The Veterans Assistance Commission is offered new and extended services at his office in Watseka, beginning today (December1). Director Jennifer Ingram invites veterans to make an appointment be calling 815-432-2721. The office is located inside the Administrative Center on Grant Street.
The VAC is expanding days and hours of operation. The office is open Monday thru Thursday 8 am 'til 12 Noon.
It was just last month when the Iroquois County Board voted 9-7 to move the full board meetings on the second Tuesday of the month to 6 pm rather than the 9 am meeting time.
Now, the Policy & Procedure committee is recommending a 5 pm meeting the first and 4th quarter of the years with 9 am meetings April thru September. The issue heads to the full board in December (12/12).
A compromise was suggested, not to inconvenience county employees whose work days end at 4:30 pm. The effect of night meetings on employees wasn’t considered with the earlier vote, according to comments made at (Thursday’s) P&P meeting.
The calendar year for meeting schedules/times was voted on as part of a listed-agenda item in November. Yet—the matter was re-visited as the new fiscal year begins.
Jasper County Sheriff Terry Risner announced in a press release (Wed) that his office will be offering security training programs for members of local churches.
Due to the recent shootings at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas and at other public venues, the local department has received requests from area church staff on how to secure the premises during gatherings.
The sheriff's department is working in conjunction with the Indiana Sheriff’s Association in developing a training course directed towards Jasper County’s church communities.
Sheriff Risner said “It is a sad statement that in today’s world we have to provide such training for our places of worship; however, we must do all within our abilities to protect citizens from insane acts of violence.
The sheriff adds, “Our intent is to bring awareness and prioritize safety for each individual during the time of worship.” Many might say Rensselaer and Jasper County are pleasant places to live and worship. But that pleasant atmosphere hasn’t stopped citizens from becoming worried about the possibility of such violence. And many have already begun discussing how to secure gathering places from it. Chief Deputy Pat Williamson said the office had at least four such requests come in from local churches on Tuesday alone.
Gov. Bruce Rauner traveled (Wed) with the Japanese Consul General for the Midwest to meet with key educational and manufacturing leaders in southern Illinois, where the state’s business ties with Japan are paying dividends in jobs.
Today’s schedule included a tour of the Aisin Manufacturing campus in Marion. The company’s footprint has grown from one plant to three since the Japanese firm’s first Illinois groundbreaking in fall 2001.
“Aisin — an esteemed, world-class auto supplier — is among the many examples of Illinois’ strong relationship with Japanese investors,” Rauner said while touring with Consul General Naoki Ito. “We have over 630 Japanese companies at 1,206 locations, employing more than 44,000 Illinoisans.”
“Aisin is very pleased to support the Japan Consulate-Midwest visit to our plant and honored that Gov. Rauner was able to attend,” said Glenn Edwards, executive vice president of Aisin Manufacturing in Marion, where a combined 2,500-plus are employed at the three Aisin Group plants. “This type of interaction and activity is key to a positive, long-term business relationship.”
Before the tour, business, government and educational leaders gathered for a working luncheon at Rend Lake College, a community college in Ina. New Southern Illinois University System Chancellor Carlo Montemagno, Rend Lake College President Terry Wilkerson, state Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo, and state Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, were among attendees.
Boosting coordination between colleges, universities and manufacturers to ensure a well-prepared, well-educated workforce is among the Rauner administration’s signature goals.