Edgar Co. Local Governments owe the State over $166,000 in overpaid PPRT –

Edgar County, IL. (ECWd) –

The local governments in Edgar County owed the State of Illinois a total of $166,119.51 in overpayments the state made with the personal property replacement tax back in 2014.

A list of all Edgar County overpayments are below, with the School Districts, City of Paris, and County governments making up the majority of the overpayments.

There is no schedule for repayment to the state at this time.

Edgar                               EDGAR COUNTY 0231010023 20,238.31
Edgar BROCTON VILLAGE 0232400010 262.34
Edgar CHRISMAN CITY 0232400016 1,149.74
Edgar HUME VILLAGE 0232400038 55.67
Edgar KANSAS VILLAGE 0232400040 225.61
Edgar METCALF VILLAGE 0232400051 273.15
Edgar PARIS CITY 0232400063 22,667.65
Edgar REDMON VILLAGE 0232400070 24.87
Edgar VERMILION VILLAGE 0232400089 46.00
Edgar BROUILLETTS CREEK TOWNSHIP 0233020010 144.34
Edgar BUCK TOWNSHIP 0233020012 104.68
Edgar EDGAR TOWNSHIP 0233020025 323.63
Edgar ELBRIDGE TOWNSHIP 0233020027 929.25
Edgar EMBARRASS TOWNSHIP 0233020029 104.68
Edgar GRANDVIEW TOWNSHIP 0233020033 85.74
Edgar HUNTER TOWNSHIP 0233020038 46.00
Edgar KANSAS TOWNSHIP 0233020040 495.43
Edgar PARIS TOWNSHIP 0233020063 2,574.50
Edgar PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP 0233020068 229.76
Edgar ROSS TOWNSHIP 0233020073 714.04
Edgar SHILOH TOWNSHIP 0233020077 206.35
Edgar STRATTON TOWNSHIP 0233020082 159.95
Edgar SYMMES TOWNSHIP 0233020084 303.55
Edgar YOUNG AMERICA TOWNSHIP 0233020095 456.09
Edgar BROCTON FPD 0235100082 129.87
Edgar CHRISMAN FPD 0235100131 400.10
Edgar HUME FPD 0235100322 93.13
Edgar KANSAS FPD 0235100336 311.02
Edgar METCALF FPD 0235100434 133.94
Edgar PARIS FPD 0235100533 1,998.13
Edgar PARIS-UNION UNIT SCH 95 0237250950 35,496.18
Edgar SHILOH CUSD  1 0237260010 25,175.03
Edgar KANSAS CUSD 3 0237260030 7,024.88
Edgar PARIS CUSD 4 0237260040 14,682.31
Edgar EDGAR COUNTY CUSD 6 0237260060 17,032.98
Edgar BROUILLETS CRK TWP RD & BRIDGE 0239020010 205.61
Edgar BUCK TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020012 102.40
Edgar EDGAR TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020025 581.57
Edgar ELBRIDGE TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020027 2,072.33
Edgar EMBARRASS TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020029 394.90
Edgar GRANDVIEW TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020033 158.07
Edgar HUNTER TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020038 154.42
Edgar KANSAS TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020040 634.65
Edgar PARIS TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020063 4,008.44
Edgar PRAIRIE TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020068 264.61
Edgar ROSS TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020073 1,028.73
Edgar SHILOH TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020077 600.11
Edgar STRATTON TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020082 272.42
Edgar SYMMES TWP ROAD & BRIDGE 0239020084 308.01
Edgar YOUNG AMERICA TWP RD & BRIDGE 0239020095 1,034.34


Kansas, Grandview, Buck Township Property Tax Relief

Edgar Co. (ECWd) –

The Multi-township board made up of Kansas, Grandview, and Buck Townships held their board meeting yesterday.  One of the key items on the agenda was the passage of the tax levy for next year.

Next year’s levy was reduced by 10% in order to bring property tax paying citizens some relief in a time when most public bodies continue to raise taxes.

The Multi-Township Board is made up with the Township Supervisors and Clerks of each township, thus creating a 6 member board.

Considering there is no elected assessor for this Multi-Township, the only purpose of this public body is to tax property owners so that they can pay the county to do the assessments, hire an accountant for the annual filing requirements for the State Comptroller, attorney fees, and insurance.

I have tried for years to abolish this mandated public body as each Township can take care of these matters on their own, which would eliminate the need for another accounting, attorney, and insurance bill.  It would also reduce the burden on the County Clerk’s office as well as the State Comptroller.

If the Governor wants to shake things up I suggest working towards eliminating all Multi-Township public bodies!

For those that don’t follow or understand the impact of a  property tax levy on their pocket book, let me outline the Tax Levy system for Kansas Township, which has a population of 1003 people.

The following tax levies are passed by local government for 1003 people in Kansas Township.

  • School District
  • Fire Protection District, consisting of Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance levy’s.
  • Township
  • Library
  • Cemetery
  • General Road Fund
  • Permanent Road Fund
  • Construction and Repair of Bridges Fund
  • Village
  • Multiple Drainage Districts

That list makes up over 12 separate levies to govern the needs of 1003 people covering 47 square miles.  The law says they can increase their levy as much as 5% from the previous year without a truth in taxation hearing, provided they are not at their maximum limited by law.  Most take advantage of that extra 5% increase each year because the people will pay their tax bill and grumble at the coffee shops but do nothing to stop this madness.

Keep in mind that this list is only the local government list!  It does not account for other taxes on your tax bill such as the Lakeland Community College tax that is now reported to increase 24%!

Just think about that list for a second or two and imagine what happens to your wallet if each and every one of them increased their levy 5% each year.  Many of them do so and simply say it’s not that much for each person.  No, not when you only look at ONE of them doing it.  Add them all up and it’s no wonder we see so many people struggling in this community and this state.

The Kansas Township Board has not voted to increase their township and Cemetery levy in years, and we know the Rescue levy for the Fire Department is going to be dropped next year.  Now with a Multi-township reducing the levy by 10%, maybe the rest of the public bodies can can start the trend of property tax relief for their residents.



Kansas, IL. House Fire –

Kansas, IL. (ECWd) –

Shortly before 10:00 a.m. today, Sep 15, 2015, the Kansas Fire Department was called to a house fire on the east end of town on Jefferson Street.

Further information will be provided if we receive it.



Catastrophic Grain Bin Collapse West of Kansas, IL. –


UPDATE: More pics…

There was a catastrophic grain “barn” collapse just West of Kansas, IL. this afternoon.

NO injuries reported!

Will report more when we get it.


Kansas, IL weathered strong storms (pics) –


Kansas, Illinois was hit by a strong storm last night (8-25-2014) that packed strong damaging winds. Power was out for several hours and was all restored by 8:00 a.m. this morning.

Downed trees and lots of field corn blown over along the highway…

Here are some pictures I took at around 3:00 p.m. today.

Kansas Fire Protection District brings home the trophy!


Ashmore Days was celebrated today with a Parade and festivities at the park to include the annual Fire Department Water Ball fights.

Fire departments  from all over the area were represented in the double elimination tournament. They included, Ashmore FPD, Seven Hickory FPD, Westfield FPD, Martinsville FPD, Oakland FPD, and Kansas FPD.

The Kansas team entered into the final match undefeated and in order to be beat the opposing team from Oakland would have to beat them twice. Oakland was victorious in the first round however Kansas once again showed their dominance in the final battle and took first place.

Oakland had two teams represented and they managed to fill the second and third place slots!

Congratulations to Kansas Fire Protection District for their first place victory and thanks to all those hard working volunteer’s that do so much for so little in their communities!  The event was a true example of mutual cooperation and teamwork!

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Kansas School District gets free George Washington Portrait


A few weeks ago, the Kansas School District Superintendent, Mr. Chris Long, requested a portrait from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, and Gardens. When he received it, he was pleasantly surprised. Large enough to hang on a wall and beautifully framed! The package also included a suggested lesson plan and a United States flag. It arrived just in time for the classroom that was learning about George Washington.


Copied from the George Washington Portrait Project:

As commander in chief of the Continental Army, George Washington led our nation to independence. As president of the Constitutional Convention, he presided over the creation of our new instrument of government. And, as the first president of the United States, he led our country through the early, turbulent years of nationhood. George Washington’s leadership, character and civic responsibility remain examples to follow today.

Now you and your students can celebrate Washington’s character, leadership, and accomplishments by hanging a beautifully-framed replica of Rembrandt Peale’s Porthole Portrait of George Washington. It is specially sized (30”x 36”) to take a place of honor in your school’s central office, library, or auditorium. Accompanying the portrait will be a George Washington Celebration Kit with suggested activities to commemorate the portrait’s dedication, as well as suggested lesson plans for classroom use.

Mount Vernon continues its crusade to send a free copy of Rembrandt Peale’s Porthole Portrait of George Washington to schools all across the county. How do you get a free portrait for you school? It’s easy. All you need is a signed letter from your principal. For an example letter, portrait-related activities and more see Mount Vernon’s portrait website.

There is plenty of good information on their website, and to get a free portrait for your school, have your principal or superintendent fill out a letter requesting one, sample letter found on this page , and send it in.

It can’t get any easier than that.




Guilty Plea – Class 4 Felony


Cole Lewis, one of the “Kansas 6”, has entered a plea of Guilty in a Class 4 felony of Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm.

This was a negotiated deal, the two Class 1 felonies of Home Invasion and Residential Burglary were not pursued.

He was sentenced to a $500 fine plus court costs, restitution in the amount of $3821 (joint and several with 5 codefendants), 40 hours of community service, 2 years probation, 90 days in jail (no time served, no good time credit), testimony, and bond forfeiture (to pay for DNA, court fees, probation fees, and restitution).

 The other 5 have court dates as follows:

Quinton Inman – pretrial set for 9-24-2012

Inman also plead guilty to a DUI in Coles County earlier this year:
ASA Danley prst. Deft prst w/Matthews. Deft enters vol guilty plea 12-dt-15. Pursuant to agrmt. In 12-dt-15, deft ordered placed on 2 yrs jud sup, ordered to pay fine $275 plus cc, ordered to pay $100 Trauma Fee, ordered to pay $750 Subsection f Fine (CPD), ordered to pay $100 PD fee, ordered to perform 150 hrs csw w/100 hrs to be completed w/in 1st yr. ordered to pay and undergo alc trmt lvl 1, ordered to attend DUI TSS, and ordered to pay any fee associated with attending DUI TSS. You are ordered to attend the DUI supervision group meeting as directed by court services within the next 30 days. POC 03/19/13 at 9 am. Deft ordered to appear. DUI TSS, 100 hrs csw and Alc Trmt to be completed by the 1 yr date. Remaining 50 hrs csw & all costs to be paid by the 2 year date. POC 03/18/14 at 9 am. Deft ordered to appear. Deft ordered to report to PO. Deft ordered to report to CCO. Bond ordered invaded and applied

Cameron Minor – pretrial set for 9-24-2012

Dillon Armes – pretrial set for 10-1-2012

Colin Hunter – Negotiated Plea set for 10-1-2012

Caleb Hunter – Negotiated Plea set for 10-1-2012

3 more Kansas teens in Court –


Two more of the “Kansas 6″ were back in court on July 12, 2012 at the Edgar County Courthouse.

Cole Lewis appeared in June 14 with a pretrial date set for July 26, 2012 at 9 A.M.

Caleb Hunter and Collin Hunter appeared, with council:

All the defendants:

– waived their right to a preliminary hearing.

– entered a plea of Not Guilty with the demand of a Jury Trial

– the Hunters are scheduled to appear on August 30, 2012 at 9 A.M. for a Pretrial Hearing.

State to furnish discovery by 8-23-12. Defense to furnish discovery by 9-6-12.



3 Kansas Teens Back In Court Today


Three of the “Kansas 6” were back in court today at the Edgar County Courthouse.

Dillon Armes, Quinton Inman, and Cameron Minor all appeared, with council, before Judge Matt Sullivan today.

All the defendants:

– waived their right to a preliminary hearing.

– entered a plea of Not Guilty with the demand of a Jury Trial

– are scheduled to appear on August 20, 2012 at 2 P.M. for a Pretrial Hearing.


UPDATE: “Kansas 6” in Court


Three of the “Kansas 6” had their first appearance in court today. We first broke this story with these articles.

Dillon Armes appeared with council and was assigned a preliminary hearing for July 9, 2012 – He remains in custody.

Quinton Inman appeared with council and was assigned a June 21, 2012 pretrial date to consider a bond reduction motion. He was also assigned a preliminary hearing date of July 9, 2012, at 1:30 P.M. – He remains in custody.

Cameron Minor appeared with council. A bond reduction hearing was performed with defense calling several witnesses and requesting a bond reduction to $5000. State’s Attorney argued that the allegations of the case should keep the bond the same. The Judge ruled in favor of reducing the bond to $12,000 (10%) with the stipulation that Mr. Minor may enter Vigo County, Indiana for employment purposes. All other conditions remain the same as original bond. He remains in custody pending payment of 10% ($1200) of the bond set.

It was stated in court that the individuals allegedly wore black face masks while allegedly commiting the acts charged. 


Check back for more updates as they become available.

6 Kansas Teens arrested – Home Invasion

Six Kansas teenagers have been charged with multiple felony charges in connection with an April 29th home invasion, beating, and burglary in Kansas, IL. Arrest warrants were issued on May 30, 2012 and the following charges were filed:

The suspects charged with Home Invasion (Class X Felony), Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony), and Agravated Battery (Class 3 Felony) are:
17-year old Dillon Armes (Charleston)
17-year old Caleb Hunter (Kansas)
19-year old Quinton Inman (Kansas)

They also have $30,000 bond (10%), 9pm-6am curfew, and no contact with unrelated co-defendants.

The suspects charged with Conspiracy to Commit -Home Invasion (Class 1 Felony), Residential Burglary (Class 2 Felony), and Agravated Battery (Class 4 Felony) are:
17-year old Colin Hunter (Kansas)
18-year old Cole Lewis (Kansas)
19-year old Cameron Minor (Kansas)

They also have $20,000 bond (10%), 9pm-6am curfew, no contact with unrelated co-defendants.

The Hunters, Minor and Lewis posted bond with a court date of June 18, 2012
Inman remains in custody with a court date of June 18, 2012
Minor remains in custody with a court date of June 7, 2012

Dillon Armes has not yet turned himself in nor has he been apprehended.


We first reported on this story about 4 weeks ago which can be found at this link:


UPDATE: Home invasion and beating


Late this afternoon, the watchdogs have learned the Edgar County Sheriff Department has officially assumed (as of today) the investigation of the home invasion and beating in Kansas, Illinois. Apparently the Sheriff received the same hand written letter that was sent to the Kansas Village board members.

We will try to keep you updated as the situation progresses.

Home Invasion and Beating in Kansas, Illinois


There was a home invasion and beating in Kansas, Illinois last week. The victim identified 3 of the 5 or 6 perpetrators (who are all between 17 and 19 years old). The city police officer, Gary Cash, has done nothing to effect an arrest. Some village members wrote a 4 page hand written letter to every member of the village board.  Letter is below (I redacted the names of 3 people named at the end of the letter). 

If anyone has any information that could lead to the arrest of the individuals involved, please call our tipline and leave a message.



Members of the town board:

This beating that has occurred in our small town must be addressed. Our village is largely made up of elderly who live alone and now live in fear in their own homes.

How is it a group of 18 year old boys are able to basically “call the shots”.  Some of these boys are no stranger to trouble and my children say they have made comments at school, more or less bragging about the incident. One boy has an injured hand, which seems a little too coincidental.

Why must the remainder of us and our children be afraid to speak out while these boys are rather proud of themselves.

I cannot imagine being held down and beaten, nor can I imagine receiving a phone call from my child, the thought sickens me.  As parents, put yourselves in that position.

A small article was in the times courier which made the incident seem very small.  Gary Cash is a nice man but has no authority, nor does he care.  He basically likes to hear himself talk.  He should never have been gone this past week.  If it was one of your family members how would you like to be put off?

If this group of boys are not involved we need to find out who is.  This sort of thing will continue until someone takes a stand to stop this.  No one should be overcome by five males.

Who’s next, 3 NAMES REDACTED – the list could go on forever.  We have enough low life in town.  Please get to the bottom of this.  Some of us parents want to call in the state police soon if nothing is done.

I cannot sign my name.  I have children attending Kansas Schools and they are afraid, rightfully so.

Reward Offered

From the United States Postal Service:

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the vandalized/destroyed mailboxes in the Kansas area during the evening of Sunday, January 15, 2012. Related story here.



Checking your mail? Beware!

According to reports there has been two separate incidents in which an explosive device was placed in mail boxes in both Edgar and Clark Counties.

Two nights in a row there have been mail boxes blown up by what appears to be homemade bombs.  Sunday night just north of Kansas Township and then again Monday night south of Kansas Township just across the county line into Clark County.

Watchdogs discovered potential evidence left at the scene of the southern explosion in the form of shredded duct tape at the scene and reported it to authorities. 

Contact with the Edgar County Sheriff’s office confirmed they were not notified on the Clark County explosion, which is where the shredded duct tape was found at the base of the mail box post. 

North of town a new mail box has already been installed. 

Speaking with the rural carrier we confirmed that no one contacted the post office to let them know what was happening on their postal route. 

I don’t know about others but if I was the mailman I would appreciate knowing about a potential risk from explosive devices placed in the mail box, as did our rural carrier when we informed him of the events.

Destroying a mailbox, with or without mail in it, is a federal crime. Additionally, a perpetrator may also be charged under both state and federal laws concerning the illegal possession and use of explosive devices.

Is this a common occurence across the country????





As we gather more information we will keep you posted.