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Governor Quinn Announces $5 Million Capital Investment in Kankakee Community College

New Addition to Train Students in Green Energy and Other Emerging Technology Fields

KANKAKEE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $5 million state investment to build the Advanced Technology Education Center, a 21,000 square-foot addition at Kankakee Community College (KCC) that will enhance learning opportunities in green energy and other emerging technologies. The project will also create construction jobs and drive local economic growth. Today's announcement is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to ensure that all people have access to a quality education.

"Today's investment will help train students in growing industries and enhance their career opportunities after graduation," Governor Quinn said. "It is critical that we invest in education and this addition will give students a new and updated space in which to learn and grow."

"The entire KCC community is excited to move forward with this innovative project," KCC President Dr. John Avendano said. "Future jobs depend on developing skills in energy technology and this facility will provide a place to educate the future workforce technicians in renewable energy. The Center will be a regional resource for this advanced and cutting-edge technology."

The $5 million investment, funded through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), will construct a new facility on the KCC campus. The Advanced Technology Education Center will contain classrooms, labs, offices and support spaces to provide hands-on technical training in fields such as wind generation, solar thermal, solar photo-voltaic systems and electrical (National Electric Code NEC) instruction.

The addition at KCC is being designed to meet or exceed the requirement for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification. The college will contribute $600,000 toward the project's $5.6 million total cost.

"Investing in campus development projects like the Advanced Technology Education Center at Kankakee Community College keep academic communities optimized, vibrant and modern," State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) said. "This center will attract the next generation of great thinkers by giving students the facilities they need to create the brightest future for themselves."

"Investing in education and expanding opportunities for students is vital to enhancing our workforce," State Representative Kate Cloonen (D-Kankakee) said. "This project will provide new and innovative opportunities for students in the Kankakee area, and help them better prepare for a competitive, global job market."

The mission of KCC is "Enhancing quality of life through learning." KCC is an accredited two-year college which awards associate degrees and certificates of completion. KCC prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or enter the workforce. The college also offers continuing education courses and certification training, literacy programs, English as a Second Language and GED preparation. The college has the Riverfront Campus in Kankakee, South Extension Center in Watseka, North Extension Center in Bradley and Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center in Kankakee.

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Beecher man dies in crash

A 47-year-old Beecher man was killed in a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning.

Daniel Leslie was northbound at the Will/Kankakee county line at 12000N Road. Kankakee Cou ty Coroner Bob Gessner said Leslie's car left the road, hit a culvert and rolled several times. Leslie was not wearing a seat belt and appears to have suffered head injuries.

He was pronounced dead at 5:08 am.

Kankakee and Will county officials are investigating the crash.

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Sun River Terrace man killed inside his home

The Kankakee County Coroner's office and county sheriff's police are investigating the death of a 36-year-old man inside his home, east of Kankakee.

Rian Maiden was found shot to death inside his Sun River Terrace home Saturday morning. Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said Maiden was pronounced dead just before 11:30 am..
An autopsy was scheduled.

Maiden's death is likely to be ruled the county's sixth homicide of 2014.

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Power Outages Could Last Until July 4th

(Chicago, IL) -- Three days after Kankakee County and other Chicago southern suburbs were pummeled by high winds and heavy rain, some 16-thousand homes and businesses are still without power. ComEd says it has 12-hundred repair crews working around the clock on reconnecting those customers still in the dark, and the company had hopes to have everyone back on by the end of the day Thursday. The company acknowledges though that some customers may not be back on line until July 4th.

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Fourth of July fireworks events

Area communities are prepped for July 4th fireworks and other activities. Some communities have an agenda of fun that continues thru the weekend.

A listing of events from organizers that have submitted their schedules can be found online at WWW.WGFARADIO,COM Click on the bulletin board.

Fireworks will be displayed in Cissna Park at Kellert Lake Friday, in Onarga at Durham Park Friday, Ashkum on Main Street, Watseka Sunday night, at KCC in Kankakee Friday, Momence at Island Park Friday, Aroma Park Saturday. A fireworks display at Manteno at Lake Manteno is tonight (Thurs). Union Hill also has a display tonight (Thurs).

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