Chairman also seeks to re-organize, reduce membership of 9-1-1 Board
Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas says results of a forensic audit will show evidence of official misconduct by former employees of the since-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.
Copas told the County Board's Policy & Procedure committee (Thursday) an audit finding will be presented soon. Copas has said in past meetings "that actions were improper" and in his opinion "were criminal."
Copas did not say if there's any kind of a federal investigation underway.
The Illinois Attorney General's Office was involved in an investigation some time ago. The A-G elected not to pursue the case, a spokesman said 'there was nothing criminal.'
The Paxton Record newspaper has published several accounts of Copas' accusations over the last several months. The allegations range from contracts being awarded to health department employees, removing prescription medicine from the office and distributing drugs to staff and family, and use of grant money from the 2008 record-flood without proper documentation.
What has not been reported however, is that recipients of grant money included current employees of the new Iroquois County Health Department. The information was published on an Edgar County Watchdog website.
Manteno Police issued a warning this week after reports of a junior-high student being approached by a stranger. Police have received no further reports, but did issue a county-wide alert.
It was Monday night when an eighth-grade girl in Manteno was approached by an unidentified man. The girl described a red- or orange-colored four-door car. It may have had out-of-state plates. The car drove off, after the girl declined a ride.
Kankakee County schedules public forums to discuss tax referendum
Voters in Kankakee County can get their questions answered about the upcoming sales tax referendum that appears on the November ballot. County officials have scheduled a handful of public forums to present facts about the need for the sales tax and how that money would be used.
Public forums will be held in Kankakee, Herscher, Aroma Park and Bourbonnais during the next two weeks. The meetings will be hosted by county board members, department heads and members of the county's law enforcement community.
The referenda question proposes to increase Kankakee County's sales tax from 6.25 cents per dollar to 7.25 cents...with intent to channel that revenue for public safety. Officials estimate a successful vote would generate an estimated $7.7 million dollars.
The matter requires public approval. A failed vote would push the county officials back to earlier talk of eliminating 20 county sheriff deputies and 20 corrections officers.
Revenues would also be used to make improvements at the courthouse.
Chairman Copas proposes withdraw from 2-county LEPC
Another proposed split in a Ford-Iroquois county government arrangement is on the table.
The Iroquois County Board Chairman is pushing to withdraw from the Ford-Iroquois Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). It's a dual-county arrangement to plan for emergencies.
The two-county set-up was originally made to pool resources of two less-populated counties to better prepare for emergencies, especially hazardous material situations.
The two-County LEPC pulled personnel together to make the most of two rural counties with limited resources.
The LEPC membership includes various emergency responders...police and fire, hospital and health department employees, industrial leaders and even the public input is welcome.
Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas believes Iroquois County can manage better on its own.
History has shown county government has been lax and neglected to fulfill its obligation toward emergency management. Thus, the two-county approach was implemented to pool resources and urge participation from elected officials.