RANKIN — The Rankin Village Board has moved to regulate the location of wind turbines within a mile and a-half of the village’s corporate limits. Such action has become common practice of smaller communities in the path of developing wind farms.
The local Board passed an ordinance to regulate the construction of wind turbines on farmland immediately outside Rankin's corporate limits.
The ordinance, approved 6-0, amends Rankin's zoning code to give the village regulatory authority over commercial and private wind turbines. .
Municipal governing boards have expressed concern about wind turbines being built too close to homes. Vermilion County's wind-farm regulations allow 400-foot-tall commercial turbines to be built as close as 1,200 feet from a home.
Rankin is the first municipality in Vermilion County to extend its zoning authority to surrounding farmland to regulate wind turbines.
CHAMPAIGN — The chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson says he would like to replace the retiring congressman.
Johnson said last week that he plans to stop campaigning for re-election and retire at the end of his term. Former Johnson chief of staff Jerry Clarke said Monday that he would like to replace Johnson as the Republican candidate and run against Democrat David Gill. GOP officials have said he's a strong contender.
State Rep. Chapin Rose of Mahomet, meanwhile, says he isn't interested.
Another potential candidate, state Rep. Adam Brown of Decatur says he'd like to be considered.
The 65-year-old Johnson said Thursday that he will retire.
His replacement will be chosen by Republican Party leaders from the 14 counties in the 13th Congressional District
An autopsy was scheduled Saturday on the body of 33-year-old Brandie Robinson which was found near the Kankakee River under the South Schuyler Avenue bridge. Kankakee Police report the discovery was made shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday.
Robinson’s body was positively identified at 12:26 p.m., according to Kankakee Police Chief Larry Regnier.
The whereabouts of the reported missing Kankakee woman had been the subject of a missing person report last week.
Robinson’s body was recovered by city fire and police personnel. Details on how the body was found were not yet available.
Saturday's autopsy revealed Robinson was a drowning victim. The Coroner's Office reports the investigation continues.
Robinson was last seen by her children as she left the house in the 400 block of South Osborn Avenue in Kankakee.
Thirty-four year-old Phillip Horrell of Kankakee faces indictment for residential burglary and theft. He was among nine defendants indicted last week in Watseka. Horrell was under investigation by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police for enterinbg a Chebanse home, stealing a diamond tennis bracelet with diamonds, a 3-stone wedding band, ruby and diamond earrings, and other pieces of jewelry.
26-year-old Adam Khan of Milford was indicted for Unlawful Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He failed to register an Internet Communications Identity on a Facebook account.
30-year-old Avery Durflinger Jr. of Watseka faces a Theft charge. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police report Durflinger stole copper pipe at a residence north of Watseka.
A Chatsworth woman, 26-year-old Nicole Knade, faces a Theft charge. Gilman Police and Sheriff's deputies investigated a reported theft from a residence involving several pieces of jewelry. The defendant pawned the items at a pawn store in Kankakee.