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Champaign County crash kills Paris man

One person \was killed and and another seriously hurt in a single-car crash in southeastern Champaign County. Sheriff’s Police report it happened early Monday.

Illinois State Police say 55-year-old Randy Leeman of Paris (IL)was northbound on Illinois Route 49 when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve at Champaign County 200N road.

The car left the road shortly after 8:45 am., then hit a ditch before going airborne and overturning several times. The driver was flown to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries. State Police say a 22-year-old male passenger was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

State Police are continuing to investigate the tragedy along with the Champaign County Coroner’s Office.

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Body of dead man found in Pembroke

An unidentified man’s body was found in Pembroke Township Monday morning. Kankakee County sheriff's police and the coroner investigated.

Police said the body was found by a person just after 8 am.  Police said the person deceased is a male. Foul play is not suspected.

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Iroquois County: 'Evening meetings' again spark talks

Serving the interests of the people for the good of the future is a spark that may generate new talk about ‘evening meetings’ for the Iroquois County Board.

The concept was kicked up, again, at Tuesday’s 9 am meeting at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

Vince Lamie says he was un-successful in bringing the “Night meetings” issue up a few years ago, but believes it’s time for another look.

“We’ve had new people on the board with new ideas that I’ve not thought about, so it may be time to look it over again and see if there’s any movement,” Lamie tells 94.1 WGFA News.

Lamie said every other civic/governmental body of government meets at night –allowing citizens to not only attend but opens the door for them to take interest and maybe seek office too. That- he says- is what so many opposing the concept don’t want to address.

“The ability of people to get here is key, making the meeting available to come in and then also run for office themselves,” Lamie said. Morning meetings shuts a lot of people out of the process because they have to work.

Board member Chad McGinnis, speaking in support of Lamie’s suggestion, said not all meetings need to be scheduled in the evening, but perhaps a varied schedule would provide opportunity for citizens to take more interest.

Board Chairman John Shure suggested the matter be placed on the policy & procedure committee agenda to get more ideas on the table.

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Kankakee County 'road map' to direct finances

The Kankakee County Board is busy trying to figure out what’s next --- after voters said ‘No’ to a public safety tax in last week’s election.

Board Chairman Andy Wheeler was quite surprised it was the rural voters who denied the tax...which would have generated monies for increased police protection.

Wheeler said a three-year budget plan will have to be followed closely. The whole picture will be reviewed through 2020 with hopes of keeping all departments onboard.

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Solar farms draw interest in Iroquois County

Iroquois County zoning officials have started the process of coming up with an ordinance for solar farms. There’s been some interest; Zoning Administrator Bob Yergler reporting last month that his office has received calls from solar farm companies.

Board member Chad McGinnis put in some time developing a rough draft of a solar farm ordinance.

The draft will be subject for review in the months ahead.

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