A Vintage Christmas was the theme for the 2015 Christmas Parade in Watseka Friday evening. Despite the rainy weather, the annual Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored parade attracted a friendly crowd along the route.
The parade entry winners:
Best Children's Unit = Girl Scout Troop # 2075
Best Walking Unit = Diamond in the Rough
Best Use of Theme/Float "VINTAGE CHRISTMAS"= Watseka Park District
Best Use of Lights = Slow Boys Tractor Club
Best Decorated Emergency Vehicle = Watseka Fire Dept.
Miss Snowflake winner, Mylee Valentine and Mister Snowflake, Landon Shaw, welcomed Santa Claus during the parade route. Mylee is the 6-year-old daughter of Mike & Marcy Valentine. Landon is the 7-year-old son of Cora Senesac.
Kankakee Community College president Dr. John Avendano says "it's tragic what's happening across the state right now."
Illinois' budget problem has forced Kankakee Community College to cut some programs, downgrade staff and leave vacant positions unfilled.
The community college was set to receive $7 million from the state this fiscal year but hasn't received a penny because of the budget standoff. That's the case for all public colleges and universities in Illinois.
Avendano said "It's impacting people's lives and economic welfare. Even if a budget is passed, we are not expecting to receive any money during this fiscal year."
The changes will go into effect in January.
The KCC Adult Education program, Child Development program and Athletics will be impacted. So will the Commercial Driver's License Training and the Massage Therapy program.
The ALIVE Literacy and Baby Talk programs will be on hold until state funding becomes available.
The college also will reduce its adult education and athletic programs. Adult education classes will only be offered at the North Extension Center in Bradley and Riverfront Campus in Kankakee. The number of classes will be reduced as well.
Watseka Police Chief Roger Lebeck is announcing his pending retirement, effective January 11th. Lebeck has served the city police department as chief for the last 11 years. He'll end 27 years in law enforcement.
Mayor Bob Harwood says an interim chief will likely be named as the search for a new leader will get underway.