Motorists need to be aware that bridge work over I-57 Illinois Route 45/52 in Kankakee is now underway. Lane closures will be part of the detail, when necessary. The work is likely to continue thru the summer months and completed in the fall.
Supervisor of Assessment Chief and Zoning Administrator Bob Yergler informing his Iroquois County Board it may want to pay attention to growing interest in solar farms.
Yergler said there’s been some interest, perhaps because maybe a subsidy in place to fire up property owners. No saying, right now, Yergler adds whether any companies will come knocking on our door. But it’s something to be aware of.
County Board Chairman John Shure said (Tuesday) our zoning does not currently address solar panels, but it’s something that’ll need to be looked at by the planning and zoning committees.
Seven contested mayoral races appear on the Iroquois County ballot for the upcoming April 4 Consolidated Election. Included is a four-person race in Watseka, where current Mayor Bob Harwood is not seeking re-election.
Voters also have a choice for village leadership in Buckley, Cissna Park, Iroquois, Loda, Milford and Sheldon.
Township Supervisor, Highway Commisioner and Trustee races at the township level of government also appear on ballots.
Grace Period voting is underway. Questions can be directed to your respetive county clerk's offices.
Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher has announced that the publication of the full ballot, as well as sample ballots for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election are now available on the county’s website at www.co.iroquois.il.us.
You may also call the clerk’s office at: 815-432-6960 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and request a sample ballot which can be mailed or emailed to you.
An appointment to serve on the ETSB Board in Iroquois County raises a little concern and questions. The concern is really about inclusion and a little fairness. County Board Chairman John Shure appointed Charles Alt of Cissna Park to fill the unexpired term of Dan Rayman on the Emergency Telephone System Board. Rayman, who’s also the Vice-Chair of the County Board, recently resigned his seat on the ETSB. Alt was named to fill the vacancy, a move that’s the call of the Board Chairman. But a routine voice-vote of the County Board (Tuesday) to support the appointment, raised enough “nays” to call for a Roll-Call vote. Shure’s appointment was supported on a 9-7 vote. First-term board member Sherry Johnson of Watseka questioned how/why qualifications aren’t considered ? ………. "It would be nice to have the Chairman talk to us and find what the members strengths and weaknesses are, to see how we can all offer our best," Johnson stated. Johnson reminded Chairman Shure that he and Vice-Chair Rayman told her when was seated in December, they’d talk about who might be a better fit for serving committees. That, she said, hasn’t happened. Shure told Johnson he didn’t recall saying that. Johnson later told 94.1 WGFA News, she understand the appointment is the Chairman’s choice, but a little respect goes a long way too……………… "It is the Chairman's decision to appoint, but an equal playing field for everyone would be appropriate," Johnson said. Board member Donna Crow (Milford) also questioned the heavy-hand of too many county board members on the ETSB Board when people with more emergency-response qualifications may be better suited for the ETSB. 94.1 WGFA