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An enormous crowd took to the streets for the 88th annual Centralia Halloween Parade on Saturday. 130 entries including 39 floats and 9 marching bands made their way down Poplar Street during the parade, which lasted just over two hours.

Organizer Butch Mathis is calling the event a success.

"The 88th annual Centralia Halloween Parade was a huge success. We couldn't have asked for better weather. The crowd turnout was spectacular and it was a real crowd pleaser. We're very pleased" Mathis told WJBD.

The theme for this years parade was "When I grow up". It was submitted by gradeschooler Mackenzie Schuchman, the youngest person to ever submit a winning theme.

Winning the coveted Harley Queen Trophy was the entry from the Sears Hometown Store. The Grand Marshall Award went to the Kaskaskia College Nursing Program

Other winners:

Grade School Bands:
1st: Franklin Park Middle School
2nd: Iuka Grade School
Best Auxillary: Franklin Park Middle School
Best Drum Line: Franklin Park Middle School
Best Drum Major: Iuka Grade School

High School Bands:
1st: Bond County High School
2nd: Breese Central High School
Best Auxillary: Bond County High School
Best Drum Line: Bond County High School
Best Drum Major: Bond County High School

Jr/Sr High School Bands:
1st: Sandoval High School
Best Auxillary: Sandoval High School
Best Drum Line: Sandoval High School
Best Drum Major: Sandoval High School

Marching Units:
1st: Salem Community High School Dance Team
2nd: Centralia High School Dance Team

1st: Sandoval FFA
2nd: Alternative Learning Academy

Family and Neighborhood:
1st: Dillinger Family
2nd: Dempsey Family

1st: Laramee Log Cabin Homes
2nd: Odin Healthcare Center

1st: Friendship House
2nd: TBD

1st: Redeemer Lutheran Church
2nd: Knights of Columbus

A flurry of downtown activities kicked off Centralia's Halloween festivities Saturday. The annual Fall Festival began early in the morning with participants in the chili-cookoff starting as early as 6 AM. The public was invited to taste the chili at noon. Several new events joined old favorites at the festival. For the first time, children could enter a Miss and Master Pumpkin contest while pets were invited to a best dressed competition.

At 11:00, the 63rd annual children's parade ran its course through downtown Centralia showcasing the costumes worn Friday night for Centralia's trick-or-treating. Awards presenter Butch Mathis says he was impressed by the ingenuity of the costumes. "I've got to give a tip of the hat to the moms and dads for the hard work that they've done and some of these decorated wagons and floats were just fantastic," Mathis said.

The parade's Demijan Trophy was presented to 2-year-old Braxton Bitter for his portrayal of Pinocchio. The award is named for the late Tony Demijan, a longtime chair of the children's parade. Click here for a gallery of parade and festival photos.


Children's Parade Winners

Braden McFarhin
Lucas Kinsella
Sam Kinsella

Reagan & Bennett
Xavier & SiLent
Makenna & Kennedi

Zayla Larson-Sabastion
Alayla Lauder
Jordyn McNelly

Paisley Meyer
Kaylin-Kaylie Kayse
Lexi Smith

Cici O'Brist / Hudsyn Swielard
Kellow Merrell / Chance Merrell
Koby Chapman

Caitlynne Bryan
Ravin Dille
Addie Warden

Emika Pahst
Josephine Walker
Bryar Burleyson

Ryder Koger / Harper Schulte
Tyler Bivens / Kaden Bivens
Audrianna Moore / Jacey Moore / Jayden Moore

Makayla Nevelle
Hope Vangetson
Ray Lynn Parker

Damon Jennings
Dana Watkins
Alyssa Miller

Devan Jennings
Aubri Thompson
Rachel, Aiden, Vanessa, Miller & Charlotte Kracht

Alyssa Lurkins
Zoey Finney
Emma Pepper

Parry West
Breana Callender, Paxton Callender, Etan Terry, Lavern McDaniel, Brinlee Weyenburg
Mariah Abdullah

Riley Keller
Miguel Munoz
Hunter Hamburg

Braxton Bitter

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A coroner's jury in central Illinois has ruled that an Illinois State Police SWAT team was justified in shooting and killing a man who had fired on officers during a standoff in July.

Josh A. Edwards was killed in the exchange of gunfire at a home in rural Pana.

The standoff began when authorities responded to a report of an armed man.

Police say Edwards shot a Pana officer before fleeing to the home's roof. Officers negotiated with him for several hours. He allegedly set the roof ablaze before firing at members of the state police's tactical unit. Those officers returned fire, killing Edwards.

The (Springfield) State Journal Register reports that a Christian County coroner's jury ruled this week that the shooting death of the 25-year-old man was justifiable.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced a 21-day quarantine for those who've had direct contact with West Africa Ebola patients.

Illinois' action on Friday follows that of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The two issued a mandatory quarantine for travelers after a physician who returned to New York City a week ago from treating Ebola patients in Guinea fell ill with the virus. Dr. Craig Spencer rode the subway, took a cab, went bowling, visited a coffee shop and ate at a restaurant in the city after returning home.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the order is a "common sense step" to ensure residents will be protected from potential exposure to the virus.

No Ebola cases have been reported in Illinois.

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has named the same attorney who oversaw hiring in the city of Chicago to monitor hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation.

A brief Friday order names Chicago attorney Noelle Brennan. She monitored Chicago hiring from 2005 until this year when the city was found to be largely in compliance of decrees barring patronage hiring. 

Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier decided Wednesday to appoint an IDOT monitor. That was a setback for the Democratic governor, whose re-election campaign claims he's navigated Illinois away from ethical problems. 

Anti-patronage campaigner Michael Shakman has alleged improper hiring at IDOT. 

Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman says Quinn "has directed IDOT to work closely" with Brennan and the court to ensure all "rules are strictly followed."

Quinn's office has denied any wrongdoing.  

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