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Kankakee County finances short $700,000+

A special meeting is planned later this month for Kankakee County government leaders. Reports state the county will not have enough money to pay all of its bills this month.
The county checkbook will fall $774,973 short after paying salaries of county employees and meeting mandated pension payments.

As of Thursday, the county had about $2.5 million on hand but about $3.3 million in expenses, according to county figures.

The county board is planning a special meeting April 29 to approve $3 million in borrowing against future property tax revenues. The money will be borrowed through tax anticipation warrants slated to be issued on May 9.

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Litigation filed to stop Illiana Expressway

Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Expressway. The suit claims the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't have authority to develop it. The expressway would be operated as a toll road.

The Environmental Law & Policy Center filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of the Sierra Club and Openlands. It contends that the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's policy committee erred when it voted in October to include the tollway in its long-term development plan for the region, even though its own board of directors had already derided it as an expensive boondoggle and voted against it.

The lawsuit claims board approval is necessary under Illinois law, and IDOT cannot legally circumvent that.

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GOP Lt. Governor candidate addresses Iroquois County GOP women

Evelyn Sanguinetti spoke about the need to attract the Hispanic vote. Addressing the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club in Watseka, Sanguinetti, the Republican Lt. Governor candidate for the November election, said getting the Hispanic voters is part of a movement that has to happen for the GOP.

Sanquinetti said the Hispanic population is all about faith and family, so we republicans need them on our side. It's a passion, she said, she continues to push.

The DuPage County running-mate of Bruce Rauner said another passion is the Republican women movement. She said in her opinion, women can carry a message once they're on a mission.

The Iroquois County Republican Women's Club hosted its Spring dinner Thursday night in Watseka.

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5K to honor Brent McTaggart Saturday

The "Paint Your Path" 5K honoring Watseka teacher/coach Brent McTaggart is set for Saturday. The event is to be held at 8 am Saturday at Watseka Community High School. Check-in is from 7 – 8 am.

Several businesses and individuals have donated for the event. Proceeds from the race go toward scholarships for student-athletes from the school and to honor coach Brent McTaggart, who died in an automobile accident a year ago.

More than 500 participants have registered. A balloon launch will start the race at 8:30 in the morning. Awards will be presented to participants in different age groups.

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Senator Barickman Meets with Paxton-Buckley-Loda Students

Paxton – State Senator Jason Barickman(R-Bloomington) visited PBL Junior and Senior High Schools Thursday, to hear from the students and let them know what their leaders in Springfield are working on this session.

"These bright young students may not be eligible to vote quite yet," said Barickman. "But they have just as much of a stake in state government as their parents." Barickman added, "The votes we take this spring on topics like school funding and higher education will play a major role in the opportunities they have to succeed in life."

Barickman addressed major issues including school funding, MAP Grants, and the Illinois economy. But he also took questions and comments from the students, to find out what concerns them right now.
"We need to engage these young minds in the process of state government now," said Barickman, "So that they remain involved and active in ensuring Illinois has the right leaders in the future."

The range of questions included everything from what his positions are issues, to his favorite part of being a Senator, and even what type of car he drives.

"It was good," said Junior Kade Hill, "Very informative relating what we learned here in government class to what really happens."

"We learned a lot, like how he grew up," said 8th grader Emma Fleming, "You'd think a politician is someone that acts different, but he's just a regular guy."      {article submitted}

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