Be Alert for Children Walking or Riding their Bike and Stopped School Buses.
Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy,would like to remind motorists that area schools will soon open their doors and begin the new school year. The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools.
Motorists need to be watchful for children walking and riding their bike to school and children darting out from between parked cars. Motorists also need to be on the lookout for slowing and stopped school buses. As parents drop off their children before school and pick them up after school, there will also be an increase in vehicle traffic during the morning and evening commute. Extra travel time should be planned to allow for the increase in traffic.
Motorists are reminded to watch their speed in school zones and limit their distractions. The speed limit in school zones is 20 m.p.h. and is in effect from 7a.m. to 4 p.m. when children are present. Motorists should refrain from talking on cell phones in a school zone and are reminded that it is illegal to text while driving.
The Iroquois County Board (Tuesday) gave final approval to make sure voters have their voice heard about the “right to bear arms.”
The Board voted to place an advisory referendum on the November ballot. The question will ask voters ‘if the general assembly should refrain from passing any additional legislation limiting a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms as defined by the 2nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution’
A committee vote approved the measure earlier. Board Chairman John Shure explained the question is intended to give the public a right to solidify our feelings about second amendment rights.
Iroquois County took the lead in addressing the matter months ago, several other counties following suit to show support. Some counties even declared themselves a Gun Sanctuary County.
Election judges in Iroquois County are being rewarded with a pay increase. The County Board (Tuesday) approved paying the judges $125 dollars for their Election Day time -- plus an additional $20 dollars if they attend a training class and $15 dollars for attending the class.
The pay hike will cost the county about $4,000 per election. County Clerk Lisa Fancher said the judges haven’t received a pay increase in over 10 years. The increase takes effect with the November 2018 General Election.
The Iroquois County Board (Tuesday) approved allocating $25,000 toward an Indiana study of the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers. Board members OK’d involvement in the River Basin Plan to examine flooding on the two rivers. The focus is on Indiana, for now.
Iroquois County Chairman John Shure and Kankakee Board Chairman Andrew Wheeler are onboard to support the study with hopes there will be something positive on this side of the state line too.
The Kankakee County Board is also supporting the study.
The Kankakee River Basin Commission met last month in Indiana. Local officials, including State Rep.Tom Bennett attended to gather more information. The Commission was created by the Indiana State Legislature to discuss flood matters on the Iroquois and Kankakee Rivers in Indiana.An engineering firm from Indianapolis is conducting the study.
Iroquois County board members questioned if Iroquois County would stand to gain much ? Shure says it’s a start to see where it could go.
Shure also said there’s still a chance an anonymous donar may provide the funding.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Lisa Dugan, candidate for state representative, kicked off her campaign and opened her campaign headquarters on Tuesday August 14, 2018 with the help of her family and a very large group that included a diverse crowd of residents from throughout the district including Grundy, Kankakee and Will counties.
Over 175 attended the opening consisting of senior citizens, millennial, youth, local business owners, elected officials, education and labor leaders, healthcare professionals, public safety personnel, construction workers, farmers and more.
“Some politicians want to divide our communities for their own political gain, but I’ve spent my entire career working to bring people together and do what’s right for the middle class. There’s no better way to kick off this campaign to take back our seat in the State House than by bringing people together for a conversation about the work that lays ahead,” Dugan said. “I had been approached by many local residents over the last year, from both sides of the aisle, asking me to consider running for the State Representative seat so they would have someone in Springfield fighting for this district.” stated Dugan.
“I could no longer sit back as I was approached by the elderly, veterans, students, crime victims, businesses, municipal leaders, economic opportunity leaders, elementary and secondary education personnel, healthcare professionals, public safety leaders and non-profit service providers who were scared by what was happening in Springfield. The long 2 yr budget impasse had a devastating effect on people’s lives and the livelihood of our communities in the 79th district and none of that seemed to matter. A NO vote was cast not only once against a budget that would help to start the rebuilding process, another NO vote was cast again this year making a very clear statement that some feel it is OK to wreak havoc and despair on people in this district and I am here today to say it is not OK, it is not acceptable and if I am fortunate enough to be elected Springfield will know that the people of the 79th district have a voice and I can assure you they will hear it loud and clear”, Dugan said.
Residents are invited to join Dugan’s effort to stand up to the Springfield status quo by visiting her office at 573 William Latham Drive in Bourbonnais or by calling 815 -348-7469.