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Harms Questions Constitutionality of Proposed State Budget

Springfield...On May 15th State Representative Josh Harms and fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives fought against over 70 new bills proposed by the majority party that expanded state budget expenditures beyond the agreed upon revenue estimate. With about $3 billion being spent over the initial balanced agreement of $34.495 billion, the new proposed budget indicates that the tax increase of 2011 will continue in order to satisfy the majority party's need to overspend taxpayer money.

Representative Harms said, "This budget is clearly unconstitutional, as it is a clear violation of our State's balanced budget requirement. It includes an apparent tax increase we've yet to hear about because these unbalanced, unconstitutional numbers will need funding somehow. There are unprotected lump sums of taxpayer money riddled throughout these budget bills. Do we really want to give the Quinn administration another political slush fund? Have we learned nothing from the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative scandal?"

The entire Republican House caucus is asking interested constituents to sign their petition, found at member websites (www.repharms.org), to eliminate the tax increase of 2011, and thereby urge the majority party to adhere to Illinois' constitutional right for a well-balanced budget.

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Lay-offs in Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department

Twenty sheriff's deputies in the Kankakee County department have received formal lay-off notices. They're effective July 13th, according to Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 150.

The union has filed a grievance asking the lay-offs be rescinded. The union statement is that the loss of the 20 deputies will severely impact public safety in Kankakee County.

The lay-offs are part of the continuing budget struggles in the county and the city of Kankakee.

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Iroquois County Public Health Department budget on public display

The proposed 2014 budget for the Iroquois County Public Health Department is available for public review in the Iroquois County Clerk's Office.

The board of health will vote on the budget during its May 21 meeting, scheduled for 7 pm at the Administrative Center, Watseka.

Comments on the budget can be made by contacting Public Health Administrator Dee Schippert or board of health members Michelle Fairley, Lauren Luecke, Tammy Pree, Dr. Aravind Reddy, John Shure, James Tungate, Dr. Rodney Yergler or Dr. Philip Zumwalt

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Kankakee County Chamber Chairman applauds local support

The chairman of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce says 'Thank You," a huge Thank You to the many members and supporters who've made a mission happen.

Mike O'Brien even thanked his wife and parents for their roles in allowing him to share enough of his time to help direct the efforts of so many people who've contributed to the success of the chamber.

It was two years ago when local business leaders managed to achieve a long time goal by creating a single, unified chamber of commerce serving Aroma Park, Bourbonnais, Bradley and Kankakee.

Chairman O'Brien thanked his Board of Directors and presented business leader Joe Franco with an appreciation plaque. It extends a thank you for Franco's leadership in pulling the people into one room to make the mission of the chamber happen.

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Sandra Knight earns ATHENA Award

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Borrowing the philosophical thought of Teddy Roosevelt, and making the most of what's at hand, created a work ethic that has earned Sandra Knight the ATHENA Award.

The honor was presented to the Kankakee YWCA Executive Director at Wednesday night's Annual Meeting of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce.

A long list of accomplishments and continuing accolades read by Kankakee resident Kay Green about Sandra Knight highlighted so many qualities the 25th honoree of the ATHENA Award is all about.

Sandra Knight has reeled in thousands and thousands of dollars in grant money to benefit so many local programs. The list is never ending and still continues. Project after project still benefiting women.

The ATHENA Award inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightment – all qualities wrapped up in the ATHENA Leadership Model.

And the energy it must take for Sandra Knight to keep on going.

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