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September is sickle cell awareness month

                                    Blood donations encouraged

The month of September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The American Red Cross encourages people to donate blood in order to maintain supplies for those in need.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S, according to the Red Cross.

Many affected face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply in order to decrease complications.

Red Cross blood drives are scheduled in September. Contact your local officials for dates and locations and near you.

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Real estate taxes, 2nd installments, due

        Tax payments due in Iroquois, Kankakee, Will counties


Taxpayers in Iroquois, Kankakee and Will counties are reminded the second installment of 2013 real estate taxes come due in the next week. Payments can be made at respective county treasurer offices or at area banking facilities.

Iroquois County taxes are due by September 12th. In Kankakee County, taxpayers are reminded the second installment of the real estate taxes is due Wednesday, Sept. 3. In Will County, the second installment of the real estate taxes is due Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Payments after the due dates will be assessed 1.5 percent interest penalty per month. Questions can be directed to the Treasurer's office.

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Candidates set to address ag forum

By The Associated Press
Illinois' candidates for governor and U.S. Senate are expected to outline their views on agricultural issues at a forum today.
The event Wednesday is being held on a farm outside of Bloomington and coordinated with the Illinois Farm Bureau. It's called the Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable Candidate Forum. It was scheduled for 1 pm.

Those expected to attend are Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner and Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and his Republican challenger state Sen. Jim Oberweis.

Each candidate has roughly one hour to discuss issues, but they won't address each other directly.

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Heat Advisories, Warnings prompt early school dismissals

Area school district websites are posting early dismissal times for today and Tuesday due to excessive heat. A Heat Advisory is in effect from mid-morning 'til 10 pm.

The National Weather Service advises residents to take it easy in the heat. A Heat Advisory has been posted for a large area of Central Illinois. Areas to the south are under an Excessive Heat Warning, with heat-index readings expected to reach 105 to 110. The heat-index is how hot it feels when you factor the heat and humidity together.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat related stress and illness. The National Weather Service urges citizens to take precautions in this heat. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle.

Early school dismissals are posted on the WGFA website. Click on cancellations.

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Luther Starkey guilty of murder, facing 45 years

A Kankakee County jury Friday found 33-year-old Luther Starkey guilty for the shooting death of Tyrone Kennedy. Starkey was also found responsible for injuries that left Kennedy's cousin, Darrien Kennedy, paralyzed.

The verdict came after just under three-hours of deliberations. A sentencing date was not announced. Starkey faces up to 45 years in prison.

The week-long trial included testimony from more than a dozen witnesses. One of those testifying was the paralyzed victim, Darrien Kennedy, who told the court it was Starkey who killed his cousin in March of 2012 after a fight at a local bar.

The Daily-Journal reported Starkey's public defender, Larry Beaumont, repeatedly tried to question witnesses about another fight that he says occurred sometime before the shooting — one, he hoped, would have shown that someone else had a motive.

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