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Iroquois County: Crow found in Loda tests positive for West Nile virus

A dead crow found August 27 in Loda tested positive for the West Nile virus. It’s yet another reminder that the weather conditions remain ripe for mosquitos and the potential for West Nile Virus.

The Iroquois County Public Health Department announced Thursday residents still need to protect themselves by cleaning up standing water on their property. And wearing insect repellant is a must to protect yourself.

“The season for West Nile virus will not be over until the weather is much cooler and mosquito larvae are not capable of development,” said Terry Eimen, director of environmental health. “If we have rain in the next few weeks and the temperatures stay elevated, we still have the potential for further mosquito crop development.”

Those interested in more information regarding West Nile virus may contact their local health department or visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s web site at www.idph.state.il.us.

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Boguszewski earns Masons top honor, exalted to Knights of the York Cross of Honour

Roland “Bogie” Boguszewski of Bradley has been honored by the Masonic Lodge.

The Past Master of St. Anne 429 and Kankakee 389 Masonic Lodges was recently recognized at a dinner held by Illinois Priory #11. Boguezewski has been exalted to the Knights of the York Cross of Honour.

It’s the highest attainable degree in the York Rite.

The recognition is similar to the 33rd deg. Of the Scottish Rite. An individual cannot ask or pay for it; the degree is only bestowed upon a worthy Companion.

The candidate has to have been installed as a Worshipful Master of a Masonic Blue Lodge, Excellent High priest of a Royal Arch Chapter, Thrice Illustrious Master of a Council of Royal and Select Masters, and Eminent Commander of a Commandery of Knights Templer, and also by good works within Masonry and communities.

Boguszewski’s vast amount of charitable endeavors throught Masonry played an integral part of a heavily-weighted unanimous vote.

Some of Boguszewski's endeavors are "The Esther Boguszewski Literacy Program" , "The Gifts for the Innocent Foundation for Battered Woman & Children " , "Shriner's Hospital Chicago Usher's Committee", "IL. MIA Project" and numerous leadership roles in other organizations helping children and veterans around the state . Boguszewski joins the small list of other local KYCH Members like Ed Hedlin (St. Anne ) , William Doran (Kankakee), Gene Nussbaum (Momence) Don & Blain Nussbaum (St. Anne).

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NWS Alert: Potential for heavy rain

The possibility of heavy rainfall has the National Weather Service issuing a heads-up for potential flash flooding this week. An ‘Alert’ calls for east-central Illinois and west-central Indiana citizens to be prepared for emergency action. Heavy rainfall may lead to flooding.

The NWS reports a cold front will become stationary over central Illinois tonight (Wed). Little movement this week could produce heavy locally-concentrated rains. Remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon will move north into the Midwest by Friday. The two systems will combine to produce an extended period of showers and thunderstorms over central Illinois.

Rainfall amounts in Iroquois, Ford, Champaign and Vermilion counties could generate between 3 – 6 inches of rain, according to the NWS at Lincoln (IL).

Flooding is possible, especially if heavy amounts of rain fall over a short period of time. Those people in flood-prone areas should be prepared for emergency action.

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Iroquois County Board sued by former Animal Control Warden

Wrongful termination and whistle-blowing violations are among the issues in a lawsuit against individuals in Iroquois County government.

The suit, filed in June, stems from a brewing controversy involving former Animal Control Warden Jamie Fanning.

Named in the suit are County Board Chairman John Shure, Tax Committee Chairman Marvin Stichnoth, Animal Control Administrator Dr. Hany Youssef, and the County.

Jamie Fanning is represented by attorney Chris Minelli. He said “it comes down to improper retaliation; we allege Ms Fanning was improperly fired for whistleblowing and that defamation of character issues will hurt her future employment.”

Minelli said nobody is above the law regardless of their titles within county government.

Complaints, Minelli said, were alleged, discussed and apparently, protocol wasn’t followed, according to the premise of the litigation on file...

“Protocol must be followed on all levels,” Minelli adds, “and you can eliminate a lot of problems. Proper procedure wasn’t followed and you end up with costly litigation.”

The lawsuit was filed June 21st. The case was delayed when Minelli admitted, he didn’t follow thru. But now, all defendants have been properly served.

Iroquois County’s liability insurance carrier....Governmental Inter-Insurance Exchange...will represent the county.

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Kankakee County to honor Its 3 Governors

Kankakee County is ready to honor its three governors, including the two with checkered pasts.

The county board voted last week to build a memorial to the three Illinois governors who called Kankakee home. Len Small, Samuel Shapiro, and George Ryan all lived in Kankakee. Ryan famously went to prison as part of a corruption scandal. Small was charged with corruption, but was acquitted by a jury that mostly went on to get state jobs.

The Woman's Club of Kankakee led the drive for the memorial.

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