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Iroquois County Board limits public comments

At least six members didn't like it, but the Iroquois County Board voted (Tuesday) to restrict public comments at its meetings. The proposal was drawn up months ago by the Board's policy & procedure committee, reviewed and finally voted on by the membership.

The approved-restrictions for public comments has a 5-minute limit per person. The chairman has the discretion to grant additional time - - within reasonable time limits.

Thirty minutes, all told, will be set aside for public comment at the start of a meeting.

The now-approved policy was voted in on a 12-6 vote. The vote came after Board member Vince LaMie made a motion to remove the issue from the policy & procedure minutes to vote on separately. That attempt failed on a 7-11 vote.

Watseka Board member Larry Hasbargen was against it. He said the vote shows membership has lost touch with the public.

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Budget matters occupy Iroquois County Board

The state of Illinois' budget problem...or the lack of a budget...is spilling into the laps of local officials. County government and municipal leaders and even private agencies are having trouble finalizing their budget as they wait for state reimbursements.

The Iroquois County Board learned the Finance department was able to work with department heads to decrease and earlier-reported deficit and find a 48% increase in revenues. The General Fund gained $180,000.

Expenses were reduced by 52%.

MFT reimbursements, gaming reveneus and even lottery payouts have all been delayed due to the budget stalemate in Springfield.

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SBA reps offer recovery help in Watseka

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is visiting Watseka this week to help citizens and businesses recover from flooding and other weather-related losses from this past summer.  The SBA representatives are at City Hall on Brianna Drive today (Wed), Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Hours during the business week are from 9 am 'til 6 pm.  Saturday hours are 9 am 'til 1 pm.  The SBA help is also avaialble next week, Monday thru Wednesday from 9 am 'til 6 pm and Then again Thursday, September 17, from 9 am 'til 4 pm.

SBA representativesare offering assistance to homeowners, businesses and non-profit agencies that may have suffered from storm and flood damages.  Low-interest, long-term loans can be applied for to recover from uninsured losses.

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Road construction projects resume

The summer season officially ended with the Labor Day weekend, but several summer road construction projects continue.  Included is the Illinois Route 1 bridge replacement north of Watseka.  Traffic flow is limited to a single lane, controlled by a signal light. 

Construction work on Route 52 and Route 1 in Iroquois County is scheduled to begin next week on September 14th.

In Kankakee County, construction is getting started on I-57 at the  County Road 6000 interchange. 

Railroad repair work is also beginning today (Monday) on West Station Street at the Canadian National Railroad crossing.  The crossing will be closed for the next week while crews replace the grade-crossing.  Work is expected to be completed by September 15th.

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Labor Day Parade accidents, injuries reported

Authorities in Westville reported a vehicle which apparently went out of control along the Labor Day Parade route left several pedestrians hurt. It happened downtown at the intersection of State and Main Streets.
Thousands had gathered to watch the parade. Police said an eastbound vehicle went out of control, running into a section of the crowd. Nine people were brought to a Danville hospital for treatment. The injured include 5 adults and 4 children. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
Fire and ambulance personnel who were also at the front of the parade responded to aid the injured.

Hoopeston Parade mishap

An unidentified female was treated for an injury when she was run over by a vehicle as the Hoopeston parade was about to get started Saturday. The driver of one of the parade entries...A 1932 Roadster...exited the vehicle while waiting for the parade to step off. A pedestrian stepped behind the vehicle to get her picture taken when the Roadster rolled backwards. The female was knocked to the ground and rolled over.

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