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Copas loses re-election bid in Iroquois County; Sheriff Bukowski wins in Kankakee County; Sheriff Doran wins 3-way race in Ford County

Incumbent Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas lost a bid for re-election Tuesday. Copas was defeated in a 3-way race for two open seats in District 2. Former board member Dan Pursley of Loda and John Shure of Buckley were the top vote-getters in the district.

Also losing a seat in Iroquois County board District 3 was Marvin Stichnoth of Stockland. Newcomer Vince LaMie of Milford and incumbents Donna Crow and Troy Krunwiede were winners in District 3.

Ford County voters favored incumbent Mark Doran of Gibson City for re-election to the sheriff's office. He was challenged by Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane and Dennis Higgins of Gibson City. Higgins is the Ford County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator and a former police chief.

Incumbent Sheriff Tim Bukowski was a winner for re-election in Kankakee County, defeating Darryl Smith.

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Milford area voters approve a new Unit School District

The Milford school district will form a new Unit District after voters approved a consolidation issue on Tuesday's ballot. The proposition asked if a unit district shall be established in the territory now making up the #280 grade school district and high school district #233. The referenda also allows the authority to levy taxes.

The matter was approved 522-209. It's a 71 to 28 percent margin.

Top vote-getters in a race to serve the new Unit school board are: Charles Leitz, Mark Tweedy, John Schoolman, Marry Ronna, James Kunce, Jeff Mabbitt, David Fox. There were also five other candidates.

Gilman voters approved home-rule status 56 to 43% (178 Yes and 136 No).

Watseka voters said No to the electric aggregation question on the ballot, 55 to 45%. There were 360 No votes to 294 Yes.

Stockland Township voters favored a road tax increase 81 to 19%. (58 in favor, 14 against).

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COMMUNITY GARDEN TO RETURN FOR SIXTH SEASON ON THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is preparing for the sixth season of its Illinois State Fairgrounds Community Garden.

A meeting has been scheduled March 25 at 5:30 p.m. for new and returning gardeners. The meeting will be held in the IDOA Auditorium, located at the corner of Sangamon Ave. and 8th St. on the Illinois State Fairgrounds inside Gate 11. Weather permitting, the garden will open April 1.

Rupp Seeds and Syngenta are garden sponsors and will provide a variety of seeds, free of charge, to interested gardeners this year. Additionally, gardeners will have access to water, tools and compost. Garden mentoring is available to those who need it through the University of Illinois Master Gardener Program.

The garden, which is located on the infield of the Illinois State Fair Grandstand race track, was created six years ago to give individuals who do not have space for a garden a friendly and safe environment in which to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, herbs and other plants. Both organic and non-organic garden plots are available.

For more information, please visit www.agr.state.il.us/garden or call (217) 785-5594 or (217) 524-3297.

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The Middle East featured in KCC Conference

The public is invited to a free presentation on the roots of constitutionalism in the Middle East, to be held Wednesday, March 26 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Kankakee Community College Workforce Development Center Conference Hall, Room D140.


The event, "Before the Arab Spring: Constitutional Reform in the Middle East," will feature Alexander Barna, outreach coordinator for the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies.


"In this presentation, we will look at the history of modern political reform in the Middle East, and in particular attempts at constitutional reform, and try to situate them in a larger context in which the Arab Spring is not a new phenomenon but rather the latest phase in a larger story of political transformation that spans several generations."

For more information, contact Scott Kistler, professor in KCC's Humanities and Social Sciences Division., at or 815-802-8706.

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Kankakee OK’s public safety fee

The Kankakee City Council has approved a public safety fee to help avoid lay-offs due to the loss of a sales tax revenue program.

Final approval for the fee came after discussion by council-members. Those residents getting their water from Aqua Illinois till pay a $10 monthly fee. The fee will appear on water bills starting in May.

The fee is being implemented to avoid laying off police and fire personnel. There's an expected budget deficit resulting from the recent court ruling doing away with the sales tax revenue sharing from companies setting up office space in Kankakee.

The City Council also approved an ordinance reinstating a vehicle sticker fee that may get final approval next month.

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