Chebanse teen in fatal hit-and-run, facing lesser charges
The 16-year-old Chebanse boy arrested last week for a hit-and-run accident that killed a man is now facing lesser charges.
The juvenile boy, released to his parents, is on home detention. The earlier reckless homicide charge has been reduced to leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
The State's Attorney Office may file additional charges. 36-year-old Aaron Sorensen was killed when he was hit while skateboarding along Route 45, south of Kankakee. He died at Presence St. Mary's Hospital.
A tip led police to the boy, who told investigators he hit something but thought it was a sign.
Iroquois County tax bills are in the mail. Payment is due June 13th and then September 13th.
County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, announced that the 2015 payable in 2016 real estate tax statements have been mailed to the taxpayers of Iroquois County.
The deadline to pay the first installment without penalty is June 13, 2016. The second installment due date is September 13, 2016. After the due dates a 1 ½ percent penalty must be added each month it remains unpaid, according to Illinois State Statutes.
The Treasurer's Office is open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail or at any bank in Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal and Commonwealth Credit Union.
Taxpayers paying in person at the Treasurer's Office or at the local banks should bring the entire bill if they would like a receipt.
Credit card payments will be accepted by phone and online starting May 13, 2016. Call the Treasurer's Office first at 815-432-6985 during office hours to verify the payment amount.
Remember that a drop box has been installed at the Administrative Center near the 911 Center so that taxpayers can drop off their payments during non-office hours.
If you have any questions about exemptions, assessed valuations, or address changes, please contact the Assessment Office at (815) 432-6978.
If you have any questions regarding the tax rates, please contact the County Clerk's Office at (815) 432-6960.
If there are any questions about your tax statements, feel free to call the Treasurer's Office at (815) 432-6985.
Iroquois Memorial Hospital welcomes the public to its 100th birthday celebration this weekend.
Several guests will join IMH officials at a program Saturday on the hospital lawn. Tours of the hospital will be available. Memorabilia and other displays will show the long history of the hospital at Fairman Avenue and S. 5th Street in Watseka. The party runs from 11 am 'til 2 pm.
IMH evolved from a $50,000 donation from Anna Donovan. The Donovan Trust has since provided several donations to worthwhile organizations throughout Iroquois County. IMH officially opened its doors February 25, 1916.
Today, the hospital operates as an independent partner of Presence Health.
Beating death in Watseka likely brings new charges
A Chebanse man beaten outside a Watseka tavern has died of injuries. 55-year-old Gary Guenette suffered severe head injuries Monday night. He had been in critical condition at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Guenette's death finds the Iroquois County State's Attorney's office reviewing the case, likely upgrading charges against 21-year-old Gregory Eisermann of Watseka. He was jailed in Watseka on a $100,000 bond. He was charged initially with aggravated battery and possession of a controlled substance.
Watseka Police reported it was an altercation outside a bar that led to Guenette's injury and the arrest of Eisermann.
The Knapp Funeral Home at Clifton is handling arrangements for Guenette.