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Iroquois Board approves HB 2583

                                                   -amends River Conservancy District Act –

The Iroquois County Board today (Tuesday) gave its blessing to an Illinois House bill that’ll focus its attention on the flooding that plays havoc on much of the region.

HB 2583, introduced by State Rep. Tom Bennett, finds several such water districts working together to expand the conservancy district for the betterment of all concerned.

Iroquois County Board Chairman John Shure explained Iroquois, Kankakee and INdiana counties have been working on mitigation efforts. Shure said Rep. Bennett has been a good trigger-man to get people together.

"The purpose of this is to maybe make an anitiquated conservancy district more workable to meet today's needs." Shure said.  

Shure explained the conservancy district dates back 100 years, 14 districts statewide. The nearest is on Kankakee River between Momence the Indiana Sate Line. It provides for maintenance and mitigation.

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Dwight moves toward possible ICE detention center

City leaders in the Livingston County community of Dwight are picking local jobs over the political opinions of out-of-town protestors. Dwight's city council last night voted to annex 88 acres into the city so developers can possibly open an ICE detention center. A number of protestors from Illinois State University or other out-of-town locales shouted their disapproval.

Dwight Village President Jared Anderson says the project will means hundreds of jobs for Dwight if the community is chosen. The Council voted 5-2 to OK the annexation.

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Woman, child taken from SUV that drove into river near Pontiac

A woman and child were hospitalized Monday afternoon after the SUV they were in left I-55 near Pontiac and ended up in the Vermilion River.

The two were removed from the vehicle by fire personnel. The woman was found on top the vehicle, the child was still inside when emergency crews arrived. The names of the victims were not released. Both were taken to a Pontiac hospital. The child was transferred to Peoria in critical condition.

Illinois State Police said the initial call came at 12:37 p.m. The Hudson Dive Team was called to the scene along with the Pontiac Fire Department.

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Brewer-Watson resigns from Kankakee County Chamber

The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce will be searching for a new director. Barbi Brewer-Watson tendered her resignation, effective at the end of March.  She's held the job since December of 2015 and during that time increased membership by 23 percent. 

The 39-year-old Kankakee resident said she's "excited about a new opportunity." 

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Cissna Park, GCMS bring home state basketball hardware

There's beaming pride throughout Timberwolf-nation today.  And there should be !  The Cissna Park Boys basketball team ended its season Saturday with a 2nd place finish in the IHSA Class 1A state tournament. 

Cissna Park ended a tremendous season, having been ranked #1 for several weeks at the Class 1A level.  Providence - St. Mel was too much for the Timberwolves in the championship game in Peoria Saturday.  The Knights were a 52-29 winner in the title game at Carver Arena.

Cissna Park coach Kevin Long steps aside after 24 seasons.

The GCMS Falcons earned a 3rd place finish in the 2A division Saturday.  GCMS wrapped up its season with a 75-66 overtime win over Chicago-Corliss.  The Falcons wrapped up its most successful season in program history.   

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