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Iroquois County posts sample ballots

SAMPLE BALLOTS NOW AVAILABLE

Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher has announced that the publication of the full ballot, as well as sample ballots for the April 9th Consolidated Election are now available on the county’s website at www.co.iroquois.il.us. You may also call the clerk’s office at: 815-432-6960 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and request a sample ballot which can be mailed or emailed to you.

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Missing Alabama toddler found in Manteno

A missing 2-year-old girl from Alabama has been found in Manteno, Manteno police said in a news release issue before noon today.

Both the child's mother, Jennifer Mosteter, and the child, Carrie Mosteter, were turned over to the FBI at 10:30 a.m. today. The child was then turned over to the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

DCFS will then return the child to the custody of the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

On March 8, an AMBER alert regarding the child and mother was issued by Alabama authorities. The mother did not have custodial rights.

The pair was suspected of being in the Manteno area because the mother has relatives there.

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“Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” April 12 in Kankakee

It’s called “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.” An international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and violence by men against women and children.

The event, the 6th annual, is a fundraiser for the Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA). This year’s fun event is Friday, April 12th.

Tom Greene is the Men’s Initiative Coordinator for KC-CASA.  He says all are welcome regardless if you wear womens healed shoes.  Everyone's support is appreciated.

The Walk will begin at !2 Noon.  Following some opening remarks at 11:45 am, the walk goes around the Kankakee County Courthouse to the Community Resource Center.  It begins at the Knights of Columbus Hall, across the street from the courthouse on N. Indiana Avenue.

Contact the KC-CASA office for more info or visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org

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Nearly 10 percent of Illinois adults have diabetes

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois health officials are putting out the word about diabetes management and prevention.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is joining the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness about the disease that affects nearly 10 percent of adults in the state. Tuesday was "Diabetes Alert Day," a day set side to raise awareness.

Health department officials say the highest prevalence of diabetes in Illinois is among residents of Alexander, Pulaski and Williamson counties.

People can prevent or delay diabetes by losing just 7 percent of body weight - that's about 15 pounds if you weigh 200 - and through regular physical activity and healthy eating.

And the state provides funding to local health departments and community organizations to offer programs with information about diabetes prevention and management.

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9-1-1 Funding Spirals to Critical Stage >

It’s been talked about before. Now, the funding formula for 9-1-1 will have to change or several 9-1-1 programs across the country may cease to exist.

Illinois HB 3073 is designed to fix a funding gap for 9-1-1. But whether it makes it thru the legislative process is the big question.

Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble (Due-bull) informed the Iroquois County Board the original $2.00 charge for telephone landlines just doesn’t cut it anymore.

The financial set-up has changed since back then. $300,000 in CD’s and $500,000 was tucked away in a bank account.

Dubble explained, technology upgrades have eaten away at the checkbook.

Projections indicate there’s about a 2-3 year lifespan left. And it’s the County that’s responsible for the program’s existence.

Dubble said her message is a heads-up for the county government. Because the emergency system was created by the local government, it’s that government’s responsibility to make it work.

Iroquois County’s 9-1-1 system isn’t alone. Several across the state are facing the same financial dilemma. A new revenue source is needed.

Legislative discussions have focused on a new fee for cellphones to help cover the loss of landlines.

 

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