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Watseka gaining up to 200 more jobs, Lyon Work Space Products expanding

It may be an overly-used statement in the industrial job growth world, but the city of Watseka and Iroquois County stands to benefit "in a huge way" with the recent of sale of Republic Storage Systems, LLC in Canton, Ohio.

Republic Storage manufactured lockers and shelving products. The assets of the company have been acquired by Echelon Capital, LLC and a new company has been formed, "Republic Storage Products, LLC, a separate portfolio company of Echelon.

The Echelon manufacturing group owns the Watseka-based Lyon Work Space Products. The Watseka connection means anywhere from 100 - 200 additional jobs at the Watseka Lyon Work Space Product plant.

"This is huge, one of the bigger things that have happened in Iroquois County in a long time," according to Ken Barragree, executive director of the Iroquois Economic Development Corporation.

"I'm looking forward to working with the company and looking forward to the revenue for the county," Barragree adds. "And I'm looking at people being abloe to find jobs right here at home."

Watseka's Lyon facility is undergoing expansion right now with a 50,000 square foot addition. The Lyon's Paris, Illinois plant will remain open.

And the closure of the Ohio metal-locker company eliminates a major competitor. Barragree says some company shuffling on the part of the Lyons group will spin off into big job opportunities in Watseka.

The Canton, Ohio plant closed April 10th. Following the transition period within the ranks of Republic Products, Echelon's four manufacturing facilities, including the Watseka Lyon's Products plant, will be number one in such Locker and shelving products.

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Senate passes Barickman legislation to improve interstate subpoena requests

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation filed by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) to create an easier process for attorneys to file out-of-state subpoenas.

"The current process for interstate subpoena requests is cumbersome, difficult, and can impair the judicial process for the citizens of this state," said Senator Barickman. "This legislation will provide attorneys with a more streamlined method that has already been adopted in a majority of states, ensuring a more responsive legal system for plaintiffs and defendants alike."

Senate Bill 45, initially proposed by the Illinois State Bar Association, would create the Uniform Interstate Depositions Act. This same act has been adopted by a total of 31 states and the District of Columbia.

SB45 now heads to the Illinois House for a vote in that chamber.          {submitted info}

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TAX DAY today, Tornado victims will have more time to file

Those people affected by last week's tornadoes are being given more time to pay their taxes. Governor Bruce Rauner announced that residents living in the devastated areas of DeKalb and Ogle County will have until October 31st to file tax returns. Rauner said those communities should be focused on healing and recovery instead of deadlines.

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FRECHETTE RETIRES ---

KANKAKEE COUNTY TREASURER MARK FRECHETTE HAS ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT. HE SAID HE'S PROUD TO HAVE IMPROVED OPERATIONS IN THE OFFICE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.

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WYNN-BENCE RESIGNS ---

IROQUOIS COUNTY BOARD MEMBER SUSAN WYNN-BENCE HAS ANNOUNCED HER RESIGNATION FROM THE BOARD, EFFECTIVE AT THE END OF THE MONTH. SHE'S JOINING THE ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, WORKING IN THE RURAL AFFAIRS DIVISION.

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