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Ford County Police Report

News Release
February 12, 2015

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County creates line of credit

According to the Commercial News,  It took little discussion to convince Vermilion County Board members to extend a line of credit for one of the county’s funds.
Board members voted at Tuesday night’s meeting to approve the ordinance, 21-0. Four board members were absent.
The ordinance establishes a $1.5 million line of credit for the Public Safety Building Rent Fund for fiscal years 2015 through 2017. The line of credit, according to the ordinance, is a deal with a cash flow problem in the fund, which includes expenses from the Public Safety Building and the Juvenile Detention Center.
Board Chairman Mike Marron called the loan a “housekeeping measure” for the county. He noted that the balance of the Public Safety Building Rent Fund has dropped in recent years, especially following the movement of the expenses from the Juvenile Detention Center to that fund.
“The fund balance has gotten to a level where we have a lot of upfront expenses in that fund,” he told board members.
The line of credit will allow the county to handle the expenses until property tax revenue comes in.
The county is expecting $5.5 million in real estate taxes, according to figures from the current fiscal year budget. Those funds aren’t expected to be received by the county until after payment is due the building commission.
Funds for the loan will come from the county’s general fund and will be paid back to that fund.
The county attempted to bolster that fund in recent years, receiving approval for a small tax increase in 2013 that upped the levy for that fund. Marron told the board the fund is getting closer to having a balanced budget.
According to figures from the current county budget, the PSB Rent Fund has estimated revenues for the fiscal year at $11.1 million. Total estimated expenditures are listed at $11.8 million. The revenues are up from $10.7 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year while the expenditures are up from $11.06 million.

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Hairball at Palmer Arena in Danville

The ultimate tribute show, Hairball will be taking the stage at the David S. Palmer Arena on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience you won’t soon forget. A band puts on a concert-Hairball puts on an event! The lights, sound, smoke, fire, bombs, and screaming hoards of avid fans…to merely call it a concert would be like calling Mount Rushmore a roadside attraction! Van Halen, Queen, Prince, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Twisted Sister, Journey, Alice Cooper, AC/DC, Def Leppard and more!

Opening for Hairball will be special guests and area favorites, 90’s Daughter.

Tickets are $17.00 in Advance / $22 Day of Show and are on sale NOW!  (But tickets are on Special for $12 Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11 & 12).

All Tickets are General Admission and available at the Arena Box Office, or by calling 1-877-77CLICK.

For more information please contact Peter Blackmon at (217) 431-2424 or

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Hoopeston Hospital gets IDPH ‘stroke-ready’ disignation

According to Just the Facts, People in Vermilion and Iroquois Counties who experience stroke symptoms have access to assessment and treatment at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has recognized Carle Hoopeston’s stroke services by designating the facility as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital.  Emergent Stroke Ready Hospitals are hospitals that diagnose, treat and have an established process in place to transport acute stroke patients to a higher level of as as warranted.

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Iroquois County Board Report

According to the Paxton Record,

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Bowen to step down from Ford County Board

According to the Paxton Record, Two months after stepping aside as chairman of the Ford County Board, Rick Bowen made his intentions known Monday that he would be resigning from the board entirely in March.

“I’ve enjoyed working with all of you,” the 48-year-old Elliott resident told board members before handing his letter of resignation to Chairman Randy Berger. “I think I’ll miss it — maybe not the first couple months, but after I decompress and relax a little bit I’ll probably miss it.”

Bowen’s resignation from the board, effective following the March 8 meeting, comes just two months after he gave up the chairmanship to Berger — a position Bowen held for six years.

Also in December, Bowen was sworn in to another four-year term on the board.

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Village of Rankin notified of violations by IEPA

According to the Paxton Record, The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has notified the village of Rankin that its sanitary sewer plant is in violation of environmental laws and regulations.

In a letter dated Jan. 21 and addressed to Village Board President Aaron Warren, the IEPA said that an investigation by the IEPA found that the “discharge monitoring reports” for the sewer plant revealed effluent violations that were evident for several months in 2014.

Also, various documentation had never been submitted to the IEPA as required.

The IEPA requested a written response within 45 days.

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Vermilion County fills post after firing previous finance director

According to the News-Gazette, Vermilion County has hired an interim finance director to replace Nikki Bogart, who has filed a grievance with the county, claiming she was illegally fired from the position for political reasons.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron told The News-Gazette in an interview Tuesday that Bill Bucher, a Danville businessman, has been hired as finance director on an interim basis and started Monday. He said Bucher is being paid as an hourly employee.

“The future of the position is a little uncertain. We needed someone in there in the meantime to get things back up and running,” said Marron, who explained that the county will post the position and go through the standard hiring process in finding a permanent replacement.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Rauner eliminates ‘fair share’ union dues for state workers

According to the News-Gazette,

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