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Iroquois County Board addressing transparency in Government….

    … Committee Proposal Continues Elected Officers Salary Freeze

A governmental push to inform citizens of what’s going on with their government finds Iroquois County trying to do just that.

County business transactions will be posted on the county website to comply with Public Act 97-0609.  Total compensation benefits, including wages and benefits over $75,000 is required to be posted.  The board’s management committee is suggesting compliance . since the act was to be implemented in 2011.

Elected officials meanwhile, are required to meet a requirement of being trained on the Freedom of Information (FOIA)Act.  All officials, including county, township and school officials must meet the 2012 required training.

The Iroquois County Board Finance committee also voted 6-3 (Thursday) to continue a freeze on the set-salaries of Circuit Clerk and Coroner.  Election year requirements call for salaries to be set 180 days prior to the election.  The salaries of the Clerk and Coroner Office have been frozen since the last election four years ago…the Circuit Clerk at $52,000 and the Coroner at $36, 600.

The State’s Attorney Salary of $128,950 is set by the State, based on county population.

Finance committee member Rod Copas, who also serves the Negotiation committee, said raising salaries would put the county in a tough position for bargaining.  He said raises could create more problems.

The County Negotiation Committee is currently in talks with AFSCME and FOP union employees.

While current salaries have been frozen for four years, however, the County Board also approved the hiring of a new full-time position (Director of Financing for $65,000 a year) and the former part-time County Board Administrative Assistant position is now a full-time position; both salaries including benefits.

Finance committee members voting FOR the salary freezes were:  Charles Ault, Russell Bills, Kevin Hansen, Kyle Anderson, Dave Hubert and Rod Copas.  The three voting AGAINST included Jim Meyer, Susan Wynn Bence and Don Deany.


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Two Juveniles sought in Kankakee Rival Gang Shootings >


Kankakee Police report rival gangs gunfire continued an "ongoing feud" Thursday afternoon.

An exchange of gunfire on Kankakee's east side triggered another investigation.  Police reported two separate incidents of shots fired just after noon.  Investigators combed the streets as officers aggressively patrolled the area between South Chicago and South Lincoln avenues along Eagle Street.

Police report no one was hit and no one was taken into custody, but police are searching for two juvenile "persons of interest."

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Jim Nabors unable to attend 2012 Indianapolis 500

Entertainer to have heart surgery race weekend

- Actor and entertainer Jim Nabors will not be attending the Indy 500 this year but don't worry, he'll still be singing "Back Home Again in Indiana."

A film crew will be traveling to Nabors' home in Hawaii this month to record him singing the song that's made him a Month of May tradition to race fans. The recording will be played over the public address system and video boards during the pre-race festivities.

Nabors is having heart-valve replacement surgery on Memorial Day weekend.

Race Day is Sunday, May 27, 2012.

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Kempton Fire Claims a Life, Investigation Continues

KEMPTON — Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a fire last Saturday that claimed the life of a 50-year-old Kempton man.

The Kankakee County Coroner’s Office, the Ford County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Springfield are involved in the investigation.

Ford County Sheriff’s Police and firefighters from Kempton, Cabery, Cullom, Saunemen and Pontiac responded to an active house fire at 304 Township Line Road in the village of Kempton around 3 am Saturday.

Firefighters found an adult male lying just inside the front door. Firefighters began life saving efforts until members of the Cullom Ambulance Service arrived on scene and immediately transported the victim to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

The victim, 50-year-old Ricky L. Gossett was pronounced dead at the hospital.  

Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said smoke inhalation appears to be the likely cause of death, adding that no foul play is suspected. Results of an autopsy were pending.


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Senate leader backs end to Ill. scholarship perk

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Senate President John Cullerton agreed Wednesday to end a century-old policy of letting Illinois legislators hand out college tuition waivers to their constituents, and a Senate panel quickly approved his proposal.

The House has voted repeatedly to end the legislative scholarship program because of abuses and complaints that it's costly for state universities. But Senate Democrats have backed the scholarships.

Cullerton, D-Chicago, said he now believes the scholarships have become a distraction from bigger problems and should end after September 2012. He said it's unfortunate that some lawmakers abused a program that benefited many people over the years. His proposal also includes a task force to examine all other tuition waivers to public universities.

"We really have to examine why we're spending $364 million on tuition waivers," Cullerton said. "There are a lot of very surprising tuition waivers we've uncovered in our research, and we want the task force to study this and come back with recommendations so we can save money."

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