Early voting opportunities have greatly expanded across Illinois as of Monday.
Early voting has been available in Illinois since Sept. 29 but only in certain places, like a county election authority office. The Illinois State Board of Elections say that as of Monday permanent polling locations have opened across the state, making early voting more accessible.
Election board officials advise voters to make sure they cast ballots in the county where they are registered. Officials say voters can find contact information for county election authorities and early voting locations on the board's website .
Illinois election officials also say it's not too late if you didn't register to vote. Grace period registration is available through Election Day but voters must cast a ballot when they register.
The remains of three unidentified victims were finally laid to rest in Newton County Saturday.
The victims, known as the “Unidentified kids of Newton County,” became quite a story under County Coroner Scott McCord. He’s been on a mission to identify the murder victims and locate their families.
McCord is winding down his mandated two-term, eight years in office. He’s wanted to close this case after three decades.
On Saturday, dozens of people gathered at the County’s Administrative Center in Morocco to conduct the funeral service for the victims McCord named victims A, B and C. Adam Doe, Brad Doe and Charlene Doe are now interred in a crypt at Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
McCord tells 94.1 WGFA News “these are people, not just skeletal remains.” The coroner said “every kid belongs to a family. The three are children of Newton County.”
The skeletal remains of three kids that were in the coroner’s office,when McCord took office in 2009. He said, then, “I want to bring these people home.”
Two of the victims were found in the town of Lake Village in 1983. The third victim was found in Morocco in 1988. After no leads were gained, their remains sat on a shelf until 2009 when McCord reopened the cases. Ever since, he’s had one mission – finding their true identities.
He said even though the victims still have yet to be identified, he felt they needed to be laid to rest after three decades.
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children had a representative in attendance Saturday. McCord said he’s still working to find the true identities.
At least for now, Brad, Adam and Charlene, can finally rest in peace.
The Iroquois County law enforcement family is remembering Richard ‘Dick’ Corke. The Watseka resident lost his battle with cancer (Saturday). He was 67.
Dick Corke spent his adult life with the Watseka Police Department. He joined the department after a stint in the military, then climbed the ranks serving as Police Chief before his retirement. He also served as Cissna Park Police Chief following his retirement in Watseka.
Corke was also a Watseka alderman after his police days. Friends and family remember him as a caring, community-minded individual; always looking out for the underdog. Past and present members of the Watseka department say he always backed his officers. He spoke his mind and stood his ground.
Dick Corke is survived by his wife, Cindy. Arrangements are pending with the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
A Saturday afternoon fire destroyed a large tool shed in rural Onarga. A truck was also listed as a total loss on the Jim Lee farmstead at 200 E and 1350 N Roads.
The Ford-Iroquois fire department answered the initial call. Mutual aid was provided by Buckley, Loda, Danforth, Onarga and Gilman. Water supplies became an issue during the three-hour battlw ithe flames. No injury was reported. The cause was under investigation.
A field fire Sunday alerted fire crews from Woodland, Milford, Sheldon and Watseka . The field, already harvested, is at 2423 E and 1520 N Roads in rural Woodland. A machine malfunction was the likely cause. The fast-moving flames were fueled by the 25-30 mph winds.