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 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.
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.
Ford County Republican precinct committeemen voted unanimously to send a flier to all registered voters in Ford County endorsing Donald Trump’s candidacy for president of the U.S.
A $4,000 mailing expense will be paid for by the Ford County Republican Central Committee.
Despite many of the national Republican leaders abandoning Trump’s bid for the White House, several locals said they felt Trump needed to focus more on the issues facing the nation and limit his attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
State Representative Tom Bennett is stepping down as chairman of the Ford County Republican Central Committee. The Gibson City resident cites demands of the job and his busy schedule in Springfield as his reason for giving the leadership post.
\Ford County’s 21 Republican precinct committeemen will meet to select Bennett’s replacement.
The person elected would fill the remainder of Bennett’s existing two-year term, through April 2018.
Bennett serves as representative for the 106th District. He is running unopposed in the November 8 general election, to begin his second four-year term as a state representative in January.
Bennett said that although he is vacating his chairman position, he will continue serving as a Ford County Republican precinct committeeman.