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IDOT alters Illiana Expressway plan

PEOTONE — The Illinois Department of Transportation Tuesday unveiled a slightly revised Illiana Expressway plan and formally proposed that it be a tollway.  IDOT made a few changes to the 47-mile route that will stretch from Interstate 55 in Wilmington to Interstate 65 in Indiana.

Two more potential interchanges have been added, that would bring the total number of interchanges along the Illiana to eight in Illinois and three in Indiana. The announcement was made ta public meeting at Peotone High School.

Twelve more local roads, seven in Illinois and five in Indiana, will be open and won't dead end at the highway under the revised plan. And the planned route also has shifted south in the Beecher area to avoid splitting farmland.
The changes were made after IDOT met with landowners, emergency responders, school district officials and local elected officials.

Emergency responders worried there was no interchange on a 16-mile stretch of the Illiana Expressway between Illinois 45 and 53, so an interchange was added at Wilton Center.

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Hoopeston Fire at J & R Used Tires

Hoopeston firefighters were called to J & R Used Tires in Hoopeston this morning. Mutual aid was called in from several neighboring departments. The fire broke out at the business on Route 9 at Market Street.

No word on the cause or injury at this time. The fire is near the former FMC Plant.

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Seatbelt Violation leads to arrests of Watseka teens

Seat belt stop leads to Unlawful Possession of Alcohol by a Minor and Unlawful Possession of Firearm Ammunition charges against two Watseka teens.

Illinois State Police District 21 is reporting the arrest of 18-year-old Keanon C. Lavoie of Watseka and 19-year-old Logan N. Schippert of Watseka for Unlawful Possession of Firearm Ammunition and Unlawful Possession of Alcohol by a Minor.

State Police report on Sunday (June 16, 2013) at approximately 12:00 A.M., a trooper on patrol in Iroquois County observed a vehicle on Walnut at 3rd Street in Watseka. The trooper observed the driver and passenger not wearing seatbelts. The trooper conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Lavoie.

The trooper observed open alcohol in the vehicle. The passenger, Schippert admitted the alcohol was his. While searching the vehicle the trooper found fire arm ammunition. The driver, Lavoie, admitted the ammunition was his. Lavoie possess an expired FOID card.

Both subjects were issued citations for failure to wear a seatbelt. Additionally, Lavoie was issued citations for operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and illegal transportation of alcohol.

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Kankakee stakes claim to sales tax agreement money

                       *  Daily-Journal reports huge sales-tax win for City of Kankakee  *

An Illinois Appellate Court decision made late last week says the Illinois Department of Revenue cannot reallocate sales tax money to Chicago-area municipalities that serve as headquarters for business with a sales offices in Kankakee.

The result is the City of Kankakee is a winner in what's described as another 'legal victory' in the sales-tax sharing agreements.

The revenue department has sided with the City of Chicago, Cook County and the Regional Transportation Authority in the ongoing legal battle over agreements that generate millions of dollars of revenue not only for the city, but the Kankakee County government as well.

Kankakee City Attorney Chris Bohlen says 'this is a big victory." The Department of Revenue said they weren't subject to review. The court said they just can't take this money.

The daily-Journal reports the revenue department had sent Kankakee a letter stating that it erroneously disbursed to the city $540,811 that should have been reported to Glendale Heights — just one example in the nearly two-year-old fight over sales-tax dollars.

The revenue department said it would recoup the distribution from Kankakee by deductions from future sales tax distributions, but the court ruled in favor of Kankakee.

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Chamber Currency for 2013

Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce would like to remind everyone about our new and improved Chamber Currency program for 2013. We have revamped the program so that instead of the consumer presenting the gift certificate version of Chamber Currency to our area Chamber members, the NEW Chamber Currency will be in the form of a check!

This is great news to receiving businesses. Keep in mind Chamber Currency make great gifts and are redeemable at all of our Chamber member businesses. For further details or to order the NEW Chamber Currency, please contact Amanda at the Chamber office 815-432-2416 or you can purchase the NEW Chamber Currency at 110 S. Third Street.

We plan to honor the old gift certificate Chamber Currency until July 31, 2013, so if you have any of the old Chamber Currency, please get out there and spend them at a Chamber member business.

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