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Josh Harms wins 106th House Race

Watseka special education teacher Josh Harms surfaced in a five-way race and defeated four other candidates to earn the Republican nomination for Illinois’ newly created 106th House District.

At a celebration with supporters at the Watseka Elk’s Club Tuesday night, Harms said “I’m very humbled and honored.  He said his campaign focused on creating jobs and building a future for our children……….

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As for a key to his victory, Harms said it was the great support from the people in Iroquois County. 

Harms received 62% of the Iroquois County vote.  He had 3223 votes to outdistance the second place finisher Tom Bennett of Gibson City, who had 888 votes.

Harms was the winner in a field that included Tom Bennett of Gibson City; Scott McCoy and Brian Gabor, both of Pontiac; and Richard Thomas of Dwight.

The district stretches from the Illinois River to the Indiana border and includes Pontiac, Dwight, Gibson City, Paxton and Onarga.

It was a crowded five-person race that split the vote; appearing to set up a war to see who could get the most from his home turf………..

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No Democrats filed to run in the race, but the Democratic Party chairmen across the 106th District can still meet to appoint a nominee.


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Barickman Wins, defeats Cultra for 53rd Senate Seat

State Rep. Jason Barickman was a surprising easy winner for the GOP nomination for the 53rd Senate District seat in Tuesday's Illinois primary election..

Barickman defeated state Sen. Shane Cultra, 19,713 votes to 11,861 votes.

The 36-year-old Barickman said “I am honored and humbled to receive such support from all corners of the district.”   He said "This is the culmination of months of hard work and a positive campaign in an effort to bring effective, conservative leadership to the Illinois Senate.

“This is a significant step in that process. I am thankful for such support.”

Barickman, a graduate of Illinois State University, was student body president his senior year. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 2005 and was in private practice, concentrating on business and real estate law prior to his appointment to fill the 105th House District seat in January 2011.

He was appointed to Cultra’s House seat when Cultra was appointed to fill Dan Rutherford’s Senate seat after Rutherford was elected state treasurer in 2010.


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Iroquois County Board Creates New Position, Hires a CPA

WATSEKA ---  An Iroquois County board member is questioning the conservative values of board members following a 22-2 vote Tuesday to create a $65,000 job.

Jim McCray of Claytonville and Brett Schmid of Gilman cast the only NO votes following an executive session to discuss the hiring of Anita Speckman, a CPA from Clifton, who supporters claim will help provide a better picture of county finances.

The board hired the Certified Public Accountant to help project a better understanding of the budget operations, which some board members claim has become too complicated for part-time members.

McCray said “we’ve had a hiring freeze in place to make sure everyone stayed within their line-items.  Elected officials have asked to replace people who’ve left and we make sure any hires are within the budget..”

McCray said the county board, on the other hand, doesn’t even look at the budget first to see where we get the money for this hire.  He said “we instead do exactly what we tell elected officials not to do.  It’s completely against everything we’ve been preaching the last three years.”

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Earl Park, IN House Fire, no injury

 A house fire in rural Earl Park did substantial damage in Benton County Monday evening.  Fire officials answered the call to 7196 State Road 71.

Firefighters say the fire started around 5 p.m. and was extinguished.  But the flames rekindled and firemen were called back at around 9 p.m.  Investigators said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.  No one was injured.


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President Declares Disaster for Indiana

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Indiana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes.

Federal funding will be available to affected individuals in the counties of Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick, and Washington.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.