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Kankakee County Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial Partner to Help Local Family

Kankakee County Habitat for Humanity will be partnering with Thrivent Financial to build a home alongside a local family.

Thrivent has awarded $40,000 to support the construction. Thrivent members and other volunteers will also give of their time to assist in the home build. Thrivent Financial is partnering with Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the US to build or repair homes in 2017 through the Thrivent Builds Homes and Thrivent Builds Repairs program.

Larry Burton with Thrivent Financial says “The Thrivent Builds program provides us with more options to serve our area. The support we receive from the local community for projects like this is overwhelming, and we look forward to working together in 2017.”

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Watseka FFA Donates Baseball Drag to High School

The Watseka FFA has donated a baseball field drag to Watseka Community High School Baseball. Students in Agricultural Mechanics class recently built a 3 foot drag for dragging portions of the infield for the baseball program.

Primary students on the project were Cody Wright and Jaden Downs. The students designed, cut, and welded the drag that should be useful for many years to come.

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Pictured from left to right: Cody Wright and Blake Dixon examine the work on a bright spring day.

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Watseka Mayoral Candidates Speak at Forum

The four Watseka Mayoral candidates gathered for a forum hosted by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce at the Unit 9 building in Watseka last night.

John Allhands, John Burch, Mike Marcier, and Bill Nutter each got a chance to answer several questions in regards to their campaigns. Topics included the importance of the mayor position and what the biggest issue was to them.

The election takes place April 4th.

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Iroquois County Mayoral races popular for April 4 Election

Contested races fill area ballots for the upcoming April 4th Consolidated Election. Voters head to the polls next Tuesday with good reason to get involved and let their voices be heard.

The Consolidated Election Illinois should draw local interest, yet often-times, the voter turnout is not where it should be. This election is where several local matters should find people interested enuf to cast a ballot.

Early Voting is underway. And County Clerk’s offices offer special early voting hour this Saturday – April 1st – from 8:30 am ‘til 12 Noon. Regular voting hours are next Tuesday from 6 am ‘til 7 pm.

Seven mayor’s races in Iroquois County should get people out to vote, including the four-person contest in Watseka. There’s also mayor contests in Buckley, Cissna Park, Iroquois, Loda, Milford and Sheldon.

City/Village Clerk races are on ballots in Clifton and in Loda. There’s also village trustee contests.

At the Township level of government --- Supervisor and Highway Commissioner races are popular.

Danforth Township has a 2-person race for Supervisor.
Road Commissioner contests are offered to voters in Ashkum Chebanse, Martinton, Pigeon Grove and Sheldon Townships. And Township trustee positions are also contested.

School Board seats are also contested in Iroquois West District #10 and Crescent –Iroquois Elementary District #249.

{The Tri-Point and Herscher school districts also find contested races}.

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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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