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Iroquois County OK’s solar energy ordinance

A 12-4 vote by the Iroquois County Board (Tuesday) approved a solar energy ordinance. County Board Vice-Chairman Dan Rayman led the charge to approve a crafted-ordinance that he says will spark commerce and create opportunity.......

Rayman and board member Chad McGinnis put in some time researching the solar farm industry. Rayman adding, it’s coming like it or not, so let’s be ready and by passing the ordinance, we can have some control over the development of the farms........

Opposition from four members, including Chairman John Shure, expressed a need to take more time to make sure all concerns were considered. Others pointed to a long-time opposing view of taking farm ground out of production.

Rayman points out, the Farm Bureau was part of the discussion, meetings to get input were held in the evenings, with just three county board members present.


The ordinance heads to the agenda for a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing scheduled for 7 pm August 29th.

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Dwight man struck & killed by train

A Dwight man was killed Sunday when hit by a train near Ransom.

Investigators with the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office said it’s unknown why 42-yr-old Chad Sandeno was walking near the tracks. He was struck by a train around 7:30 pm at the crossing of the BNSF Railway at North 17th Road and East 29th Road, north of Ransom.

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3-vehicle colission kills Kankakee woman

A fatal traffic accident investigated Monday afternoon on the Momence curves on Route 17. (The location is commonly known as Kinney’s Corner at 500 N Road).

28-yr-old Guillermina Arroyo-Rico of Kankakee was pronounced dead at the scene. State Police reported she pulled into the path of an eastbound UPS truck driven by 33-yr-old Randy Pierce of Clifton. The truck driver was not injured. A 3rd driver trying to avoid the crash suffered a minor injury.

Several emergency crews were on the scene. Route 17 had traffic diverted while the accident was investigated. The collision happened at 5 pm.

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Danville Police investigate shooting death of Indiana man

The man whose body was discovered this (Mon) morning in the 900 block of Fowler in Danville has been identified as 24 year old, Brandon Dallas-Hagan from Indianapolis, Indiana. He suffered from a gunshot wound and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning, according to Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden.

McFadden stated the victim’s family has been notified. The on-going investigation by the Danville Police Department and the Vermilion County Coroner’s Office continues. Anyone has information about this or other crimes is encouraged to call the Danville Police or Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.

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Murder-suicide in Watseka

Funeral arrangements are being made in Kankakee for a Watseka man and his wife found dead in their home early Sunday. Watseka Police and the Iroquois County Coroner’s Office are calling it a murder-suicide.

Coroner Bill Cheatum said the family of 74-year-old Jose Damia (Duh-ME-uh) and 68-year-old Victoria Damia has been notified.

Watseka Polcie investigated just before 4 am after a male subject...believed to have been Jose Damia...called 9-1-1 requesting an ambulance because he was experiencing chest pains. At the scene, IMH ambulance personnel found Damia dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police were then called to the scene and found a deceased female inside the residence. Victoria Damia had been shot while she laid in bed.

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