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Republicans, Democrats select their party leaders >

Lyle Behrends and Dale Strough will lead the respective Republican and Democratis parties in Iroquois County --- following the bi-annual political conventions held this past week.

An Ashkum resident, Behrends was elected chairman of the Republican Central Commiitee. Paul Ducat was elected Vice-Chair for the GOP and Marty Tilstra will serve as Treasurer.

Watseka attorney Dale Strough was re-elected chairman of the Democratic Central Committee. Dustin Wells will again serve as Vice-Chair. Tammy Nietfeld was elected Secretary and PJ McCullough will serve as Treasurer

In Ford County > Chase McCall of Gibson City was re-elected chairman of the Republican Central Committee. Denis Fisher of Gibson City will serve as GOP Vice-Chairman. Rob Pacey of Paxton was re-elected Treasurer. Kim Evans of Paxton was elected Secretary.

The Vermilion County Republican Party continues under the leadership of Mike Marron. He’s also the current County Board Chairman. State representative Chad Hays will serve as Vice –Chairman for the GOP. The Republican Treasurer is Pat O’Shaughnessy. And party Secretary is Karen Reese.

Vermilion County Democrats have a new Chairman. Germaine Light was elected to succeed Cari West-Monson, who chose to step down from her chairman’s title. She cited personal reasons.

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Chatsworth man charged in home invasion

A Chatsworth man faces felony charges related to a home invasion that left two people injured in Livingston County.

27-year-old Michael Measaw is accused of breaking into a home in Chatsworth Wednesday night. He’s jailed on charges of home invasion, residential burglary and armed robbery.

Livingston County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of two masked suspects armed with a knife at the home. Sheriff Tony Childress said property was taken during the incident that injured two people inside.

The sheriff said a second suspect remained at large Thursday.

There was no word on how serious the injuries were to the two victims.

Measaw was held in lieu of $20,000 bond. If convicted, he faces six to 30 years in prison.

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Jasper County: Indiana man killed at work-site accident

A work-site accident in Jasper County, Indiana (Thursday) left a V eedersburg man dead. 50-year-old Brian Keller was pronounced dead at the scene after he was run over by a front-end loader.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Police responded to a call about a serious accident involving farm machinery near County Road 200 N and 1100 W at Windy Ridge Dairy.

Police reports indicated another worker was operating the (John Deere) front-end loader, removing large bales of straw from two flatbed semi-trucks. The victim (Keller) was walking in the area, wearing ears buds and failed to hear the loader backing toward him. The front-end loader operator failed to see Keller had walked behind him. Keller was struck by the left rear tire, knocking him to the ground. He was then run over.

The JASPER County Coroner’s Office investigated. There was no evidence of impairment observed with the driver of the loader.

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Shared Superintendents ? Can it happen in Illinois ?

The Illinois Senate is inching closer to allowing schools in the state to share superintendents, but some senators have a problem with the plan because it allows voters to demand consolidation at the top of the school district.

The idea is simple: Allow neighboring schools to agree to share one superintendent.

Illinois has more than 850 school districts. Numbers from the Illinois State Board of Education show about one third of them have fewer than 600 students and 44 percent of districts have one or two schools.

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Bon-Ton confirms Bergner’s, Carson’s closing mall outlets

The parent company that owns Bergner’s and Carson Pirie Scott department stores has confirmed the chains will soon close.
Two Carson stores in Northfield Square Mall at Bradley will close over the next 60-90 days. They’re two of 31 Illinois stores to be shuttered.

The Northfield Square Mall lost its Sears-Roebuck store just two weeks ago. JC Penney is the lone anchor store left in Bradley.

Bergner’s stores in Champaign, Bloomington and Decatur will also close.

Bon-Ton announced (Wednesday) that a liquidation firm won the bid for the company during Tuesday’s auction overseen by a bankruptcy court. Operations at Bon-Ton’s nearly 260 stores will begin closing procedures. The bankruptcy court approved the sale this week.

The company has not released a timeline of the closure of the Bergner’s stores, including the one in Bloomington’s Eastland Mall which has been open since 1973.

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