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Watseka Mayoral Candidates Speak at Forum

The four Watseka Mayoral candidates gathered for a forum hosted by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce at the Unit 9 building in Watseka last night.

John Allhands, John Burch, Mike Marcier, and Bill Nutter each got a chance to answer several questions in regards to their campaigns. Topics included the importance of the mayor position and what the biggest issue was to them.

The election takes place April 4th.

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Iroquois County Mayoral races popular for April 4 Election

Contested races fill area ballots for the upcoming April 4th Consolidated Election. Voters head to the polls next Tuesday with good reason to get involved and let their voices be heard.

The Consolidated Election Illinois should draw local interest, yet often-times, the voter turnout is not where it should be. This election is where several local matters should find people interested enuf to cast a ballot.

Early Voting is underway. And County Clerk’s offices offer special early voting hour this Saturday – April 1st – from 8:30 am ‘til 12 Noon. Regular voting hours are next Tuesday from 6 am ‘til 7 pm.

Seven mayor’s races in Iroquois County should get people out to vote, including the four-person contest in Watseka. There’s also mayor contests in Buckley, Cissna Park, Iroquois, Loda, Milford and Sheldon.

City/Village Clerk races are on ballots in Clifton and in Loda. There’s also village trustee contests.

At the Township level of government --- Supervisor and Highway Commissioner races are popular.

Danforth Township has a 2-person race for Supervisor.
Road Commissioner contests are offered to voters in Ashkum Chebanse, Martinton, Pigeon Grove and Sheldon Townships. And Township trustee positions are also contested.

School Board seats are also contested in Iroquois West District #10 and Crescent –Iroquois Elementary District #249.

{The Tri-Point and Herscher school districts also find contested races}.

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Kankakee County’s April 4th Election features mayor’s contests

Kankakee County’s three major communities have contested races for the mayor’s offices.

The City of Kankakee has a 3-person race. Bradley and Bourbonnais’s incumbent mayors are challenged. Aroma Park and Momence offer voters 2-person races.

Voters have several choices for trustee seats in Bradley and Bourbonnais.

The Kankakee Valley Park District and the Momence Park District offer voters a choice. And the Herscher, Kankakee District #111, and Pembroke Township school districts offer contests too.

Several Kankakee County Township’s offer voters a choice for Supervisor and Highway Commissioners.

Hot button referendums include the Public Safety Sales Tax. The measure is asking voters to support a quarter percent sales tax increase from 6.25 to 6.5% on retail items sold in Kankakee County.

The tax would only be in effect for four years and monies generated would support public safety and criminal justice. County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler says it tax is likely to generate up to $2.4 million dollars.

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Iroquois ETSB Discusses Dubble’s Contract

The Iroquois County Emergency Telephone System Board met Friday to discuss the employment situation/contract of longtime 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble.

During the public comment section, Edgar County Watchdogs website owners Kirk Allen and John Kraft were in attendance to voice their concerns again about the validity of the contract. Several others in attendance would then question the Watchdogs' involvement and voice support for Dubble. The board would then go into executive session.

After a brief executive session, Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine said there was not sufficient wording on the March 25, 2014 agenda when the board originally passed the contract. Devine determined the contract was null and void and was never valid in the first place. Devine said Dubble will now be considered an at-will employee and will continue her job at the same pay until she decides to leave or the board decides otherwise. Devine added that the board could give her a new contract but it would be for one year at a time. The meeting adjourned with no further action being taken.

Dubble has served as coordinator for over 20 years.

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Iroquois County Board Approves Bid for County Farm

The Iroquois County Board held a special session Friday to make a decision on the lease contract for the county farm.

The board unanimously approved the bid of Zach Borchers of Gilman for $347 an acre. The contract is for 1 year as of now due to the short time frame for approval. The Management Services Committee will have to decide if they want to extend it to 2 or 3 years.