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Foster says her farewells

According to the Commercial News, Before her 24-year tenure at Vermilion County Clerk, Lynn Foster had managed a small business. Looking back now, she said the business and some aspects of her clerk’s office weren’t all that different.
“It’s just selling a different product,” said Foster, sitting in her office. “We’re selling service here instead of a product. And that’s kind of been our mantra here. We’ve got service, it’s our only product and that’s what were selling And we’re taking care of the people that pay our salaries.”
Business experience, however, didn’t prepare Foster for everything she would encounter as a new county clerk. The office handles a number of responsibilities from the more public elections and voter registration to lesser-known duties ranging from marriage licenses and vital records to computing tax rates.

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Foster says her farewells

According to the Commercial News, Before her 24-year tenure at Vermilion County Clerk, Lynn Foster had managed a small business. Looking back now, she said the business and some aspects of her clerk’s office weren’t all that different.
“It’s just selling a different product,” said Foster, sitting in her office. “We’re selling service here instead of a product. And that’s kind of been our mantra here. We’ve got service, it’s our only product and that’s what were selling And we’re taking care of the people that pay our salaries.”
Business experience, however, didn’t prepare Foster for everything she would encounter as a new county clerk. The office handles a number of responsibilities from the more public elections and voter registration to lesser-known duties ranging from marriage licenses and vital records to computing tax rates.

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County board to see new faces

According to the Commercial News, It’s a major changing of the guard for the Vermilion County Board as several members with a combined seven decades of experience are leaving.
A total of six members will be gone after the board’s reorganization meeting on Monday, beginning with current chairman Gary Weinard.
Weinard, who was first elected in 1994, is the longest-running board member who will not return for another term. Chris Leigh of District 1, 14 years on the board; Richard Knight of District 3, 16 years; Terry Stal of District 4, 14 years; and John Alexander of District 6, 13 years, also are ending their terms.
Overall, the group touts a total 77 years of experience on the county board.
Sixteen years on the board weren’t in the plans for Knight, who remembers running for the county board amid talk and hearings about zoning — an issue he remains staunchly against. Being on the board, however, he learned members sometimes have to bend on some issues.
“You learn that there 26 other opinions on the board,” he said. “You learn to deal with that and accept it. You’re not always going to get your way.”
In the end, Knight admits he’s of two minds about leaving the board.
“I’m glad it’s over, yet I wish it wasn’t,” he said. “I enjoyed it. I met a lot of interesting people in 16 years.”

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Coroner: Danville man died from ‘multiple gunshot wounds’

According to the News-Gazette, An autopsy has revealed that a Danville man found dead in a yard Tuesday morning died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.

Johnson’s office released the result of Wednesday’s autopsy of William Newbern, 42, of Danville.

Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said that police, as of Tuesday night, were already conducting their investigation as a potential homicide, because they had been able to determine prior to the autopsy that the victim may have suffered a gunshot wound.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

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November 28, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

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November 25, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Danville man’s death is being treated as suspicious

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office and the Danville Police Department are investigating the death of a man found outside on the ground in the 500 block of North Griffin Street in Danville.  42 year old William Newbern, of Danville, previously from Decatur, was pronounced dead by the Coroner’s Office at 6:51 am at the scene.  An Autopsy is scheduled for 9 am tomorrow.  This investigation is ongoing and is being treated as suspicious.

Danville man’s death is being treated as suspicious

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office and the Danville Police Department are investigating the death of a man found outside on the ground in the 500 block of North Griffin Street in Danville.  42 year old William Newbern, of Danville, previously from Decatur, was pronounced dead by the Coroner’s Office at 6:51 am at the scene.  An Autopsy is scheduled for 9 am tomorrow.  This investigation is ongoing and is being treated as suspicious.

Official misconduct charge vs. road commissioner dismissed

According to the Paxton Record, WATSEKA — Iroquois County prosecutors have decided not to proceed with the prosecution of a township road commissioner who was charged with official misconduct in February.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine dismissed the case against Daniel L. Bauer, 55, of Cissna Park, during a Nov. 14 hearing in Iroquois County Circuit Court.

A grand jury’s indictment had alleged that Bauer used Pigeon Grove Township’s tax-exempt status to receive a $1,100 discount on a riding lawnmower he bought for his personal use. Bauer serves as a road commissioner for the township.

Devine said he decided to dismiss the case after learning that “material witnesses” planned to testify that the mower was “partly used for township purposes.”

“The mower in question that he bought in his name ... was also used to mow township property,” Devine said. “That was unknown to me at the time this prosecution commenced and we went to the grand jury. So, since the mower was partly used for township purposes, we no longer had a viable case.”

Bauer, who has served as a road commissioner since 1993, bought the mower in April 2011 and saved $1,100 on the purchase price by using the township’s tax identification number. Bauer also was not charged any sales tax.

Watseka attorney Ronald Boyer had filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against Bauer in April. In his written motion, Boyer argued that “the facts alleged in the indictment as to the defendant’s conduct do not demonstrate how the defendant exceeded his lawful authority.”

In August, a grand jury returned an amended indictment, and Bauer pleaded not guilty.