Tax Abatement Proposal on the Table for Iroquois County Board
Three new restaurants proposed in Watseka may gain the benefits of a tax abatement; a sliding scale abatement that the business owners are seeking.
The Iroquois County Board will consider the issue next week (Tues) after the board’s tax committee gave its OK this week. The City of Watseka and the Unit Nine School District have also been asked to support the abatement of taxes for the three businesses, which the owners say will bring jobs and sales tax revenues.
Monicals Pizza and Steak ‘N Shake and Taco Bell plans construction along Route 24 East soon.
The sliding scale abatement would eliminate any tax in the first year of the business, then 10 percent real estate tax each year for 10 years. The full amount would be paid in year ten.
KAMEG agents and officers with the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department last Sunday executed a search warrant at 118 W. Main Street, Martinton, arresting a Beaverville man for Unlawful Production of Cannabis.
During the warrant, agents seized 114 high-grade cannabis plants which were being produced with a highly sophisticated indoor cannabis grow operation. In the home agents seized a significant amount of processed cannabis, drug paraphernalia and numerous items which were used to grow the cannabis ranging from expensive lighting and electrical components, an array of fertilizer, and fans.
31-year-old John Craycraft of Beaverville was arrested and charged with Production of Cannabis Plants, a Class 2 Felony. He was jailed in Watseka at the Iroquois County Jail and was assigned a bond of $10,000. An investigation is on-going and additional arrests are pending. The cannabis has an estimated street value of $135,000.
According to Director Jamal A. Simington, “There has been an increase in domestically produced cannabis which has a high THC (active ingredient in cannabis) level not experienced by law enforcement in the past. The indoor cannabis grows are extremely dangerous and agents who are dealing with these cases are taking extra precautions to remain safe.” Director Simington would like to remind the public that criminal enterprises are using homes and other buildings in rural and populated communities for the sole purpose of growing cannabis at an increased rate. Contact KAMEG or your local police department if you observe the following suspicious activity in your community: 1) irregular visits by a property owner; 2) transfer of excessive equipment (lighting, fans, buckets, dehumidifiers, fertilizer, soil, etc.) into a building/home; 3) strange odors coming from inside the building/home; 4) windows which are covered by boards/black plastic; 5) owners who have excessive garbage are not using neighborhood waste companies; 6) visits of short duration by a variety of people; and 7) no one actively living in the home or working in the building. The Iroquois and Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Offices provided assistance during this investigation.
THE FORD-IROQUOIS PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS ALERTING RESIDENTS OF A TELEPHONE SCAM INVOLVING RESIDENTS WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY ENROLLED IN THE ILLINOIS CARES RX PROGRAM. OR OTHER HEALTH RELATED SERVICES. SEVERAL CLIENTS OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAVE RECEIVED CALLS FROM INDIVIDUALS STATING THAT THEY WILL ASSIST THEM IN SECURING NEEDED SERVICES. THE CALLER ASKS FOR THE PERSON’S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THESE ARE SCAMS AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU PROVIDE SOMEONE WITH YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OVER THE TELEPHONE.
Triple-digit heat expected to continue in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Scorching summer heat that has seared Illinois with triple-digit temperatures is expected to continue.
The National Weather Service has forecasted highs of more than 100 degrees in parts of central and southeastern Illinois through the end of the week. Highs in Chicago on Thursday are forecasted between 100 and 104 with heat indexes at between 110 and 115. The National Weather Service describes conditions as "intensely hot and humid."
The Fourth of July holiday saw record-breaking weather in at least one Illinois city. The National Weather Service says Rockford reached 102 degrees on Wednesday, breaking the city's previous record of 101 in 1911. Chicago's reading of 102 degrees at O'Hare International Airport matched its record temperature of 102 also set in 1911.
Congressman Jackson dealing with 'more serious' ailments
CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated at an inpatient medical facility for "physical and emotional ailments" that are "more serious" than previously believed and will require extended treatment, according to a statement released by his office Thursday.
The Chicago Democrat, who faces a House ethics investigation over his ties to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been on medical leave for three weeks for exhaustion. His office did not announce the news until last week, when it released a three-sentence statement. But no details about Jackson's whereabouts and condition had been released since then.
A Thursday statement from his office did not disclose his location or provide details of his medical condition. Messages left for his spokesmen were not immediately returned.