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Public safety addressed at Kankakee Town Hall meeting

Members of the Kankakee city administration received feedback on crime reports and statistics. Reducing crime in Kankakee was talked about (Tuesday night) at a Town Hall meeting being at the Public Safety Building.

The public meeting also welcomed discussion about the issue of legalized marijuana sales in the city.

Several Illinois communities and county government have been debating the question of whether to allow or disapprove the legalized sale of cannabis. A new Illinois law, allowing the sales, begins January 1.

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Iroquois County: 465 grams of cannabis leads to arrest

A Champaign man was jailed in Iroquois County after an arrest by District 21 Illinois State Police. 55-year-old Johnny Winston Sr. was arrested Friday for possession and the manufacture/delivery of cannabis. The arrest came along I-57 around 10:14 pm. Winston was also ticketed for illegal parking on a roadway and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest happened after a state trooper came across Winston’s vehicle pulled over on the shoulder of southbound I-57 near Buckley. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 465 grams of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

Troopers also reported three other DUI arrests. 58-year-old Robert Winge of Chebanse, 38-year-old Edwardo Del Toro of Manteno and 33-year-old Jose Barrios of Beecher were stopped in Kankakee County.

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Vermilion County approves near $40-mil FY20 budget

Funding a Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) was one of the challenges for the Vermilion County Board, but the Board (Tuesday) did approve its fiscal year 2020 budget. Chairman Larry Baughn explained the state statute requires government to fund a VAC. That was one of the matters the board's finance people were able to get done in approved the FY20 budget and tax levy.  Baught thanks the people involved in getting the bottom line approved, adding the $40-million budget still has one of the lowest deficits in the last eight years.  He says efforts will contiue in working toward a balanced budget.  Baughn said the levy totals about $14.6 million. The expenses, he adds, are still at about what was expected.  The new FY20 budget begins December 1.

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Iroquois County Board OK’s FY2020 budget

Iroquois County’s posted-budget for 2020 was given the green light today (Tues) by the County Board. Chairman John Shure says it’s all lookin’ good………..

"The budget has been available for review the last month.  There's been no questions or objects, so this vote today was a formaility," Shure said. "We're projecting revenues at $5,494, 579. 50.  That's a nice end-result.  We start off in the red based on departments asking for more money than we can give....so when it's all done we finish in the black."

Shure likes to refer to the budget-plan as a road plan. It doesn’t always work exactly, but it’s a plan to stay on course. The chairman said funding will come into play for future capital projects, but it’s all ok going into the new fiscal year in December.

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Ag Dept. approves 10th cannabis-growing site

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has approved another cultivation center that can grow cannabis for adult-use purposes. The approval is in advance of adult-use cannabis becoming legal on January 1, 2020.

Compass Ventures, Inc. in Litchfield is now licensed to grow for adult-use bringing the number of cultivation centers growing for the January 1st launch to 10.

Already on the list are sites in Kankakee, Dwight and Joliet.

Currently only cultivation centers licensed to grow medical marijuana can apply for early approval adult-use growth. Social equity applicants will have additional opportunities to open cultivation centers in an upcoming phase.

“Licensed cultivation centers are already hard at work in advance of legalization in January and the department looks forward to continuing to review additional applications as they come in,” said Jeff Cox, IDOA Medicinal Plants Bureau Chief”

In addition to Compass Ventures Inc., nine other cultivation centers have been licensed for adult- growth:

• Cresco Labs, LLC- Lincoln
• Cresco Labs, LLC- Kankakee
• Cresco Labs, LLC- Joliet
• Curative Health Cultivation, LLC- Aurora
• PharmaCann, LLC- Dwight
• PharmaCann, LLC- Hillcrest
• Revolution Cannabis, LLC (DBA Ascend Illinois)- Barry
• Wellness Group Pharms, LLC- Anna
• GTI Rock Island, LLC- Rock Island

Applications for licenses for craft growers, infusers and transporters will be available through IDOA beginning on January 7. The application deadline is March 15, 2020.

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