Iroquois County

Iroquois County landowners have until Sept. 5 to pay 2nd installment of taxes

WATSEKA — Landowners in Iroquois County have until Wednesday, Sept. 5, to pay the second installment of their 2017 real estate taxes without penalty.

After the deadline, 1 ½ percent interest will be charged per month on the second installment. The interest rate on the first installment, if still unpaid, will be 6 percent after Sept. 5.

Concerns raised over condition of park in Loda

LODA — Former village board member Roy Hilgendorf voiced concerns about the condition of the town’s park during last Wednesday’s board meeting.

Hilgendorf said that in the time he has been off the board, the park has gone downhill. He said he always kept the weeds pulled and kept it looking nice, with a village employee mowing it.

Danforth man dies in crash in Iroquois County

DANFORTH — A Danforth man died in a one-vehicle accident in Iroquois County on Tuesday.

Buckley trustees vote to hire temporary maintenance worker

BUCKLEY — Buckley Village Board members voted Monday night to allow village maintenance worker Donnie Miller to hire someone to help him do some work in town at a rate of $10 per hour for 20 hours per week for two weeks.

Miller had been off of work due to health reasons and is in need of help to get some things done.

Sunday's truck/tractor pull in Loda to be held in memory of its co-founder

LODA — It was over a couple of “cold beverages” that longtime friends Danny Starkey and Dwain Weber decided to start a truck and tractor pull in conjunction with the annual Loda Good Ole Days celebration. The two Loda men had been competing in such events around the area, and they thought it would make a nice addition to the three-day festival.

State EPA officials blame Lake Iroquois fish kill on 'lake turnover'

LAKE IROQUOIS — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency field staff believe naturally occurring “lake turnover” was to blame for thousands of fish dying at Lake Iroquois on a recent weekend, an agency spokesman said.

Loda official: Electricity at pavilion tampered with

LODA — Loda Village Board President Carol Arseneau said during the board’s monthly meeting last Wednesday that the electricity in the pavilion at the village park had been tampered with. Arseneau said she had not yet received any cost estimates back from the electricians she had contacted for bids to fix the electricity.

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Lake Iroquois done with cleanup after fish kill, now awaiting test results

LAKE IROQUOIS — Lake Iroquois officials still aren’t sure what caused the death of thousands of fish in the lake near Loda on a recent weekend.

However, after 2 1/2 days of cleanup, the lake — and its wildlife — appears to be returning to normal.

Loda library seeks candidates for part-time director

LODA  — The Loda Township Library is seeking candidates for part-time library director. 

The director will be the primary administrator of the library in Loda and be responsible for the basic organization and operation of the library.

Cleanup, testing continue after massive fish kill at Lake Iroquois

LAKE IROQUOIS — If there was a silver lining to last weekend’s massive fish kill at Lake Iroquois near Loda, it was that the 80-acre lake had not yet been stocked with new fish this year.

Thousands of fish were found dead Sunday morning — everything from carp to bass to catfish to walleye to crappies and blue gill.

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