Final hearing heldon LaSalle zoning
STREATOR - About 150 people attended a final township hearing in LaSalle County to say whether they think the county should have zoning rules.
The issue will be decided in January if it is not held up by referendum.
Don Kaminky, the Somonauk board member who heads the zoning committee, said the issue of a referendum will be brought before the full County Board. Board Chairman Glen "Joe" Dougherty earlier said a referendum is not needed to proceed with zoning.
LaSalle County is the only county in the northern half of the state without zoning. Members of the conservative LaSalle County Landowners Association have fought zoning since it became an issue several years ago.
Proponents of county-wide zoning have supported the measure as a means to protect the northeast part of the county from urban sprawl from the Chicago area and to keep developments near existing city services.
BroMenn workers give to United Way
NORMAL - BroMenn Healthcare System employees pledged or gave nearly $66,000 to the McLean County United Way. The BroMenn organization matched employee donations with a check presented to Lyn Hruska, executive director of the American Red Cross.
The "two-for-one" campaign's original goal was $50,000. Employees gave $22,000 more than last year.
The Red Cross donation will be used to help victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Twin City Jayceeswin statewide honors
BLOOMINGTON - The Bloomington-Normal Jaycees have won statewide honors for their leadership and membership achievements.
The chapter was named the state's Membership Chapter of the Quarter, while board members Brent Lee and Katy Griesemer each received the Presidential Award of Honor.
POLICE, FIRE, RESCUE
2 firefighters hurt athouse fire in Colfax
COLFAX - Two firefighters suffered minor injuries in a fire that damaged or destroyed several rooms of a two-story house Monday evening on Colfax's east side.
Fire Chief Lou Saunier declined to give any details about the type or cause of the injuries in the fire at a home in the 400 block of East Fifer Street. The fire damaged the upper bedroom and upper portion of a laundry room, destroyed a bathroom and closet and caused heavy smoke damage, he said.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation Tuesday afternoon.
Saunier said he thinks a woman and a grade-school age boy lived in the home. He did not have the name of the homeowner.
The fire was under control after about 45 minutes, Saunier said, and firefighters left by about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Between 20 and 30 firefighters represented departments from Colfax, Anchor, Cropsey, Cooksville, Arrowsmith, Towanda and Lexington, he said.
Setting it right
Senior Clipboard - The Normal Community Activity Center's Christmas festivities will be at noon Dec. 22. The date was wrong in Tuesday's Senior Clipboard.