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Barickman Supports Enterprise Zone Extension Legislation

SPRINGFIELD- State Representative Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) voted in favor of legislation that will extend the life of current enterprise zones for 25 years and create five new zones throughout the state.

“I am pleased we were finally able to approve this economic development measure that will help ensure our job creators have a reliable, stable business environment within these zones,” said Barickman.  “These are proven incentives that attract employers, allow businesses to expand and grow, and help to improve the communities and areas they are located in.”

Since the creation of enterprise zones over 900,000 jobs have been created or retained within the areas.  Around $49 billion dollars has been invested by tens of thousands of businesses within the zones.

Enterprise zones are economic development tools which allow businesses located in designated regions to receive specified incentives. Businesses located within the zones can receive a number of benefits, such as tax credits for each new job created or a sales tax exemption for machinery and building supplies.  In order to maintain these incentives businesses must meet specified requirements for job creation and retention, as well as capital and infrastructure investments.

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Carle Looks to Acquire Hoopeston Hospital

 Urbana-based Carle Foundation Hospital is moving forward to buy Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital.   An application filed with the Illinois Health Facilities and Review Board lists the purchase price is $2.7 million dollars. 

Carle also says the proposed transaction will ensure residents of Hoopeston continue to have access to critical services through Carle’s capital loan commitments to Hoopeston; specifically, Hoopeston’s Emergency and Surgery Department project.

Carle Foundation hopes to complete the transaction by October 1st.  The proposal, however, must first be approved by the Illinois Health Facilities and Review Board.

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Iroquois Zoning Board of Appeals Gives OK for New Fertilizer Plant

Heritage FS has been given a green light to go ahead with plans for a new fertilizer plant in Douglas Township.  The Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to allow for an M-2 zoning manufacturing permit.  The site, along Route 45 south of Gilman, is currently zoned A-2 (agricultural).

Heritage FS spokesman Dana Robinson explained the 82 acre tract, between county roads 1600 and 1700 North, would be developed for an agronomy centralized distribution terminal.  Several buildings would include a 60 by 120 foot warehouse with an attached 48 by 60 foot shop.  An office building with parking lot and gravel driveways are included.

The project has the blessing of the Douglas Township Board, City of Gilman, the Iroquois Economic Development Association, and local businesses and farmers.

The matter now heads to the County Planning & Zoning Committee June 8th and then to the full County Board.

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Heavy Windmill Load Overturns in Iroquois County

 A section of a wind turbine headed for Champaign County on a semi-trailer crashed in Iroquois County early Tuesday evening.

Illinois State Police District 21 are reporting that troopers handled the crash at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday evening on Illinois Route 49, just south of 1120 North.  The truck involved in the crash, a 2006 Peterbilt truck, pulling two semi-trailers was loaded with 101,000 pounds of building material for a windmill support base.  The vehicle was traveling southbound when one of the semi-trailers experienced a mechanical failure that led the driver of the truck to lose control of the vehicle.  The truck ran off the roadway and overturned.  The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side in a nearby field.

No injuries were reported by the driver, Alfred Damm, 49, of Saint Cloud, Minnesota. 

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Racehorse Shot to Death, Police Seek Answers….

May 30, 2012 (LOWELL, Ind.)  --   An 8-year-old horse was shot between the eyes in Lowell, Ind., the day before it was to run a race at Balmoral Park in Crete.

Investigators say they are looking for a white, newer model two-door pickup truck that was seen in the area where the harness race horse was found dead on Tuesday.

Police say the Standardbred trotting horse named Lady May Z was shot between 4 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, in a pasture near the corner of 245th Avenue and Colfax Street in Lowell.

The horse’s owner questioned “just what kind of a cold-hearted person could take the life of such an innocent creature ? “

An autopsy on the mare will be performed today at Purdue University to remove the bullet and obtain forensic information to aid the investigation.

Anyone with info should call the Lake County, IN Sheriff’s Department at 219-755-3346.