November 13, 2014
November 13, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The 2014 Merry & Bright Festival kicks off on Saturday, November 15th with a Children’s Day Extravaganza 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Night of Lights Parade from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. with a non-perishable food donation.
For more details go to www.presencehealth.org/festivaloftrees.
Hoopeston Multi Agency will host a Community Health Fair from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. The event will feature Carle’s Mills Breast Cancer Institute and Stroke and Spine Center, Myers Pharmacy for flu vaccines, Crosspoint Human Services, Aunt Martha, Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center, Hoopeston Breast Cancer Group, along with support groups for grief and loss, addictions and military families, University of Illinois Extension, DACC, and East Central Illinois Food Bank.
Almost one year after a tornado ripped through Gifford, the village board has made formal plans for a new home. If all goes to plan, Gifford should have a new village hall and maintenance building by the middle of next year. The board approved an agreement to purchase the Spreader building off U.S. 136 for $175,000, with a plan to renovate the building to house administration.
According to the Paxton Record, Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas told board members last week that they will be “astounded” by the results of a recent forensic audit of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, which will be revealed at Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting.
“A forensic expert will be here at the full board meeting, and he will give you the rest of what you need to know,” Copas told the board’s policy and procedure committee Thursday. “Certainly, you will be astounded at what’s on your government computers, and you’re going to be astounded at where your money went, who did what with it, and how it worked.
“There needs to be some people held accountable.”
Copas, who in October said he believes the forensic audit will show evidence of a felony crime by former employees of the dissolved health department, said the forensic audit results will be announced in open session at Wednesday’s meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Administrative Center in Watseka.
According to the Paxton Record, roquois County’s dispatchers have filed their intent to unionize, but they did so without notifying the county board.
County Board Chairman Rod Copas said that Naperville attorney John H. Kelly, who purports to represent the county’s 911 board, also known as the Emergency Telephone System Board, did send the state a letter saying that both the 911 board and the county’s dispatch board, or ICOM board, had no objections to the dispatchers’ plans to form a labor union.
“But they did not notify the county board in any way, shape or form,” Copas said during Thursday’s meeting of the county board’s policy and procedure committee. “So we have filed an objection to that with the state. We’re waiting on a response.”
This is just the latest issue in the ongoing saga surrounding the county board, 911 board and ICOM board.
November 12, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP), in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced the date for the annual Open Range Program. Hunters and observers can visit ISP Ranges beginning on November 15, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Open Range Program is offered in an effort to promote hunting safety by giving hunters access to ISP ranges for the purpose of sighting in their shotguns. Shotguns will be checked in a controlled environment with firearms experts present to ensure the safe and appropriate use of the shotgun.