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Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check to be conducted

Ashkum, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 21, will be conducting Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) in Kankakee County on August 16th and 30th, according to Lieutenant Randy Ness. The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or Driving Under the Influence (DUI).


Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

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Bennett the GOP choice for 106th House seat

Tom Bennett of Gibson City will be the Republican name on the ballot for the 106h House district this November. Bennett was a unanimous choice Sunday to replace Josh Harms of Watseka, who elected to withdraw from the race to return to teaching.

A selection committee chaired by Livingston County Republican Party Chairman John McGlasson made Bennett the choice following a meeting Sunday in Paxton.

Bennett was part of five-person race for the House seat in 2012. Bennett finished second to Harms.

Tom Bennett is the Republican chairman for Ford County. He's also a veteran member of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, now serving as Chairman. He's employed as IT Service Manager for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington.

Watseka alderman Bill Nutter is the Democratic challenger for the House seat in November.

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Bears excited about Bourbonnais camp improvements

The Chicago Bears front-office is pretty impressed with the changes and improvements at Olivet Nazarene University.


Summer camp opened today (Friday) and members of the front-office made their rounds to see improvements to the training site.


Senior director of business development, Brian McCaskey, said the organization is "proud" to call Bourbonnais and ONU its summer home through at least 2022.


The latest changes on campus center around the recently renovated locker room, which tripled in size and included updated training facilities and the reconditioning of two of the four practice fields.


The remaining two fields will undergo the same process this fall.


McCaskey said. "It's nice to see the improvements and how they meet the players and coaches' needs. McCaskey said "look around, it looks like all these great fans like it too."


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Iroquois, Ford, Livingston County unemployment down again

The jobless rates in central-Illinois counties and throughout the state continue to decline. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports it's another reflection of an improving economy.

All 102 counties in the state saw drops in jobless rates in June when compared to June 2013. This is also the third conservative month that IDES has reported similar drops for all metro areas in the state.

Spokesman Greg Rivara says "That's significant given how diverse the state is." Rivara said "It reflects the progress that is being made with people going back to work."

The unemployment rate and the number of jobs can often move in different directions because the numbers collected are from two different surveys, Rivara said.
The Illinois jobless rate for June was 7.1 percent, down from 9.8 percent in June 2013, according to IDES. The national rate was 6.3 percent in June, down from 7.8 percent a year earlier.

Area counties and their June 2014 (June 2013) rates include: Ford, 6.2 percent (8.8); Iroquois, 6.1 percent (8); Livingston, 6.9 percent (8.8).

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Meeting to replace Rep. Harms on ballot scheduled Sunday

The committee to select a replacement on the November ballot for State Representative Josh Harms meets this weekend. A Sunday meeting in Paxton finds five Republicans seeking the seat in the 106th House District making their pitch. The committee chairman says there's no guarantee a decision will be made at this meeting.

Livingston County Republican Party Chairman John McGlasson, chairman of the replacement committee, said the five applicants will be given 15-minutes time to address the committee, followed by a a question-answer period.

McGlasson confirmed five applicants have expressed interest in the job.

The applicants include former state senator and former Illinois House member Shane Cultra of Onarga; a former House candidate who finished to Harms in a five-person race, Parkland College Trustee Tom Bennett of Gibson City; Harms' legislative aide, Susan Wynn Bence of Watseka, who's an Iroquois County Board member; Livingston County Farm Bureau President Jason Bunting of rural Cabery; and Michael Mercier, a Watseka city council member.

Harms is a freshman lawmaker from Watseka. He recently announced that he was pulling out of the 106th House District race to return to teaching.

Democrat William Nutter, a Watseka city council member, is an announced candidate for the November election.

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