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Iroquois, Ford, Kankakee, Vermilion County Boards OK FY19 budgets

New fiscal years begin December 1 for county business. County leaders (Tuesday) voted to approve their respective spending plans while also approving levies to operate.

Iroquois County Board Chairman John Shure calls the FY19 budget “a good one”......

“It should get us thru the next year in good shape; I hope we don’t run into any unexpected problems. We should be happy with the budget,” Shure tells WGFA News.

Revenues show $5,336, 548 dollars. Expenses are listed at $5, 310, 128.

“I guess what’s noteworthy, it’s a balanced budget with about $28,000 surplus, Shure added.

The Ford County budget shows a slight deficit. There’s a difference of $6,149 between expected revenues of $4, 120, 078 and anticipated expenses of $4, 126, 277.

In Kankakee County --- Board Chairman Andy Wheeler reports the FY19 budget is much improved. He says in another year the county should show positive numbers in the range of $6 or maybe $700,000. That is most welcome considering just a few years ago, “things were so bad no banks would do business with us.”

Wheeler credits the finance committee people, department heads and the employees for the progress.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Larry Baughn is happy to report there will be no increase in real estate tax bills. The Board approved the FY19 Tuesday evening in Danville.

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Albers wins Treasurer’s race in Iroquois County; Shure, Huse win District 2 County Board seats

Republican Kurt Albers grabbed 79% of the vote (Tuesday) to easily win the race for Treasurer in Iroquois County.

Albers had 8040 votes to Democrat Bill Nutter with 2122.
Albers succeeds Mindy Kuntz-Hagan, who did not seek re-election.

A 3-way race for County Board in District 2 saw John Shure and Steve Huse win out over challenger Paula Rossow.

Six other newcomers will join the County Board in December. They were un-contested. Paul Ducat and Leanne Hofbauer-Duby will represent District 1. Joe Young and Paul Bowers will represent District 3 and John Zumwalt and Roger Bard will be new voices in District 4.

A referendum question passed in Iroquois County. Voters were asked – Should the Illinois General Assembly refrain from passing any additional legislation limiting a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms as defined by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ?

75% of voters said YES, 7568 to 2511.

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GAHHS recognized as one of the best

Today (Thursday) is National Rural Health Day.  And Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services is again applauded as one of the nation's best rural hospitals. 

The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health for overall excellence in Patient Perspectives points to GAHHS as beinbg in the top quartile in performance. CEO Rob Schmitt says the award represents another example of the staff, physicians, volunteers and board living the mission and vision of GSHHS.

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Great American Smokeout today

The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout takes place today.  The event has a goal to get people to set aside a day to help smokers quit smoking or using tobacco products for at least one day. The hope is that they will quit for good.

Several public health departments promote the program and offer recommendations to those tobacco-users tryign to kick the habit. 

The Illinois Tobacco Quitline number is 1-866-QUIT-YES or 1-866-784-8937. 

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Opioid abuse subject of seminar in Kankakee County

The effects of the opioid epidemic in Kankakee County will be addressed today (Thursday) at a seminar at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School.  The 6 pm education program will include several speakers.  A question-and-answer period will follow.

Meanwhile--Indiana is now added to the list of states suing a maker of opioid pain pills.  Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Purdue Pharma.  Hill blames the company for the 90,000 people in Indiana who he says are battling an opioid addiction.  Dozens of otzher states across the country are also suingthe comapnies that made and sold opioid pills.

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