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Kankakee County schedules public forums to discuss tax referendum

Voters in Kankakee County can get their questions answered about the upcoming sales tax referendum that appears on the November ballot. County officials have scheduled a handful of public forums to present facts about the need for the sales tax and how that money would be used.

Public forums will be held in Kankakee, Herscher, Aroma Park and Bourbonnais during the next two weeks.
The meetings will be hosted by county board members, department heads and members of the county's law enforcement community.

The referenda question proposes to increase Kankakee County's sales tax from 6.25 cents per dollar to 7.25 cents...with intent to channel that revenue for public safety. Officials estimate a successful vote would generate an estimated $7.7 million dollars.

The matter requires public approval. A failed vote would push the county officials back to earlier talk of eliminating 20 county sheriff deputies and 20 corrections officers.

Revenues would also be used to make improvements at the courthouse.


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Chairman Copas proposes withdraw from 2-county LEPC

Another proposed split in a Ford-Iroquois county government arrangement is on the table.

The Iroquois County Board Chairman is pushing to withdraw from the Ford-Iroquois Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). It's a dual-county arrangement to plan for emergencies.

The two-county set-up was originally made to pool resources of two less-populated counties to better prepare for emergencies, especially hazardous material situations.

The two-County LEPC pulled personnel together to make the most of two rural counties with limited resources.

The LEPC membership includes various emergency responders...police and fire, hospital and health department employees, industrial leaders and even the public input is welcome.

Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas believes Iroquois County can manage better on its own.

History has shown county government has been lax and neglected to fulfill its obligation toward emergency management. Thus, the two-county approach was implemented to pool resources and urge participation from elected officials.

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Two cats die in White County, IN house fire

A mail carrier alerted emergency personnel about a house fire that killed two cats Wednesday in White County, Indiana. Two cats were killed and the fire damaged part of the home.

The Wolcott, Indiana Fire Department responded to the fire after receiving the call just after 12 noon. Firefighters were unsure how the fire started, but do know it started near the kitchen area.


No one was injured during the fire. The owners of the home were not at home when the fire started.


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Governor Quinn, Rauner debate in Peoria tonight

By The Associated Press
PEORIA - Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner are meeting for their first true debate of the Illinois governor's race.

The candidates are scheduled to face off tonight in Peoria. The meeting comes as the race has grown increasingly personal and nasty. Both candidates have attacked the other's character and how they've conducted themselves.

Quinn is seeking his second full term. Rauner's making his first run for public office.

They have appeared together before a major teacher's union and the Chicago Tribune editorial board. But Thursday's event will be the first televised meeting in a full debate format.

It's sponsored by the League of Women Voters and several public radio and television stations.

Rauner and Quinn are scheduled to debate two more times before the Nov. 4 election.


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Chief Justice Garman attends State Supreme Court re-dedication

(Springfield, IL) -- After a 16-million-dollar renovation, the Illinois Supreme Court building has been officially reopened. The rededication Monday ends a year on the road for the Supreme Court justices, who met mostly in Chicago for the past year, but also held a session at the historic courthouse in Ottawa. A new commemorative plaque has been placed on the building in Springfield, next to the original plaque from the 1908 dedication.

Chief Justice Rita Garman of Danville and former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson were among the notables who were part of the re-dedication event.                                                               {Metro News}

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