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Beaverville house fire a total loss

Damage was pegged at an estimated $50 - $70,000 in a Beaverville fire that destroyed a two-story house Wednesday.

Ten area fire departments were on the scene at 508 St. Charles Street. Beaverville Fire Chief Jason Brammer reported finding flames coming from two upstairs windows when firemen arrived just past 10:40 am. No one was home. No injury to report even though hypothermia may have affected some firemen during the day-long battle. The fire's cause was ruled 'undetermined.'

Mutual aid was provided by Papineau, St. Anne, Martinton, Momence, Donovan, Concord, Aroma Park, Ashkum, Otto Township and Pembroke.

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Judge says St. Anne school gun incident was ‘mishandled’

Kankakee County Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott is publicly criticizing St. Anne High School, saying school officials created a "dangerous situation" by letting an 18-year-old student allegedly armed with a gun leave school before police were called.

The student, identified as Elijah Robinson, was serving a one-week suspension when he arrived at school. He allegedly displayed a handgun saying he planned to kill the dean of students.

Robinson reportedly was allowed to leave the school, then returned with his mother to turn himself in to the authorities. He's been charged with disorderly conduct and may face weapons charges.

Judge Elliott questioned why school officials waited 45 minutes before calling police ?

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Kinzinger recognizes John Dowling for years of service

WATSEKA – Congressman Adam Kinzinger recognized Watseka resident John Dowling with comments entered into the Congressional Record thanking him for his years of service in the community.


An official copy of the comments were presented to Mr. Dowling at Rep. Kinzinger's Watseka office by staffer Patrick Doggett.


Dowling served 35 years as a teacher and coach in Watseka, 25 years as a board member on the Watseka Public Library Board, and 26 years as a board member on the Iroquois County Board. He will retire from the position of Middleport Township Supervisor at the end of March.


"(John) has been a leader and advocate for many important issues throughout his years of service and has become a well-respected member of the community. While he is leaving his post and heading into retirement, I know that Mr. Dowling will always be there to lend a helping hand or give advice to those in need."


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Mayor Harwood says ‘time to leave egos at the door…” work toward honest solutions for Iroquois County communications

Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood says it's time elected officials put agendas aside and get on with finding a solution to emergency communications.

The mayor tells citizens and officials alike, this 9-1-1 / ETSB issue is a county-wide public safety issue. And he'll do what he has to in the best interest of the city.

Since a 9-1-1board meeting last week, an unidentified Iroquois County Board member has visited county offices inferring lay-offs to solve the 9-1-1 funding matter. That, Harwood said, is because false statements are being made that the city of Watseka is not going to pay its share of dispatch fees, leaving the financial burden on the county.

Mayor Harwood assures the public, their best interests are with public safety. And the distrust, false statements, personality clashes, and hidden agendas have to stop.

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Kankakee budgets for lost revenue

The city of Kankakee's financial leaders are working on ways to handle a loss of $2.4 million in sales tax revenue.

Mayor Nina Epstein indicated at a special finance meeting (Tues) that plans may call for a public safety fee on water bills to avoid lay-offs. The lay-offs, if they happen, could effect the fire and police departments. A vehicle sticker-fee is also being discussed.

Other budget cuts would come into play.

The Mayor explained there's several proposed budget cuts and a re-distribution of money. Epstein said $35 - $40, in her thought process, is not too much to help balance a budget with a loss of some $2.4 million.

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