Paxton Police Blotter (May 26, 2020)

PAXTON — At 6:55 p.m. Thursday, May 21, the Paxton Police Department received a report of a subject operating a motorcycle which had no registration on the roadway in the area of 105 E. State Street. Upon arrival, the Paxton police located Douglas J. Akerland, a 30-year-old male from Paxton, operating a 2020 TaoTao dirt bike. Akerland was stopped for […]

Obituary: William Earl Warren

SHELDON — William Earl Warren, 80, of Sheldon passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at his home. William was born on Sept. 17, 1939, in Sheldon, the son of Leota and George Warren. He married Mary Ann Kilgore on March 5, 1970, in Watseka. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Walter Warren, and great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Parsons. […]

Obituary: Cynthia L. Corke

WATSEKA — Cynthia L. Corke, 62, of Watseka passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020, at her home. She was born on July 20, 1957, in Urbana, the daughter of Barbara (Sly) Rudisill and raised by Harold and Barbara Rudisill. She married Richard Corke on September 28, 1988 in Barron, WI and he preceded her in death on October 22, […]

State releases guidelines for moving to next step of re-opening

From Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett: This weekend Illinois will move into Phase 3 of the five-phase plan for re-opening from the stay-at-home orders. It will involve re-openings of some businesses previously considered “non-essential,” many of them in a limited capacity. For example, “barbershops and salons (may) open with IDPH approved safety guidance; health and fitness clubs can provide outdoor classes […]

Ford County Public Health Department update (May 26, 2020)

The Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) announced no new confirmed cases on Tuesday, May 26. Ford County has a total of 21 confirmed cases. There has been one COVID-19 related death. Three of the confirmed cases are associated with congregate living facilities. These numbers are accurate as of 3 p.m. Tuesday. Public health officials continue to investigate and contact […]

Obituary: Ernest L. Thomas

MILFORD — Ernest L. Thomas, 71, of Milford passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on Oct. 14, 1948, in Watseka, the son of LeRoy A. and Faye M. (Smith) Thomas. He married Janice M. Fronville in Watseka on July 18, 1975. Surviving are his wife, Jan Thomas, of Milford; four […]

Obituary: Brenda Sue Hedger

CLIFTON — Brenda Sue Hedger passed into her next life on Sunday, May 24, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 15, 1959, in Kankakee, the daughter of Kenneth and Betty Schoon. She married Leslie Hedger on June 11, 2011. She is survived by her loving husband, Leslie, and her loving son, Adam. She […]

Iroquois County has 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19

WATSEKA — As of Tuesday, May 26, Iroquois County has 131 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, the ICPHD has received 1,084 test results for COVID-19. Of the 1,084 results, 953 have been negative and 131 have been positive. Here is the information that the ICPHD has released about its cases confirmed on Sunday:– Case 131: […]

Weekly COVID-19 deaths decline for first time during pandemic

Illinois past its peak, governor says, crediting people wearing masks By BEN ORNER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] For the first time since Illinois had its first reported case of COVID-19 in January, the state saw fewer deaths in a week than in the previous week. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said Tuesday that 780 […]

Obituary: Elaine S. Graefen

LAKE IROQUOIS — Elaine S. Graefen, 91, of Lake Iroquois in Loda passed away at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2020, at her home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Baier Family Funeral Service, Paxton is assisting the family with arrangements. Elaine was born Jan. 28, 1929, in Chicago the daughter of Rudolph and […]