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Kankakee County’s April 4th Election features mayor’s contests

Kankakee County’s three major communities have contested races for the mayor’s offices.

The City of Kankakee has a 3-person race. Bradley and Bourbonnais’s incumbent mayors are challenged. Aroma Park and Momence offer voters 2-person races.

Voters have several choices for trustee seats in Bradley and Bourbonnais.

The Kankakee Valley Park District and the Momence Park District offer voters a choice. And the Herscher, Kankakee District #111, and Pembroke Township school districts offer contests too.

Several Kankakee County Township’s offer voters a choice for Supervisor and Highway Commissioners.

Hot button referendums include the Public Safety Sales Tax. The measure is asking voters to support a quarter percent sales tax increase from 6.25 to 6.5% on retail items sold in Kankakee County.

The tax would only be in effect for four years and monies generated would support public safety and criminal justice. County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler says it tax is likely to generate up to $2.4 million dollars.

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Iroquois ETSB Discusses Dubble’s Contract

The Iroquois County Emergency Telephone System Board met Friday to discuss the employment situation/contract of longtime 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble.

During the public comment section, Edgar County Watchdogs website owners Kirk Allen and John Kraft were in attendance to voice their concerns again about the validity of the contract. Several others in attendance would then question the Watchdogs' involvement and voice support for Dubble. The board would then go into executive session.

After a brief executive session, Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine said there was not sufficient wording on the March 25, 2014 agenda when the board originally passed the contract. Devine determined the contract was null and void and was never valid in the first place. Devine said Dubble will now be considered an at-will employee and will continue her job at the same pay until she decides to leave or the board decides otherwise. Devine added that the board could give her a new contract but it would be for one year at a time. The meeting adjourned with no further action being taken.

Dubble has served as coordinator for over 20 years.

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Iroquois County Board Approves Bid for County Farm

The Iroquois County Board held a special session Friday to make a decision on the lease contract for the county farm.

The board unanimously approved the bid of Zach Borchers of Gilman for $347 an acre. The contract is for 1 year as of now due to the short time frame for approval. The Management Services Committee will have to decide if they want to extend it to 2 or 3 years.

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ETSB To Discuss Dubble's Contract Today

The Iroquois County Emergency Telephone System Board is meeting today at 4pm to discuss the contract and employment situation of longtime 9-1-1 coordinator Nita Dubble.

The issue was brought up by the Edgar County Watchdogs website owners Kirk Allen and John Kraft. They claim that Dubble’s contract is invalid because the board had no power to enter into a employment contract yet alone a multiyear one and there is no proper vote on record anyways approving the contract.

According to the board’s agenda, the topic will be discussed in an executive session.

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Watseka Mayoral Candidates Speak at Luncheon

The four Watseka mayoral candidates addressed a crowd at the Iroquois County Women’s Republican Club’s Spring Luncheon Thursday.

John Allhands, John Burch, Mike Marcier, and Carol Nutter (who spoke on behalf of her husband Bill) each got a chance to speak about their platforms for mayor. The topics briefly discussed included improving downtown Watseka, economic development, water rates, flood control, and an open and transparent government.

The four candidates will gather again Monday night for a forum hosted by the Watseka Chamber of Commerce at the Unit 9 building in Watseka. Doors open at 6:30pm with the forum beginning at 7:00pm.