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Flooding Update: Monday morning river-readings

Water levels are on the decline, but a Flood Warning continues on the Iroquois River at Iroquois and at Foresman, IN.

Observers report ice jams are a factor. The ice jams can result in rapid fluctuations in water levels with little or no warning. Residents in low lying flood prone areas should remain alert.

A Flood Advisory for the Iroquois River at Chebanse is now pushed up to a warning. Ice jams on the river have posed a concern along with the Kankakee River.

The Flood warning for Sugar Creek at Milford is cancelled. The water level fell below the flood stage Sunday afternoon.

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Sheriff Bukowski endorsed for re-election

Municipal police chiefs in Kankakee County are supporting incumbent Sheriff Tim Bukowski for re-election. That according to the Bukowski for Re-election camp.

Bukowski's re-election bid is supported by Kankakee City Police Chief Larry Regnier (Ring-E), Bourbonnais Chief Jim Phelps and the Chiefs of Police in Manteno, Momence and Grant Park.

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NAACP Candidates Forum in Kankakee

The Kankakee branch of the NAACP is hosting a forum today (Monday) at the Kankakee Public Library. The program is set for 5:30 pm on the 4th Floor of the library.

The forum features the GOP candidates for Kankakee County Sheriff, Tim Bukowski and challenger Darryl Smith.

Also participating are Democratic candidates for the 79th Illinois House seat, incumbent Kate Cloonen and her challenger, John Howard.

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Iroquois County routes pose flood worries >

Update:  Saturday, February 22, 2014

Two roads in Iroquois County were closed to traffic Friday afternoon; several others are posted warning drivers of potential danger.

County Highway 41, coming out of Stockland, was closed due to flooding, according to Highway Engineer Joel Moore. The Cissna Park slab, west of Goodwine, was also a big safety concern.

Moore said the biggest worry is more freezing conditions and what could happen if the flood waters turn to ice.

At least seven other rural intersections are posted with 'Warning" signs, letting drivers know about the flooding.

Run-off from farm fields was creating flooding on roads that don't really pose flood concerns. Some of the marked sites improved Friday while others were created by new flooding. Motorists are urged to obey posted signs and seek another route.

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Kempton Roads and Route 115 south of Roberts were also reported to be water and ice covered and very dangerous.

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Cloonen Demands Answers at Hearing on State Property Record Keeping Flaws

KANKAKEE, IL – During a hearing to address the mismanagement of taxpayer money, state Representative Kate Cloonen demanded answers and solutions from the state agency tasked with tracking state property. The hearing was initiated by Cloonen when she learned that Central Management Services (CMS) failed to properly maintain records of millions of dollars' worth of real property.

"This hearing was called to address gross mismanagement within CMS and to make certain that taxpayer dollars are not being wasted," said Cloonen. "The hearing also provided my colleagues and I the chance to investigate CMS's record keeping problems and hold those accountable for their egregious errors. Illinois is still facing serious fiscal problems, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to cut wasteful spending, hold agencies accountable and eliminate fraud."

Cloonen called for the hearing after a report exposed insufficiency within the CMS's record keeping database. Specifically, CMS's master list of state owned property was incomplete and inaccurate. Millions of dollars in state property were not listed, and the report exposed that some state vendors were paid over 400 dollars an hour. When confronted by Cloonen about what types of services were contracted for the high pay, CMS said they did not know. Moreover, the method for disposing of surplus real property was not adequate or timely. Over the past 7 years, only eight surplus properties had been sold or conveyed by CMS or conveyed by public act.

"Our state government must be an efficient and fiscally sound one," Cloonen said. "Legislators have a duty to the taxpayer to ensure such wasteful mistakes like CMS's record keeping issues are not only fixed, but never repeated."