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ATV thefts in Watseka nets 2 arrests

Watseka Police have arrested a St. Anne man in connection with the theft of two ATVs from a Watseka dealership. The Watseka Suzuki Honda business reported the theft last Wednesday.

57-year-old Donald Baker was charged with theft over $10,000. He’s jailed in Iroquois County.

Another man is also identified as 31-year-old Andrew B. Hancock of St. Anne. He’s currently in the Kankakee County Jail on unrelated charges. Watseka Police plan to seek charges against him when he is released from Kankakee County.

Watseka Police and St. Anne Police wrapped up a three-day investigation into the thefts. According to police reports, two ATVs were stolen from inside a fenced in area of the business. One of the ATV’s was recovered.

Police were able to obtain surveillance photos and asked the public for help in identifying the suspects. St. Anne Police notified Watseka Police of the possible identities of the two men. Police said Baker admitted to being involved in the theft.

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Watseka schedules citywide cleanup

The city of Watseka will be providing dumpsters for the fall citywide cleanup. The dumpsters will be placed at the city owed yard waste facility located on South Second Street Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23.

The service is for residents of Watseka only. Residency verification will be required. The yard waste facility will be open from 9 am ‘til to 5 pm on Saturday and from 1 to 6 pm on Sunday.

Items that will not be accepted include: rocks, dirt or concrete, roofing materials, any hazardous liquids (including paint), any type of fuel containers, batteries, and tires.

Electronic waste will not be accepted.

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Advisory: Routes 102, 113 repairs

The Illinois Department Transportation (IDOT) has announced daily lane closings along Illinois Routes 102 and 113 in the Kankakee, Grundy and Will County areas.

Motorists will need to be aware of construction workers for several weeks and months along Warner Bridge Road and Wilmington and Braidwood.

Shoulder work, replacement of guardrails, and installation of rumble strips is part of the scheduled work.

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Tentative budget awaits Board OK in Iroquois County

The Iroquois County Board’s finance committee has forwarded its FY17 budget proposal for the full board’s approval. That could happen at Tuesday’s meeting (October 11).

The blueprint shows a $642 dollar surplus.

The budget includes adding one deputy to the sheriff’s department and eliminating one of two maintenance directors.

The county has operated with two salaried maintenance directors, one for each of the two buildings, after the past administration hired a second person to oversee the Administrative Center while the veteran maintenance director was limited to operations at the courthouse.

Records show as many as five positions have either been created or turned from part-time to full-time.

The proposed budget will be available for public review in the County Clerk’s Office, once approved by the County Board.


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Kankakee County looks for revenue

Budget problems just won’t go away in Kankakee County. Officials are exploring new means of revenue, including a public safety tax and taking another look at county assessed fees.

Two studies have been initiated, one in the sheriff’s department for court services and another departments including the county clerk and recorder.

Finance Chairman Mike LaGuess explained other counties have conducted such studies to review revenues generated, but projected numbers are not available.

The committee also entertained discussion about an increase in its public safety tax.

Sheriff suggests citizens talk to county board members ......
Sheriff Mike Downey said as budget talks continue, citizens need to voice their concerns about public safety. Downey says the decision-makers need to be contacted by those people living in un-incorporated areas who will experience even more diminished police presence.

More budget cuts have been discussed. A proposed FY17 budget would eliminated up to one-third of the sheriff’s deputies.

Downey said “we in law enforcement don’t’ want that and the people don’t deserve that.”

The County Board’s proposed budget for the sheriff’s department patrolling of rural areas is being cut $533,000 to $2.3 million. The sheriff’s department has been hit hard in recent years, losing up to 15 deputies to lay-offs.

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