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Watseka Mayoral race, aldermanic post featured in forum

Incumbent Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and challenger John Burch will answer questions and present views on issues tonight (Thurs) in Watseka.

A candidates forum is sponsored by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce. The program welcomes the public at 7 pm at Celebrations.

The forum presents a platform for open discussion of issues going into the April 9 Consolidated Election. Contested races are presented for open discussion.

Also invited to speak are 1st Ward aldermanic candidates, incumbent Marvin Purvis and challenger Mark Garfield.


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The Iroquois County Board has called a special meeting for 8am Monday

The Iroquois County Board Chairman has scheduled a special meeting for 8 am Monday.The meeting is for removing and replacing three Iroquois County members of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department Board.

The special meeting comes on the heels of Tuesday’s regular County Board meeting when a flaw in the wording of the agenda didn’t allow a vote to replace the three members, who were asked to resign, but refused.

A 20-year volunteer veteran of the Board of Health, Diane Clatterbuck stated she nor the other board members have done anything wrong to merit resigning.

Supporters of the health department are quietly voicing their opposition to what they call “a vindictive agenda against the health board by Chairman Copas and his supporters. Rod Copas has been outspoken in efforts to have them replaced since the health department announced plans to provide home health care services in neighboring Indiana. Copas says the board has no legal authority to operate out of state.

Copas has since listed several problem areas in how the health board operates and he’s questioned budget matters and purchases, which the health board says are all justified and passed inspections by auditors.

Copas wanted a vote Tuesday to remove Dr. Alexander Michalow and nurses Diane Clatterbuck and Jill Kaeb. Clatterbuck and Kaeb have said they would not resign.

Monday's special meeting convenes at 8 am in the county board room of the Clifford Bury Administration Center in Watseka.


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F-I Health Board Member won’t resign, says “nothing done wrong”

Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas wanted resignations from three members of the Ford-Iroquois Department of Public Health Board Tuesday. He said, refusal would mean replacements.

Long-time health board members Diane Clatterbuck and Jill Kaeb refused to resign, Clatterbuck saying nothing was wrong and she won’t admit wrongdoing. Dr. Alexander Michalow didn’t respond.

Copas’ call for resignations and replacement was endorsed by 11 county board members. Some of them, admitted not knowing enough details and wanting answers to questions. But their Yes votes anyway, points to new members soon taking over the health board.

Copas says ‘we need to fix what’s broken.” But other board members say nothing points to anything being broken.

Diane Clatterbuck told the Board there will be no resignation………


Clatterbuck said past practice of the health board has always been acceptable by the County Board. She said suggested problems can be worked out with the county board.

Clatterbuck said Copas’ comparisons of the tax rate with other counties is off base…..

(other counties)

At Tuesday’s County Board meeting, citizen Larry Hasbargen asked board members to do their elected job and ask questions…….


County Board member Dale Schultz did not vote to ask for resignations. He said the board’s vote to force resignations/replacements is wrong …….


Board member Donna Crow has been asking for details for too long………


Board member Jed Whitlow said he too wants answers to questions asked. He said even hardened criminals are entitled to due process. Whitlow questioned info to make informed decisions.


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Pope Francis - selected Wednesday

Pope Francis is the first Pontiff from the Americas. Argentine Jorge Bergoglio is the first Pope ever from the Americas and first from outside Europe in more than a millenium.

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Meeting rules force postponement in replacing F-I Health Board members

The Iroquois County Board’s proposed plan to replace three of the county's four appointees on the Ford-Iroquois Board of Health was postponed Tuesday. The county board’s meeting agenda did not list the action on the agenda.

Board Chairman Rod Copas had called for ‘resignations of the health board or members would be replaced.’ Copas announced an executive session Tuesday.

After the closed-door meeting, State’s attorney Jim Devine explained that the removal of board of health members was not listed on the agenda…

Devine said, an item that was listed on the agenda — "a motion to ask for the resignation of three existing Iroquois County members of the Ford-Iroquois Board of Health" — appears to be the action that was intended to occur, as decided at a committee meeting last week.

The board then voted 11-3 to approve asking for the resignations of health board members Diane Clatterbuck, a registered nurse from Donovan; Jill Kaeb, a registered nurse from Cissna Park; and Dr. Alexander Michalow, a Bradley resident who has an orthopedic practice at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Voting to approve the call for resignations were: John Schure, Marvin Stichnoth, Russell Bills, Troy Krumweide, Earnier Curtis, Charlie Ault, Adam Zumwalt, Dan Raymon, Brett Schmid, and Kyle Anderson.

Voting "no" were Donna Crow, Jean Hiles, and Dale Schultz..

Abstaining were Jed Whitlow of Gilman and Susan Wynn Bence of Watseka. Three members were absent. (Scott Watts, Donna Wasmer and Kevin Hansen)

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