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Dr. Youssef new head of Iroquois County Animal Control

Dr. Hany Youssef has been named the new administrator of Iroquois County Animal Control. He replaces Dr. James Finnell, who retires effective the end of November.

Youssef operates Watseka Animal Hospital. He's also worked in veterinary medicine in Hoopeston. He's also been a consulting veterinarian in clinical toxicology at the Animal Poison Control Center in Illinois.

Youssef tells WGFA News he has early goals in the county position.

"My main goal is education. I want to educate clients and work with other doctors on new procedures, new diseases so we're all better prepared," Youssef said.

He adds, "we need to review current operations, sit down with local personnel and determine if any changes are needed."

Dr. Youssef also extends a spirit of cooperation to area veterinarians for the good of the county. He welcomes suggestions and wants to meet with local personnel involved in the program.

Youssef's appointment Tuesday earned unanimous approval from the County Board.

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McNabb woman ID'd in fatal I-39 crash

The Woodford County Coroner's office identified the person killed in a weather-related crash Monday night on I-39.

71-year-old Sharon Goldasich of McNabb was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near El Paso. Illinois State Police reported the woman's SUV slid out of control while northbound and into the path of a semitrailer truck.

The accident, around 8:15 pm, happened during the first significant snowfall of the season. Several accidents were investigated Monday night and Tuesday morning, resulting in this one fatality.

Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said the woman was on her way to visit family and friends in Putnam County at the time of the accident.

The semi driver, Abidir Hashi of Minneapolis, Minn., was not injured.

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Kankakee County Finance Committee presents balanced budget

It's tight, but it's balanced. And the Kankakee County Board is on the verge of approving its Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

A $33-million dollar budget is on the table. It now awaits the Board's approval.

The Finance committee (Tues) proposed the FY budget. And despite being balanced, Board Chairman Mike Bossert says there's little room for error. The numbers show a 1.3% increase over the current budget still needs the full Board's approval.

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Iroquois County moved forward with GIS mapping system

The Iroquois County Board has approved a resolution to seek professional help in creating a countywide Geographic Information System (GIS).

The $570,000 cost will not come from the general fund, but instead will be paid in installments by using an already-approved GIS fund, made up by fee services over the last several years.

Bruce harris & Associates of Batavia (IL) will provide the professional services for the digital orthophotography, a seamless mapping system. A GIS website will also be created.

Bruce Harris explains all county offices will benefit from the mapping.
Harris said the digital process builds maps in a layer-fashion that helps much more than just the assessment purposes.

The GIS becomes a land-information system that becomes an important part of what decisions are made through any government entity. The GIS is a wealth of information that the county currently does not have access to.

Iroquois County's Industrial Development Association (IDA) and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA/ESDA) have pushed for GIS for several years. The layered-mapping, Harris explains, is so critical for documentation.

GIS also assists fire departments, and is a powerful tool for business and the private sector for people looking for accurate up-to-date land information.

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Iroquois County Board votes to end Ford-Iroquois health arrangement

It was a12-7 vote (Tuesday) by the Iroquois County Board to withdraw Iroquois County involvement from the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

If all goes as planned, the 30-plus year arrangement between the two counties for health services will end by June 30, 2014.

The Ford County Board has also initiated its own effort to withdraw. However, because Ford County officials had not heard back from the state health department concerning its letter asking for approval to end the dual-county arrangement, the Board took no action at Monday's meeting.

Ford County Chairman Rick Bowen said the Ford County Board could schedule a special meeting if a letter of approval is received prior to the board's next meeting in December (9th). The board hopes to take action no later than its regular December meeting.

The Iroquois County Board approved a resolution to withdraw without gaining approval from Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, Director of the Illinois department of Public Health.

The Iroquois Board Tuesday also OK'd the hiring of Peoria attorney John Redlingshafer to provide the legal services to complete the withdraw.

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