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Veterans Association names new acting Director

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the appointment of Russell E Lloyd as the Acting Director of the VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) in Danville. Lloyd will oversee delivery of health care to more than 33,000 Veterans with an operating budget of $175 million.

Lloyd comes to Danville after serving as the Associate Medical Center Director, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Temple, Texas.

VAIHCS provides care to Veterans in Central Illinois and West Central Indiana. The medical center is located in Danville, along with five community based outpatient clinics in Decatur, Mattoon, Peoria and Springfield, Illinois and West Lafayette, Indiana.

Russell Lloyd began his new duties in Danville today.

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Vermilion County to videotape board meetings

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Vermilion County officials are installing video cameras in a courthouse annex in part because of a series of contentious board meetings about wind farm regulations.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the $3,000 project follows a series of intense public comment periods about wind farm ordinances.

Some residents have complained that the windmills are too noisy and want the county to change restrictions about how far the turbines must be from homes.

While no proposal about the setbacks is pending before the 27-member panel, board chairman Gary Weinard says the meetings have gone from "very civil" to "situations that are questionable." Turbine critics say some council members are walking out during a public comment period.
Digital recordings of the meetings will be posted on the county's website within several days.

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Ag Careers Night scheduled in Gilman

Careers in agriculture is the feature of a program offered next month through the University of Illinois Extension's Ford-Iroquois office. The Extension Service's second Agriculture Careers Night is Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau building in Gilman.

Students in junior high school and high school and their parents are invited to attend to learn more about agriculture career options and college degree programs available.

From 5-6 p.m., participants will have the chance to visit with agriculture departments from eight colleges, including the University of Illinois, Joliet Junior College, Illinois Central College and Illinois State University.

A formal program will begin at 6 p.m. with a panel of local agribusiness professionals speaking on the agriculture careers they hold. Students and parents will learn about the duties of the various agricultural careers, the schooling and training needed, and the courses on which they can focus in school to help prepare them for such careers. There will be time for questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is not required.

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Freshman Rep. Anthony files first bill

State Representative John Anthony of Morris (IL) filed his first bill this week aimed at cutting wasteful spending in Springfield. Under Rep. Anthony's legislation, salaries for certain part-time state boards and commissions would be eliminated entirely. Rep. Anthony stated that while this action alone would not solve Illinois' problems, it is a step in the right direction.

In all, 17 boards and commissions would see their member salaries eliminated under Rep. Anthony's legislation; members of the affected boards and commissions would still receive reimbursement for travel expenses related to State work. It is estimated that this legislation, if passed, would save tax payers around $4 million each year.

"I see this as the easy low hanging fruit that can be cut from the budget," stated Rep. Anthony. "I am actually surprised that after everything Illinois has been through, these types of salaries are still given out. I will dedicate myself to doing everything I can to eliminate wasteful spending and ensure your tax dollars are being used efficiently."

State Representative Anthony represents the 75th District which encompasses parts of Grundy, Kendall, Will, and LaSalle Counties.

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Illiana Expressway recommendation OK with Kankakee County

Construction of the proposed Illiana Expressway got a positive shot in the arm Friday. The Transportation Committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency (CMAP) for Planning offered a recommended first step for the project..

The 47-mile expressway, which would connect Interstate 55 at Wilmington to Interstate 65 near Cedar Lake, Ind., still needs approval by the region's Metropolitan Planning Board next week and the full CMAP board on Oct. 17.

Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert said Friday's meeting was "a key first step." He said he's pleased with the outcome.

Mike Van Mill, Kankakee County planner and executive director of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, also attended the meeting. Van Mill tells the Daily-Journal "I didn't know what to expect going into the meeting. Let's just say I was pleasantly surprised," he said.

A significant portion of the $1.3 billion project would run through southern Will County, about two miles north of the Kankakee County line.

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