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Summer cabin fire under investigation

The State Fire Marshall will investigate a rural Iroquois County fire that destroyed a small cabin in rural Ashkum Wednesday night.

Fire Chief Jeff Glenn reported what he classified as a "summer cottage" was fully-involved prior his departments arrival. The call was answered to 2518 N and 1500 E Road just after 11 pm. Mutual aid was provided by Danforth and Crescent City fire.

Glenn said the fire appears suspicious. The owner said the cabin's been un-occupied for some time and there was no utility or propane connection to the cabin.

As a result, area roads near the site, may be quite slick due to the water used by firefighters.

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Barickman Legislation to Address State Police FOID Backlog

SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) plans to introduce legislation in Springfield protecting Illinois gun owners from a major delay by Illinois State Police in processing Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) renewals.

Currently, State Police has 30 days to process FOID renewal applications. Unfortunately, Senator Barickman says, many Illinoisans each year have had their FOID cards expire before State Police processes the renewal application. That leaves them in violation of state law, which requires gun owners to possess a valid FOID card.

Under Barickman's legislation, FOID cards would remain valid for six months following their expiration, as long as the cardholder has proof they have applied for renewal.

"Unfortunately, the State Police backup in processing these applications has left many law-abiding gun owners around the state in a lurch," said Barickman. "Hopefully, this legislation will ease the burden on them and encourage State Police to process these applications more promptly."

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Watseka: Step 2 in Comprehensive Plan Thursday evening

Public input is welcome again Thursday night in Watseka when the city plays host to its second meeting for the Comprehensive Plan. A 7 pm session is scheduled at City Hall on Brianna Drive.

Watseka Mayor Bon Harwood says the plan is about "your community." This second of a series of meetings encourages input about where the city may be headed in the future.

Harwood said "it's important to get people to attend and offer input. have a say in what we need to focus on." 

An Orland Park consulting company is heading up the effort to develop a plan toward future growth.

Mayor Harwood said preliminary plans developed from a first-meeting last Fall. Nothing is final. It's up the local people as to where the city should focus its attention.

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Rural Beaverville fire alerts several departments

A space heater is blamed on an accidental fire in rural Beaverville Monday afternoon. The call was answered at approximately 12:30 to 2643 E and 3000 N Roads. No injury was reported. Beaverville Fire Chief Jason Brammer (Bray-mer) said the damage was contained to a hallway and a bedroom in the two-story farmhouse. Damage estimates were not available.

Three adults lived at the home. All were able to get out of the house.

Brammer reported a box-alarm alerted several area department, including Papineau, Donovan, Concord, Momence, St. Anne, Pembroke. Eastern Illini Electric Co-op crews were also on the scene to dis-connect power. Investigators were at the scene until about 8 pm.

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Clifton Mayor resigns; relocating to Florida

The Village of Clifton Mayor Jan Meier O'Connell resigned this past week. Her husband accepted a job opportunity in Florida. And the family will be moving there.

The resignation is effective Friday, January 17th.

O'Connell has served the village for 18 years, first as a trustee, then as mayor. She told the Clifton Advocate "she's grateful to the village residents for giving her the opportunity to serve on the board."

O'Connell said she's seen a lot of progress during her 18 years and she knows there's more to come.

Long-time village trustee Bob Berns is likely to succeed O'Connell. He has a choice to resign as trustee or serve as interim-mayor. Berns can either serve as Mayor ProTem or interim mayor until the next municipal election in the Spring of 2015

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