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Iroquois County Board gives tentative approval to FY17 budget

There’s black ink in the fiscal year ‘17 budget in Iroquois County. The surplus is just $642 dollars, but after weeks and even months of shuffling numbers the budget is balanced.

The County Board gave its tentative OK Tuesday. The budget will be on display at the Clerk’s office for the next 30 days. Formal approval is likely at the November meeting.
The budget includes the hiring of an additional sheriff deputy.

The proposed budget also shows one maintenance supervisor. That position had been expanded to two people under the past county administration; one for the courthouse and jail and then another full-time position for the Administrative Center.

In years past, Maintenance Supervisor Larry Pankey – more than adequately --kept the county campus in excellent shape, mowing, weeding and snow plowing. Yet despite budget hardships, the past administration added jobs with benefits and made part-time positions full-time.

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Ford County GOP urging voters to support Trump

Ford County Republican precinct committeemen voted unanimously to send a flier to all registered voters in Ford County endorsing Donald Trump’s candidacy for president of the U.S.

A $4,000 mailing expense will be paid for by the Ford County Republican Central Committee.

Despite many of the national Republican leaders abandoning Trump’s bid for the White House, several locals said they felt Trump needed to focus more on the issues facing the nation and limit his attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Bennett leaving as Ford County GOP chairman

State Representative Tom Bennett is stepping down as chairman of the Ford County Republican Central Committee. The Gibson City resident cites demands of the job and his busy schedule in Springfield as his reason for giving the leadership post.

\Ford County’s 21 Republican precinct committeemen will meet to select Bennett’s replacement.

The person elected would fill the remainder of Bennett’s existing two-year term, through April 2018.

Bennett serves as representative for the 106th District. He is running unopposed in the November 8 general election, to begin his second four-year term as a state representative in January.

Bennett said that although he is vacating his chairman position, he will continue serving as a Ford County Republican precinct committeeman.

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Kinzinger to address Iroquois GOP event

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger will be the guest speaker for the annual fall luncheon of the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club in Watseka. The 12 Noon program is Monday, October 17, at Celebrations.

Kinzinger is a three-term congressman, representing the 16th Congressional District for four years. His district stretches from Iroquois, Ford and Livingston counties north to the Wisconsin state line. Locally, it also includes Grundy and southwest Will County.

Kinzinger recently was named Republican House whip. He serves on the energy and commerce committee and previously served on the foreign affairs committee.

His only opponent for re-election this year is a write-in candidate, John F. Bouchard, who has said he objects to Kinzinger's failure to support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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ATV thefts in Watseka nets 2 arrests

Watseka Police have arrested a St. Anne man in connection with the theft of two ATVs from a Watseka dealership. The Watseka Suzuki Honda business reported the theft last Wednesday.

57-year-old Donald Baker was charged with theft over $10,000. He’s jailed in Iroquois County.

Another man is also identified as 31-year-old Andrew B. Hancock of St. Anne. He’s currently in the Kankakee County Jail on unrelated charges. Watseka Police plan to seek charges against him when he is released from Kankakee County.

Watseka Police and St. Anne Police wrapped up a three-day investigation into the thefts. According to police reports, two ATVs were stolen from inside a fenced in area of the business. One of the ATV’s was recovered.

Police were able to obtain surveillance photos and asked the public for help in identifying the suspects. St. Anne Police notified Watseka Police of the possible identities of the two men. Police said Baker admitted to being involved in the theft.

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