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Rep. Kinzinger: Independent review of President Trump needed

Republican Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger is breaking with his party’s leadership and is calling for an outside review of President Trump’s recent conduct and the Russian meddling in the November election.

Kinzinger said “We need all the information on what has transpired within the Administration. It’s time to bring an independent eye to this situation, in whatever capacity that may be. This situation has become far too partisan, far too political. Most importantly, we need answers in a fully transparent manner for the future of our country, our safety and the safety of our allies.”

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Iroquois County tax bills in the mail

Iroquois County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, has announced that the 2016 payable in 2017 real estate tax statements have been mailed to the taxpayers of Iroquois County.

The deadline to pay the first installment without penalty is June 21, 2017. The second installment due date is August 21, 2017. 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, Commonwealth Credit Union and the First State Bank of Forrest in Onarga. 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. Upon payment, the appropriate stub of the bill will be removed and then the date will be stamped on the back of the remaining part of the tax bill. If you mail your payment and wish to have a receipt, you must enclose the entire bill plus a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Credit card payments will be accepted by phone and online starting May 18, 2017. Call the Treasurer’s Office first at 815-432-6985 during office hours to verify the payment amount. Then you will be given the Government Payment Service phone number, website address, and the pay location and authorization codes. Their phone number and the website will be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to receive payments. Fees will be added based on the amount charged, there is a minimum service fee, and all fees are paid to and kept by Government Payment Service.

Members of any United States Armed Forces Reserve Unit can defer their real estate tax payment until 180 days after they return from active duty. This option is available if you are called to active duty for deployment outside the continental United States and if you are on active duty on the due date of any installment of taxes.

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.

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Fire guts Watseka house

The state Fire Marshall is investigating a house fire in Watseka Tuesday afternoon that did significant damage.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Ketchum reported damage to the basement and first floor at 815 South 4th Street.

Ketchum said the fire started in the side of the house, the age of the structure made it difficult for firefighters to get a handle on the flames, he said. It was a neighbor who spotted smoke coming from the dryer vent and chimney.

No injury was reported. The homeowner, Harold Longfellow, was not home at the time.

Mutual aid came from six departments, including Crescent City, Woodland, Martinton, Ashkum, Sheldon and Kentland, IN.

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Boil Order in Watseka

A water main break at Mulberry and Tenth Streets in Watseka finds a boil order in place until further notice. ERH Enterprises put the boil order in place while repairs got underway Tuesday afternoon.

The boil order effects those east of South 5th Street and west of Grant Street. Also south of Cherry Street and north of Porter Avenue.

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Bar patrons ‘not guilty’ in Momence rape trial

The two men accused of raping a Momence bartender in 2016 have been found not guilty.

A Kankakee County jury deliberated much of Monday afternoon before returning its verdict about 4:30 pm.

John A. "Adam" Harrison and Thomas J. Madison were tried as co-defendants, arguing that the sex was consensual during a night that began with four of their friends having dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant. They then went to the Off the Vine bar where the alleged act took place at closing time.

A bartender testified that she was forced into a bathroom where the two defendants tried to engage in sex.

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