- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received a donation of 70 acres of land in Iroquois County to go toward establishing the proposed Grand Kankakee Marsh Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

The (Kankakee) Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1KrICYX ) that the land comes from Friends of the Kankakee.

John Rogner is a wildlife refuge landscape conservation coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife Service. He says the land is a small part of the proposed 30,000-acre refuge along the Kankakee in Indiana and Illinois. Rogner says work right now is focusing on the Illinois portion of the proposed refuge.

There is opposition to the proposal. Kankakee County planning director Van Mill says there are worries about loss of potential for development, loss of property rights and loss of a tax base.

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Information from: The Daily Journal, https://www.daily-journal.com

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