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Ford County panel recommends more than doubling setbacks for wind turbines

The Ford County Board’s zoning committee finalized a package of proposed changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms Tuesday. It includes a proposal to more than double the distance wind turbines must be from homes.

Committee members were earlier OK with a proposal to increase the existing 1,000-foot setback between wind turbines and “primary structures,” to 1,500 feet.

But the suggestion is now 2250 feet. That’s more than double the distance. Some feel that’ll chase away the wind farm companies.

The amended proposal was approved unanimously. It now goes to the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board before heading to the full County Board.

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Probation violation leads to Watseka man's arrest

An Iroquois County Probation Officer was assisted by Watseka Police Thursday after illegal itmes were found in a probation client's home. Police responded to a residence in the 100-block of Madison Street.

19-year-old Matthew Sellars of Watseka is charged with unlawful ujse of a weapon and unlawful possession of firearm ammunition.  Police report brass knuckles and .22 caliber bullets were located in the home.  Sellasr was jailed in Iroquois County.


A Kokomo, IN woman was jailed in Iroquois County Thursday after her arrest by local sheriff's deputies.  27-year-old Cary Tatman was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for a probation violation. 

Sheldon Police arrestyed 28-year-old Mindi Parsons of Watseka for possession of Meth.  She was also wanted in Kankakee County for falure to appear for leaving the scene of an accident.

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Durbin visits Kankakee, supports JROTC

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin dropped by Kankakee on Wednesday to talk with school officials about plans to start an Army Junior ROTC program at the high school.

Kankakee High School has hopes of launching an Army Jr. ROTC program. And U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is in support.
Durbin visted the high school (Wednesday), hearing from officials about plan to start such a program.

Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, met with officials in the office of Superintendent Genevra Walters. Afterward, the senator gave credited to former Represenative Lisa Dugan for making contact with him to set up the local meeting. (Dugan is a candidate for her old seat in the 79th Illinois legislative district this fall).

Durbin plans to seek competitive funding for the Army program. Superintendent Walters said the idea of a local JROTC program was generated by student-interest.

Walters said the district planned to start a JROTC whether it received federal money or not. Economically disadvantaged districts, such as Kankakee, she said, have a better chance of winning grants.

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14-year-old boy struck by car in Bradley

A Kennedy Drive crash in the Village of Bradley (Wednesday) injured a 14-year-old juvenile.  The unidentified youth was riding a small push-scooter at the time of the crash. Bradley Police and Fire responded to Kennedy Drive at Brookmont Blvd just before noon.

Police said the boy was taken by ambulance to Riverside Hospital.  Illinois State Police assisted with the investigation.

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Senator Durbin pushed EMS funding in Flanagan

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin used a Livingston County stop to push his bill to keep federal money flowing toward rural emergency medical services.

Durbin visited the Flanagan-Graymont Fire Protection District station in Flanagan Wednesday to outline his Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs, or SIREN, Act. The measure is an amendment to the farm bill which passed the Senate in June.

Durbin said the measure will help rural districts which have a difficult time affording equipment and training.

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