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Several candidates interested in Schock’s Seat

State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said he is interested in succeeding U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, who abruptly resigned Tuesday from his 18th Congressional District seat. 
According to the News-Gazette, en. Darin LaHood is in. Sen. Bill Brady is out.

Less than 24 hours after U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, said he would step down from his House seat, two state senators came to different conclusion about replacing Schock as congressman in the 18th Congressional District, northwest of Champaign County.

LaHood, who lives in Dunlap and is the son of former Republican congressman and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said Wednesday morning he is a candidate and soon will form a federal campaign comittee. LaHood has been a state senator for five years.

But veteran Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, a member of the Legislature for more than 20 years, says he is staying there.

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Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses Read more:

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday, less than 12 hours after POLITICO raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle.
Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer, according to public records obtained by POLITICO under Illinois open records laws. The documents, in other words, indicate he was reimbursed for 90,000 miles more than his car was driven.
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The discrepancy added to a growing wave of ethical and legal problems for the 33-year-old politician.
“[T]he constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself,” Schock said in a surprise statement on Tuesday. “I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents, and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”
Later Tuesday, a spokesman for Schock added, “In an effort to remove any questions and out of an abundance of caution, Congressman Schock has reimbursed all monies received for official mileage since his election to Congress.”

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Fatal Train Accident in Vermilion County

A 15year old boy has been pronounced dead at the scene of a fatal train/pedestrian incident on the Norfolk and Southern railway tracks just north of the overpass in Tilton.  Shawn C. Morris, of Tilton, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:25 p.m. this evening.  An autopsy will be scheduled.  This investigation is still ongoing by the Tilton Police Department and the Vermilion County Coroner’s Office.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Goofing off at work isn’t a crime, but it cost $250,000 in Watseka

According to the Daily Journal, nappropriate, personal use of computers by former Ford-Iroquois Health Department staff employed in the Iroquois County office in Watseka cost the department an estimated $250,000 per year in wasted staff time, a forensic computer auditor has concluded.

The second audit done by forensic auditor Andrew Garrett of Decatur-based Garrett Discovery examined three to five years of use of 16 computers in the Watseka office, finding 160,129 inappropriate web searches.

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Cissna Park’s insurance carrier suing former official for repayment of stolen funds

According to the Paxton Record, Cissna Park’s insurance carrier is suing the village’s former bookkeeper/collector and clerk for the nearly $100,000 it says she stole from the village.

In December 2013, Rhonda Sue Siebert, 60, of Cissna Park, pleaded guilty in Iroquois County Circuit Court to one count of Class 3 felony theft — a charge reduced from a Class X felony — and was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from the village over a six-year period.

As part of her sentence, Siebert’s $10,000 bond — minus a $1,000 attorney’s lien and court costs — was to be given as restitution to the village.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine said at the time that he was also working with the village’s insurance management firm, the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association, to pursue further restitution collection.

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ISP State Police Crash

The ISP investigated a personal injury traffic crash on Friday, March 15th at 8:50 p.m. on I-74 eastbound Milepost 194,Champaign County.  According to the preliminary traffic crash investigation, Michael J. Nolen, 60 Danville was driving a 1998 Red Chevrolet Pickup and was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-74 near Milepost 194 causing Ashley C. Lurry, 20, Riverdale and Denise Chestnut, 61 Ogden to take evasive actions to avoid a head-on collision.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, March 13, 2015

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Police Blotter from Wednesday

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, March 12, 2015

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