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Tazewell chairman to run for treasurer

PEKIN - Tazewell County Board Chairman James E. Unsicker has announced his intension to run for the office of Tazewell County treasurer.

The county treasurer oversees and invests county money. The treasurer is responsible for collecting and distributing property taxes to the 116 taxing bodies in the county.

Unsicker, a Morton Republican, has served on the County Board for 18 years. He has been chairman since 1996.

Bloomington honors top yard card efforts

BLOOMINGTON - Four people walked away with honors in the Northwest Neighborhood Association's 2005 yard card contest.

A card created by Susie Curtis, 1502 N. Lee St., took first-place honors. Three others tied for second place: Twila Braden, 1506 N. Lee St.; Lisa West, 608 W. Graham St.; and Ed and Carol Lind, 410 W. Seminary St.

Each received $25.

Fifteen residents in the association's area “ from Division to Locust streets and Center Street west to the railroad tracks “ competed in the year's competition to paint a greeting card on 4-by-8-foot pieces of plywood.

The cards will be on display through the holiday.

BHS beats top team in Scholastic Bowl

BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington High School's Scholastic Bowl team took on the top ranked high school team in the state and walked away with the win.

The eight-member team defeated Rockford-Auburn High School at the New Trier Scholastic Bowl Competition Saturday at Winnetka. Bloomington High School's team is currently ranked sixth in the state, but Principal Cindy Helmers said she expects that ranking will change.

"We were definitely the underdog," said team coach Debbie Voorhees. Bloomington and Carbondale High School were the only teams from outside the Chicago suburbs at the competition. A total of 20 high school Scholastic Bowl teams competed in Saturday's tournament.

In addition to the win, BHS junior Kristina Warren won the all-tournament medal from the competition.

In court

Man accused of having stolen vehicle

BLOOMINGTON - A Bloomington man is accused of having a woman's stolen car Tuesday in Bloomington.

Donnie D. Smith, 42, of Weldon Avenue, was in jail Wednesday in lieu of $750 on a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Obstructing justice - A Bloomington Township man is accused of lying to a police officer to avoid prosecution for vehicle-related violations Wednesday in Bloomington.

Robert J. Vesper, 23, was released on a personal recognizance bond Wednesday on a charge of obstructing justice.

Revoked license “ A 57-year-old man is accused of driving with a revoked license Tuesday in Normal.

Larry E. Spaulding, of the 800 block of West Jackson Street in Bloomington, was in jail Wednesday in lieu of $200 on a charge of driving while his license was revoked. A court document indicates the charge is a felony because of a previous conviction for driving with a suspended or revoked license in a 2000 case.

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