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State funding cut concerns Iroquois, Kankakee County Boards

The Iroquois and Kankakee County Boards Tuesday approved resolutions to formally oppose Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget, which calls for 50% cuts in the income tax receipts returned to local government.

Resolutions urge Rauner and the General Assembly to reconsider their proposals to cut funding for county governments. It was noted, the cuts could force new reductions in police protection and threaten public safety.
Municipal government leaders are expressing their deep concern about the effects on local budgets.

The Illinois Municipal League website has compiled a list of how much the cuts would effect individual cities and villages.

The Iroquois County budget, should Rauner's plan happen, would cost more than $500,000 or about 10% of the Iroquois County $5.3 million dollar budget.

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Grace Period Registration & Voting underway

There's still time to register for the upcoming April 7th Consolidated Election. The registration period is open for voters who missed an earlier deadline to update their registration paperwork. The period gives residents one last chance to register before the April 7th Election.

County Clerks note that those registering now through April 3rd will not be able to vote at their regular polling place on Election Day. Instead, they will be required to vote, on the spot, when you register.

Questions can be directed to your County Clerk.

To register to vote, residents must be United States citizens, 18 years of age or older by April 7, 2015. You also need to provide two pieces of identification, one of which verifies your current address.

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Community Action Celebrating 50th Anniversary

'Celebrating 50 Years of Empowerment and Excellence through Education.''

That's the theme for the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. A Corporate Gala and Dinner is next Friday, March 13th.

A Danville native and esteemed educator will serve as the keynote presenter. Dr. "Reg" Weaver is currently vice president of Education International, a group representing nearly 30 million teachers and education workers in 172 countries. Weaver recently completed two terms as president of the National Education Association.

A silent auction will also be held as part of the event which is open to the public. Tickets are available.

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I-65 crashes kill 2, lanes closed

Two people are dead after multiple crashes brought both directions of Interstate 65 to a halt in northwest Indiana. State police report 15 semis, five cars and two vans were involved in at least three separate crashes. The interstate has been closed in at least one direction since late Tuesday night.

The names of the victims have not been released. Authorities reported they died in two separate crashes.

The northbound lanes are closed from the State Road 43 exit to the SR 18 exit. The southbound lanes are closed near the U.S. 24/U.S. 231 exit in Jasper County.

Police said fog was the contributing factor in the crashes.
In Illinois---two high school students were killed Tuesday night when the car they were in crashed while travelling to a basketball game. It happened on Route 38 in Rochelle. A fog advisory was in effect at the time.

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Fog Advisory in effect this Wednesday morning

Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties are under fog advisories this morning.  Northwest Indiana is also effected by dense fog, where school delays are in effect for North and South Newton school districts. 

The dense fog contributed to fatal accidents overnight in both Illinois and Indiana. Visibity was reduced to less than a quarter-mile and to zero in some areas.

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