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Congressman Kinzinger gets his say on ISIS Issue

U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger is talking about President Obama's Executive Order asking Congress for Authorization of Military Force. The executive order would provide legal authorization for the U.S. military to fight ISIS.

The Congressman says while he agrees that we need to take the fight to ISIS, he does believe there are some problems with the proposal. For one thing, he does not understand the use of a three-year time limit, especially since this action will continue into another presidency.

Congressman Kinzinger also believes that the Presidents failure to act in Syria, allowed this threat to grow.

The Congressman also said there was failure to leave a residual force in Iraq that could have resisted when ISIS moved in to Falujua 14 months ago. When asked if air strikes alone will help defeat ISIS, Kinzinger says it can help, but it's going to take a little more than just that.

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Indiana joins Illinois suspending work on Illiana

The Indiana Department of Transportation officially has joined Illinois in suspending work on the planned $1.5 billion 47-mile expressway linking the two states.

The move comes after new Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an executive order on January 12 suspending planning and development of any major interstate construction projects. Rauner wants to review costs and benefits because of that state's deep budget problems.

The Times of Munster (IN) reported Tuesday that a letter from INDOT project manager James Earl released to state Senator Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, states Indiana will halt all Illiana Expressway work until Illinois completes its review of the project.

The Illiana would connect Interstate 55 at Wilmington to I-57 near Peotone to I-65 near Cedar Lake, Ind. A portion of the road would travel about two miles north of the Kankakee and Will County line.

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United Way seeks input to strengthen community

The United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties is seeking feedback on how business and community leaders think the agency can make the community stronger.

Community leaders are being asked to complete a brief 3-minute online survey about community priorities that focus on key issues for the region's future.

Two community listening sessions also invite the survey-respondents to attend one of the two on Wednesday, February 25th from 5:30 – 7 pm at the Kankakee Public Library or Thursday, February 26th 5:30 – 7 pm in the Bourbonnais Community Room.

The United Way is also launching a new 2-1-1 Information Referral Service. The network created provides community information thru an online data base about several referral services.

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Social service help available at 211

February 11 is 2-1-1 Day.

In most of the nation, and half of Illinois' 102 counties, you can dial 211 for information about services such as utility and rent assistance, or suicide prevention.

"If you have a family, for interest, that is looking at having their power shut off," says Jarid (cq) Brown, spokesman for the United Way of Central Illinois. "and they need some utility assistance, they can call 211, and they'll immediately connect them with the government agency or with the local nonprofit who can provide some help."

Brown says while 211 is available in 90 percent of the nation, Illinois has been a late adopter and only has it in 51 of its 102 counties.

The Kankakee-Iroquois United Way unveiled the 2-1-1 service Wednesday in Kankakee. Local Director Nick Allen says the program links several resource agencies.


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Tension grips Vermilion County Board meeting

Tuesday night's meeting of the Vermilion County Board went with little said about the recent firing of former County Finance Resource Director Nikki Bogart. But the issue presented a noticeable tension among board members.

Bogart's dismissal from here job of seven years is now the subject of a grievance filed against the county.

Tuesday night's meeting was held just a day after Vermilion County Democratic Party Chairman Frank Wright lashed out at Marron claiming Bogart's firing was "very disturbing," a political move.

Marron said comments would be limited to the task at hand, after one board member's remark about the Bogart firing. Marron says that at the appropriate time and in closed session, Board members will be brought up to date regarding the dismissal of Bogart.

A statement released by Marron and Assistant State's Attorney Bill Donahue said it would be a disservice to the public to allow some allegations made by the County Democratic Party to go unanswered.

The statement went on to say Barbara Dreher resigned as Election Commission Executive Director after the Election Commission conducted an independent review of allegations of misconduct. The independent review stemmed from a violation of the directives of the Illinois Attorney General and State Board of Elections on the proper way to count absentee ballots. A subsequent investigation by the Vermilion County State's Attorney's Office concluded that improper procedures were followed, but there was no evidence of tampering with ballots.

The joint statement from Marron and Donahue also says Dee Ann Ryan resigned on her own as Executive Director of the Vermilion County Mental Health Board. And the statement notes Ryan resigned while Gary Weinard was still Chairman of the County Board, and not under Marron's tenure as Chairman.

''Actions taken have not been the results of politics,'' said the statement. ''Residents of the County need to know that personnel actions taken by the Chairman are vetted by both legal counsel and human resources before action is taken,'' said the joint statement. And the statement adds the ''notion...that women are being pushed out is ludicrous.''

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