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Kankakee budgets for lost revenue

The city of Kankakee's financial leaders are working on ways to handle a loss of $2.4 million in sales tax revenue.

Mayor Nina Epstein indicated at a special finance meeting (Tues) that plans may call for a public safety fee on water bills to avoid lay-offs. The lay-offs, if they happen, could effect the fire and police departments. A vehicle sticker-fee is also being discussed.

Other budget cuts would come into play.

The Mayor explained there's several proposed budget cuts and a re-distribution of money. Epstein said $35 - $40, in her thought process, is not too much to help balance a budget with a loss of some $2.4 million.

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Vermilion County Board Member Resigns

A veteran member of he Vermilion County Board has resigned. Orick 'Corky' Nightlinger of Tilton is stepping aside because he is moving out of District 5.

The 79-year-old Nightlinger has served on the Vermilion County Board for more than ten years. He has served as chairman of the Vermilion County Board's Nursing Home Committee.

His resignation was announced in a news release which was made by the Vermilion County Democratic Party.

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New Iroquois Health Department names Director

A veteran member of the staff at the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has been named the administrator for the future Iroquois County health department.

47-year-old Dee Schippert of Watseka  has been with the Ford-Iroquois health agency for 22 years.  She begins her new position in May, according to reports.  {An official press release was not made available concerning the hiring decision}.Schippert will serve a one-year probationary period.  She has served in various capacities with the health department, most recently as community and school health coordinator.  She's been a health department employee since 1992.

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St. Anne High student faces weapon charge; in possession of gun at school

Kankakee County Sheriff's police report an 18-year-old St. Anne High School student was arrested Monday after showing a teacher a gun and saying he planned to kill the dean of students.

Elijah Robinson will face charges of unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct.

The Daily-Journal reported the Pembroke Township boy broke down in tears before taking the gun out of his vest. Robinson then left school and turned himself in to authorities with his mother present.

Sheriff's police said Robinson was serving a one-week suspension when he returned to school armed with the handgun. The school website no one else was involved and no one was injured.

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Watseka Chamber, GOP Women hosting Candidates Forum

The public is invited to a Candidates Forum in Iroquois County.  The March 6th event will feature the Iroquois County Board candidates on the ballot for the March 18, 2014 primary election.  The 7 pm event is at Celebrations in Watseka.

The program is co-sponsored by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce and the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club.

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