It was a narrow 10-9 vote by the Iroquois County Board (Tuesday)... county board meetings will still be held on 9 am on the second Tuesday of the month.
The full Board followed a recommendation of the Policy & Procedure committee to keep the meetings as they are now. Board member Vince LaMie had pushed for evening meetings to allow more working people and opportunity to run for office and other working -citizens to attend meetings.
Board member Chad McGinnis had also suggested maybe alternating a few meeting times to allow for a few certain evening meetings.
The Policy & Procedure committee members, after discussion, decided there was no need for night meetings.
Some county office-holders said night meetings would not guarantee attendance from the public. The agenda itself is what may spark attendance for a meeting.
Board Chairman John Shure said the county board meeting room doesn’t have enough seating to accommodate the public. He also said night meetings would inconvenience county officials who work during the day.
LaMie insists, the evening meetings are about accommodating the public...
The Kankakee County Board Tuesday voted to move the State’s Attorney’s office back the courthouse. It was talked about in committee over the last month.
State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said moving back to the courthouse would save over $100,000 annually. Board Chairman Andy Wheeler adds, “this is screaming of common sense” to make this move back to the courthouse.
The county has been paying for rental space on N. Schuyler Avenue.
A traffic stop on the Manhattan-Monee Road in Will County (Monday) has landed three people in jail facing drug charges. Two Chicago men and a LaSalle woman face charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
Will County Sheriff’s Office arrested all three individuals after uncovering over 20 kilos of cocaine in the trunk of their car.
The driver, 31-year-old Jorge Vargas-Moreno of Chicago, appeared nervous and was trembling as he was speaking with the deputies. He was asked to exit the vehicle, along with the other two passengers, 35-year-old Bulmaro Castelan-Diaz of Chicago and 22-year-old Yolanda Tavira-Berrum of LaSalle.
The Sheriff’s Department K-9 was called to the scene and conducted a sniff search of the vehicle and provided authorities with a positive hit for narcotics in the trunk of the car. A search of the trunk uncovered 20 kilos of wrapped bricks containing cocaine. The estimated street value of the cocaine was $1.125 million.
The Illinois truck driver involved in a rollover accident along I-65 is in the Jasper County, Indiana jail. State Police say his rig hit a guardrail in a construction zone then spilled its load near Demotte.
The crash tied up traffic on Interstate 65 for hours. Investigators say 51-year-old Oleh Halatyma was in the southbound lanes near Demotte Monday morning when his semi sideswiped a guardrail and rolled into a ditch.
No injuries were reported in the crash.
Police say Halatyma agreed to a chemical test, which returned a .15 percent blood alcohol content. He was taken into custody on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, disregarding a traffic control device and unsafe lane movement.
The truck was carrying powdered milk and a forklift.