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Second teen sentenced for Halloween bank prank

A Piper City teen has been sentenced to probation for the Halloween bank prank in the Village of Roberts. 19-year-old Ryan Redmon, was sentenced to three years probation by Ford County Judge Steve Pacey.

Redmon is the second teen sentenced for the incident, in which two teens entered the bank wearing disguises and pointing BB guns at people.

Redmon pleaded guilty in January to one count of attempted aggravated robbery, a Class 3 felony.

State’s Attorney Matt Fitton asked the court for a five-year prison term.

Redmon’s accomplice, 18-year-old Damon Lee of Piper City, received a 30-month probation sentence on Dec. 18 after pleading guilty to the same charge.

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Ford County Wind Farm

Ford County could be getting up to four-dozen more wind turbines in the next year.

The county Zoning Office has received a special-use permit application for the Dogtown Wind Project. It’s proposing a 100-megawatt wind farm that would cover over 61-hundred acres. The location is just south of the existing Pioneer Trail Wind farm.

Two companies have partnered to form Dogtown Wind LLC. Stewardship Energy, based in Bureau County, and an energy company in France have agreements to own and operate the proposed wind farm.

Up to 49 more turbines could be built east of Paxton. It would increase the number of turbines to 143 along Illinois Route 9. All the turbines would be in Ford County, in Patton and Button Townships.


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Lincoln-Reagan Dinner set in Livingston County

PONTIAC — Livingston County Republicans will hold their Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Monday at Pontiac Elks Lodge.

A reception begins at 6 p.m. for Livingston County Century Club members, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon, state Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington and state Rep. Josh Harms of Watseka. Dinner is at 7 p.m.

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Hartshorn to lead Illinois Sheriff's Association

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn has been elected to serve as President of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association.  As President, Hartshorn will be responsible for providing leadership to the 102 elected Sheriff’s of Illinois and the association’s office in Springfield.

Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman of Danville administered the oath of office at a banquet held in Hartshorn’s honor at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield.  State Treasurer Dan Rutherford was the key note speaker at the dinner which was emceed by State Representative Chad Hays.

The Illinois Sheriff’s Association has 37,000 associate members made up of private citizens who support the goals and initiatives of the Sheriff’s Association.  Hartshorn served on the organization’s Executive Board and Board of Directors prior to being elected President of the group.


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Iroquois County disbands Regional Planning Commission

WATSEKA -- Building permits and other zoning issues in Iroquois County will be heard by the County Board’s Planning & Zoning Committee, now that the Regional Planning Commission has been dissolved.

The County Board (Wed) voted to disband and remove any legal responsibility from the former regional board.

The regional committee, for years, had been the first step in the application process for zoning matters. Decisions were then forwarded to the Zoning Board of Appeals and then to the county board’s planning & zoning committee.

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