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Iroquois County weekend events >

Cissna Park and Martinton are hosting weekend events in Iroquois County.

The annual Martinton Fire & EMS Day offers activities in the village park. Proceeds from a chicken dinner....serving from 4 – 7 pm....goes toward equipment upgrades for the ambulance service.

Cissna Park welcomes the public to “Punpkins in the Park” today. The Cissna Park FFA is serving breakfast from 7 – 10 am. Several other events are on the agenda.

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Vermilion River Fall Festival this weekend

The Vermilion River Fall Festival and Farmers Market is likely to attract thousands of people to Danville’s Ellsworth Park. The Festival started Friday and continues today (Saturday)...and from 11 am until 5 pm Sunday.

City Recreation Director Cindy Parson described the event for people as an arts and crafts festival. Activities include kids events and car shows and bands. And there’s free entertainment, There’s 101 vendors.

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West Nile Virus confirmed in Vermilion County

Vermilion County Health Department reports tests have confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in the county. A dead crow found in Westville has tested positive for West Nile Virus in tests conducted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The bird was collected by Vermilion County Health Department personnel on September 7th, and sent to the state laboratory for analysis.

‘’Even though summer is nearly over, our department still urges residents to take precautions when they are outside and make sure their homes are free of places where mosquitoes breed,’’ said Public Health Administrator Douglas Toole.

The State Health Department says most people are not affected when bitten by a West Nile-infected mosquito. But some health problems – are most at risk from West Nile Virus.

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Iroquois County Finance committee ‘backing’ public safety tax

Iroquois County voters will be asked in November if they support a quarter-cent sales tax to support public safety.

Should it pass, it’s the County Board responsibility to channel the money to respective public safety avenues. And -- the finance committee (Thursday) was in special session to hear recommendations as to how to use that money.

Committee members voted 4-0 to ‘find positive use of any public safety revenues.’

As important the issue is, committee members Kevin Hansen and Dan Rayman were absent from the meeting.

The 4-0 vote came from members Brett Schmid, Charlie Alt, Russell Bills and Ernie Curtis.

Public safety information and needs were presented by 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble. A successful vote on the quarter cent tax would generate $400,000.

The county is currently looking at a $53,000 budget deficit for FY 2017.

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Iroquois County public safety tax supported by board member Jed Whitlow

It’s not easy talking about and supporting a tax increase. But Iroquois County Board member Jed Whitlow says a public safety tax “is needed,” and the county’s safety is too important not to support this.”

A referendum question in November will ask taxpayers their opinion on a quarter-cent sales tax that will find the revenues generated going toward public safety needs. The County Board directs the revenues to the needed areas.

It’s been pointed out, neighboring counties tax Iroquois County residents a public safety tax when they shop in those counties. This tax would impose the quarter-cent on certain items and tax visitors who spend money in this county too.

Whitlow points out, Iroquois County’s limited law enforcement personnel have 1,120 square miles to cover. Additional deputies will help patrol efforts and make it that much safer for all concerned.

A retired law enforcement officer, Whitlow said he’s aware of the financial restraints and that law enforcement is short-handed. He said county office-holders and the county board has stepped up and controlled spending. “Now, we need the extra help,” he said.

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