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Illinois, Iroquois County Partner for Liquor Inspection Pilot Program

The State of Illinois and Iroquois County have recently joined forces to launch the Iroquois County Liquor Inspection Pilot Program.  It's an effort to improve the allocation of alcohol beverage compliance resources.  Under the agreement, the Iroquois County Health Department has begun carrying out Standard Liquor Inspections for all Iroquois County license holders on behalf of the State of Illinois. Utilizing existing State resources, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is providing financial assistance and training for designated local inspectors.

The Iroquois County Health Department began conducting inspections for the 79 Iroquois County license holders upon the completion of ILCC training in August and will continue through June 30, 2018 when the pilot program concludes. Inspections include areas of local concern, such as health/sanitation, license and insurance verifications, and deceptive practices. Under the terms of the agreement, local officials are required to report their findings to the state commission, which may result in further adjudicative action.

The Liquor Inspection Pilot Program includes the jurisdictions of all incorporated and unincorporated areas within the County.

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KC-CASA 30th Anniversary Celebration Features Guest Speaker Erin Merryn

Join Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA) as they celebrate their 30th anniversary with a charity dinner and silent auction and help support the years of service ahead. KC-CASA’s 30thAnniversary Celebration will take place on Friday, November 10th with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. at the Kankakee Country Club (2011 Cobb Boulevard Kankakee, IL 60901). Guests will also enjoy a large variety of silent auction items, awards, a 3-course dinner, full cash bar, and more! All proceeds raised will aid efforts to prevent sexual violence and support survivors in our community.

KC-CASA is excited to announce that the evening will feature GUEST SPEAKER ERIN MERRYN, an advocate, activist, survivor, and the force behind "Erin's Law". Erin uses that life-altering experience as a platform to advocate for fellow survivors. She is a nationally recognized speaker, advocate, and published author. Her first book "Stolen Innocence" was published before she graduated high school. She is a survivor of child sexual abuse and is the force behind Erin's Law, a law that requires personal body safety taught in public schools.   {iNFO SUBMITTED...}

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Gov. Rauner proclaims Lights On Afterschool Day in Illinois

Celebrates the positive impact of quality after-school programs

Noting the importance of student learning extending beyond school hours, Gov. Bruce Rauner today proclaimed Oct. 26, 2017, as Lights On Afterschool Day in Illinois.

He was joined by officials from ACT Now Coalition and the Springfield Urban League to recognize the importance of student learning beyond the school day.

“Access to a quality afterschool program can expand learning opportunities for Illinois children and help guide them on the path to a better future,” Rauner said. “Increasing child participation will build stronger communities by helping working families and fostering positive relationships between participants and their mentors and peers.”

Started in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide event organized by Afterschool Alliance that highlights the significance of keeping the lights on and doors open to after-school programs.

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Barickman says 'fix the waste'

An Illinois state senator says there still aren’t proper controls in place to keep tax dollars from being wasted on what some have called politically connected anti-violence programs that had little or nothing to show for the millions of dollars they received from the state.

The Pat Quinn-era Neighborhood Recovery Initiative program doled out tens of millions of dollars to nonprofit anti-violence groups throughout the state over several years before the 2014 election. An investigation found little grant oversight and lots of waste.

A Legislative Audit Commission report in April 2016 found then-Gov. Quinn’s office was tasked with selecting the communities, providers and funding levels of the programs, outside of the normal process. There were also issues with when grant contracts would be signed, how they would be monitored, and whether there were background checks or site visits.

The commission’s report said millions of dollars weren’t recovered and hundreds of thousands of costs were questioned.

“At the end of the community violence prevention program in July and August of 2014, [Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority] received $7.3 million from the Department of Human Services to make payments for the violence prevention grants,” auditor Mike Maziarz said Tuesday. “However, we found that ICJIA already had sufficient appropriations for these programs.”

The mixup left fewer dollars for the DHS programs, Maziarz said.

While the program ended in 2014, state Sen. Jason Barickman, co-chair of the Legislative Audit Commission, said not much else has been done to correct the problem “other than there’s new people in the agencies who wasted all this money before. I think that’s wholly inadequate.”

Barickman, R-Bloomington, said his legislation, Senate Bill 749, would require more legislative oversight of such spending.

“If this legislation would have been law under Gov. [Pat] Quinn,” Barickman said, “I don’t think he would have been able to make the decisions that he made back then on this NRI program.”
Barickman said his bill is buried in committee.

ICJIA Executive Director John Maki said he was not in charge of the agency during the Quinn administration. He was on the ICJIA oversight board, but said board members were often confused about how to execute their oversight role.

Maki said one problem with the NRI program was agencies were asked to spend a lot of money in a short amount of time.

“We have to take a more gradual and strategic approach and be sure that the dollars we spend are attached to programs that are researched and have evidence behind them, that have accountability built into it, and are outcome driven,” Maki said.

There are still misspent dollars to identify from agencies that received grants.

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KCC Campus closed due to water main break

Kankakee Community College's Riverfront campus is closed today (Tues) due to a water main break.  The closing does not effect the South Extension Campus in Watseka.  It remains open for regular activities.

Boil Order Advisory in in Lowell, IN ....

A water main break in Lowell, Indiana Tuesday resulted in lost water pressure and today, there's a boil order advisory until further notice. The water main break drained one of the community's two water towers.  The water leak happened about 3 am but wasn't discovered until after 7 am.  Repairs to a six-inch line weren't completed until about 1:40 in the afternoon. 

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