A weekend arrest finds a Hoopeston man charged with child pornography. 44-year-old James Lewis was arrested at his home. He's accused of inappropriate touching of a five-year-old girl. The girl's parents filed the complaint saying the man also took photos of the girl. Police said evidence was found at Lewis' home. Additional charges include threatening an officer and resisting arrest.
Kankakee looks toward improved residential construction
Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein is hopeful action by the City Council will stimulate residential construction and improve the tax base. More housing, the mayor says, means lower taxes for all.
The City Council Monday passed an ordinance allowing new homeowners in the Indian Meadows sub-division to qualify for a property tax rebate. That rebate will be for 90% over ten years, with another 50% rebate for 10 additional years.
It's not just for that sub-division. The ordinance also allows for a 50% rebate for five-years for those people buying a home built on empty city lots.
Miner Charitable Foundation Grants for KCC students
As part of their commitment to Iroquois County residents, the Miner Charitable Foundation is offering 10 scholarships to Kankakee Community College students for the Spring 2014 semester.
The scholarships range from $500 to $1,500 in value. Eligible candidates will be Iroquois County residents who live within the KCC district. Candidates must enroll in classes at the KCC Harold & Jean Miner South Extension Center and have and maintain a 2.5 Grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Preference will be given to students working toward a degree in agriculture, library science, or public safety and service. The scholarships will pay for tuition, books, fees, transportation and housing.
The online application is at www.kcc.edu/scholarships/. Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 8.
The Miner Charitable Foundation was established by Harold and Jean Miner, lifelong farmers who lived in rural Watseka. The Miners were involved in all facets of farming along with being dedicated community supporters who volunteered in agriculture, music and their church.
The Foundation carries out the wishes of the Miners through charitable gifts and college scholarships for Iroquois County high school graduates. Many of the recipients study in areas such as agriculture, library science, music, public service and safety, where the Miners had their strongest interests.
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the appointment of Russell E Lloyd as the Acting Director of the VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) in Danville. Lloyd will oversee delivery of health care to more than 33,000 Veterans with an operating budget of $175 million.
Lloyd comes to Danville after serving as the Associate Medical Center Director, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Temple, Texas.
VAIHCS provides care to Veterans in Central Illinois and West Central Indiana. The medical center is located in Danville, along with five community based outpatient clinics in Decatur, Mattoon, Peoria and Springfield, Illinois and West Lafayette, Indiana.
Russell Lloyd began his new duties in Danville today.