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Kankakee County annual crop tour points to 179 bushel acre average

It's only an estimate, but the projected bushel-per-acre yield average for corn here in 2014 is at 179. That's encouraging despite the cool weather during growing season and lack of rain in some sections of the county.

Maybe a little hard to imagine 'lack of rain' considering the last 24-36 hours and what fell in recent weeks. But there was little rain for than a month in some areas and the cooler temps were evident during the peak growing weeks.

Kankakee County Corn Growers Association President Jason Zimmer told WGFA News this is the "biggest estimate delivered by the corn growers." There's a lot of variability; we expect this.

The Corn Growers group held its annual Yield Check meeting (Wed) at the fairgrounds.

The southwest section (near Irwin Road south of Route 17) is where the biggest positive was reported. Yield Check reporter Alex Denault's corn yield estimate is at 200 bu per acre.

Clay Abbott's estimate in the NE section, near Momence, north of Rote 17 at State Line Road, is at 187 an acre. Keith Yohnka's number is similar at 181.

In the St Anne area, from State Line Road to Aroma Park, south of Rt 17, Trevor Ludke had an estimate of 183 per acre.

Three corn growers turned in estimates for the North-Central section, north of Rt 17, from Rt 45 to Warner Bridge Road. Dick Moran, Carl McQueen and Mark Stuffenberg turn in an estimate of 180 bu per acre.

Doug Flagel's South-central section is at 173 an acre. That's from Aroma Park to Irwin Road, south of Rt 17.

Jason Zimmer, himself, reports on the NW section, at 170 per acre.

Zimmer tells WGFA News, the 179 average is optimistic .......

This 179 bu per acre average is "the highest estimate ever." Last year's corn yield estimate was at 169. It was 174 in both 2007 and 2008.

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IMH RESTRICTING VISITORS DUE TO THE ENTEROVIRUS – D68 OUTBREAK

WATSEKA, ILLINOIS – Officials at Iroquois Memorial Hospital and Resident Home have announced that children under the age of 18 and adults with cold-like symptoms are not allowed to visit patients in the hospital or Residents at the Iroquois Resident Home until further notice due to the Enterovirus-D68 outbreak that has occurred in Illinois and eleven other states. The virus usually starts like the common cold; symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose, and a cough. It's difficult, if not impossible, to tell the difference between a regular cold and this type of virus. If you see your child's condition changing from the signs of regular cold to developing a fever or a rash, difficulty breathing, or they just look like they don't feel good make an appointment with your family physician or take them to the local emergency room.

To reduce the spread of the Enterovirus-D68 people should:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are ill
• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick;
• Stay home when feeling sick and obtain consultation from your health care provider.

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Iroquois County gives nod to medical pot application

The Iroquois County Board Tuesday voted to approve an application for a medical cannabis cultivation center. The application cites a proposed location in Ash Grove Township, southeast of Onarga.

The application would be one of at least five others that fall within the District 21 Illinois State Police district. The state will allow one such medical facility in each of the state police districts. Three other sites in Kankakee County are in the mix.

Local applicant Jerry Seggebruch brought the issue to the Planning & Zoning Department on behalf of Medical Pharms LLC. (The location is proposed at 1128 N. 12000E Road).

The approval of the application was based on 'it fits for the agricultural zoning' of Ash Grove Township.


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Emergency dispatch still a question mark in Iroquois County

Despite all the talk of exploding 9-1-1 management operations in Iroquois County, funding emergency dispatch is still unresolved. And now, the current contracts in place for fire and ambulance service payments will continue.

A two-year plan to keep the funding formula in place was discussed by the Iroquois County Board Policy & Procedure committee Tuesday.

County government, the city of Watseka, and 9-1-1 share the cost of funding the dispatch services....each paying $131, 666. The 9-1-1 portion goes away November 30th. And starting wi9th the new fiscal year, December 1, the county and city take on the cost.

A new formula will be worked on when the two-year plan expires.

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Vermilion County Board will review Wind Ordinance

Open discussion on zoning and the wind ordinance occupied the tiem of Vermilion County Board members. Tuesday evening, the board voted to re-open the discussion over the county's wind farm ordinance. But the board rejected another proposal to investigate establishing county zoning.

Members agreed to review of the county's wind farm ordinance on a 14 – 11 vote in favor. Two board members were absent. The vote to consider county zoning garnered only 4 yes votes. There were 20 voting against. Three were absent.

The vote was not surprising to County Board Chairman Gary Weinard.

Weinard said zoning has never been tolerated in Vermilion County. The problem, he said, we're going to have is melting changes in the wind ordinance without zoning because I think it was pretty clearly detailed tonight that we've gone about as far as we can go under the statutes of the State of Illinois in terms of set-backs and noise.''

Board member Kevin Green was one of those who voted against investigating county zoning. He said 'it's going to create a whole other layer of bureaucracy. It's going to be very expensive. And like it was stated it's really only beneficial in times of when you have great population or business influx, and we don't have that."

Green was named to chair a new committee that will review the county's wind farm ordinance. Chairman Gary Weinard says the committee will meet within 30 days for its organizational session. Then the committee will have 180 days to return its recommendations to the full county board.

94.1 WGFA