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Kankakee County Board welcomes 2 new members

Two vacancies were filled on the Kankakee County Board Tuesday.

The Herscher – Otto Township area of District 11 will be represented by Carol Weber. District 22 has a new representative in Steven Einfeldt. The district includes East Bradley. Both appointees were approved by the County Board.

Weber fills a seat that was occupied by Todd Arseneau. Einfeldt replaces Chad Miller.

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Iroquois County OK’s Wind Farm changes

The Iroquois County Board Tuesday approved changes in how wind farms are regulated. The changes, basically, affect those landowners not considered 'participants.'

Non-participating properties now have a setback rule 12 times the rotor diameter, that's an increase from what was 1500 feet. Any future wind farm developers must now also prove shadow-flicker will not affect a home within a mile of the turbine.

Developers must also have more liability insurance.

The ordinance change came from recommendations from the County Board's Planning & Zoning committee.

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Sheriff's departure stalls Dwight prison revival

SPRINGFIELD — A plan to use a part of the now-closed Dwight Correctional Center to house county jail inmates is a question mark right now.

Livingston County Board Chairman Marty Fannin said Monday the departure of Sheriff Martin Meredith has put an end to talks aimed at transforming the former all-female prison into a potentially profit-making overflow jail for the county.

Sheriff Meredith, the chief cheerleader for resurrecting at least a part of the facility, announced last week he was stepping down Oct. 1 to pursue other opportunities.
Meredith is under investigation and could face official misconduct charges.

He had been leading talks with the state to use one of the newer cellblocks on Dwight's 100-acre campus to house prisoners from other counties as a way to earn extra money for the county.

As many as 56 additional jobs could be created under the proposal. Before it was closed, the prison employed more than 350 workers.

The Livingston County Board has 60 days to weigh in on who will serve out the remainder of Meredith's term, which runs through January 2015. Meredith has said he'll step down October 1st.

Even before Meredith announced his departure, a number of potential candidates were lining up to challenge him in the 2014 election. Among them are former Sheriff Marvin Rutledge, former Fairbury Police Chief Jack Wiser and Mark Scott, an officer with the Dwight Police Department.

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Red Cross assisting 3 people after Kankakee house fire

The American Red Cross is providing help to three people following a Monday night house fire on South Albert Boulevard in Kankakee.

No one was injured. The fire did about $35,000 damage.

Firemen answered the call about 9:20 pm. Kankakee and Bradley answered the call.

The cause of the fire was probably electrical but it is still under investigation.

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House explosion kills one in Lowell, Indiana

A dozen fire departments were on the scene of a house explosion in Lowell, Indiana Monday evening. One person was killed. Two firefighters were injured.

The Lake County Coroner's Office confirms one dead. Names and other info not yet available from local officials.
Debris is all that remains of a former house in the 100 block of East 181st Avenue in Lowell. Another house was engulfed in flames when firemen arrived after an explosion leveled the structure and damaged a nearby home.

One man was found dead at the scene of the explosion.
Lowell Fire reported a Lowell firefighter suffered a knee injury. Another firefighter may have been injured late Monday.

The two houses were relatively near each other, and no other structures were damaged.

Fire officials were investigating the cause and type of explosion that damaged the house. Surrounding residents had evacuated by the time officials arrived.

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