The annual Canadian National - Illinois Central Railroad Santa Train makes its run through area communities this weekend.
The train makes stops in Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Santa Claus will be onboard to visit with area children along the route. The train is scheduled to be in Gilman Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Saturday’s schedule will include Gibson City 8 to 10:30 am. The Melvin stop is from 12 noon to 1:15 pm. Roberts is from 1:45 to 3 pm, Thawville from 3:30 to 5 pm, and then Onarga 6 to 8 pm.
The Sunday schedule includes Danforth 10:30 am. To 12 noon, Ashkum’s stop is from 1 to 2:30 pm. The Santa Train is in Clifton from 3:30 to 5:30 pm..
Please note all times are target times. While the Santa Train strives to maintain a tight schedule, the railroad's operations prevail, which might cause delays at any or all stations.
The Watseka Fire Department was alerted to a garage fire in the 500-block of E. Mulberry Street Thursday night. No injury was reported. The cause is being investigated, according to Fire Chief Dave Mayotte.
Mayotte reported the older, all-wood garage was engulfed in flames when firemen arrived just after 8 pm. There was heat damage to the rear of the house and a neighbor’s house.
Iroquois County’s recently-passed quarter-cent sales tax for the good of public safety apparently, isn’t good enough for the County Board.
Word has it, that the County Board may not put the tax in place....even though it was approved by voters.
Newly-elected Board Chairman John Shure is quoted in the Ford County Record ‘there’s concern about the tax hike’s impact on retailers.” He says a fact-finding mission is underway...with concern county residents will travel to neighboring counties with lower sales tax rates to do their shopping.
And sources tell WGFA News, Shure was recently asked about the possibility of the tax not being enacted by the county board and he said he ‘knew nothing about it.’
Once again, the public safety tax imposes a minute-tax on EVERYONE, not just local citizens. EVERYONE travelling thru Iroquois County, making purchases on the taxable items, contribute to public safety.
Certain foods, prescription medicines, and vehicles are exempt from the tax.
And once again, other counties with a public safety tax gain revenue from Iroquois County shoppers visiting them to support THEIR public safety needs. It’s a simple return the favor concept...it’s not an unbearable tax just on Iroquois County consumers.
The taxes generated from any individual is less than what you or me lose under our car seats or in the cushions of our sofa.
Far too often, the Iroquois County Board likes to create problems/issues that aren’t there. Some creative minds dig up controversy that doesn’t exist until some select-board members, or past members, decide to stir the pot. And – what they do is insult the intelligence of voters.
Maybe, just maybe, some of the newly-elected board members can get off on the right foot and pay attention to what they need to focus on ...INSTEAD OF FEEDING THE CANCER CELLS THAT HAVE INFESTED IROQUOIS COUNTY GOVERNMENT IN RECENT YEARS !
And just maybe, voters and business people who think in a common-sense mode can let their voices be heard and set the County Board on the right track for a change.