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Kankakee City Council says ‘No’ to Cornerstone Services… problem with the tax base

Cornerstone Services Inc., a nonprofit organization, was denied a conditional use permit by the Kankakee City Council Tuesday. The Council voted 13-0 against Cornerstone, the No vote focusing on the fact the organization – because of nonprofit status – does not pay property taxes.

Fifth-Ward Alderman Tyler Tall tells the Daily-Journal "it's a problem with the tax base, not the organization."

Cornerstone already operates nine properties in Kankakee and does not pay property taxes on any of them, according to the Journal. Cornerstone operates the group homes for the developmentally disabled. This particular location is in the Indian Meadows subdivision – on the far west side of the city.

The necessary conditional use permit is because the subdivision is along Route 113 and zoned single-family dwelling.

Mayor Nina Epstein and other aldermen pointed out, this about paying property taxes – when one property doesn't pay, others have to pick up that cost.

But then comes the issue of the Fair Housing Act – is it a violation ? The D-J reports Cornerstone president and CEO Ben Stortz is questioning discrimination against a certain class of citizens.

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Snow cover leads to accidents, school delays

Motorists are advised to proceed with caution today after overnight snow left 2-4 inches on the ground. Snow plows were out and about this morning. Main routes have been cleared while some rural roads were still snow covered.
Illinois State Police reported slide-offs along I-57 and I-72 and I-74.

The forecast calls for a cloudy Wednesday. Temps are expected in the low to mid 20s.

West-central parts of Indiana were snowy and slick this morning. The Benton School Corporation was operating on a two-hour delay. Delays were also reported in Fountain, Warren and Vermilion County schools in Indiana.

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DACC begins search for new President

Danville Area Community College is beginning its search for a new president. The Board of Trustees has scheduled a workshop for Saturday, January 23rd at 8:00 am to discuss presidential search firms. The Board will also hold a discussion of future programming and financial planning.
The meeting will be held at the Old National Bank Community Room at West Main Street.

Danville Area Community College President, Alice Marie Jacobs, announced in December that she plans to retire this year. She became the sixth President of DACC in September of 1999.

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Vermilion County's Abby Foster crowned Miss Illinois Fair Queen

Vermilion County Fair Queen Abby Foster earned the title of Miss Illinois Fair Queen Sunday night. She was crowned at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Springfield at the annual Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention.

Miss Foster is east-central Illinois' first winner since 2008.

Foster is a 2015 graduate of Oakwood High School now attending Ball State University.

Foster was in fine company as one of nine area women among the finalists in the competition. Also making the cut for the finals was Jordyn Basler of Milford, the reigning Iroquois County Fair Queen; Amy Loschen of Kempton, the Ford County Fair Queen; and Sierra Dicken representing the Georgetown Fair.

Other finalists were Haley Duden (Champaign County Fair), Mikala Grandfield (Piatt County Fair), Karson Pacunas (Fisher Fair), Shaila Quinn (Farmer City/DeWitt County Fair) and Gabrielle Uphoff (Moultrie-Douglas County Fair).

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Dr. King’s message rekindled in Kankakee, Danville Monday during MLK events

The pursuit of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream was re-emphasized today (Monday) by the Rev. Ricky Dixon at Kankakee County's annual Celebration Service at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church...

"it's 53 years later and the dream of Dr. King continues," said the Rev. Dixon.

The Rev Dixon, of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Sun River Terrace, was asked if we're any closer to Dr. King's dream ? ...

"We are closer but we're not where we need to be, so there's some heightened tension we need to improve on; we are progressing which is a great thing."

The 2016 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- 50 Years Later – finds the journey continuing.

The Celebration in Kankakee followed the annual Inter-faith Prayer Breakfast at the Quality Inn in Bradley. Some 150 people attended there. And today's events wrapped a weekend of events sponsored by the Dr. King Memorial Foundation of Kankakee County.

In Danville -- a motorcade-parade honoring Dr. King saw several people brave the cold temperatures and bitter wind. The bus allowed marchers to hop on to get out of the cold.

Danville's Human Relations Administrator, Sandra Finch, said it's important to remember the dream. She said race relations in Danville have improved. She said "we have work to do, but it's pretty good."

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