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Mayor to Appoint to Board of Fire and Police Com. brother of Ret. Police Chief Kinkade

City Council:
Tuesday 9-4-2012 at 7 p.m.

Kidding? Nope, not kidding.

In Review: The Mayor gets to choose an appointee. Then the Aldermen get to vote with their constituents in mind, saying yea or nay.

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Fecal Matters and [Cash]* Flow

City of Kankakee “Flush Fund”

by Chopped Salad

Posted by
Sept. 4, 2012 12:46 p.m.

Residents of Kankakee who move to a different residence also located in Kankakee are being charged an increased rate of $57 per month for sewer and garbage (instead of the $45.50 they were paying). This charge continues 3 to 13 months, depending. Continue reading

Mayor withdraws appointment of brother of retired Police Chief to Board of Fire and Police

Update 9-5-2012
(See 9-4-2012 article)
(See City of Kankakee Invents “Quorum of Two”)

Thanks to the quick investigative work of Kankakee Alderman Cheryl Jones of Ward #2, Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein withdrew her appointment September 4, 2012, of retired Police Chief Kinkade’s brother to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Continue reading

First Energy Solutions Corp. violates their contract; City of Kankakee disregards* the violations

Deadline to Opt-Out: Friday June 22

Public Scribe quill and ink

Posted by staff | News & Opinion June 16, 2012, 6:30 a.m.

The City of Kankakee’s choice for our electricity municipal aggregation program, First Energy Solutions Corp. (FES), forgot to provide accessible ways to opt-out of their program as required in their contract. And let’s be honest about this: the City of Kankakee forgot to care!

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Illinois Commerce Commission resolves customer/utility disputes

Posted by staff Jun 17, 2012

The Illinois Commerce Commission Consumer Services Division provides educational information on utility issues, resolves customer/utility disputes and develops rules on utility service and consumer protection.

You can talk with a representative by calling toll-free 1-800-524-0795. Or complete the online form.

Although ICC does not have regulatory power over private energy suppliers, they will work with you and a private energy supplier to settle disputes.

Wait, so how much is my electric bill?

CFM recycling

Michael Sewall, New Lenox Patch

Decreased rates and increased taxes had some readers’ heads spinning.

Starting this month, utility tax increases approved by the village [of New Lenox] go into effect, and they’re expected to add about $70 in annual costs for the average resident.

But didn’t we just get lower electricity rates? Continue reading »

North Aurora residents to pay less for electricity

Board not considering offer of “grants back”
“smell to it”

Daily Herald By Susan Sarkauskas | Article updated 7/18/2011 11:04 PM
North Aurora residents will pay about 25 percent less for their electricity starting this fall. continue reading »

UPDATE: Mr. Jensen withdraws request for crematorium permit

Posted by staff Jan 17, 2012

Kraftdale residents were shocked by the news earlier tonight that Mr. Jensen withdrew his request for a crematorium permit.

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Why voting again on Crematorium?

Weathered crematory in Russel Jensen's skeleton of a warehouse for two years 2450 Grinnell Rd, Kankakee, IL ( images)At the June 20, 2011 City Council meeting, the Council defeated Mr. Jensen’s request for a permit to operate a crematorium by defeating the motion to place the item on its second reading. Continue reading

Zoned Out: Pig farm in your backyard?

Public Scribe quill with ink

Posted by staff9:07 a.m. Jan 16, 2012.

Last week, Eric Sadler, Kankakee County Zoning and Development Coordinator, was asked by Kraftdale homeowner Randy Knickerbocker to review a permit request approved by the City of Kankakee Planning Board.

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Why did Aldermen change their votes and minds?

Next City Council Meeting January 17, 2012 with public comment on the record: Sign up to speak by 6:45 p.m.

Posted by staff7:35 p.m. Jan 13, 2012.

These two Alderman, against Mr. Jensen’s Crematorium project since the issue came to the Planning Board nearly one year ago, suddenly had a change of heart at the Jan. 3 meeting: Continue reading

Who’s telling the truth: Dennis Baron or Russel Jensen?

Scales of Justice

Posted by staff4:12 p.m. Jan 14, 2012.

Alderman Dennis Baron’s law firm Deck & Baron is the Corporate Agent for Brown Funeral Home of Manteno, LTD where Mr. Russel Jensen is part-owner. Continue reading

Crematorium: The Burning Issues

Russel Jensen's warehouse and weathered crematory Dec. 2011

Posted by 11:30 a.m. Jan 15, 2012
After 5½ years of garbage, 6-foot weeds,
rotting particle board, scattered car parts and a boat,
can this business change to a good neighbor?

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Funeral Home uses Cremation Alternative

by ABC Action News

The idea came from Scotland, the brainchild of biochemist Sandy Sullivan. Sullivan designed a machine that dissolves the body without using fire.  more»

Cook County joins sales tax battle against Kankakee and Channahon

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Cook County joins sales tax battle against Kankakee and Channahon

Watchdog Group: Quinn Weakens State Freedom Of Information Act With New Provisions

Pat Quinn, IL Governor State of IL, website image bought and paid for by the taxpayers of IL

Huff Post Chicago First Posted: 8/29/11
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law Friday that gives government entities a longer time period to respond to requests for public records, despite a previous pledge to make such records more accessible and the open records process more transparent. continue–>

Sales Tax Lawsuits | overview Chicago Tonight | WTTW

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Small Town
When you do not stand up
when government and power
retaliate to shut you up,
when you cower under cover,
never speaking up,
you become the attacker,
you give government power
to attack another and another.
You are attacked because
the person before you cowered.
The next is attacked because of you.
So on your feet!
Do not whisper,
do not hide pretending
you do not see,
speak out, loud, here, now,
like you live in America,
before it’s gone.
Joanie Liesenfelt
October 3, 2013
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“Nobody home!
Steal My Plumbing!
Trash Me!”
Posted by 6-2-2013
Most street-wise people know not to be a victim of crime. Never flash a large roll of cash or open a very full wallet in plain site. Avoid bragging about your Mercedes out in the lot. Avoid certain neighborhoods at all times. Avoid others at peak crime hours. Don’t pick fights in bars. Carry a real police whistle. Carry pepper spray.
These hints aren’t anything new. Criminals needn’t be the brightest bulbs in the lamp to victimize people successfully. Following the hints buys you an edge.
Protecting yourself is frequently straight-forward. Protecting property may be a tad more complex. But, again, basic cautions are simple, particularly when protecting, say, your house.
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