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PATRIOT DAY: Governors Rauner, Pence order flags lowered to remember 9-11

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Indiana Governor Mike Pence have directed flags to be lowered to half-staff at all state facilities today (Friday) for Patriot Day. Flag are to remain lowered until sunset.

Governor Rauner said ''It's important as Illinoisians that we observe Patriot Day to honor the thousands of men and women who lost their lives or were injured during the attacks on 9-11.'' .

A joint resolution approved December 18th, 2001, designates September 11th each year as Patriot Day in memory of the 2,977 people killed in the 9-11 attacks.

In 2009 President Barack Obama also requested that each September 11th be annually recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

An Iroquois County event is this evening at the Crescent City Fire Department. The 6:30 program finds the '1st Responders Appreciation Event' honoring front-line responders including radio dispatchers, EMS, Police, Fire and the Coroners.

Watseka Fire Lt. Kyle Schaumburg is the featured speaker. He visited the World Trade Center in New York on the 10th Anniversary of 9-11.

Special guest for the event is Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti.

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Kankakee Police investigate robbery attempts

An armed robbery on Oakdale Avenue in Kankakee (Tuesday night) has police looking for the assailants. Three men approached a man sitting in his vehicle demanding the man turn over his personal items. No injury was reported. Police reports indicated the three men responsible had weapons.

An attempted armed robbery Wednesday morning on Myrtle Avenue in Kankakee is under investigation. A man sitting in his car with his girlfriend was approached by a gunman who announced a robbery. Police reported there was a struggle when the victim grabbed the gun. The assailant dropped the weapon and fled. The gun was actually a toy. No injury was reported.

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Iroquois County Board limits public comments

At least six members didn't like it, but the Iroquois County Board voted (Tuesday) to restrict public comments at its meetings. The proposal was drawn up months ago by the Board's policy & procedure committee, reviewed and finally voted on by the membership.

The approved-restrictions for public comments has a 5-minute limit per person. The chairman has the discretion to grant additional time - - within reasonable time limits.

Thirty minutes, all told, will be set aside for public comment at the start of a meeting.

The now-approved policy was voted in on a 12-6 vote. The vote came after Board member Vince LaMie made a motion to remove the issue from the policy & procedure minutes to vote on separately. That attempt failed on a 7-11 vote.

Watseka Board member Larry Hasbargen was against it. He said the vote shows membership has lost touch with the public.

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Budget matters occupy Iroquois County Board

The state of Illinois' budget problem...or the lack of a budget...is spilling into the laps of local officials. County government and municipal leaders and even private agencies are having trouble finalizing their budget as they wait for state reimbursements.

The Iroquois County Board learned the Finance department was able to work with department heads to decrease and earlier-reported deficit and find a 48% increase in revenues. The General Fund gained $180,000.

Expenses were reduced by 52%.

MFT reimbursements, gaming reveneus and even lottery payouts have all been delayed due to the budget stalemate in Springfield.

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SBA reps offer recovery help in Watseka

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is visiting Watseka this week to help citizens and businesses recover from flooding and other weather-related losses from this past summer.  The SBA representatives are at City Hall on Brianna Drive today (Wed), Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Hours during the business week are from 9 am 'til 6 pm.  Saturday hours are 9 am 'til 1 pm.  The SBA help is also avaialble next week, Monday thru Wednesday from 9 am 'til 6 pm and Then again Thursday, September 17, from 9 am 'til 4 pm.

SBA representativesare offering assistance to homeowners, businesses and non-profit agencies that may have suffered from storm and flood damages.  Low-interest, long-term loans can be applied for to recover from uninsured losses.

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