Door-to-door damage assessments are being conducted in Watseka with hope federal financial assistance will be available for flood victims.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are working with the Illinois EMA and Iroquois County EMA to gather the needed information. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is also present to offer help.
Preliminary damage assessments are getting started today (Friday). For property owners who won't be home during the door-to-door visits, you're encouraged to contact the EMA office at 815-432-6997 to report damage. The disaster assistance process is important. Home owners. businesses, and non-profit agencies are urged to cooperate.
Midwest retailer giant Meijer is lined up to step into the Bradley (IL) business climate. The Michigan-based Meijer outlet, it's been announced, will fill the void in Kankakee County when the K-Mart Super Center closes.
Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams confirms Meijer has purchased the K-Mart property. Plans call for the building to be razed and a new Meijer store will be built at the same location. There's a spring 2018 opening date.
Meijer is a huge Midwest retailer. Stores are located in Illinois (including Champaign), Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Meijer employs more than 65,000 people and lists revenues at $15.7 billion.
K-Mart employees were notified Wednesday the store on Kinzie Avenue will close in May.
Tim Bukowski announces retirement as Kankakee County Sheriff
He's the 36th Person to serve as Sheriff of Kankakee County. And. after 19 years and having won re-election in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014....Sheriff Tim Bukowski announced his retirement. He'll step aside April 23rd.
At a press conference today (Thursday), Bukowski cited health issues.
Bukowski said he's undergone cardiac procedures, treatment for pancreatitis, and had his gall bladder removed. And a recent diagnosis is a benign cyst in the spinal canal causing a lot of discomfort.
Bukowski told the gathering how fortunate it was to work for former Sheriff Bernie Thompson, who was elected to three terms and served 10 years as the first sheriff of Kankakee County elected to more than two terms. Bukowski said the people of the county were so fortunate to have someone of his character and abilities to serve as their sheriff.
Looking back, Bukowski said he so enjoyed his position.
"Every day for the past 19 years I woke up looking forward to serving the people of Kankakee County, even if there were those who weren't quite as excited about that prospect as I was. It's been my honor and privilege to serve the people of this county and I am humbled by their trust and confidence."
The retiring sheriff is putting his trust and support behind Undersheriff Mike Downey for the appointment. That decision will come from the County Board.
K-Mart employees in Bradley are reporting they received notice (Wednesday) that the store is closing. No official word yet from the parent company, the Sears Holding Group, but village officials expect the store closing to happen in the next 90 days.
Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams' office reports they've known for some time about the closing. The village already has plans to bring in another similar store to that site on Kinzie Avenue.
Early Voting gets started today in McLean, Vermilion County
The election office is open for voting in Vermilion County. Voters in Vermilion County can begin casting ballots today (February 4). It is the first day for early voting and voting by mail.
McLean County election officials also report their early-voting begins today.
The turn-out for early voting could give some indication of what to expect at polling places on Election Day March 15th.
Iroquois County, and others, are yet to officially announce the Early Voting period is beginning.
Objections to presidential candidates petitions delayed the ballot process last month. The early-vote process was expected to be delayed until February 17th at earliest. But the State Board of Elections issued the green light after objections were resolved.