Kankakee stakes claim to sales tax agreement money
* Daily-Journal reports huge sales-tax win for City of Kankakee *
An Illinois Appellate Court decision made late last week says the Illinois Department of Revenue cannot reallocate sales tax money to Chicago-area municipalities that serve as headquarters for business with a sales offices in Kankakee.
The result is the City of Kankakee is a winner in what's described as another 'legal victory' in the sales-tax sharing agreements.
The revenue department has sided with the City of Chicago, Cook County and the Regional Transportation Authority in the ongoing legal battle over agreements that generate millions of dollars of revenue not only for the city, but the Kankakee County government as well.
Kankakee City Attorney Chris Bohlen says 'this is a big victory." The Department of Revenue said they weren't subject to review. The court said they just can't take this money.
The daily-Journal reports the revenue department had sent Kankakee a letter stating that it erroneously disbursed to the city $540,811 that should have been reported to Glendale Heights — just one example in the nearly two-year-old fight over sales-tax dollars.
The revenue department said it would recoup the distribution from Kankakee by deductions from future sales tax distributions, but the court ruled in favor of Kankakee.
Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce would like to remind everyone about our new and improved Chamber Currency program for 2013. We have revamped the program so that instead of the consumer presenting the gift certificate version of Chamber Currency to our area Chamber members, the NEW Chamber Currency will be in the form of a check!
This is great news to receiving businesses. Keep in mind Chamber Currency make great gifts and are redeemable at all of our Chamber member businesses. For further details or to order the NEW Chamber Currency, please contact Amanda at the Chamber office 815-432-2416 or you can purchase the NEW Chamber Currency at 110 S. Third Street.
We plan to honor the old gift certificate Chamber Currency until July 31, 2013, so if you have any of the old Chamber Currency, please get out there and spend them at a Chamber member business.
Celebrating. Remembering. Fighting back. These were key components of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Iroquois County event on Friday-Saturday, June 14-15.
Celebrating took place through the more than 160 survivors and caregivers who began the walking part of the evening by making the first lap around the Watseka High School track. Remembering loved ones and friends was done as walkers passed the nearly 900 glowing luminaria that lined the darkened track during the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 PM.
Fighting back against cancer was part of the attitudes of 37 women and men who donated lengths of hair to help make wigs for people going through cancer treatment. Cancer survivors assisted in the cutting of hair, making this Ponytail Drive and Fight Back Ceremony a poignant part of the evening.
During the opening ceremonies, Ryan Rodgers, a newly-graduated senior from Monticello, Illinois, told the Relay participants about his experience with a summer research program sponsored by the Illinois Division of the American Cancer Society. As part of the 8-week program, students are assigned individual projects to research.
Rodgers worked on hydrogel research in which he and other students developed a Jello-like composition to use instead of a Petri dish for doing research on brain cancer. Research projects like this one are funded by dollars raised through Relay For Life.
Rodgers said, "This program is a great way for students to learn about what happens in a lab. I encourage high school juniors to talk to their school counselors to see if applying for an American Cancer Society summer research program might be for them."
As the Relay teams made their way around the track, their members were dressed to reflect the Iroquois County Relay 2013 theme of "10 Decades of ACS--Why Not Celebrate Big?" 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society.
By the end of the event $127,115 had been collected to help in the fight against cancer. In Illinois, 72 cents of every dollar go to fighting cancer through research, education, advocacy and services for cancer patients and their families. 21 cents go to raise mission-critical funds, honor survivors and remember loved ones lost to cancer. 7 cents is for general costs and overhead. As of the end of 2012, the lifetime net contribution to Relay from Iroquois County was $1,771,994.
The top 5 teams in order of their earnings are: Wolfie's Walkers, a team formed to honor the memory of Jerry Wolfe, contributed $13,806.62. Tracy's Casey's Trotters, a team new to Relay from the Crescent City Casey's store, raised $10,379.94 in their first year. Pennies from Heaven, a team representing the Crescent City Methodist Church and a charter team of 13 years with RFL in Iroquois County, gave $9,519.28. The Survivors by Faith team from St. John's Lutheran Church, Ash Grove, supplied $8,623.96. Team Mara, a family team formed by the Ralph Buswell family in memory of family member Mara Verkler and a charter team of 13 years with RFL in Iroquois County, contributed $8,617.49. Business sponsors to Relay For Life gave a total of $43,405 in cash and in-kind donations.
Continuing information about the Iroquois County Relay For Life is available at the website www.relayforlife.org/iroquoisil.
Event Chairman Jean Lareau said, "This evening, this energy, and this event would not be possible without the support of volunteers, sponsors and participants from Iroquois County. I am grateful for your passion in helping us find a cure for cancer!"
Rantoul Police continue their investigation of the death of a pedestrian who died after he was truck by a car outside a Rantoul restaurant.
71-year-old Vernon Haskins of Onarga died Thursday morning. The police report stated Haskins was a regular customer of the Hardee's Restaurant, where the accident happened around 8 am Thursday.
Rantoul police found Haskins on the ground . He was pronounced dead after be transported by ambulance to Carle Hospital.
Police report Haskins was struck by a car driven by 41-year-old Sidney Porter, who is an employee of the restaurant. Police said Porter was pulling his car into a parking space and apparently didn't see Haskins walking across the lot.
Porter was ticketed for driving with a revoked license.