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.
Watseka Ag forum Wednesday, drones & weather discussion
It's 'too soon to plant,' but not too soon to talk weather and drone-use in agriculture. That's the focus of a farm/business forum at Celebrations in Watseka Wednesday.
The pre-season ag program called "Too Soon to Plant" will feature llinois State Climatologist Jim Angel and Gibson City farmer Randy Aberle, co-owner Flying Ag.
WGFA Radio (94.1 ) is among the vendors promoting the themes --- "Too Soon to Plant," "Drones in Agriculture" and "Will Heavy Rains Keep Falling?"
Angel is expected to address last year's heavy rains and expectations for the upcoming planting and growing season. Aberle will discuss the use of drones in agriculture.
Other local businesses with displays include Travel Discoveries, Flying Ag, U of I Extension, State Climatologist's Weather Watchers, McCullough Implement, Healing Arts Massage, Body and Balance Therapeutic Massage, Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau. WGFA Radio plans to broadcast 'live' during the event.
A 25-year-old Danforth man was killed Saturday in a one-vehicle crash near Sheldon in Iroquois County.
Edward Black was driving a Jeep eastbound on U.S. Route 52. Illinois State Police reported Black went to pass another vehicle at 1800 E, lost control and rolled the Jeep several times. The victim was ejected.
Police said a a 13-month-old boy was properly secured in a car seat. The boy escaped with just minor injuries. The boy was treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Edward Black was pronounced dead at IMH.