Area update: April 22, 2014

Area update: April 22, 2014

2 lawyers apply for Ford state's attorney position

PAXTON — A lawyer from the Galesburg area and an attorney who lives in Ford County are the only two people who had applied as of Monday for the to-be-vacated Ford County state's attorney position, according to Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen.

Bowen, who declined to name the two candidates, said each has submitted a resume and "letter of interest." The deadline to apply for the position is 4:30 p.m. Friday. Meanwhile, Paxton attorney Ross Sorensen, who'd expressed recent interest in the prosecutor's post, said he has decided not to pursue it.

A special panel — comprising two mayors, two police chiefs, two attorneys, the Ford County Republican party chairman and one other person — will conduct interviews in May and make a recommendation to the county board. Then, a candidate will be appointed by the board to fill the position prior to State's Attorney Matt Fitton stepping aside to assume the judgeship on June 27.

Because more than 24 months remain on Fitton's four-year term as state's attorney, his replacement will need to declare his or her candidacy and run in this November's general election.

Residency in Ford County is a requirement. Persons may apply by sending the letter of intent and resume to: Rick Bowen, Ford County Courthouse, 200 W. State St., Paxton, IL 60957.

WILL BRUMLEVE

Read more in the Paxton Record

VILLAGE OF ST. JOSEPH

Severe weather preparedness event Thursday

ST. JOSEPH — Though the weather has finally begun to warm, the chances for severe weather do not diminish. That's why the village is hosting a preparedness event at 7 p.m. Thursday at the village municipal building.

John Dwyer, coordinator at the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency, will speak to attendees about things they can do to get ready for different hazards and disasters.

Dwyer said he was asked by fellow St. Joseph resident Betty Logue to speak about the importance of being prepared for natural disasters.

"I thought, 'What a great opportunity for our hometown people to hear what to do in case of an emergency,'" Logue said. "I thought it would be great to have a town meeting for anyone who wishes to come to get an idea of what to do in case of a disaster, whatever type it might be."

Among the topics Dwyer will cover: how to heed weather warnings, like those for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. "One thing I like to stress to people is that outdoor warning sirens are for outdoors," he said. "The best thing for you to have in your home is a NOAA weather radio."

PHILLIP KISUBIKA

Read more in the Leader

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