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Cloonen hosting Property Tax Information seminar

KANKAKEE, Ill. – With property tax season approaching, state Rep. Kate Cloonen is partnering with county officials to host a free Property Tax Information Clinic on Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room of the Kankakee Public Library, located at 201 E. Merchant St.

"Going door-to-door throughout my district, the number one issue about which I hear is high property taxes," said Cloonen. "Families deserve more relief from high taxes, especially as home values decline or remain the same and the cost of living increases. That is why I have sponsored and voted a number of times for legislation to freeze property taxes and give homeowners a break."

The event will feature presentations from Kankakee County Assessor Erich Blair, Kankakee County Treasurer Nick Allen and Kankakee County Recorder Lori Gadbois. In addition to these presentations and an open Q&A session, attendees who bring a copy of their most recent property tax bill will be able to ask questions specific to their bill.

"This free property tax clinic will help residents explore ways in which they can save on costly property taxes," Cloonen added. "We are fortunate to have elected officials in Kankakee County who are dedicated to helping residents make the most of the benefits that are available. I am grateful for their partnership in this event and look forward to helping residents learn more about their property tax bills and the possible ways in which they may be lowered."                    {ARTICLE SUBMITTED}

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Traffic congestion likely with sewer upgrade project

Motorists in the Bradley-Kankakee area can expect a traffic slow-down for the remainder of the week. A sewer upgrade project on North Street in Bradley ... between Fulton and Euclid streets...will find Tyson Engineering heading up the work. Delays are likely. Please pay attention to flagmen.

North Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee is also affected by the expansion project. That's from Brookmont Blvd to Chestnut Street.

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RIP: Iroquois County emergency response family loses two firefighting veterans

Two veteran members of Iroquois County's firefighters family died, leaving a void and mourning friends.

Long-time Wellington Fire Chief Ross Butzow died at his home Tuesday. And a 60-year volunteer fireman for Crescent City, Glenn Scheiwe, died Monday.

Both men carried the torch for emergency responders for many years. Both were community leaders.

Ross Butzow died in his sleep at his Wellington. He was 76. Ross was Wellington-Greer Fire Protection District Chief for 27 years. He was Wellington-Greer firefighter for 44 years. Prior to his years as chief he served as assistant-chief and training officer. He also had served on the Wellington Village Board.

The Anderson Funeral Home at Hoopeston is handling arrangements. www.andersonfuneralhome.com

Eight-one year-old Glenn Scheiwe passed away Monday at Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee. He was 81. www.knappfuneralhome.com

Glenn Scheiwe was a Crescent City volunteer fireman for over 60 years. He was a founding member of the Crescent City EMS and a founding member of the Crescent City Little League.

Both men were active members of the Eastern Illinois Mutual Aid Fire Association and MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System).

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Involuntary manslaughter: Beating death in Watseka brings new charges

A Watseka man is now charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the beating death of a Chebanse man.

21-year-old Gregory Eisermann was in Iroquois Circuit Court Tuesday. The State's Attorney's office upgraded the charge against Eisermann following last week's death of 55-year-old Gary Guenette. Guenette died of a severe head injury inflicted during an altercation outside a Watseka bar May 9th.

Eisermann was jailed initially for aggravated battery and possession of a controlled substance. His $100,000 bond was reduced (Tuesday) to $10,000.

Watseka Police reported it was an altercation outside a bar that led to Guenette's injury and the arrest of Eisermann. Police found Guenette unresponsive in a Walnut Street parking lot. He was transferred with life-threatening injuries to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

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Brody Adams wins WGFA’s 50th Iroquois County Spelling Contest

Cissna Park 6th-grader Brody Adams is the 2016 Iroquois County Spelling Champ. Brody is an anniversary winner – the 50th WGFA 5th - 6th Grade Spelling Bee winner.

And he gets it done on Friday the 13th ! Brody's forever lucky day !!

Brody bested the field of 20 contestants to earn the championship trophy. The Cissna Park Unit #6 school district can boast of having the top speller this year.

As to listened in on 94.1 WGFA with pronouncer Don Elliott, Brody gets it done after 2nd place finisher Kaylee Brosseau stumbled on the word "aviator.

Brody then correctly spelled aviator and followed that by spelling the word nervous --- to win the bee.

Kaylee Brosseau and two other students from the Unit #4 Nash Middle School finished in the top five.

Tyler Balthazor and Jonah Hendrickson were respective 4th and 5th place spellers. And 6th grader Robyn McIntyre of Iroquois West finished in 3rd place.

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