Ten polling places — including those in Loda, Onarga, Cissna Park — changed

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Clerk Breein Suver announced 10 polling place changes for registered voters to cast their vote on Election Day. The changes of polling places will be temporary for nine polling places, and there will be one permanent change for the Nov. 3 general election. The temporary polling places along with their addresses are: — Loda: American Legion, […]

GCMS High School names Hathaway its student of month

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Oct. 15, 2020)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court: FELONIES• Patrick W. Miller, 37, of Urbana, for possession of a controlled substance.• Sarah E. Hoover, 39, of Melvin, for burglary and obstruction of justice.• Chad A. Matherne, 46, of Paxton, for home invasion. MISDEMEANORS• Carey M. Barfield, 44, of Paxton, for criminal trespass to real property.• […]

Journalist, wrestling coach to be inducted into PBL Hall of Fame

PAXTON — Nationally recognized journalist and author Robert Frump and former University of Illinois wrestling coach Harold Eugene “Hek” Kenney will be inducted into the PBL Alumni Hall of Fame. The two inductees — Frump a 1965 graduate of Paxton High School and the late Kenney a 1922 Loda High School graduate — will be inducted into the Hall at […]

Notices of 2020 property assessments sent to all Paxton-area landowners

By WILL [email protected] PAXTON — Every landowner in Patton and Button townships in Ford County was recently sent a notice of their 2020 property assessment, regardless of whether their assessment changed, Supervisor of Assessments Kim Hooper said. The notices were sent as a requirement of the quadrennial reassessment process, which occurs every four years, Hooper said. Hooper said 2020 was […]

Partisan battle over Supreme Court race could exceed $6 million in spending

Kilbride’s retention could shift partisan makeup of state’s high court By SARAH MANSURFor Capitol News [email protected] With Election Day weeks away, top Republican donors have funneled more than $2.5 million to unseat one of four Democratic justices on the Illinois Supreme Court, and potentially seize control from the court’s Democratic majority, which has lasted since 1964. Justice Thomas Kilbride faces […]

Ford County Public Health Department announces four new cases of COVID-19

The Ford County Public Health Department announced four new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, Oct. 15. Ford County has a total of 230 cases. Of those, 155 are confirmed cases and 75 are probable cases. One-hundred fifty-five of the previously reported cases have been released from isolation. Sixty-eight cases remain active with five hospitalizations. There have been seven COVID-19 related […]

Gun owners frustrated with FOID application backlog

Despite rule extending expiration dates, many still can’t buy guns, ammunition By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Despite a temporary rule that extends the expiration dates for Firearm Owners Identification cards and concealed carry permits, many Illinois gun owners are still finding it difficult to buy weapons and ammunition. That was one of the issues that came up Wednesday […]

Ford County’s coronavirus case count rises by 4

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department announced four new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, Oct. 15, bringing the county’s total number of cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus to 230. Of Ford County’s 230 cases, 155 were confirmed cases and 75 were probable cases, the agency said. A total of 155 cases had been released […]

Coroner releases names of 2 killed in crash near Loda

LODA — Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum has released the names of the two people who were killed in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 57 near Loda on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Cheatum said Aaron C. Reed, 26, of Onarga, and Tazia Crite, 21, of Pembroke Township in Kanakee County were killed in the crash. Four others were injured in the […]