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Joyce appointed to Iroquois County Board

Dan Joyce of rural Watseka was sworn-in Tuesday as the newest member of the Iroquois County Board. He represents District 4, having replaced Susan Wynn Bence who resigned to take a job with the Illinois Lt. Governor.

Joyce is a smal business owner, raises horses and cattle.  He says he looks forward to being a voice for district four.

The appointment has stirred some criticism.  Twice, Joyce lost election bids for the County Board.  The criticism comes from a few citizens and board member Larry Hasbargen of Watseka, who says voter approval should be recognized in making appointments.

"He's run and been rejected by voters twice before.  Now, they send him to us to appoint him to a position voters have said no to," Hasbargen told the board during public comment.  "This a slap in the face to voters that the board has no regard for their choices."

Hasbargen took issue with Joyce even pursuing an appointed-seat when  the voters rejected him.

GOP Chairman Shane Cultra defended Joyce's appointnment, saying Joyce had the support of precinct committeemen.  Cultra also took the blame for not letting candidates know about the perameters in place for consideration, the most important being the person had voted in three of the last primaries on the Republican ticket.

Joyce's appointment was approved by the board 12-4 with one member abstaining. 

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Rep. Kinzinger: “Illinois needs better business climate”

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger says the state needs lawmakers in Springfield to come together and realize both sides will have to give-and-take to get results. The Republican told an Iroquois County Town Hall audience Monday "whether you're Republican or Democrat, we have to do something different."

Too many jobs have left or aren't coming to Illinois, he said, and it's not just losing to foreign countries like India, we're losing to our neighbors in Indiana and elsewhere.

Kinzinger points to several issues, adding, there's no room for partisan politics.

Making rounds in the district while Congress is in recess, Kinzinger met with local constituents at the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka.

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Dwight ceremony today welcomes Amtrak expansion

Residents of Dwight celebrate a groundbreaking for a new train depot today. There's also an announcement for the opening of a new section of its Pinecone Path.

The $3.77 million depot is being paid for through federal high-speed rail money. The village donated land valued at $100,000 as its share of the project. The approximately 800-square-foot depot will provide shelter and restrooms for Amtrak travelers.

It's part of the Amtrak project to improve the rail line from Chicago to St. Louis. The high-speed rail project includes upgrades to rails, crossings and signals.

Seven trains a day stop in Dwight – four northbound and three southbound.

The groundbreaking will take place at 2:30 pm. Ribbon cutting for the Pinecone Path extension will be at 3 pm.

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Criticism looms in expected County Board appoiontment

The expected-appointment to fill a vacancy on the Iroquois County Board is stirring criticism. And – it hasn't even happened yet.

Tuesday's Iroquois County Board meeting agenda includes the appointment to fill a vacancy in District 4, the seat of former board member Susan Wynn Bence. Her resignation came when she accepted a position in the Illinois Lt. Governor's Office.

The likely candidate to fill the seat, according to sources, is Dan Joyce of rural Watseka. Joyce is a two-time County Board candidate who failed to get the support of voters.

The Republican Precinct Committeemen have recommended Joyce. The official appointment will come from the Board Chairman, Kyle Anderson, after a Search & Credential committee is asked to review the nominee.

The brewing criticism from past board members and citizens is that vacancies should not be filled by people voters have said 'No' to.

Tuesday's meeting is 9 am at the Administrative Center.

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Vermilion County Board to welcome new member

District 9 of the Vermilion County Board welcomes Becky Stark Tuesday as the newest member of the Board. She's the wife of county board member Bruce Stark. Mrs. Stark fills the vacancy of former county board chairman James McMahon, who resigned earlier.

The Board will also be looking to fill a seat in District 6. Dennis Miller's seat will be officially declared vacant. He announced his resignation earlier.

The County Board meets this evening at 6 pm at the Courthouse Annex.

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