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River Valley Metro suing state of Illinois, state owes $3.7 million

The River Valley Metro bus system and other downstate transit systems are on the verge of filing a lawsuit against the Illinois Comptroller for monies owed.

Illinois owes the Metro bus system $3.7 million. And if it’s not paid soon, the RVM operation may have to shut down before Thanksgiving.

That word comes from River Valley Metro Manager Rob Hoffman. He said “that’s not what we want to happen, but without the funding we’re owed the system can’t operate.”

Hoffman tells 94.1 WGFA News, the state’s been holding up tax money that’s ours since January. Hoffman said the local system is owned $3.7 million. Other downstate transit systems are due some $135 million.

Asked if the Comptroller has responded, Hoffman said “we’re told transit is not a priority.”

RVM held a special meeting Tuesday to address the issue. The Board directed Hoffman to file the lawsuit. Shutting down the system, Hoffman says, would be a disaster; “too many people depend on mass transit; it’s their only transportation.”

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Two injured in Iroquois County crash, driver arrested for DUI

A two-vehicloe colission in the Danforth area seriously injured two men in Iroquois County.  One of the driver was arrested for drunk driving.  Both men were hospitalized in Kankakee.

Sheriff's Police report 30-year-old Logan Williamson of Danforth failed to yield while westbound on County Road 2100 N.  His vehicle slammed the driver's side of 76-year-old Edwin Tammen of Danforth.  

Danforth Fire and Riverside Ambulance answered the call Tuesday evening.  Williamson was also cited for failure to yield and failure to reduce speed.  Further charges are pending.

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Vermilion County crash kills Rankin man

A single-vehicle crash west of Hoopeston early Tuesday claimed the life of a Rankin man. 41-year-old William Rossolille was pronounced dead at the scene after he was ejected from his auto, according to Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.

Sheriff’s Police said the investigation showed Rossolille was eastbound on County Road 4200 North when he apparently lost control of his vehicle. The car left the rural road and rolled several times.

The crash happened just before 7 am.

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Vermilion County proposed-budget advances…

The Vermilion County Board has placed its proposed $37.3 million dollar budget on public display. The budget proposes spending $13.1 million dollars in the General Fund, but, again, holds the line on taxes.

The proposed new budget includes funding a new Health Educator position and adding one more deputy to the Sheriff’s Department.

County Board Chairman Mike Marron says the Board continues to hold the line. Marron explained some school districts set their levies higher just to make up what the state hasn’t paid. That, he said, is why some property taxes have jumped.

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Iroquois County Board gives tentative approval to FY17 budget

There’s black ink in the fiscal year ‘17 budget in Iroquois County. The surplus is just $642 dollars, but after weeks and even months of shuffling numbers the budget is balanced.

The County Board gave its tentative OK Tuesday. The budget will be on display at the Clerk’s office for the next 30 days. Formal approval is likely at the November meeting.
The budget includes the hiring of an additional sheriff deputy.

The proposed budget also shows one maintenance supervisor. That position had been expanded to two people under the past county administration; one for the courthouse and jail and then another full-time position for the Administrative Center.

In years past, Maintenance Supervisor Larry Pankey – more than adequately --kept the county campus in excellent shape, mowing, weeding and snow plowing. Yet despite budget hardships, the past administration added jobs with benefits and made part-time positions full-time.

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