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Barickman appointed to Senate leadership role

State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) will once again take on extra responsibilities as a part of the Senate Republican leadership team. He was appointed to the role of Assistant Republican Leader.

“It’s an honor to not only serve in the Senate, but to have the opportunity to play a bigger role in the legislative process,” said Sen. Barickman. “I would like to thank Leader Bill Brady for having the confidence and faith in my work to appoint me to his leadership team.”

Barickman has served in the Illinois Senate since 2013, after serving one term in the House. He was previously appointed to the Republican leadership team by former Leader Christine Radogno in 2017.

“Jason Barickman is a dedicated public servant and a proven leader who brings vital experience to the leadership team,” said Senate Republican leader Bill Brady. “As we begin working on the issues due to come before the General Assembly, I’m proud to serve with Jason.”

Barickman has also served in a number of leadership roles on committees, including as Republican Spokesperson for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as the Co-Chair of the bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission. Committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly are expected to be released soon.

“Our biggest task moving forward is to work with the new administration to find bipartisan agreement on a number of important issues,” said Barickman. “I believe we have the team in place to do just that.”

Senator Barickman resides in Bloomington with his wife, Kristin, and three young children.

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Congresswoman Kelly Nominates Local High School Students to Military Academies

Congresswoman Robin Kelly has nominated high school students from the 2nd Congressional District for admission to the three United States military academies.

“It’s with immense pride that I nominate these outstanding young men and women, knowing they will represent the 2nd Congressional District and our nation with honor and distinction,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “Through hard work, commitment and discipline, each has earned the opportunity to attend our nation’s finest military academies. I look forward to seeing them enter into the next generation of military leaders.”

Among the area nominees Rep. Kelly nominated for admission to the Class of 2023:

U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York:

Nicholas Castleberry of Bourbonnais

U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

Andrew Grzeskowiak of Peotone

U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland:

Chase LaRoche of Kankakee

Vaughn Studer of Kankakee

Keeley Schwada of Bourbonnais

Nehemiah Arriaga of Richton Park

Andrew Grzeskowiak of Peotone

Each academy will review the list of students nominated by the Congresswoman and select the finalists for admission as cadets.

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Funny money circulated in Kankakee County

A credit union in Bradley (IL) is warning residents and businesses about fake currency floating around the area. It looks strikingly real except for a couple key tipoffs that show the paper is prop money used in movies after a rash of similar incidents throughout the state.

Over the last couple weeks, Fieldstone Credit Union has received three fake bills. President Mark Baron said the fake cash looks realistic.

“For the most part, it looks like normal currency,” he said. “The photos of the president, the numbers at three corners, the serial numbers.”

Prop money that’s used in cinema is easily available online but carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years in prison if it’s used as real currency.

Baron said to look for a bill that feels odd. That’s one of the easiest ways to notice that you may have a phony note.

Read more: Funny money circulated in Kankakee County

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#9 School District hosting 'special meeting' Wednesday

The proposed consolidation of Watseka Unit #9 and Crescent-Iroquois school district #249 willbe discussed at aspecial Unit Nine meeting Wednesday evening.  The 6 pm meeting invites the public at the District #9 Office, just west of Watseka on Route 24.

The presentation will include consolidation materials for questions and discussion.  A Feasibility Study was completed outling the current situation for the school boards. The meeting is an opportunity for the public to digest information and make its best decision at the April 2 election.

The study included Student Impact... Staffing...Current Facilities....Proposed Taxes... and Transportation assessments.

The respective Boards of Education for Unit Nine and District #249 are disseminating info for voters to decide.

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KCC Board set to vote on president

The two finalists for the president position of Kankakee Community College will be present for a vote Wednesday, the KCC Board expected to choose who will replace retiring-President John Avendano. A special board meeting is scheduled for noon.

The two finalists met with the public last week, both explained their vision for the community college and thoughts on the position.

The finalists, announced a few weeks ago, include Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan and Michael Boyd, of Manteno. Boyd is KCC’s vice president of instruction and student success.

Avendano retires effective June 30th.

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