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Iroquois County Board ready to OK balanced budget

A balanced budget is expected to be approved by the Iroquois County Board next Tuesday (11/12).

Numbers were reviewed, on file for the last month, and now ready for the new fiscal year on December 1st.

Finance committee Chairman Kevin Hansen points to some matters that have to be watched. The financial situation with the 9-1-1 / ETSB budget is an issue that the county and city of Watseka will need to monitor in the event budgeted-monies run out.

Hansen said "we have issues out there to pay attention to, but the proposed-budget looks pretty good to me."

Vice-Chairman Kyle Anderson said "we'll still have to hold the line, but it's come together.

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Indictment error presents confusion in theft case

                                        Iroquois County case to be reviewed

The legal minds involved in a village-government theft case will be back in court next month (December 2) to iron out paper work that's caused confusion in the case.

This involves theft charges facing a former bookkeeper/collector for the village of Cissna Park.
Rhonda Sue Siebert was in Iroquois County Circuit Court Thursday with intent to plead guilty to a Class 1 felony listed in a grand jury indictment. The indictment charges her with the theft of between $100,000 and $500,000 in village funds.

State's Attorney Jim Devine told the court the charge should have been a more serious Class X felony. Siebert then withdrew her plea.

The 2012 indictment was supposed to be listed as a felony but the mistake. Devine points out, was listed as a Class 1 offense.

The theft of government funds as reported earlier exceeded $100,000.

The indictment paper work will have to be amended.

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Semi rollover bottles up I-65 traffic

Indiana State Police at Lowell reported a semi rolled near Lowell this (Thurs) morning. The rig left I-65, injuring the driver. The semi was hauling produce.

State police also reported a related-accident.. a little further south on the interstate. One vehicle rear-ended another when it failed to slow for traffic that had stopped for the earlier semi rollover.

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V-MEG arrests 5 on drug charges

Targeting heroin trafficking, The Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (V-MEG) arrested five people on drug related charges. Three of the five were women, according to a press release from Illinois State Police.

A traffic stop near the Danville Public Housing neighborhood led to the discovery of several syringes in the vehicle. Charges include possession of heroin.

Two other suspects arrested are a husband and wife who were taken into custody (Tuesday) on Danville's west side. Master Sergeant Lisa Mitchell says children found in the couple's home were placed into protective custody with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Agents confiscated cannabis and a gun from the residence.

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Kankakee man to act as own-attorney in shooting case

A Kankakee man facing a murder charge for the shooting of 24-year-old Tyrone Kennedy Sr. and the wounding of Kennedy's cousin wants to be his own lawyer in the case.

32-year-old Luther Starkey was in Kankakee Circuit Court (Wed). Judge Clark Erickson approved the request .

Tyrone Kennedy was shot dead in 2012 while sitting in a vehicle in the 900-block N. Harrison Street. Darrien Kennedy survived the shooting but was left paralyzed.

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