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False gas smell at BBCHS

A false report of a gas smell today (Monday) at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School triggered an emergency response to the school. Social media reports lent viewers to believe there was a gas leak.

School officials said the issue was stirred by an air-handling unit on the school building's second-floor. A motor may have over-heated, causing a smell that led someone to believe it was a gas leak. That was not the case.

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Vermilion County Farm Bureau hosting legislators

Vermilion County Farm Bureau members will hear from area legislators in a forum today (Monday). A 9 am program is at the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Auditorium. Kerry Wienke, Executive Director of the Farm Bureau, says all six legislators from our area have been invited to participate in the discussion which begins at 9:00 a.m. Monday at the Farm Bureau Auditorium. It is located just off U.S. route 150 – west of Danville.

Wienke expects the lack of an Illinois state budget and the impact it is having on local services is likely to be the hot topic, according to the Farm Bureau's Executive Director Kerry Wienke. ''It impacts roads and everything else. No budget, no nothing else," Wienke said.

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Early Voting delayed for Illinois Primary

Objections to some Presidential candidates on the March Illinois Primary Election ballot will delay early voting and absentee voting by mail. Area county clerk offices have issued notice about the delay, and once the process is straightened out, the public will be notified.

Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher, Kankakee County Clerk Bruce Clark, Vermilion County Clerk Cathy Jenkins, and Will Nesbitt, Executive Director of the Danville Election Commission, all provided news releases about the delay.

The objections on file will delay any early-voting until late February.

Fancher tells Iroquois County voters "the ballots and voting machines should be available no later than February 17th. It's possible, she said in a press release, certification will be made prior to the 17th. If that happens, notification will be made."

Early Voting and Vote by Mail ballots were supposed to start going out February 4th. And due to these Presidential objections they will not be available February 4th.

Local ballot information is ready to go, but the presidential objections won't allow local officials to complete the ballots.

Questions can be directed to local election offices.

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Loda Village Board yet to fill vacancies

Two trustee seats remain vacant on the Loda Village Board. And – it appears they'll remain that way until Board President Carol Arseneau finds the right people.

The Illinois Municipal League is OK with the vacancies, so long as there's an effort continuing to seek candidates. The president or mayor has 60 days to fill a vacancy but that legal-limit can be extended so long as there is an effort to find candidates.

One of the trustee seats is that of Arseneau's who resigned to accept the Village Board Presidency seat. She's filling the term of Ron Dudley, who resigned. Arseneau will serve as president thru April 2017.

The other trustee vacancy is that of Jeff Johnson, who also resigned four months ago.

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Iroquois County flood help still available

The City of Watseka's flood debris pickup ended yesterday (Friday). But those who still have items to be picked up can contact City Hall this next week – if there's still debris to be thrown away.

The snowfall this week may have inconvenienced some people, so Public Works crews will make make an effort to complete any details this coming week, according to Mayor Bob Harwood.

Damage assessments are still being collected too. Property owners with water damage, who maybe didn't yet submit information, can contact with the Emergency Management Agency office at 815-432-6997.

The damage assessments are needed in the attempt to apply for federal assistance.

Clean-up kits are also still available from the Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee. And the Recovery Committee welcomes any donations to help flood victims.

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