Officials in Herscher are looking for the cause of an overnight fire that hit the Pizza Stone business. Damage estimates were not immediately available. The Main Street business sustained quite a bit of damage. A business-associate said no one was injured. There was no report of damage to any neighboring structures.
Rep.Bennett will reamain on Parkland College Board
Newly-elected state representative Tom Bennett plans to remain a member of the Parkland College Board of Trustees.
Bennett is Chairman of the Parkland Board of Trustees. He said he plans to serve the board but will step aside as chairman. Bennett said how the next chairman will be chosen isn't known right now.
Bennett also said any state legislation impacting Parkland will find him reviewing each matter and he may abstain his vote to avoid conflict.
The Gibson City resident was elected last month to represent east-central Illinois in the 106th District. He replaces Watseka resident Josh Harms, who withdrew from the election after winning the primary election in March.
The 106th represents Ford and Iroquois county, and parts of Livingston, Vermilion and Woodford counties.
The holiday season brings warnings to consumers about fraudulent activity. Retailers and consumers have already been advised about phony money circulated locally. Fake one hundred dollar bills have been reported in Watseka and in Newton and Jasper County in Indiana.
Now, Gilman Police are reporting phone scams. Chief Jason Anderson tells WGFA News he's received two recent complaints of a caller claiming to be representing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The caller is asking would-be victims to direct funds to a money-pack or pre-paid gift cards, then when the caller requests you scratch off and reveal code numbers, that amount of money is wiped from the card and disappears. Authorities report it's next to impossible to find the person responsible.
Chief Anderson points out, the IRS doesn't do business like this over the phone and would never call.
As always, end such calls as quickly as possible. The rule of thumb is, only do business with people you're familiar with. Guard your personal information and credit card information. Never provide anyone with your bank account info.
Feel free to report any and all suspicious activity.
Mike Bossert was re-elected Tuesday to a new two-year term as Chairman of the Kankakee Board. Bossert won the approval of the board members on an 18-9 vote.
The challenge came from 15th district board member Andy Wheeler. After the vote, Wheeler said 'the leadership should know, the public is watching.' Bossert said he and the board are up to the challenge ahead.
Matt Whitus was elected Vice-Chair.
New members taking their oaths were Sam Payton of District 4, Janice Peters representing District 8 and Sally Evans from District 12.