The Illinois State Police has an investigation team looking into the finances of the Kankakee Valley Park District. The Park District and the Kankakee Valley Park Foundation are the subject of an investigation.
Park District Executive Director Roy Collins has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The Daily-Journal reports the two agencies expenses and revenues are being reviewed. Part of the investigation includes the cash receipts of the popular BBQ Fest. Park District audits over the last three years have questioned the accounting practices.
Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher has announced that the County Clerk's office will be open for Grace Period Registration and Voting from February 17th – March 15, 2016. During this grace period, an unregistered qualified elector may register to vote (two forms of I.D. will be needed) and also a registered voter may submit a change of address form in person at the County Clerk's office.
If a voter registers or changes an address during this grace period and wishes to vote at the March 15, 2016 Primary Election, he or she must do so by grace period voting in person at the County Clerk's Office.
Office hours for Grace Period Registration and Voting are: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday, March 12th office hours are from 8:30 a.m. – noon. Additionally, the Clerk's office will be open Election Day, March 15th for Grace Period Registration and Voting from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
For information concerning Grace Period Registration and Voting, please call the County Clerk's Office at 815-432-6960.
Iroquois County choking, stabbing suspects dealt $100,000 bonds
A Crescent City man charged with choking a child and his girlfriend remains in the Iroquois County Jail. 31-year-old Michael Shadowen had bond set at $100,000 Tuesday by Circuit Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.
Shadowen is charged with two counts of aggravated domestic battery. Sheriff's Polcie were called to the emergency room at IMH Monday to investigate a report of a child who was allegedly choked at a Crescent City residence.
Judge Lustfeldt also set bond at $100,000 for Lisa Bitzel, who's facing a charge of aggravated domestic battery. She's alleged to have stabbed her boyfriend several times early Sunday morning. She was arrested Monday by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police.
State's Attorney Jim Devine said Bitzel claimed it was self defense. But she had no visible injuries while the victim, 61-year-old Steve Hofbauer of Rankin, was stabbed repeatedly about his body. He was taken by ambulance to Carle Hospital in Urbana.
The incident happened near Hoopeston, in Iroquois County at 095N and 1700E Road. Deputies responded to a 911 call from Hofbauer saying he'd been stabbed by his girlfriend. Officers found Hofbauer bleeding from multiple stab wounds. He was in his vehicle in the driveway. Bitzel was taken into custody without incident.
Local Legislators tell Farm Bureau budget gridlock needs to end
Members of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau, like everyone else, wants the state's Budget impasse to end. So do area legislators. A handful of lawmakers told the Farm Bureau (Monday) they too know and feel the frustration.
State Reps Tom Bennett and Chad Hays were joined by Senators Chapin Rose and Scott Bennett at forum in Danville.
The legislators said resolving the deadlock won't be easy.
Chad Hays said he's looking forward to what Governor Bruce Rauner has to say in his State of the State Address Wednesday. Hays adds he would like to see lawmakers adopt a two year budget.
Tom Bennett said the State of the State and then the Budget Address, later, should be interesting. Senator Scott Bennett says there needs to be a bi-partisan effort to get the gridlock in Springfield resolved. A concern to area farmers is that state funding has been cut to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
The Vermilion County Soil and Water Conservation District has lost several key employees because of it.