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Local Legislators tell Farm Bureau budget gridlock needs to end

Members of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau, like everyone else, wants the state's Budget impasse to end. So do area legislators. A handful of lawmakers told the Farm Bureau (Monday) they too know and feel the frustration.

State Reps Tom Bennett and Chad Hays were joined by Senators Chapin Rose and Scott Bennett at forum in Danville.

The legislators said resolving the deadlock won't be easy.

Chad Hays said he's looking forward to what Governor Bruce Rauner has to say in his State of the State Address Wednesday. Hays adds he would like to see lawmakers adopt a two year budget.

Tom Bennett said the State of the State and then the Budget Address, later, should be interesting. Senator Scott Bennett says there needs to be a bi-partisan effort to get the gridlock in Springfield resolved.
A concern to area farmers is that state funding has been cut to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

The Vermilion County Soil and Water Conservation District has lost several key employees because of it.

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Woman charged with 2nd- degree murder in stabbing death

Champaign County authorities have arrested a Seymour (IL) woman in connection with the fatal stabbing last week of her boyfriend.

25-year-old Sarah Kijanowski faces second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the stabbing death of 27-year-old Chase Yets. She faces arraignnment today.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said evidence shows they had been egaged in an argument and he allegedy pushed her and she took hold of a knife. He came toward her and she apparently stabbed him in the chest. " Ziegler said Mr. Yets was stabbed only once.

The stabbing occurred at the Seymour house that Kijanowski shared with Mr. Yets and her three daughters, one of whom is Mr. Yets' child.

A judge set bond at $250,000 for Kijanowski.

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False gas smell at BBCHS

A false report of a gas smell today (Monday) at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School triggered an emergency response to the school. Social media reports lent viewers to believe there was a gas leak.

School officials said the issue was stirred by an air-handling unit on the school building's second-floor. A motor may have over-heated, causing a smell that led someone to believe it was a gas leak. That was not the case.

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Vermilion County Farm Bureau hosting legislators

Vermilion County Farm Bureau members will hear from area legislators in a forum today (Monday). A 9 am program is at the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Auditorium. Kerry Wienke, Executive Director of the Farm Bureau, says all six legislators from our area have been invited to participate in the discussion which begins at 9:00 a.m. Monday at the Farm Bureau Auditorium. It is located just off U.S. route 150 – west of Danville.

Wienke expects the lack of an Illinois state budget and the impact it is having on local services is likely to be the hot topic, according to the Farm Bureau's Executive Director Kerry Wienke. ''It impacts roads and everything else. No budget, no nothing else," Wienke said.

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Early Voting delayed for Illinois Primary

Objections to some Presidential candidates on the March Illinois Primary Election ballot will delay early voting and absentee voting by mail. Area county clerk offices have issued notice about the delay, and once the process is straightened out, the public will be notified.

Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher, Kankakee County Clerk Bruce Clark, Vermilion County Clerk Cathy Jenkins, and Will Nesbitt, Executive Director of the Danville Election Commission, all provided news releases about the delay.

The objections on file will delay any early-voting until late February.

Fancher tells Iroquois County voters "the ballots and voting machines should be available no later than February 17th. It's possible, she said in a press release, certification will be made prior to the 17th. If that happens, notification will be made."

Early Voting and Vote by Mail ballots were supposed to start going out February 4th. And due to these Presidential objections they will not be available February 4th.

Local ballot information is ready to go, but the presidential objections won't allow local officials to complete the ballots.

Questions can be directed to local election offices.

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