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Pets rescued from Monticello, IN house fire

The cause of a house fire in Monticello, Indiana last night (Tues) is under investigation. No one was hurt. Fire officials reported no one was home when the fire broke out. Two pets were rescued.

Firefighters determined the fire was located in the attic and cut a hole in the roof to help put it out. A neighbor called 9-1-1.

Monticello Fire Assistant Chief Robert Hickman said crews were able to limit the fire damage to the attic and one bedroom. Two cats were rescued.

Firefighters are calling the fire "accidental."

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Railroad thieves tracked down by police

Lake County, Indiana police have arrested seven people and are pursuing a dozen more for looting $2.8 million in valuables from the CSX railroad.

A Monday press conference revealed the result of an eight-month investigation.

The sheriff's office accused the group of thieves of pilfering $2.5 million in pharmaceuticals, 18 automobiles and two motorcycles valued at $291,000, in addition to computers and televisions. The group then allegedly sold the items.

Police said the suspects, from Gary and Hammond, face charges including possession of stolen and retagged vehicles, possessing a stolen firearm, auto theft and resisting law enforcement.

Police said the thefts were from rail yards where train cars are temporarily parked in Northwest Indiana and one in Bedford Park, Ill., just southwest of Chicago.

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Kankakee County United Way needs help

The annual dinner meeting of the Kankakee County United Way is Thursday evening. And the organization needs help in meeting its 2014 campaign goal of $850,000.

Tickets are still available for the meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn.

United Way Director Nick Allen said the campaign drive helps 45 different programs within 23 organizations in the county. For more info, call 815-932-7476.

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100-year-old Kankakee home destroyed by fire

Kankakee fire officials say it was a space heater that caused the Monday night fire that destroyed a 100-year-old house on E. Court Street in Kankakee.

Damage is listed at $110,000. Two people were displaced from the blaze which closed the 1000-block of Court Street for emergency vehicles.

A Mutual Aid Box Alarm System alerted firemen from Bradley, Bourbonnais, Aroma Park and Limestone just before 10 pm. Firefighters were at the scene until 1:30 Tuesday morning.

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                                         Applications for the funds are due May 1

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) now is accepting proposals for federal specialty crop grants.

The agency has been notified Illinois will receive a share of the funds and instructed to begin the proposal selection process. The exact amount of its award, however, has not been determined.

"Expanding access to nutritious, homegrown Illinois food is one of the department's top priorities," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. "If we could increase local food purchases to just 10 percent of our grocery bill, it would generate more than 20 billion dollars in new economic activity every year, create thousands of jobs in the farming and food industries and revitalize both rural and urban communities."

The funds will come from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program in the new Farm Bill. Most recently, Illinois has been receiving about $600,000 a year and using the funds to open new markets for fresh, Illinois-grown produce.

The IDOA will accept grant proposals until May 1, 2014, at 4 p.m. Request for Proposal packets and additional information about the program, including a list of past grant recipients and their projects, can be found online by clicking the specialty crops logo on the homepage of the department's website at www.agr.state.il.us or by contacting Delayne Reeves. She can be reached by phone at (217) 524-9129 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..