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Ford County township official arrested on felony charges

ASHKUM – Illinois State Police arrested the Button Township supervisor on charges related to his position in Ford County.

52-year-old Dean Swan was arrested for violations of the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act, a Class 4 Felony, and Official Misconduct, a Class 3 felony. Swan also is secretary of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Board of Education.

He is accused of not disclosing his financial relationship with businesses hired to complete work for Button Township and the PBL School District.

Swan was transported to the Ford County Jail. During a court appearance Saturday, bond was set at $3,000. He posted the required 10 percent and was released.

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“the lights went out” at Pembroke Township Hall

                                           Unpaid bill cited as reason

Pembroke Township officials have a meeting Tuesday. And the order of business will deal with a power shut-off that occurred Friday at the township hall.

A delinquent bill is the apparent reason the electricity was shut off. ComEd is owned more than $66,400 in unpaid bills, which officials blame on former township supervisor Leon Mondy.

Mondy faces sentencing in federal court in January and is looking at up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for stealing township funds. He admitted to using unauthorized cash withdrawals for gambling, while serving in office.

Township business may have to be re-located while officials work with ComEd to restore the power.

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Weather change this week, temps dropping

Monday's forecast may be a sign to get out and enjoy some warm sunshine. The 61 degree high may be the end of the pleasant temperature readings.

Rain Monday night and then a rain and snow mix is in Tuesday's forecast for Veteran's Day. The National Weather Service reports temps will drop Tuesday to near 38 by the close of the business day at 5 pm. The rest of the week will offers temps only in the 32-36 degree range.

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Teenager faces felony offenses in fatal crash that killed Watseka man

The 18-year-old driver of a car that slammed into a pickup truck and killed a Watseka man earlier this year will face felony charges.

Dakota Papineau of Bourbonnais faces reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving charges for the collision that took the life of David Senesac and severely injured Senesac's grandson. Civil lawsuits are also on file on behalf of the Senesac family.

The Iroquois County grand jury returned the indictments against Papineau last week.

Iroquois County State's attorney Jim Devine said Papineau is free on bond. Another court appearance is set for this week in Watseka.

The Sheriff's department reported Papineau turned himself in at the jail Friday. He was wanted on a warrant for reckless homicide.

The traffic accident happened northwest of Watseka at a rural intersection. Sheriff's Police reported the vehicle Papineau and two friends were in ran thru a marked-intersection. The collision killed Senesac and left his grandson with serious injuries, which the young boy is recovering from.

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Iroquois County waving Volleyball banner

          Watseka, Cissna Park claim Super-Sectional wins

It's not an everyday occurrence, but two Iroquois County communities are celebrating State appearances in high school sports competition.

And when it comes to volleyball prowess, it's not all that surprising that the volleyball tradition in both Watseka and Cissna Park finds the two schools proudly waving their banners.

Cissna Park and Watseka make IHSA volleyball appearances at this next weekend.

At the Danville Schlarman 1A Super-Sectional Saturday, Cissna Park's T'wolves fought off the host Hilltoppers to earn the trip to Redbird Arena at ISU.

In Class 2A at Christ the King High School in Chicago, Watseka's Lady Warriors held off the defending 2A state champs from Elmhurst Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep to earn a state appearance at ISU.

Cissna Park coach Josh Landon and Watseka's Krista PuFahl can't say 'Thank You' enough for all the community support.


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