transition team.

Callahan has deep roots in agriculture, politics and strong connections to the University of Illinois. She grew up on a Milford, IL hog, cattle and grain farm. She was in radio/TV ag broadcasting in Peoria for 30 years and was the first female president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.

Callahan was an un-successful candidate for Congress in 2008, losing to Aaron Schock in the 18th District. She then accepted the post in the USDA. She also started her own consulting business.

Callahan’s parents, Fran and Ellaine Callahan, were long-time Democratic leaders in Iroquois County.

Colleen’s new post with the DNR begins March 1.

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St. Anne Pumpkin Fest still breathing

A committee may be organizing to keep the popular St. Anne Pumpkin Fest alive. A meeting Monday evening had group stepping up to take over after longtime organizers, Bob Hubert and Barb Deneau, announced they’d be stepping aside. Hubert said he’d like to see a younger group get involved.

Most residents want to keep the 30-year-old event going.

Papineau resident Savannah Blake has emerged as that person who wants to spearhead the effort. She told the Village Board she hopes to lead a group of volunteers.
St. Anne Mayor Dave O’Connell reports the 2019 event will remain on the calendar for September 21-22.

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Dwight Village Board delays ICE vote

The Dwight Village Board has put off until next month a vote on a proposed ICE detention facility. Any vote would be for annexation of an 88-acre tract of land at the border of the village limits.

Mayor Jared Anderson reports a vote on the matter will be part of the March 11 agenda. The delay was requested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The agency has expressed interest in locating a detention facility near Chicago. The 88-acre site near Route 17 and I-55 in Livingston County has been eyed. There’s no guarantee the Dwight site has been chosen.

The Virginia-based Immigration Centers of America is scouting areas where men awaiting immigration hearings would be housed while waiting on visa status determination.

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Oak Ridge Boys to play at Newton County Fair 2019

The Newton County Fair and Fair Oaks Farms are happy to announce that the Oak Ridge Boys will be performing at the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair in Kentland, Indiana, on Saturday, July 20th at 8 pm CST.

Don’t miss your chance to see this iconic country act at the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 9. Tickets can be purchased online at www.newtoncountyfair.com. Patrons may still print a ticket order form (found online) and mail it in to purchase tickets.

To get more information and your tickets for this great country music act go to www.newtoncountyfair.com

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