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Policy enacted for honoring officials

March 23, 2019

KANKAKEE — The Kankakee County Board last week approved a policy for when to put up memorial bunting for officials who have died.

County Board chairman Andy Wheeler, R-Kankakee, had asked the board to develop guidelines so the county could be fair in its honors.

Under the new policy, memorial bunting would be placed on the main entrance of the county’s administration building for 10 working days to mark the passing of all current elected officials and all current and past county board chairmen and countywide elected officials.

For exceptions, a majority of the county board can petition the chairman to display the bunting for any current or former county employee or elected official.

The policy further states that county money cannot be used to buy memorial flowers. This is in compliance with the state constitution, which says public money can only be used for public purposes, according to the policy.

AGRITOURISM

Also at last week’s board meeting, members approved an ordinance that allows the granting of agritourism use permits in agricultural zones. Such permits can be for such things as wineries, microbreweries, hay rides, petting zoos, corn mazes and dude ranches.

Delbert Skimerhorn, the county’s zoning official, said Illinois is one of the only Midwestern states without a law on agritourism.

“Kankakee County recognizes that tourism here is related to the rural economy,” he said.

Representatives of the Kankakee County Farm Bureau and the Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau endorsed the ordinance.

“One of our greatest stories is the history of agriculture in Kankakee County,” said the bureau’s Kelsey McGrath. “As the world changes, it’s our job to keep up.”