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Iroquois Election Judges getting pay hike

Election judges in Iroquois County are being rewarded with a pay increase. The County Board (Tuesday) approved paying the judges $125 dollars for their Election Day time -- plus an additional $20 dollars if they attend a training class and $15 dollars for attending the class.

The pay hike will cost the county about $4,000 per election.
County Clerk Lisa Fancher said the judges haven’t received a pay increase in over 10 years. The increase takes effect with the November 2018 General Election.

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Iroquois County Board OK’s flood study funding

                River Basin Plan getting attention

The Iroquois County Board (Tuesday) approved allocating $25,000 toward an Indiana study of the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers. Board members OK’d involvement in the River Basin Plan to examine flooding on the two rivers. The focus is on Indiana, for now.

Iroquois County Chairman John Shure and Kankakee Board Chairman Andrew Wheeler are onboard to support the study with hopes there will be something positive on this side of the state line too.

The Kankakee County Board is also supporting the study.

The Kankakee River Basin Commission met last month in Indiana. Local officials, including State Rep.Tom Bennett attended to gather more information. The Commission was created by the Indiana State Legislature to discuss flood matters on the Iroquois and Kankakee Rivers in Indiana.An engineering firm from Indianapolis is conducting the study.

Iroquois County board members questioned if Iroquois County would stand to gain much ? Shure says it’s a start to see where it could go.

Shure also said there’s still a chance an anonymous donar may provide the funding.

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Dugan Kicks Off Campaign with Headquarters Grand Opening

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Lisa Dugan, candidate for state representative, kicked off her campaign and opened her campaign headquarters on Tuesday August 14, 2018 with the help of her family and a very large group that included a diverse crowd of residents from throughout the district including Grundy, Kankakee and Will counties.

Over 175 attended the opening consisting of senior citizens, millennial, youth, local business owners, elected officials, education and labor leaders, healthcare professionals, public safety personnel, construction workers, farmers and more.

“Some politicians want to divide our communities for their own political gain, but I’ve spent my entire career working to bring people together and do what’s right for the middle class. There’s no better way to kick off this campaign to take back our seat in the State House than by bringing people together for a conversation about the work that lays ahead,” Dugan said. “I had been approached by many local residents over the last year, from both sides of the aisle, asking me to consider running for the State Representative seat so they would have someone in Springfield fighting for this district.” stated Dugan.

“I could no longer sit back as I was approached by the elderly, veterans, students, crime victims, businesses, municipal leaders, economic opportunity leaders, elementary and secondary education personnel, healthcare professionals, public safety leaders and non-profit service providers who were scared by what was happening in Springfield. The long 2 yr budget impasse had a devastating effect on people’s lives and the livelihood of our communities in the 79th district and none of that seemed to matter. A NO vote was cast not only once against a budget that would help to start the rebuilding process, another NO vote was cast again this year making a very clear statement that some feel it is OK to wreak havoc and despair on people in this district and I am here today to say it is not OK, it is not acceptable and if I am fortunate enough to be elected Springfield will know that the people of the 79th district have a voice and I can assure you they will hear it loud and clear”, Dugan said.

Residents are invited to join Dugan’s effort to stand up to the Springfield status quo by visiting her office at 573 William Latham Drive in Bourbonnais or by calling 815 -348-7469.

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The Illinois State Fair has always been first and foremost an agricultural fair. We’re celebrating all aspects of Illinois ag during Agriculture Day on Tuesday, August 14, at the Illinois State Fair.

Many events are planned to encourage fairgoers to learn about and get more involved in agriculture. Two contests geared toward younger fairgoers are Cutest Little Farmer and the Children’s Pedal Pull Competition. Cutest Little Farmer features kids dressed up and ready for a day on the farm. This contest is set for 11:00 a.m. in the Department of Agriculture tent. And the Pedal Pull Competition is a contest inspired by truck and tractor pulls, where kids use pedal tractors to pull a weight. This event will happen at The Shed at 1:30 p.m.

Harness racing is set for 11:00 a.m. in the Grandstand on Ag Day. The 2018 Illinois Auctioneer Championship Finals are at 10:00 a.m. on the Lincoln Stage. Ten of Illinois’ finest auctioneers will take the stage and compete to become the 2018 Auctioneer Champion, who goes on to serve as the auctioneer at the 2018 Governor's Sale of Champions Tuesday evening.


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Kankakee County Board considers solar farm project Tuesday

It’s been controversial, but the solar farm proposal at the edge of Momence is on today’s agenda for the Kankakee County Board. The matter could be tabled for further discussion, but the project has been given a green light by the Kankakee County Zoning Board and a planning committee.

Momence officials are against the project at the corner of Vincennes Trail and 4000 N Road. A village plan has that site designated for future residential development.

Wisconsin-based Sun Vest has asked that the property be changed in zoning from residential to agriculture. The company wants a special-use permit.

Bradley solar farm talk ---

Solar farm proposed for Village of Bradley opposed
Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams is not in favor of a proposed solar farm on the drawing board of Cypress Creek. The solar company wants to develop a solar operation near Armour Road, east of I-57. It’s near the eastern boundary of the village.

It too, is targeted for residential development.
Mayor Adams doesn’t feel it’s the best use for that site. He plans to oppose the solar farm at a future County zoning meeting (Sept 17th).

Solar farm talks in Iroquois County ---

Later this month, the Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals will consider two solar energy projects.

Two sites, one near Beaverville and another near the edge of Watseka, are being looked at the solar firm --- Microgrid Energy.

The local board may be considering a building permit fee to be included with the county ordinance.

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