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Ival “Jim” Ping, 89 Watseka

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Busy first day for county election filings

According to the Commercial News, When the Vermilion County Clerk’s Office opened Monday morning, there were 16 people waiting to be among the first to file to be a candidate in the 2016 county elections.
“I got here at 7:30 a.m. There was a bunch ..,” said Lindsay Light, supervisor of elections at the clerk’s office, of the number of people in line to file early.
It was a busy morning for the first day of filing, and there will be a lottery for the placement of names on the ballot for five offices which saw people file at the same time.
Some officeholders already had declared they were not seeking re-election, including Vermilion County State’s Attorney Randy Brinegar and Coroner Peggy Johnson.
Vermilion County Auditor Linda Sue Lucas-Anstey is seeking re-election to her eighth term as auditor next year. The Democrat Lucas-Anstey will be challenged by Republican Bill Wright. Wright, a Republican Vermilion County Board member representing District 5, announced in July he would be running for auditor. Wright is vice-chairman on the county board. He was first elected to the county board in 2012.
Anstey was first appointed county auditor in 1989.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Little Mister & Miss Snowflake Con

The Little Mister & Miss Snowflake Contest was a coloring contest; open to area children ages 3 through 7.
  This year’s winners will ride in the 2015 Christmas Parade. Mylee Valentine of Watseka is 6 years old and is Little Miss Snowflake. Her parents are Mike and Marcy Valentine.
  Little Mr. Snowflake is Landon Shaw of Watseka. He is 7 years old and the son of Cora Senesac.
  The parade is set for 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 27.  The Theme this year is Vintage Christmas

The Chamber is bringing back an old tradition this year and hosting a lighting of the Christmas tree next to the post office downtown about 6:15 p.m.  Mayor Bob Harwood will say a few words during this ceremony.

Santa will be in his house following the parade and Sat. from 2-4p

  This year’s Holiday Window Display Contest winners are: Best Use of Theme: Vintage Christmas, Gilman Health Care Center, Best Use of Lights: Harbor House, and Best Incorporation of Product was a tie between Main Street Gifts and Travel Discoveries.

Jaycees seek young women to vie for Miss Hoopeston

Hoopeston Jaycees are looking for candidates for Miss Hoopeston 2016.  Candidates must be a female graduate of Hoopeston Area High School and between the ages of 18 and 20.  A mandatory meeting will be held on Saturday, November 28th, with the judging process on January 2, 2016.

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DACC considers $1 million bond

Danville Area Community College trustees Tuesday night will consider issuing $1 million in general obligation bonds to purchase new computers and other technology for the college and levying an annual tax to pay the principal and interest.
The $1 million will be used during two years — $500,000 each year — to upgrade technology and purchase equipment to provide state-of-the-art capital resources in DACC’s classrooms and supporting services.
To meet the principal and interest obligations of the debt, the college must issue technology and equipment funding bonds in the amount of $1 million.
During the fiscal year 2016 budgeting process, college officials realized that an extensive list of capital renewal projects exists, plus a continued need for resources to meet the technology and instructional equipment needs of the college.

County election filings start Monday

Filing for the General Primary Election on March 15, 2016, will begin at 8 a.m. Monday and will run through 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the Vermilion County Clerk’s office at the Courthouse Annex, 6 N. Vermilion St.
Vermilion County Clerk Cathy Jenkins and her office reminds candidates to have all paperwork notarized prior to filing. If a candidate’s paperwork is not notarized at the time of filing, the candidate will be asked to step out of line to do so, and he or she will forfeit their desired time of filing.
Jenkins’ office has notaries available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and they can notarize candidates’ paperwork free of charge.
The county clerk’s office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving.
It will accept filings for offices including auditor, circuit clerk, recorder, state’s attorney, coroner, county board members and precinct committeemen.
Questions can be directed to Lindsay Light, supervisor of elections, at (217) 554-1911 or

Celebrate Thanksgiving Tradition of Buckling Up, Driving Sober

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is joining Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies to remind motorists to buckle up and drive sober during one of the heaviest travel periods of the year. With one of the biggest party nights of the year on Wednesday and more people on the roads through Sunday, police throughout the state are stepping up their enforcement of seat belt law violators and impaired drivers during the long holiday weekend.

The effort marks the beginning of an end-of-the-year push to keep traffic fatalities at record-low levels. Fatalities in Illinois are five percent higher today than at this point last year; 881 so far in 2015, compared to 833 on this day a year ago.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, November 23. 2015

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Weekend Police Blotter

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
November 18, 2015

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s News Release

Iroquois County Sheriff’s News Release
November 17, 2015

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