Iroquois County authorities are reporting an attempt to hack the county computer network.
The FBI has been notified about the attempt to hack on-line bank accounts and an attempt to transfer county funds. No county funds were lost during the attempt. Security measures already set up by Iroquois County and the banks prevented the hacking and transfer from being successful.
Additional security measures are being put in place.
The Iroquois County State’s Attorney’s Office and the county Sheriff’s Department are investigating the attempted cyber hack.
Ford-Iroquois counties – The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department continues to move forward with projects that support their “Green Initiative”. This week, each employee was given a reusable grocery bag to utilize when shopping. “It is the many little things that we do that add up to make a big impact,” said Doug Corbett, Public Health Administrator. “It appears that the reusable bag can hold about four to five times the amount of groceries that would normally be placed in a plastic bag. If each employee uses the bag just once a week during this year we would be saving over (5 bags saved each week x 40 employees x 52 weeks = 10,400) ten thousand plastic bags in just one year.”
Corbett said the agency is committed to being good stewards of our resources. “We not only practice “green” when we carry out our business during working hours at the health department, we encourage our employees to utilize “green practices” during their hours away from the agency as well.”
Three defendants facing sex charges in Kankakee County are now under indictment.
45-year-old Paul Somers of Bradley is charged with two-counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Unlawful Restraint. Somers allegedly handcuffed the victim and forced sexual contact at a residence in Bradley.
36-year-old Christopher Silsbee of Chebanse was indicted for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender. He failed to notify law enforcement about a change in his employment.
37-year-old Gary Lance of Momence was arrested for Criminal Sexual Assault. He allegedly had sexual contact with a female on Hobbie Street in Momence.
And a Manteno man, Herbert Battermann, was also indicted for Criminal Sexual Assault. He allegedly had sexual contact with a victim at a campground in Chebanse.
If you collect vintage tractors of any brand, mark your calendars. Tractor enthusiasts from all over are invited to bring their tractors and participate in the 2012 “Ride the River” Vintage Tractor Ride, scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2012 along the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers.
Developed through a partnership between Kankakee Community College (KCC), the KCC Foundation, and The Central Illinois Green Club, “Ride the River” is a bi-annual event that takes participants on a 50-mile vintage tractor ride through some of the area’s most beautiful scenery. Signature sponsor for the event is Hogan Walker, LLC in Manteno. Proceeds from the event provide a KCC Scholarship for Agriculture and Horticulture Studies students.
Ride the River begins at the KCC campus with a 6:30 a.m. check-in, coffee and donuts in the KCC Workforce Development Center. Participants are encouraged to bring their tractors to the campus the night before, but may also arrive the morning of the event. For those wishing to come in the night before, overnight security and surveillance will be provided on-site.
The Iroquois County Soil & Water Conservation District is announcing its Fall Fish Program. Order are now being taken.
Delivery date is scheduled for Monday, September 17th at the local Watseka office at 8:00 a.m. SHARP! Channel Catfish, Albino Catfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Largemouth Bass , Triploid Gras Carp, Bluegill, Fathead Minnows, Redear, and Hybrid Redear are among the species available. Fish will be packaged at the office in oxygenated bags. Only those ordering the 2 large catfish sizes will need to bring some of their own pond water - for all others just bring 5 gallon buckets. If ordering Carp, there is a form that needs to be completed by August 31st. All other fish need to be ordered by Monday, September 10th. To order, or to see a complete listing, please call 815-432-6055 Ext 3.