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Fire kills Fowler, IN man

A field fire claimed the life of a rural Fowler man Tuesday. The victim has not been identified as the family is yet to be notified.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says the 61-year-old farmer died from smoke inhalation. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire broke out around 3 pm on County Road 100 East in Benton County.

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Van Mill Awarded Certified Economic Developer Recertification

Michael Van Mill, President/CEO of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, has been awarded recertification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) effective October 1, 2015. Van Mill first achieved the designation in 2102. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Van Mill for meeting the demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession.

With more than 20 years of economic development experience, Van Mill has served as director of the Kankakee County Planning Department since 1997. In that time, he has led the county's economic development programs and initiatives, including the administration of two enterprise zones and the county revolving fund program, local coordination of several corridor planning projects, and municipal partnership on economic development and land use matters.

Prior to his current positions, Van Mill was with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Village of Manteno.

The CEcD designation is a national recognition that indicates a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth. Awardees first earn certification by completing relevant coursework as well as passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination testing knowledge, proficiency and judgement in the key areas of economic development.

Among economic developers working nationwide, approximately 1,000 have earned CEcD status.

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Forensic audit findings sent to State’s Attorney >

The Iroquois County Board (Tuesday) voted to forward the forensic audit of computers from the former Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department to the State's Attorney for review.

Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine tells WGFA News "because I represent the county and the health department, I will turn it over to a special prosecutor for a fresh look at the matter."

The Garrett Discovery Company of Decatur completed an audit of computers used by employees of the disbanded-health department. The audit revealed personal business on several computers, including online shopping sites and porn sites.

Select County Board members have wanted to pursue charges against those employees responsible for the computer use on taxpayers time.

Devine has said before, poor office management is not criminal activity, BUT HE WILL HAVE THE MATTER REVIEWED.

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Lay-off plans announced at Bunge Foods

Bunge Foods in Bradley has spelled out its plan to lay-off employees. The company announced earlier it was closing the Route 50 plant. At least 140 employee lay-offs are likely to begin November 23rd.

Mayor Bruce Adams said this kind of news is never good. But he's hopeful Bunge will sell the property to another manufacturer.

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Frost likely later this week

The National Weather Service reports parts of east-central Illinois is likely to experience its first frost this week. Colder air will move into the area late this week behind a weak cold front expected to move through the area Thursday night. A clear sky and light winds will combine with temperatures falling into the 30s creating ideal conditions for frost to develop both Friday and Saturday night.

Friday night's low is expected to be around 34 degrees, and Saturday night could see temperatures fall to a freezing 32.

Precautions are advised if you have flowers or other plants outdoors.

Although night-time lows are expected to dip near freezing Friday and Saturday night, day-time highs on Saturday and Sunday are expected to be near 55 and 58 Sunday.

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