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Donate blood with the Red Cross to support organ transplant patients and others needing blood

October is Liver Awareness Month

During Liver Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and platelets to support liver transplant patients and others needing blood products.

Liver transplants are the second most common type of transplant with more than 6,000 performed in the U.S. each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery.

To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Cissna Park
10/7/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cissna Park Elementary/Jr. High School, 511 N. Second


10/1/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
10/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.
10/8/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
10/15/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive

10/6/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive
10/15/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Farmer's Market/Dearborn Square, S Schyuler Avenue & E Merchant Street


10/5/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Church of God, 535 S Bowman Ave
10/7/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Watchfire Signs, 1015 Maple St
10/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., CrossRoads Christian Church, 3613 North Vermilion Street

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Iroquois County MABAS urges caution, preparation during harvest

MABAS 37 IN Iroquois County...the firefighters Mutual Aid Box Alarm System...is asking farmers to be safe, alert and more-prepared as the Fall harvest continues.

Members of the Eastern Illinois Mutual Fire Aid Association advise that farmers can help in the event emergency situations arise. Property owners and farmers should have combines equipped with initial response tools in the event of a combine fire. An attached tillage tool is an obvious help in the event of a field fire.

Trucks and tractors should be equipped with fire extinguishers and a 5-gallon pressurized water extinguisher onboard combines are a big help.

Also, should that fire or smoke erupt, move that equipment and notify 9-1-1. Don't wait or investigate. Instead, get the fire department on the move.

Mutual Aid Association President Jeff Glenn also suggests that field workers know there whereabouts, be aware of the county coordinates to help with directions for responders.

The SAFETY REMINDER comes as dry, windy conditions develop during the harvest.

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Firefighting training hurt by lack of state budget

Firefighters are feeling the burn of the state's budget impasse. A training program is temporarily suspended at the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Officials say 100 training classes are postponed until a state budget is approved. The Cornerstone program offers courses on fighting fires, safety and vehicle use.

Officials say it could take up to a year for the training classes to come back.

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Kankakee School District #111 needs to cut

Kankakee school district #111 officials are considering closing the Aroma Park Elementary school and eliminating six teaching positions as a move to save the district $3.5 million dollars.

The board is expected to vote on cuts and cost-reductions next month. The district is dealing with a $6 million deficit.

The proposed cuts were aired during a public budget forum at Lincoln Cultural Center Monday. Also presented was an online survey asking parents to rate what programs they value most about the district, including preschool, summer school, social workers and librarians.

The district hasn't had a balanced budget since 2012. In 2013, the state began scaling back what it gives Kankakee schools, which have lost $12 million since then.  State aid makes up more than 51 percent of the district's $64 million budget.

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Gilman mourns death of former Mayor Price

Lyle Price was a four-term mayor in the city of Gilman. But he wasn't just the city administrator. He was a friend to all and a devoted civic leader.

The community is mourning the death of Lyle Price. He died Saturday at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Lyle Price was 71.

Price served as Mayor of Gilman from 1993 thru 2009. City officials say Lyle reached out to everyone community-wide.

Lyle owned and operated Price's Barbershop for 49 years, starting the business with his cousin Bill Price in 1966. The barbershop has been home-base for so many pranks, wild stories and just good-old friends.

Lyle was a U.S. Postal Carrier in Gilman for 37 years, a proud member of the Gilman Fire Department, and co-founded the Slow Boys Tractor Club. The Slow Boys Club has taken a lead role in the every-five-year Gilman Old Boys & Girls Reunion. Lyle served as Grand Marshall of the Old Boys & Girls Parade in 2010.

Coffee with friends, car-cruises with his dog, and wild fishing stories were part of what Lyle was all about. Lyle Price never met a stranger. The smile was contagious, always ready for a joke and a prank. And yes, he was "The Best Grandpa."

Funeral arrangements are through the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Visitation is Thursday 10/1 3-9 pm. A funeral service is Friday 10/2 at 11 am at Onarga Cemetery.

Lyle leaves behind his wife, Jean, five children including daughters Michele Schroeder, Jenny Schunke, Kerry Cohen and Heather Harbison, his son Jim Price and brothers Fred and Dr. Nicholas Price. Nine grandkids also survive.

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