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ILLINOIS CORN FARMERS CATCH UP ON PLANTING

Today's Illinois Crop Progress and Planting Report released from the Illinois Agricultural Statistics Services indicates that 78% of corn acreage is now planted in Illinois, a testament to the larger machinery, enhanced technology, and improved efficiencies of today's family farmers. Anecdotally, most in the corn industry believe a third of the corn crop can go in during a week's time with good weather conditions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Illinois Field Office report can be found here.

Key points from the report:

• Illinois corn acres are now 78% planted, compared to 43% last week and 16% last year at this same time.
• There were 5 days suitable for field work last week.
The West Southwest district has the most corn planted (92%) with the Southeast having the fewest acres planted (60%).

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Public Safety and First Responder Memorial Dedication

                                         Miner Charitable Foundation hosts event

An impressive-looking, granite monument now stands in the Crescent City park recognizing past and present first-responders from Iroquois County.

An appreciative audience gathered Saturday for what may become an annual event to recognize and remember the past, present and future first responders who serve Iroquois County. Included are county and municipal police, Illinois State Police, Firefighters, EMT's, Coroners, Department of Natural Resource officers, and Emergency Management.

Retired Iroquois County Sheriff Sgt. Robert Flesher read off a list of "End of Watch' officials who have given their lives in the line of duty over the years.

Among the more recent honorees include: Wellington-Greer Firefighter John Jeffers in 2009, Sheldon Firefighter Joseph Zumwalt in 2007, and Ashkum Firefighter / EMT Dana Schoolman in 1988.

Dana Schoolman's widow, Ann Schoolman, was among those who appreciates what this Miner Charitable Foundation is all about.

Mrs. Schoolman was joined by her daughter and three grandchildren.

Mike Miner, son of the last harold and Jean Miner, said the Miner Charitable Foundation had been in the works for a  while.  he said his parents had quite an interest in public service and safety. 

The First-Responder memorial pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Included are police and firefighters, EMT's, coroners, emergency management, state police, dispatchers, and also conservation police.

94.1 WGFA

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Four-inches of rain at Beaverville, roads washed out

The Morocco Road, from Newton County, Indiana to Beaverville (in Iroquois County) was closed last night due to flash flooding. Several roads in the northern sections of Iroquois County experienced flash flooding. And then threat of more rain today (Mon), tonight and Tuesday could add to problems areas.

T-storms, lightning, hail and high winds swept across Illinois into Indiana last night. Additional showers and thunderstorms may add to the total rain amounts. Power outages affected Iroquois County communities, including Clifton, Chebanse, Papineau, Beaverville, Martinton and Donovan. Gilman and Watseka also reported power outages.
Flash flooding trapped a car on a road in rural Momence Sunday evening and another had a close call under the Broadway Street viaduct in Bradley.

In the McLean County community of Towanda, officials said hail that was 2.75 inches in diameter fell briefly. That's about the size of a baseball. And 2.5 inch hail was reported in Greenup in Cumberland County, according to The Associated Press.

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Iroquois County tax bills in the mail

Iroquois County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, has announced that the 2013 payable in 2014 real estate tax statements have been mailed to the taxpayers of Iroquois County. The deadline to pay the first installment without penalty is June 12, 2014. The second installment due date is September 12, 2014. After the due dates a 1½ percent penalty must be added each month it remains unpaid, according to Illinois State Statutes.

The Treasurer's Office is open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail or at any bank in Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal and Commonwealth Credit Union. Taxpayers paying in person at the Treasurer's Office or at the local banks should bring the entire bill if they would like a receipt. Upon payment, the appropriate stub of the bill will be removed and then the date will be stamped on the back of the remaining part of the tax bill. If you mail your payment and wish to have a receipt, you must enclose the entire bill plus a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Credit card payments will be accepted by phone and online starting May 12, 2014. Call the Treasurer's Office first at 815-432-6985 during office hours to verify the payment amount. Then you will be given the Government Payment Service phone number, website address, and the pay location and authorization codes. Their phone number and the website will be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to receive payments. Fees will be added based on the amount charged, there is a minimum service fee, and all fees are paid to and kept by Government Payment Service.

Members of any United States Armed Forces Reserve Unit can defer their real estate tax payment until 180 days after they return from active duty. This option is available if you are called to active duty for deployment outside the continental United States and if you are on active duty on the due date of any installment of taxes.

Remember that a drop box has been installed at the Administrative Center near the 911 Center so that taxpayers can drop off their payments during non-office hours.

If you have any questions about exemptions, assessed valuations, or address changes, please contact the Assessment Office at (815) 432-6978.

If you have any questions regarding the tax rates, please contact the County Clerk's Office at
(815) 432-6960.

If there are any questions about your tax statements, feel free to call the Treasurer's Office at
(815) 432-6985.

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Wrongful-death suit filed on behalf of Pontiac Police officer

The parents of Pontiac police officer Casey Kohlmeier, who was killed last year in the line of duty, have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Named as defendants in the suit are the driver accused of hitting the officer,that driver's employer and a Bloomington bar where he allegedly got drunk.

Livingston County court documents show Keri Schmidt and Jeff Kohlmeier have filed the lawsuit against Jason Collins of West Columbia, S.C.; Baran Telecom Inc., a Georgia telecommunications company that employed Collins; and GS Partners Inc., owners of Ride the Nine/Shooter's Lounge in Bloomington.

Collins is accused of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide in connection with the Oct. 30, 2013, accident that killed 29-year-old Casey Kohlmeier. The police officer died when his squad car was struck by Collins' pickup truck on Interstate 55, just north of Illinois 23 near Pontiac.

Collins remains jailed in Macon County. He needs $100,000 bond to be released. His jury trial is set for Aug. 11.

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