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Marijuana farm eyes western Kankakee County

Kankakee County's Zoning Board of Appeals is reviewing an application for a medical marijuana greenhouse. An August 21st meeting is planned. A company in Frankfort, with ties to a Colorado medical marijuana operation, is trying to start a pot farm in western Kankakee County.


Grand Prairie Farms LLC, has submitted an application for a special use permit in a facility in Pilot Township. (It would occupy eight acres of the former Pilot Battery plant site).


An indoor growing operation could begin by spring 2015, if the plan falls in place.


The full county board approval is needed. And, the company would need state approval as well.
Medical marijuana dispensaries will be licensed through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.


Under state law, only a limited number of cultivation centers can operate throughout the state.


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Grain Dust Explosion In St. Anne

A driver who was dumping grain into a pit in St. Anne is recovering after a grain dust explosion. Officials say the driver was taken to the hospital just after 2 pm Monday. No word on the driver's condition.

Emergency responders report the explosion, on E. Station Street, was contained within the pit and did not go into any of the storage bins. Officials are taking a closer look to determine if the explosion will impact the elevator's ability to accept or deliver grain.

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Boil Order in Buckley

ERH Enterprises issued a boil order this (Mon) morning for the entire community of Buckley. The Boil order will be in place until further notice.

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Loda man faces obscenity charge

A Loda resident allegedly exposed himself to a group of people Sunday. 58-year-old Steven DeGeere was arrested by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police. Police received a complaint of a man exposing himself repeatedly to a small gathering outside an apartment complex in the 200-block of N. Oak Street in Loda.

Police made contact with DeGeere inside his apartment and charged him with obscenity and disorderly conduct.

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Danforth apartment fire, no injury

An apartment complex fire Saturday afternoon in Danforth affected two families. Fire Chief Jason Brown reported no injury. The cause is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall's Office. Damage estimates were unavailable.

Ashkum and Gilman fire and Riverside EMS provided mutual aid. Danforth firemen answered the call to 204 W. 5th Street around 2 pm. Brown said the fire started in the attic of the three-apartment complex.

One family of five lost everything. They're in need of housing and furniture. The Red Cross is providing temporary sheltering. Chief Brown reported a second apartment sustained minimal smoke damage; the third unit was vacant.

Help can be provided by contacting the Red Cross.

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