Rod Copas is out as Chairman of the Iroquois County Board.
Copas, who was on his way out at the end of the month, stepped aside early. He told the Times-Republic, he'll be unavailable for a few weeks and didn't want Board Vice-Chair Kyle Anderson to have to get in touch with him for any decisions.
Copas is still a board member until November 30th.
Copas lost a re-election bid in the March Primary Election. His term ends November 30th. The County Board holds its re-organization meeting December 1st when new members are seated and a new Chairman and Vice-Chair are voted in by the board members.
Elks, Kiwanis clubs share honor in leading Watseka Christmas parade
The city of Watseka's annual lighted Christmas Parade finds two popular organizations sharing the honor of grand marshal. The Watseka Elks Lodge and the Watseka Kiwanis Club will lead the parade on Friday, November 28th.
The parade steps off at 7 pm, beginning at the Glenn Raymond School and following the usual parade route. Parade announcer will be Jake Ray of WGFA Radio. The announcer and parade judges will be stationed at Santa's House on Walnut Street.
The Elks Lodge and Kiwanis were chosen for parade marshal honors for their community service traditions, the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce announced.
The Elks Coats for Kids program has distributed more than 150 coats per year to kids in need for the past three years. They host annual Bingo for Cancer Fighters, a fundraiser benefiting families affected by cancer, as well as a children's carnival.
The Kiwanis club also focuses on helping the children of the community from its annual peanut sales, serving lunch at the local fishing derby and volunteering in many area events.
Santa will be receiving children of all ages after the parade and will be in his downtown house from 10 am.'til noon Saturday, November 29, and again 10 am.'til noon Saturday, December 20.
The Illinois Department of Transportation reports the I-57 construction work in replacing bridges south of Chebanse and Clifton should be completed in about four weeks.
Meanwhile, motorists are urged to be aware of the construction work and construction crews. IDOT reports work on the one-lane delays at the Langham Creek bridge, south of Chebanse, and at the overpass for the Canadian National Railroad, on the southern edge of Clifton, has include weekend work hours to move the project along.
The reconstruction of the I-57 bridges over the Kankakee River, a $19.3 million project, will continue to create traffic bottlenecks until "late 2015.
Kankakee shooting leaves 1 dead, suspect in custody
A 31-year-old Kankakee man was shot several times Monday by a gunman who is in police custody. Jermaine Burbridge is identified as the shooting victim. He was pronounced dead in the 600-block of N. Harrison Avenue.
Kankakee police have arrested a suspect who allegedly killed Burbridge, injured another person and took someone hostage.
The shooting, police report, was not far from another fatal shooting last week.
According to police, the suspect ran several blocks from the shooting before taking a hostage on East Willow Street. The SWAT team was called in to detain the suspect.
This homicide, the city's sixth of the year, and the 11th in the county, occurred in a home just north of last Thursday's shooting. 26-year-old DeArrion Harris was shot multiple times inside an apartment building across the street from a church.
Police made at least one arrest that day, but no one has been formally charged.