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Jack Redman funeral plans for Friday-Saturday

A Watseka WWII veteran is coming home this weekend. And the plans to greet him are generating a patriotic following from all over central Illinois. Organizers are appreciative for the many organizations and patriotic citizens stepping up to be involved.

Jack Redman's remains are being laid to rest at Watseka's G.A.R. Cemetery Saturday. That's will follow the funeral service and procession from the United Methodist Church at Noon Saturday.

Organizers have asked the public and organizations to line Route 24. And that patriotic greeting will include Friday's escort from O-Hare Airport in Chicago, down I-57 to Iroquois County.

Knapp Funeral Home Director Steve Knapp says the response has been overwhelming and all efforts are being made to accommodate everyone.

The U.S. Marines will lead a motorcade down I-57. Iroquois County sheriff's police will escort the hearse from the county line at Chebanse. The motorcade, which will include a representative from Governor Bruce Rauner's office, will move south on I-57 to Gilman. It continues across Route 24 where citizens are asked to hold flags and line the highway.

Gilman, Danforth and Onarga American Legion members will participate. They invite citizens to line Route 24 at Gilman, beginning about 2 pm.

Citizens lining the funeral procession route are asked to remain orderly and pay attention to police and fire personnel assisting with traffic control.

Jack Redman died in 1943 at the age of 20 while serving as a Marine. His remains were recently identified and will be returned Friday. The Marines plan a brief ceremony on the tarmac at O'Hare before the trip home to Watseka. A Marine color guard will stand watch over the casket until the funeral Saturday.

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Kankakee County Sheriff deputy dies of heart attack

Condolences are being received at the Kankakee County Sheriff department after a veteran deputy died unexpectedly Wednesday. 35-year-old Zeb Pheiffer suffered a heart attack while working out at his home. He was a 17-year veteran of the department. Pheiffer first joined the department as a correctional officer in 1998. He also worked in the Violent Crimes Task Force.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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KCC President Dr. John Avendano to Chair Coalition for Hope & Excellence in Education (CHEE) Board of Directors

KANKAKEE – The Coalition for Hope & Excellence in Education (CHEE) – Kankakee County's workforce development collaborative – has announced its board of directors. Members of the executive committee include Dr. John Avendano, Kankakee Community College President, Board Chairman; Matt McBurnie, Riverside Healthcare Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Vice Chairman; Matt Olszewski, People's Bank Chief Credit Officer, Treasurer; and Judy Brinkman, BASF Kankakee Site Manager, Secretary.

Rounding out the board as of this date are Amy LaFine, Presence St. Mary's Hospital; Theodis Pace, NAACP; Dr. Genevra Walters, Superintendent Kankakee District 111; Dr. Gregg Murphy, Regional Superintendent of Schools; and Dr. Jeff Williamson, Olivet Nazarene University.
CHEE Executive Director is Dr. Susan Emmerich.

The mission of the CHEE is to prepare a college- and career-ready and skilled workforce and increase student persistence and graduation rates in Kankakee County. {submitted info}

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ILLINOIS ENHANCES AMBER ALERT PROGRAM

DOWNERS GROVE, IL ? The Illinois AMBER Alert Task Force today welcomed Alert GPS as a partner of its AMBER Alert notification system. For over a decade the Illinois AMBER Alert Task Force has worked to create new partnerships and strengthen its capabilities. With this in mind, the Task Force is pleased to announce the addition of Alert GPS? enhanced notification platform.

Alert GPS provides the alerting technology that allows the Illinois State Police to distribute the notification message in a much quicker and more efficient manner. This free technology is utilized by other state AMBER Alert systems and can easily be shared across state lines.

The Illinois AMBER Alert Task Force is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, the Press Association, the Illinois Tollway, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Lottery, and the National Weather Service to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases. The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe return of the child.

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Iroquois County Board supports ‘Turnaround Agenda”

There's been a lot of opposition voiced in recent weeks, but the Iroquois County Board voted 12-5 Tuesday to approve a resolution in favor of Governor Bruce Rauner's 'Turnaround Agenda.'

The Local Government Empowerment & Reform Resolution has stirred a lot of controversial remarks since the governor first proposed the concept.

Union workers, and others, argue getting rid of unions in favor of right-to-work zones will hurt the economy. Opposing comments aired Tuesday morning at the County Board meeting. During the public comment section of the meeting, P.J. McCullough told members he begs to differ with the statement that 'Illinois has a one size fits all" approach when it comes to collective bargaining. Added costs, he said, are passed on to local taxpayers.

McCullough also doesn't agree with the 'Turnaround' language which states repealing the prevailing wage law and requirements for labor agreements would be good for local governments. McCullough said when lowering employee wages, it hurts the economy because people have less money to spend.

Regarding the claim that the 'Turnaround' plan helps create jobs, McCullough points to government decisions, like the Iroquois County Board itself, that's defeated work opportunities. Examples, he points to, are votes against wind farm development and an ethanol plant.

Board members voting against the Turnaround resolution were Vince Lamie, Larry Hasbargen, Ernie Curtis, Brett Schmid and Jed Whitlow.

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