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Iroquois County Board News…..Retirements, Call for Financial Info

Retirements in key county board positions had the attention of the Iroquois County Board Finance committee Thursday.  The county board’s Administrative Assistant and veteran Recorder in the Office of Recorder and County Clerk have announced their intended retirements.

Barbara Witte has been employed for 30 years with county government.  She announced her future retirement, effective in May.  Board Chairman Ron Schroeder read Mrs. Witte’s resignation letter which was accepted—with regret. Board members praised her dedication and loyalty.  Her immediate response was “it’s time.”

Mrs. Witte’s responsibility includes directing business affairs and recording committee minutes of meetings.

Carolyn LaBounty is leaving her post as Chief-Deputy Recorder, which she’s held the last eight years.  The job, County Clerk Lisa Fancher said, is a very important position, which needs to be filled.  Newly-employed Cheryl Ishmiel, an elections department Clerk, will move into the Recorder position.  Clerk Fancher said a union position for Elections Clerk will be need to be filled soon; the March primary right around the corner.

Finance questions ----

The Finance committee, at the suggestion of Vice-Chair Rod Copas, approved a motion to explore a search for an in-house CPA.  The details for the position are yet to be worked on, but Copas said “there’s a need for someone with expertise to get a handle on the money matters.”

Copas said he doesn’t blame Data Processing Director Angela Rutledge, at all.  But the need is obvious for everyone to get a handle on what’s going on here.  He said it’s been 90 days since we’ve had accurate information to work with; Finance Chair Jim Meyer was asked to get county auditor Hope Wheeler to the full board meeting next week to explain what’s what.  Copas said “we’re waiting and getting no where.”

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Snowy Weather Advisory for Illiana...

Statement as of  9:42 PM February 13, 2012

...Snow to end tonight with patchy freezing drizzle possible...

Light snow will continue through the midnight time frame tonight before slowly shifting east out of the area. With the departure of this snow...a period of patchy light freezing drizzle will be possible across portions of northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Although the extent of this freezing drizzle and the exact timing of this transition remain uncertain at this time...the chances for this light freezing drizzle will become more likely for areas along and west of a Rockford to Watseka line early Tuesday morning. With temperatures in the upper 20s...some slippery spots may form on area roads and possibly linger into the morning commute.

Anyone planning travel overnight should be aware of slippery Road conditions. Be especially cautious on elevated Road surfaces such as bridges and overpasses which typically see ice formation before other areas.

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Dedicated Funding for Public Transportation in the Surface Transportation Legislation is Critical fo

> River Valley Metro in Bourbonnais expressing its strong opposition for the provisions in House bill H.R. 3864 in Washington, D.C.

The Resolution is the federal American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Financing Act, which would eliminate dedicated federal fuels taxes for public transit and create long-term uncertainty for public transportation funding.

 As Metro looks to expand capacity during record ridership, this change will have dire consequences for the thousands of people in Kankakee County who rely on public transportation.

Managing Director of River Valley Metro, Rob Hoffman tells WGFA News “people should be concerned about this…….     

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Since 1983, nearly half of all public transportation funding has been provided from the federal motor fuels tax dedicated to the Highway Trust Fund. This funding structure has successfully provided highway and transit programs with secure, dedicated revenues and has allowed public transit systems around the country to create jobs and foster economic growth.

Hoffman says without the allocation, a tax may be the only solution……..

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Hoffman urges citizens to contact their Congressmen and ask that they maintain the dedicated funding.


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State Trooper, Fire Chief Injured in Traffic Crash

Illinois State Police report a separate fatal accident led to a second crash..the latter involving a trooper and the Otto Township Fire chief.

A state police squad slammed into the rear of a fire vehicle driven by Otto Township Fire Protection District Chief Jay Hanson.  It happened early Sunday,  while both emergency vehicles were involved in a search for a rollover accident that killed someone  else.

Hanson and the un-identified trooper were treated at Riverside Hospital.

A press release issued by District 21 state police at Ashkum stated the accident occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 57, just north of Chebanse.  

Hanson and the trooper were searching for a rolled over vehicle, when Hanson spotted the vehicle and braked. The trooper didn’t notice the fire vehicle had stopped, running into the rear end.

State Police reported an un-identifed passenger of the rolled over vehicle died from his injuries. The driver, 37-yr-old Eboni Williams of Champaign, suffered serious injury.

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Kankakee Corn Growers Hear from State Organization’s Executive Director >

The 2012 Farm Bill was the focus of what Illinois Corn Growers Association Executive Director had to talk about in Kankakee Thursday evening.

Rod Weinzierl was the featured speaker at the Kankakee County Corn Growers Association Annual Meeting.   He said there’s specific issues that local eyes and ears need to pay attention to as Washington leaders put a new plan together……….

                                                (go awry…)     

Most of the issues of concern, Weinzierl said, are pretty much the same across the Midwest.  But what the home-front should be concerned about is – THE NEED TO MAINTAIN/IMPROVE crop insurance,  PROVIDE A RISK MANAGEMENT TOOL AGAINST MULTI-YEAR REVENUE DECLINES, and A CROP INSURANCE RE-RATING.

Weinzierl said because costs have gone up so much and prices are more volatile, risk management becomes that much more important than it was 5-10 years ago.

We also Weinzierl his thoughts on this mild winter and what may be ahead with the spring weather ?.....

                                              (all winter)    

Rod Weinzierl said the safety net, risk management, and lack of money in Washington, D.C. are issues of greatest concerm.

The Kankakee County Corn Growers Association now makes plans for next year --  IT’S 25TH Anniversary year.


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