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Prosecutor: Decision on whether to charge official coming this week

PAXTON — Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak said Monday that he hoped to decide sometime this week whether to criminally charge a longtime Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board member and Button Township supervisor

Illinois State Police said they consulted Yedinak before arrested Dean A. Swan, 52, at his rural Paxton home last month.


Loda board member pleads guilty to disorderly conduct, gets court supervision

WATSEKA — A member of the Loda Village Board was placed on three months of court supervision after pleading guilty Monday to disorderly conduct in Iroquois County Circuit Court.

John Zalaker, 54, who listed an address in the 100 block of South Elm Street in Loda, was also fined $50 and ordered to pay $367 in court costs, according to court records.


Paxton Police Blotter (Dec. 15, 2014)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:


Onarga man gets 18 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls

WATSEKA — A 47-year-old Onarga man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls several years ago.


Iroquois County grand jury indicts 13 for felony crimes

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County grand jury indicted the following 13 people for felony crimes on Dec. 3, according to a news release from State’s Attorney Jim Devine:

— Brenden M. Noel, 22, of Danforth, for aggravated domestic battery. Noel allegedly intentionally choked a family member.


Raminator monster truck to attempt to break world speed record

AUSTIN, Texas — Raminator, the Hall Brothers Racing Team of rural Thomasboro, will attempt to break the world speed record for monster trucks.

The seven-time Monster Nationals Champion will look to break the Guinness World Record at the multipurpose facility Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The current mark is set a 96.8 mph.


UI Extension horticulture educator honored with award

CHAMPAIGN — Sandra Mason, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, was honored with the 2014 Individual Excellence in Extension Award at the University of Illinois Extension Conference in November for her dedication to volunteer program development, innovative communication strategies and decades-long commitment to the community.


Gibson City ethanol plant trying to get its property assessment lowered

GIBSON CITY — An ethanol plant in Gibson City for a fifth straight year is seeking a reduction in its assessed value, which, if finally granted, would force the city to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes paid to one of its tax-increment financing districts.


Ameren, ComEd get OK to raise rates in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved rate increases for the state’s two main electric utilities.


Quorum missed for third time over Vermilion wind ordinance

DANVILLE — For a third time, a majority of Vermilion County board members failed to show up for the meeting of an ad hoc committee that’s considering changes to the county’s wind-farm ordinance.


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