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Iroquois County oversight: County Board spending money for special meeting

The Iroquois County Board has scheduled a special meeting – because business wasn't taken of.

The Board meets at 9 am Friday in Watseka. The business at hand is setting salaries of elected officials, which is required well ahead of the next election. The matter could have, or should have been taken care of at the Board's regular meeting earlier this month (May10). But it wasn't.

The officials salaries, required by statue, were set earlier this month by Kankakee, Ford, Livingston, Vermilion and Champaign county. It was part of their regular business.

So, the Iroquois County Board will spend un-necessary money for a special meeting, another special meeting. And, at a time when the money-crunchers are always screaming "we need to watch our dollars."

The elected office-holders and any expected pay raises for them, rest assured, will be closely scrutinized. But that tab for the "special" meeting ? That's OK !

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Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area established in Illinois

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius today (Wednesday) announced the establishment of Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in Iroquois County.

"The Kankakee River Basin represents a unique Midwestern landscape," notes Regional Director Tom Melius. "I'm very pleased to continue working with the local community and partners to conserve these priority wetlands, remnant oak savanna, and grasslands, as well as enhance outdoor recreational opportunities."

The refuge and conservation area was officially established with the acceptance of a 66-acre donation from Friends of the Kankakee, an organization dedicated to the establishment of a national wildlife refuge in the Kankakee River basin. This parcel will be open in the near future for public hunting of deer and turkey following state regulations, as well as wildlife observation and photography.

Establishing the refuge and conservation area formally recognizes decades of work with conservation partners. Through the conservation area approach, we will acquire land or easements from willing sellers as funds allow, as part of the broader, community and partner-based conservation effort.

The acquisition of this 66-acre tract in Iroquois County was funded, in part, by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, whose mission is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities across Illinois.

Learn more about our newest refuge by visiting,http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kankakee/.

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I-57 crash injures 4 in Kankakee

A construction zone accident on I-57 at milepost 308 at Kankakee injured four people Tuesday afternoon. A Chebanse woman, 79-year-old Shelby Lamie, was cited by Illinois State Police for Failure to Reduce Speed.

Police reported Lamie was northbound just before 12:30 pm and failed to slow down, rear-ending a Jeep. The Jeep ran off the roadway and overturned.

The Jeep's driver and passenger --- both from Markham --- and Lamie and her passenger, were all taken to Riverside Hospital.

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Wellington bicyclist dies in Rantoul collision

An Iroquois County bicyclist suffered what appeared to be fatal injuries when he struck a stopped semi-trailer tractor Tuesday morning west of Rantoul.

Rantoul Police reported 58-year-old Rick Ried of Wellington was riding his bicycle west on Innovation Road when he struck the parked semi.

Police stated, 'the driver was sitting there filling out his log book.'

The collision flipped Ried off his bike. He was unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived and when he was taken by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital. He died just before 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 9:08 am.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Anderson Funeral Home.

{The semi was driven by 47-yr-old Ricardo D'Andre of Kingsville, Ontario}.

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Memorial Day 2016 Services …

American Legion Post #23 hosting its Memorial Day Service Monday, May 30 at 11 am at the Legion Park Tower site. A wreath laying and Honor Guard salute will feature Major Aaron Hattabauth as speaker.

Sugar Creek Chapel at Stockland will host its Memorial Day Service Sunday, May29 at 2 pm. Milford Christian Church Pastor Brent Zastrow delivers the message. ( Watseka Legion Post #23 will handle the cemetery ceremony).

American Legion Post #393 invites the public to the Sheldon Cemetery at 11 am Monday. Larry Callahan is guest speaker. ABRA serves lunch at the Community Center following the service.

The Chebanse American Legion and Women's Auxiliary conducts a Memorial Day Service at 10 am Monday, May 30 at Evergreen Cemetery.

American Legion Post #527 hosting its Memorial Day Service Monday, May 30 at 9 am in the village park. Speaker is Matt Montgomery of St. John's Lutheran Church – Ash Grove. The Legion drill team is also involved.

Cissna Park's Legion drill team will also conduct a service Memorial Day at the Rankin cemetery. The service is at 10 am Monday, May 30.

Three cemetery visits are planned for Memorial Day Services. American Legion members will be at the Danforth Cemetery at 8:30 am Monday. A 9:30 am service is at the Gilman cemetery and 10:30 am at the Onarga cemetery. The Iroquois West High School band will perform at all three services.

Gilman native Matt Kreeb, a soldier at the Tomb of the Unknown will speak at Gilman. Former State Legislator Shane Cultra is the speaker at Onarga.

The Thawville American Legion post will host a Memorial Day service at 11:15 am Monday, May 30, at Ridgeland Township Cemetery. The Iroquois West High School Band performs and there's a 21- gun salute. Rodger Bennett, the commander of the Thawville American Legion post and past state commander and national executive committeeman will serve as speaker. . In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Legion Post in Thawville.

The American Legion Byron A. Hickerson Post 432 of Buckley will hold Memorial Day services on Monday, May 30 at three area cemeteries.... 9:30 am at the Lisk Cemetery in rural Thawville, 10 am at the Ash Grove cemetery at Buckley, 10:30 am at Woodland/St. John's Cemetery.
The American Legion Auxiliary of Buckley will serve refreshments at the Legion Post.

Gibson City's Memorial Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, from in front of the former Moyer District Library building on Sangamon Avenue. Parade entries will begin lining up at 9 a.m. The parade members will then make their way south on Sangamon Avenue and continue to Drummer Township Cemetery for special memorial services around 11 a.m. at the Drummer Creek Veterans Memorial in Gibson City. Following the ceremonies in Gibson City, the Legion will travel to Elliott Cemetery for memorial services there, likely to begin around noon. Students from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School will deliver a song at the services. Two of the students will play "Taps." In the case of inclement weather, the services will be held at the Legion post in Gibson City.

Loda American Legion Post 503 welcomes the public at 10 am Monday, May 30, at Pine Ridge Cemetery. The Post 503 color guard will be present. The guest speaker will be the pastor of the Loda United Methodist Church.

A Memorial Day service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Melvin Cemetery in Melvin. The Rev. Paula Wallace of the Melvin Methodist Church will provide an opening address. There will be special music by the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School chamber choir.

Paxton American Legion Prairie Post 150 will hold its annual Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Glen Cemetery in Paxton. Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School's marching band will give a musical tribute. The speaker will be PBL High School band director Tim Hess, a former Marine. The ceremony immediately follows the Memorial Day parade at 10:30 am.

The Piper City American Legion Post is conducting a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30, on the bandstand in downtown Piper City. The speaker will be the Rev. Wade Ditty of the local Presbyterian church. Immediately after the service, additional services will be held by the post at Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Brenton Cemetery in rural Piper City. At each cemetery, a 21-gun salute respects deceased veterans.

The Wagner-Davis Legion Post in Roberts will hold a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Roberts Gym. The speaker will be the Rev. Priscilla Gerdes. The Legion post's firing squad will be in attendance.