A new fiscal year budget and solar farm projects are on the agenda for this (Tuesday) afternoon's Iroquois County Board meeting in Watseka. The 5:30 pm meeting is at the Administrative Center. The alternating schedule returns to the 5 pm meetings for the final quarter of the year, today and in November and Decement.
The Finance committee last week proposed a FY19 budget showing a balance of just under $29,000. Details of the budget could be hashed out at today's meeting.
The Zoning Board of Appeals also gave tentative approval to solar farm projects in Middleport and Pigeon Grove Townships.
The Kankakee County Board is meeting today. The 9 am meeting was expected to talk about improvements to Route 115. LeHigh Road has been the subject of discussions calling for road upgrades to redeuce the number of traffic accidents.
The Kankakee Public Library is the setting for today’s (Tuesday) candidate forum featuring Kankakee County candidates for Clerk and Treasurer. The NAACP will sponsor the 5:30 pm forums on the 4th floor of the library in downtown Kankakee.
County Clerk candidates are Republican incumbent Dan Hendrickson and challenger, Democrat Barbara Wells.
Candidates for Kankakee County Treasurer are incumbent Republican Nick Africana and Democrat Ray Chamberlain.
The NAACP will also sponsor a forum at the library October 16th at 6 pm. It’ll feature the candidates for the 79th District Illinois House seat, Republican incumbent Lindsay Parkhurst and former Representative, Democrat Lisa Dugan.
32-year-old Nicole Turner of Watseka was jailed in Iroquois County after her arrest Thursday. Watseka Police assisted a Department of Corrections parole agent in making the arrest in the 300-block of N. Market Street.
Turner is charged with unlawful possedssion of meth and drug paraphernalia.
ISP bust for bust in Iroquois County ---
A 57-year-old Lansing (IL) man was jailed in Iroquois County Friday. Illinois State Police stopped a northbound semi on I-57 Thursday night. Frederick Alexanderwas found with 6.6 kilos of cocaine. His semi truck-tractor was searched.
Paxton city leaders will join Ford County officials and state legislators later this month to memorialize the site where a police shootout nearly 40 years ago claimed the lives of law enforcement officers along I-57.
Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold has spent time organizing the event to dedicate an I-57 overpass where Illinois State Police trooper Michel McCarter, Paxton city patrolman William Caisse and civilian Donald Vice died in a bloody shootout with the Lampkin brothers – after a traffic stop along the interstate.
The state of Illinois will officially dedicate the scene as the "McCarter-Caisse-Vice-Hale Memorial Overpass."
The dedication is on the calendar for 10 a.m. October 22 at the Paxton firehouse.
Also expected to attend are state Rep. Tom Bennett and state Sen. Jason Barickman. The lawmakers played leading roles in passing legislation to establish the memorial. Also expected to attend is then-Paxton officer Larry Hale, who was wounded during the shootout, but recovered.
Mayor Ingold told the News-Gazette this piece of history “deeply affected this community.” The event welcomes the public.
The memorial will recognize the overpass at Ford County Road 200 N, just south of Paxton. The Illinois Department of Transportation will erects signs along NB and SB I-57 to recognize the “McCarter-Caisse- Vice-Hale Memorial Overpass.”
An Illinois House Resolution was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner, after being introduced by Bennett and Barickman.
It was the infamous Monroe Lampkin murder trial that put the Ford County area on the map back in 1979. The Lampkin brothers, from Michigan, were on their way to Tennessee when the traffic stop triggered the shootout.