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Ford County considers a sales-tax increase

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A public safety tax may sound familiar to a lot of people. Now, the Ford County Board is considering a referenda question for a quarter-cent sales tax hike to support public safety.

The matter is likely to be addressed at the Ford County Board meeting Monday night.

The Finance committee has voted to place the question on the November ballot, asking voters if they approve of the quarter-cent sales tax increase to support public safety.
The Ford County Record reports it would be an advisory question only – at this point. The Board would then consider the tax depending on what voters say.

The board’s finance committee voted 4-0 Thursday to advance the proposal to the full County Board.

Committee Chairman Chase McCall of Gibson City tells the Record the quarter-cent sales tax would generate at least $220,000 per year in new revenue.

New monies would be used to cover public safety expenses. The tax would increase Ford County’s sales tax from 6 and a-quarter to 6.5%.

The tax hike would be imposed on all people spending in the county, not just the people in Ford County.

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Ford County panel recommends more than doubling setbacks for wind turbines

The Ford County Board’s zoning committee finalized a package of proposed changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms Tuesday. It includes a proposal to more than double the distance wind turbines must be from homes.

Committee members were earlier OK with a proposal to increase the existing 1,000-foot setback between wind turbines and “primary structures,” to 1,500 feet.

But the suggestion is now 2250 feet. That’s more than double the distance. Some feel that’ll chase away the wind farm companies.

The amended proposal was approved unanimously. It now goes to the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board before heading to the full County Board.

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Probation violation leads to Watseka man's arrest

An Iroquois County Probation Officer was assisted by Watseka Police Thursday after illegal itmes were found in a probation client's home. Police responded to a residence in the 100-block of Madison Street.

19-year-old Matthew Sellars of Watseka is charged with unlawful ujse of a weapon and unlawful possession of firearm ammunition.  Police report brass knuckles and .22 caliber bullets were located in the home.  Sellasr was jailed in Iroquois County.

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A Kokomo, IN woman was jailed in Iroquois County Thursday after her arrest by local sheriff's deputies.  27-year-old Cary Tatman was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for a probation violation. 

Sheldon Police arrestyed 28-year-old Mindi Parsons of Watseka for possession of Meth.  She was also wanted in Kankakee County for falure to appear for leaving the scene of an accident.

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Durbin visits Kankakee, supports JROTC

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin dropped by Kankakee on Wednesday to talk with school officials about plans to start an Army Junior ROTC program at the high school.

Kankakee High School has hopes of launching an Army Jr. ROTC program. And U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is in support.
Durbin visted the high school (Wednesday), hearing from officials about plan to start such a program.

Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, met with officials in the office of Superintendent Genevra Walters. Afterward, the senator gave credited to former Represenative Lisa Dugan for making contact with him to set up the local meeting. (Dugan is a candidate for her old seat in the 79th Illinois legislative district this fall).

Durbin plans to seek competitive funding for the Army program. Superintendent Walters said the idea of a local JROTC program was generated by student-interest.

Walters said the district planned to start a JROTC whether it received federal money or not. Economically disadvantaged districts, such as Kankakee, she said, have a better chance of winning grants.

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14-year-old boy struck by car in Bradley

A Kennedy Drive crash in the Village of Bradley (Wednesday) injured a 14-year-old juvenile.  The unidentified youth was riding a small push-scooter at the time of the crash. Bradley Police and Fire responded to Kennedy Drive at Brookmont Blvd just before noon.

Police said the boy was taken by ambulance to Riverside Hospital.  Illinois State Police assisted with the investigation.

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