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Congressman Kinzinger Statement on NDAA Passage

Washington, DC – Following passage of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released this statement:

“Our national security is paramount, and today the House acted to support our various departments and agencies who work around-the-clock to keep our country safe.

“I proudly voted in favor of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and was pleased to see this bill receive such strong bipartisan support. Additionally, I was pleased that the final NDAA included 3,500 additional special immigrant visas (SIVs) for Afghan translators and interpreters who served with the United States and our allies, and now face threats to their lives from terror groups. This continues to be an issue of great importance to me, and to our country, because we must keep our promises to the brave men and women who risked their lives to assist us during the War in Afghanistan.

“I cannot stress enough how important this authorization is for our Department of Defense and our Armed Forces. We have a worn-out military and sadly, we have seen some of those effects in the last few years. The NDAA provides robust funding that addresses our readiness crisis with a balanced approach to allocating resources. And, it supports our troops. Our men and women in uniform, and their families, deserve our full support and this package includes the largest pay raise to our troops in 8 years.

“I was proud to join my colleagues in supporting this important funding package, and I look forward to seeing my Senate colleagues act on this NDAA soon.”

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Iroquois County Board votes YES for night meetings

It was a 9-7 vote with four members absent. The Iroquois County Board meetings will now be held during evening hours.
Discussion (Tuesday) was initiated by Watseka board member Larry Hasbargen. His motion was seconded by Vince LaMie, a strong supporter for night evening in years past.

Yes votes also came from Kevin Bohlmann, Kevin Coughenour, Donna Crow, Sherry Johnson, Chad McGinnis, Dan Pursley and Jed Whitlow.

Voting against the night meeting were Charlie Alt, Lyle Behrends, Russell Bills, Ernie Curtis, Barb Offill, Marvin Stichnoth and Chairman John Shure.

Members absent included Kyle Anderson, Troy Krumwiede, Michael McTaggart and Dan Rayman.

The monthly County Board meeting will be at 6 pm on the second Tuesday. Committee meetings will continue as they are now.

County Board Chairman Shure .........
McGinnis and Coughenour were all out in favor of opening opportunity for other citizens........

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Senator Barickman announces Traveling Office Hours

Area communities will welcome and host traveling office hours for State Senator Jason Barickman this coming week. Staff members will be available to assist with questions about state programs and agencies.

On Thursday, November 16 ....

A stop at Dwight Village Hall is from 9 – 10 am.

Cullom Village Hall 11 am ‘ 12 Noon

Flanagan Township Hall 1 -2 pm

On Friday, November 17 .....

A scheduled visit at Clifton Village Hall 9- 10 am

Gilman City Hall 10:30 – 11:30 am

Watseka City Hall 12 Noon – 1 pm

Milford Village Hall 2 -3 pm

Hoopeston City Hall 3 – 4 pm.

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MainSource Bank Makes Donation to Watseka School District

MainSource Bank in Watseka recently donated $750 to the Watseka School District to be used for reading recovery and social work for students.

Watseka School District, in partnership with parents and community, is committed to instructing and guiding students in the development of skills and strategies. The school district promotes educational excellence in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment in which all students can learn and grow.

MainSource remains a large supporter of education in all of the communities it serves through various offerings and employee volunteer efforts. MainSource partners with the Watseka School District as a resource to impact the families in the Watseka area and make a difference in their lives.

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ISAS Open House in Watseka November 14

The Iroquois Sexual Assault Services office is hosting an Open House at its new location in Watseka next Tuesday.  The event is from 3 - 6 pm at the ISAS new office on Route 1 South in the Jefferson Plaza.  Visitors are welcome and asked to bring A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM to support the local food pantry. 

Kankakee County Sexual Assault Services (KC-CASA) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary.  A charity dinner and auction is today (Friday) at the Kankakee Country Club.  Dinner is at 6 pm.  Guest Speaker is Erin Merryn, an advocate, activist, survivor and the force behind "Erin's Law."

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