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Perspective: Will Iroquois County ever get it together ?

Iroquois County’s recently-passed quarter-cent sales tax for the good of public safety apparently, isn’t good enough for the County Board.

Word has it, that the County Board may not put the tax in place....even though it was approved by voters.

Newly-elected Board Chairman John Shure is quoted in the Ford County Record ‘there’s concern about the tax hike’s impact on retailers.” He says a fact-finding mission is underway...with concern county residents will travel to neighboring counties with lower sales tax rates to do their shopping.

And sources tell WGFA News, Shure was recently asked about the possibility of the tax not being enacted by the county board and he said he ‘knew nothing about it.’

Once again, the public safety tax imposes a minute-tax on EVERYONE, not just local citizens. EVERYONE travelling thru Iroquois County, making purchases on the taxable items, contribute to public safety.

Certain foods, prescription medicines, and vehicles are exempt from the tax.

And once again, other counties with a public safety tax gain revenue from Iroquois County shoppers visiting them to support THEIR public safety needs. It’s a simple return the favor concept...it’s not an unbearable tax just on Iroquois County consumers.

The taxes generated from any individual is less than what you or me lose under our car seats or in the cushions of our sofa.

Far too often, the Iroquois County Board likes to create problems/issues that aren’t there. Some creative minds dig up controversy that doesn’t exist until some select-board members, or past members, decide to stir the pot. And – what they do is insult the intelligence of voters.

Maybe, just maybe, some of the newly-elected board members can get off on the right foot and pay attention to what they need to focus on ...INSTEAD OF FEEDING THE CANCER CELLS THAT HAVE INFESTED IROQUOIS COUNTY GOVERNMENT IN RECENT YEARS !

And just maybe, voters and business people who think in a common-sense mode can let their voices be heard and set the County Board on the right track for a change.

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Prosecutors seek life without parole in Newton County triple homicide

Newton County prosecutors intend to seek life without parole among new murder charges for two men accused of killing three people in Newton County in late August.

24-year-old Sebastian Wedding of Lake County, Indiana, and 24-year-old Derrick Cardosi of Sumava Resorts, Indiana, are each charged with three counts of murder, auto theft and theft.

The charges stem from the deaths of 39-year-old Kimberly Spears, 23-year-old Richard Thomas and 20-year-old Justin Babbs. All the victims were from Newton County.

All three victims died from multiple stab wounds, according to Newton County Coroner Scott McCord.

Prosecutors are now seeking additional charges of two counts of murder and life without parole.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Drinski listed three reasons they are seeking life:
1. The men committed murder while committing burglary.
2. The men committed murder while committing robbery.
3. The men committed murder while committing another murder.

Court documents state the men stole Thomas’ car, electronic games, an electronic tablet and Nike Air Jordan shoes.

Both men are being held in the Newton County Jail without bond.

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Red Cross urges blood donation as one last gift to give this holiday season

The perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Kankakee

Bourbonnais
12/23/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/29/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/30/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.

Manteno
12/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S Main St
12/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 698 N Locust St
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Livingston

Fairbury
12/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple Street

Pontiac
12/16/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., OSF Saint James-John W Albrecht Medical Center, 2500 W. Reynolds
12/28/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., VFW, 531 Lincoln Avenue
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How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

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Settlement in non-compete clause, Jimmy John's to pay $100,000

Champaign-based Jimmy John's has reached a settlement with the Illinois Attorney General on the sandwich chain's non-compete agreements for its employees.

Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit in June against Jimmy John's for imposing "highly restrictive non-compete agreements" against low-wage staff members, which she said at the time were illegal and unenforceable. Employees were required to sign the agreement which said they cannot work for another similar sandwich eatery within two miles of a Jimmy John's for two years after they stop working for the company. The restaurant chain has nearly 300 locations in Illinois.

But under the deal announced Wednesday, the sandwich company has to notify all current and former employees that their non-competition agreements are unenforceable and confirm that Jimmy John's does not intend to enforce them. The company also has to pay $100,000 for education and public awareness on the issue.

Starting in January, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act will prohibit use of non-compete agreements for employees earning less than $13 per hour.

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Vermilion County Board unanimously re-elects Marron

Vermilion County Board members unanimously elected Mike Marron to another two-year term as chairman Monday night.

Marron is from Fithian. He’s served as chairman the last two years, after succeeding Gary Weinard of Hoopeston.

Todd Johnson, a Rossville-area Republican, was chosen as vice chairman.

Marron said he believes the board have a great opportunity the next few years to accomplish things.

Republicans retained the majority on the 27-member board in the November election.

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