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KCC celebrates cutting edge technology with new ATEC Center

Kankakee Community College officials, friends and business leaders gathered (Wed) to celebrate the newest addition to its riverfront campus --- Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC).

The KCC Board of Trustees was recognized for its vision and leadership in making such a tremendous addition to the campus happen. President Dr. John Avendano and incoming President Michael Boyd were introduced as leaders and visionaries for KCC’s future.

Avendano told the audience about the great ride it’s been to make this ATEC a reality. Avendano talked about the KCC journey and the leader the college has become.

The long journey, he said, makes so many people proud..........

Professor Tim Wilhelm, many say, was the true pilot of the program at KCC. His leadership and direction has molded students to handle the solar & wind future.

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Iroquois County: Jerry Pintelon convicted of aggravated battery, aggravated discharge of firearm

                                     Re-trial brings same result

An Iroquois County jury (Wednesday) returned a guilty verdict against Jerry Pintelon for aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm. The 29-year-old former Watseka resident faces a 6-30 year prison term for the class 1 felonies.

Judge James Kinzer set sentencing for May 20.

The case stemmed from an August 2015 shooting in a residential neighborhood on E. Ash Street in Watseka. Pintelon, according to prosecutors, was agitated with neighbors when he fired a handgun at a group of people assembled in the front yard of his neighbors. Kylie Schwartz was hit three times, testifying for the state as a key witness.

Pintelon admitted being upset with his neighbors for party activity with alleged alcohol and drugs. But the defendant’s defense claimed someone else was the shooter.

{ “We’re certainly pleased with the verdict and happy with the service of the jury,” said Iroquois County States Attorney James Devine. "It was a long week, long week for everyone: the witnesses, the lawyers, the judge and certainly the jury, so we appreciate the service they gave to Iroquois County. ” }

Assistant S-A Alex O’Brien pointed to key witnesses during the trial. Defense attorney Ron Boyer tried telling the jury ‘poor police work, failing to talk to other neighbors, led to the wrong person being arrested.

The trial was the second go-around. A jury convicted Pintelon in May of 2018 for the same charges, while returning a ‘not guilty’ verdict for attempted murder.
But a judicial error, a mistake in the courtroom, led to a successful defense motion for a new trial.

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GAH: $2M fundraising campaign under way

The Gibson Area Hospital Foundation is well underway with its fundraising campaign for a major expansion. A $2-million dollar campaign was blessed with $50,000 donations from CEO Rob Schmitt and his wife and the Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary.

In total, $638,830 has been raised so far in pledged donations from hospital donors, a little more than a quarter of the fundraising goal.

The $12.5 million project, the largest in the hospital’s history, involves the construction of a three-story medical office building on the site of its north-side parking lot. The building will be connected to the rest of the hospital and will be the site of family practice and primary care.

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Watseka awarded $5-million DNR buy-out grant

Flood victims in Watseka will finally get some of the mitigation help local officials have been waiting on.

Several months of negotiations with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have been finalized, according to Watseka Mayor John Allhands.

A $5-million dollar grant offers a voluntary buy-out allowing residents with substantially- flood damaged homes to sell their property at a pre-flood value. The city would then buy the property thru the grant process.

Allhands reports it’ll be a two-phase process --- owner-occupied homes get first priority, then the second phase is rental properties.

Many of the eligible property owners have been notified by letters mailed. Appraisals will be completed followed by negotiations with property owners.

The mayor explained the city will need to incur initial expenses, then the city is reimbursed thru the grant. He said there’s several people in the community that’ve had to suffer thru flood after flood. This, he said, will finally offer a fresh start.

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Tax Freedom Day arrives

Yesterday was Tax Freedom Day across America. The Tax Foundation estimates how long taxpayers would have to work to pay off their annual tax bill and marks the occasion. Taxpayers in Illinois would have to work until the 26th of April to pay off their total tax bills.

A pro-progressive tax group has released more commercials that will run statewide to convince Illinoisans and their lawmakers to support a graduated income tax. Think Big Illinois announced three new ads Tuesday that are set to run on radio and television in markets across the state. They say a progressive tax that takes higher percentages of a wealthier person's income is fairer than the flat tax the state currently has.

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