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Watseka OK's video gaming license

The Watseka City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday night to approve another video gaming license.  A yet-to-open business at the west juntion of Route 1/24 was granted the license.  The vote reversed a committee vote last week denying the application. 

Aldermen Dennis Cahoe and John Allhands spoke in favor of the application.  They supported the business to keep the west side of town active, adding that the proceeds will only improve revenues. Cahoe also said the revenue generated goes to the police penion fund, which lessens any additional burden on taxpayers paying into the retirement fund.

Voting against the application were aldermen Mike Marcier and Rick Elliott.  The Council has talked about ending any further gaming licenses.  Several existiung taverns already are licensed and two more stand-alone businesses will soon open as gaming facilities.



Developer John Martin addressed the city council (Tuesday) about earlier reports of the city not interested in further expansion of the Martin sub-division  on the city's southeast side. Marftin informed the members of  a business looking to erect a new facility next to Heritage Woods.  The proposal could generate up to 25 jobs.

Martin said "this is all about progress in a small community that needs to grow and needs the jobs."  He said Gardant Management Solutions is interested in talking to the council about its offer. 

The Council agreed to listen to proposals in the future.

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Video gambling leads to growth in revenue

A new report shows that roughly 3,000 video gambling terminals opened in Illinois last year, generating growing profits for some communities.

The figures released by the Illinois Gambling Board also reveal that gambling revenue rose from $228 million in 2015 to $277 million during 2016, the Chicago Tribune reports . This growth comes as state lawmakers decide whether to expand gambling as part of a wide-ranging budget plan.

The report finds that customers poured over $1 billion more into terminals this year than they did in 2015. But the number of video terminals opening each year has slowed considerably since becoming legal in 2012.

A 2016 Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability report also cautioned that video gambling negatively impacts state casino revenues — especially around Chicago — by increasing competition for customer dollars.

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Iroquois Election News: April 4, 2017 reminder

Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher is issuing public notice to the elderly and handicapped for the upcoming April 4 consolidated election. Those people not registered to vote, and wishing to be eligible, need to call the clerk's office at 815-432-6960.

Aist of registrars and locations to register is available at the local office.  Individuals can register at the County Clerk's Office at the Administrative Center in Watseka Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am 'til 4:30 pm. 

In order to be eligible to vote at the polls April 4th, the last day to register with the clerk or a deputy-registrar is Tuesday, March 7, 2017.  The last day to register online is Sunday, March 19, 2017.

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Iroquois County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan is announcing that Mobile Home privilege tax bills will be mailed on March 1, 2017.

Please contact the Iroquois County Treasurer’s Office at 815-432-6985 if your address has changed or if the mobile home has been moved or destroyed. If you have recently purchased/sold a mobile home, please stop by our office with a copy of the title so that we can provide you with a certification in order for you to do the title change paperwork.

Address changes for real estate tax bills should be directed to the Assessment Office by phoning 815-432-6978.

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Grant Park man arrested for rape

A 26-year-old man who was a former coach at Momence high school is under arrest for the alleged battery and rape of a teenage girl.  Matthew Kole was in custody Friday.  His bond was set at $50,000 in the case that saw the investigation begin in 2016.  Kole was arrested then but he was released when the Kankakee County State's Attorney's office wanted more evidence.

The case cites two occasions when the crime happened, in Bradley and at Kole's parent's home in Newton County, Indiana.  

Kole is charged with felony sexual battery and rape involving a 16-year-old. 

At the time of the initial arrest, Kole was fired from the Momence coaching job.  He resigned a teaching position in the Kankakee Area Special Cooperative.  He was also a coach in the Grant Park school district. 

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