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Iroquois County disbands Regional Planning Commission

WATSEKA -- Building permits and other zoning issues in Iroquois County will be heard by the County Board’s Planning & Zoning Committee, now that the Regional Planning Commission has been dissolved.

The County Board (Wed) voted to disband and remove any legal responsibility from the former regional board.

The regional committee, for years, had been the first step in the application process for zoning matters. Decisions were then forwarded to the Zoning Board of Appeals and then to the county board’s planning & zoning committee.

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Iroquois County Board OK’s bids

WATSEKA – The Iroquois County Board has approved a bid that awards lawn care services to Hall’s Lawn & Garden of Gilman. David Hall was the low bidder for $8,600 for the mowing season.

Three sealed bids for waste hauling were also received. The county board management committee recommended the bid of $270 dollars per month from

A & J Disposal of Kankakee.

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Paxton jewelry store burglary nets three arrests

The theft of an estimated $175,000 worth of jewelry and coins from a Paxton business has led to the arrests of three Danville men.

All three suspects are free on bond, but face a Class 2 felony charge of burglary. The men are charged in the burglary last fall and again in January of Hewerdine’s Coin & Jewelry in Paxton. Each suspect is charged with possession of stolen property.

28-year-old Ryan Banks, 27-year-old Brandon Enos (E-nis) and 26-year-old Ryan McLaughlin were arrested by Paxton Police. A search warrant was executed at one of the suspect’s home in Danville.

Police said some of the stolen property was pawned in Arizona and Nevada over the last few months. Some of the stolen property was identified as items taken from Hewerdine’s.

Police said all three men had been customers of the store and visited there several times.

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Iroquois County Republican Women to Award Scholarships

The Iroquois County Republican Women will award a $500 scholarship to one young woman graduating in 2013. Applications are available through guidance counselors at all Iroquois County high schools.

Academic excellence, involvement in extracurricular/community activities and involvement in Republican Party politics will be the primary criteria in determining the winner. Some examples of party involvement may include working as an election judge, helping with elections in other capacities or assisting with Republican Women events.

Additional criteria for eligibility is that you must be a three year resident of Iroquois County, registered to vote if you will be 18 by February, 18, 2013, proof of US citizenship, a letter of recommendation, copy of your most recent school transcript, and must be a member of or a relative of a member of the organization.

Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2013. Return applications to Mindy Kuntz Hagan, 3053 E 1900 North Rd., Sheldon, IL 60966

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Early Voting for 2nd Congressional Special Election

---   Candidates Forum in Kankakee Tonight   ----

Early voting is underway for the Special Congressional / Consolidated Primary Election in Illinois.   Kankakee County Clerk Bruce Clark informs early voters can cast ballots prior to February 26th.  Early voting can be completed  at the County Clerk's Office at 189 E. Court Street, Kankakee.  Monday thru Friday hours are 8:30 AM 'til 4:30 PM.

The Clerk's office is closed today (Feb 12th) in observance of Lincoln's Birthday.

Additional early Voting hours are offered on consectutive Saturdays, Feb 16 and 23, from 8:30 AM 'til 12 Noon.

Republican and Democratic candidates vying for the Congressional seat of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. are invited to a candidates’ forum in Kankakee tonight.

The Kankakee Chamber of Commerce and the Kankakee branch of the NAACP is sponsoring the event at the Kankakee Public Library. The program begins at 6 pm.