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Bruce Rauner visits Stark County

toulonRepublican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner promised “to take what I learned in business and turn Illinois around” during a campaign stop Saturday at Connie’s Country Kitchen in Toulon.
A wealthy investment company executive from Chicago’s suburbs, Rauner received a hearty round of applause when he declared that he would live in the Executive Mansion in Springfield if elected, something recent governors have not done.

County board says they’ll waive fees to keep jobs

The Stark County Board was scheduled to hear from an investment group last Tuesday night interested in building a medical marijuana facility, but the group never showed.
County board member Tom Howes said a group contacted him about the current ordinances and regulations the county has on such facilities, now that the law allows them. Howes invited the group to be present at the meeting, but it became apparent they had likely chosen another location.

Beard charged in six Marshall County burglaries

Robert L. Beard, 32, of Toulon was in Stark County Circuit Court this morning, July 11 and was formally charged with six additional burglaries he allegedly committed in Marshall County, in addition to Stark, Henry and McDonough burglary charges he faces.
Each of these new counts is a Class 2 felony and punishable by 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), a $25,000 fine and two years of mandatory supervised release (parole). Each count is also subject to extendable sentencing based upon a criminal past.
In 2005, Beard was sentenced to the IDOC for burglaries he was found guilty of committing at that time.

Suspects arrested in LaFayette and other area burglaries

Three men were arrested last week on suspicion of committing burglaries in at least a three county area: Stark, Henry and Bureau.  The arrests follow the recent break-ins of vehicles, which occurred last week in LaFayette.
Bo and Brock Jeffery, no address listed, are in custody at the Henry County jail since August 14 and Dallas Duckworth, of Wyanet, IL is in custody at the Bureau County jail via a Henry County arrest warrant. All are in custody in connection to the recent rash of burglaries that have occurred in LaFayette, Galva and several other communities around the three counties.

Grocery store feasibility study approved, demo to proceed

toulonStark County Ventures LLC approved a contract of up to $10,000 for engineering and architectural consulting on the feasibility of rebuilding the Toulon grocery store at its present location on Main Street.
At its meeting this past Thursday, investors in the LLC also agreed to accept the bid of $31,950 from Teubel Engineering of Dunlap to demolish and clean up the site of the grocery store that was destroyed by fire recently. The award is contingent upon the firm being able to complete the work by August 15.
The demolition work does not include filling in the basement. Bids for that work came in at $36,000-38,000, but action on the hole in the ground will be deferred until the feasibility study is complete. The study could recommend a basement as part of any rebuilding.