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Wisconsin man jailed in Iroquois County

A traffic stop in Watseka led to a chase and a manhunt. Now, a man is in custody facing federal weapons charges.

Watseka Police made a stop Wednesday night. But the driver fled armed with an A-R 15 rifle.

Christopher Hamlin of Watertown, WI wasn’t apprehended during the 7:30 pm traffic stop. Instead, there was an approximate 17-hour manhunt for Hamlin. He was taken into custody around noon (Thursday) after he was spotted in a residential area. He was chased by police into a wooded area where he was captured.

Hamlin was wanted on a federal warrant for weapon offenses. He was being held for federal authorities in Watseka.

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Area State Legislators differ on budget address

Following Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget address (Wed), reaction was spit along party lines. However, some Republicans also pointed to problems with the Governor’s proposal and how property taxes will be affected.

Democratic State Senator Scott Bennett stated: “Once again, I heard little in the budget address to make me believe that the governor has come to understand the importance of education and a willingness to turn the tide and stand up for our local schools, colleges and universities. His proposed budget only adds financial pressure on schools and universities that have already been starved and endured three years of chaos and uncertainty during the budget stalemate that he created.”

Republican State Senator Jason Barickman offered more-favored comment of the speech saying “The Governor’s proposed budget offered a roadmap for what will be required to enact a balanced spending plan for the next fiscal year.

Everyone has been saying for years that we need to change the way the state spends money and this proposal does just that. But make no mistake, however we move forward on a budget, there will be some very tough decisions to make.”

Senator Toi Hutchinson said the budget ‘acknowledges the devastating impact the past three years of chaos in Illinois.’ She said fewer working families are taking advantage of child care assistance to further their education and fewer people suffering from mental illness are getting care while fewer citizens are receiving life-saving treatment for addictions.

Senator Sue Rezin said difficult bi-partisan decisions must be made to achieve financial success...

Republican state reps, Tom Bennett and Lindsay Parkhurst were encouraged by the message, calling for both sides to work together.

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Weather Alert: Fog slowing traffic in Illiana

Dense Fog Advisory issued for this Valentine's Day evening, February 14. The advisoty is in place until 9 am Thursday.

...Dense Fog increasing in coverage this evening... ...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THURSDAY...
* VISIBILITY...To one quarter mile or less at times. Rapid changes in visibility are possible. * IMPACTS...Poor visibilty in areas of dense fog will make for hazardous travel.

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Watseka: Mayor wants report on options for water & sewer system

Watseka aldermen Dennis Cahoe and Mark Garfield have an assignment to investigate options for the city to consider for operating the city's water and sewer systems. Mayor John Allhands wants numbers to review by the end of March.

After a special Saturday morning City Council meeting to discuss the sewer & water set-up didn’t happen, the mayor is asking the council members to do the work and find what direction the city needs to pursue.

Allhands said "I know we all realize that ignoring this problem will not make it go away. In addition, with an uncertain financial picture and an aging water and sewer system, there’s an urgency for this research.”

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Kankakee County Board borrows money from itself

The lack of available cash-flow leaves the Kankakee County Board with little leeway except to borrow from its own budget.

Borrowing from its own funds has been a practice for years. It’s not looked upon as way to do business. But when monies aren’t there, there’s few options, according to the Board’s Vice-Chairman. Steve Lehr says with no cash reserves, we have no option but to borrow from one fund to another. Lehr said we have to meet everyday expenses.

He said until we have some reserves, we’ll have to continue to borrow from other funds.

The Board voted to continue the borrowing practice. The Board also approved a $2.5 million loan to carry the county to the next tax distribution date.

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