Frank's Appliance expanding, new store opens in Manteno
A popular Bradley-based store is expanding. Frank's Appliance Center has opened a second location in Manteno. Owners JoAnne and Mark Keen now offer a second showroom in a 6,000 square-foot location at 131 N. Main Street in Manteno.
The Manteno store will feature a larger showroom (5,500 sq ft) than its home-based facility (4,500 sq ft) on W. Superior Street in Bradley.
JoAnne reports the second location will mainly be a retail showroom, but it offers a limited parts department. Three sales clerks are staffing the new Manteno location. The company has 16 total employees.
The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes businesses to showcase themselves next month at the "Hometown USA" Business Expo. The event is Saturday, March 12 from 9 am to 3 pm at Watseka High School.
There will be entertainment and demonstrations. Businesses will also offer prize give-aways. The event is open to the public and there is no charge.
For more information, call Amanda Hibbs at 815-432-2416.
Illinois allowed extension on flood assistance request
The state of Illinois requested and received an extension for submitting a request to the federal government for a major disaster declaration related to severe storms and flooding in late December and early January.
The original deadline for the submission was today (February 12). The extension allows the state until February 26 to request federal assistance.
James Joseph, Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), said "In some parts of the state, floodwaters only recently subsided to the point where we were able to accurately document the damages." He adds, "We just concluded joint damage assessments with FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration earlier this week and need more time to thoroughly review that information in order to better define the true impact of the event."
FEMA and IEMA began reviewing flood and storm-related costs with local government officials in 19 counties on February 1, while FEMA, SBA and IEMA began assessing damage to homes and businesses in 10 counties on February 4. Iroquois and Vermilion were two of the counties affected by the flooding.
The state will decide by February 26 if a state request for federal assistance is warranted.
Former Cissna Park official ordered to pay $100,000 +
A "judgement in default" ruling has been issued against former Cissna Park Clerk bookkeeper/collector Rhonda Sue Siebert. The court ruled in favor of the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association, ordering Siebert to pay $100,350 back to the village's insurance carrier.
Iroquois County Associate Judge James Kinzer entered a "judgment. "
The Risk Management Association had covered the village's losses from Siebert's series of thefts of a six-year period. The court judgment will reimburse the agency.
It was in December 2013,when Siebert pleaded guilty to one count of Class 3 felony theft. She was sentenced to two years in prison. Siebert was criminally charged one year earlier for stealing from the village through the use of a village-owned credit card, village checks and cash while serving as an appointed village collector/bookkeeper.