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Iroquois: Farmland Assessment Review August 20

The Iroquois County Farmland Assessment Review Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 20, 2020 in Watseka. The 2 pm meeting is in the County Board Room at the Administrative Center.

The subject of this meeting will be:
CERTIFICATION OF ADJUSTED 2021 FARMLAND VALUES
1) The 2021 Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) per acre of cropland for each productivity index (PI),
2) The 2021 proposed county average EAV per acre of cropland, and
3) The 2021 proposed county average EAV per acre for all farmland.

The proposed 2021 average equalized assessed value per acre of cropland is $367. The proposed equalized assessed value per acre of all farmland is $206.

Action taken by the Farmland Assessment Review Committee after public input may affect the 2021 farmland assessment for taxes payable in 2022.

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Wheeler bowing out of county re-election bid

Kankakee County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler is announcing his plan to step away from county government. He told the Daily-Journal he will not seek re-election to his District 15 seat in November. And – he might be making a bid for the Kankakee Mayor’s office.

Wheeler is putting together an exploratory committee to maybe seek the mayor’s office as a Republican candidate next spring. He has served as County Board Chairman since 2016. He joined the county board in 2012.  If he goes after the Kankakee mayor’s job, Wheeler would join city alderman Chris Curtis on the Republican ballot.

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Newton County warns about scams

Storm damage and the clean-up process usually brings scam artists to the table. The sheriff's department in Newton County, IN wants residents to be aware and cautious when seeking help. Do business with people you know and have confidence in -- is the advice being offered. Cash deposits for work promised work often-times disappaear with that work never completed; divided attention can often lure a person outside to walk the property while another person makes his way to vandalize and steal; and phone calls with a claim that somone works with a reputable company can also end up with personal information in the wrong hands.

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IEMA Warns Storm Survivors of Potential for Scams

                           Report suspected fraud to Illinois Attorney General Office

Disasters like the severe weather that struck several Illinois communities Monday often brings out the best in people, but unfortunately, disasters can also bring out the worst in others who use the opportunity to prey on storm survivors. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today warned people affected by recent storms to be alert for such scams, which can take a variety of forms.

“It’s appalling that anyone would see this situation as an opportunity to scam others, but unfortunately this is something often seen after disasters,” said IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Everyone affected by these storms should be aware of this potential threat and take steps to protect their personal information.”

The state is working with local authorities to collect damage information that will help guide the next steps in the recovery process. Local emergency managers will always carry official identification, and proper PPE, when visiting a home that sustained storm damage. Residents should always ask to see ID if they have any questions about the legitimacy of anyone who may approach them.

Other post-disaster scams include fraudulent housing inspectors, building contractors and donation solicitors. IEMA is working with the Attorney General’s office to warn residents in impacted areas to be on alert for scammers looking to exploit homeowners and business owners who may be in need of repairs from storm-related damage. Also, never pre-pay for repair services, and remember -- if it’s too good to be true it probably is.
 
If you are contacted and suspect fraud, report the incident to your local law enforcement, or contact the Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-243-0618.

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Ameren Illinois activates EOC

Ameren Illinois activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to severe storms that caused outages in the northern part service territory. The EOC will be staffed around-the-clock to coordinate service restoration, logistical support, and communication.

Ameren Illinois customers without power should call 800-755-5000 to report an outage. The company website has maps showing area affected AmeranIllinois.com. Real time information is posted at AmeranIllinois.com/outagemap

Ameren Illinois linemen and support personnel will follow the CDCs protocols as we respond to these power outages,” said Richard J. Mark, chairman, and president, Ameren Illinois. “We will work diligently to get customers restored as safely and efficiently as possible.”

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