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Pensions strapping government agencies

The Danville City Council is expected to vote on a motion to close one of the city’s fire stations. Expenditures need to be reduced in order for local officials to meet the demand to pay pension plans for the police and fire departments. But the issue of public safety has many people opposing closing down a fire department facility.

The city of Kankakee’s financial picture is gloomy too. An audit shows Kankakee’s police and fire pension liability increased by over $14 million dollars. That’s in just one-year. The price tag for that pension was at $100-million in April.

Pension reform is the cry at all levels of government. It’s so bad, many communities are being forced to raise property taxes. Local officials claim unless the state implements meaningful pension reform, the matter is out of control and can’t be fixed.

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Parade winners in Bradley Parade

Officials with the village of Bradley announced the winning entries in the Christmas Parade held Friday evening.
The Bradley Police department claimed first-place in the Business Category.

Little Green Schoolhouse took 2nd place.
Bargain and Treasures was the 3rd place winner.

The General Service Club category :
River Valley Youth Baseball League was the first-place winner.

Bradley Cub Scout Pack #319 took 2nd place.
Bishop McNamara Catholic High School claimed 3rd place.

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Iroquois, Kankakee County Boards re-organize >

Swearing-in ceremonies this (Monday) morning in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties seated new county board members. All were winners in the November election.

Special meetings of the respective county boards included new leadership.

John Shure was elected Iroquois County Board Chairman. He defeated Donna Crow, who was also nominated.

Board members supported Shure on an 11-8 vote. One member, Russell Bills, abstained.

Dan Rayman was elected Vice-Chair on a vote of 12-8.
Newly-elected board members taking their oath included: Kevin Bohlmann, Kevin Coughenour, Sherry Johnson, Chad McGinnis, Barb Offill, Michael McTaggart, and Marvin Stichnoth.

Committee assignments were handed out and the board adopted Roberts Rules of Order and set bonds for elected officials.

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The Kankakee County Board unanimously elected Andy Wheeler as Board Chairman. He succeeds Mike Bossert, who was not re-elected by voters.

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County goverment re-organizes with special meetings

A new fiscal year is underway for county goverments in Illinois.  County Boards are in special session today (Monday) to vote on leadership positions.  County Board Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen are being slected by tzhe membership.  Newly-elected board members are also taking their seats. 

The Iroquois and Kankakee County Boards meet at 9 am.  The Vermilion County Board is scheduled to meet at 6 pn this evening.

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Oak Forest man dies in I-57 crash

An Oak Forest man is dead following a four-vehicle crash in Champaign County. State Police say the accident happened Sunday on I-57, just northwest of Champaign. 26-year-old Robert Mikolajewski died at the scene. Lanes were temporarily closed while authorities investigated.

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