Voters invited to hear the candidates, forums in Iroquois and Kankakee County
In anticipation of the March 15th Primary Election, voters can hear from candidates seeking support. Forums are planned in Kankakee County today (Tuesday) and Wednesday evening in Iroquois County.
The NAACP is hosting a forum at the Kankakee Public Library at 5:30 this afternoon.
Voters can hear from the State's Attorney candidates, Ed Glazur and Emile Capriotti.
Candidates for a Kankakee County Judgeship include Associate Judge Michael Kramer and current State's Attorney Jamie Boyd. All are Republican candidates.
The Iroquois County Republican Women's Club and the Watseka Area and Gilman Chamber of Commerce organizations are hosting a candidates forum Wednesday. The public is invited to the Crescent City Grade School. The program begins just after 6 pm.
Invited candidates include un-contested county office-holders Jim Devine, Lisa Hines and Bill Cheatum...for State's Attorney, Circuit Clerk and Coroner, respectively.
County Board candidates in all four districts will also answer questions.
The City of Kankakee and Kankakee firefighters have agreed to a three-year contract. The city council gave unanimous approval Monday night.
The contract is retroactive to May 1 of last year (2015). Local 653 is represented by 46 firefighters. The contracts calls for a one-percent raise the first year, 1.75 percent for the year ending April 30, 2017; and 2 percent the 3rd year, ending April 30, 2018. There's an 80/20 split for health insurance.
Two Pennsylvania women are jailed after a pot bust by Illinois State Police on I-80 in Grundy County.
Police report the two women were found with nearly 11 pounds of marijuana. Twenty-six year old Leesa Bonaminio and 27-year-old Veronica Wagner were eastbound when pulled over. Police said the marijuana was discovered after a routine traffic stop.
Mayor: Solicitors not affiliated with City of Gilman
Residents in Gilman should know electric aggregation solicitors going door-to-door do not have any ties with the city.
Mayor Rick Theesfeld says he's received some reports that solicitors may be mis-leading some people about their connection with the city. Theesfeld said the solicitors trying to drum up business "are not associated with the city of Gilman."
The mayor said the city is currently locked in an electric aggregation program with Homefield Energy. He said the 38-month program, in his book, is about the best negotiable plan out there right now.