Voters to Decide on Sale of Hidden Cove Sports Complex
The voters will decide whether the Bourbonnais Township Park District should buy the Hidden Cove Sports Complex.
A special meeting of the park district Monday revealed a referendum is in order for the November ballot. The proposed sale of the complex for $2.4 million in bonds has stirred emotions of those FOR and AGAINST taxpayers purchasing the facility.
The consumer watchdog group, OUTRAGE, forced a vote by circulating petitions to give voters a say on the proposed sale.
The petitions showed there’s more than enough valid signatures to place the matter on the ballot.
Watseka School Board Takes No Action on Abatement Request
A request for a business tax abatement is left in limbo after the Unit Nine school board took no action on the matter Monday night.
The issue died due to lack of a motion.
Business owner Roger Dittrich addressed the board members, requesting a 10-year tax abatement based on a sliding scale of 10% per year. Dittrich and business owner Dennis Wittenborn have talked to the school board, the city of Watseka, and the Iroquois County Board.
The tax break request is to defray start-up costs for three new business developments….a new Monicals Pizza, Steak ‘N Shake and Taco Bell. All are planned for construction along Route 24 East in Watseka.
Last week, the Iroquois County Board voted NO to the abatement. It was a 15-4 vote to deny the request. Some members said it’s not good policy to give certain businesses an upper hand.
One reason consumers will be seeing higher food prices because of the drought is that much of what farmers grow is to feed the animals.
“We thought we had a fifty percent corn crop. Today, when I came in here, we had a twenty percent corn crop or less,” Allen Entwistle says in spelling out the problems. “The consumer basically looks at the (green, leafy) plant out there and they think that corn ear is there, and it’s not … that steak that costs eight or nine dollars? That’s going to double or triple.”
Entwistle is a corn, soybean, and cattle farmer in Sangamon County and is also president of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau.
“When you look worldwide, our stocks for soybeans are more critical than they are for corn,” says Matt Hughes, who farms corn and soybeans in McLean County and who is also chairman of the Illinois Soybean Association. “Prices are getting good, which means higher prices for commodities – chicken, beef, pork in the stores – but, unfortunately for a lot of my neighbors to the south, when you have lower yields in times of high prices, it’s still a lower revenue.”
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE LAUNCHES NEWLY-DESIGNED LOGO AND BUY ILLINOIS CHALLENGE
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– A Schnuck’s Grocery Store and over 15 Illinois food companies sampling on the north end of Springfield will serve as the back drop as Illinois Department of Agriculture Acting Director Robert Flider and local dignitaries take the Buy Illinois Challenge and unveil the department’s newly-designed Illinois Product logo.
The Buy Illinois Challenge encourages every Illinois household to dedicate $10 of their weekly grocery budget to the purchase of Illinois products. If every household made this pledge, it would generate more than $2.4 billion a year for the Illinois economy. Residents can go online at www.buyillinoischallenge.com to take the pledge beginning today (July 17).