The city of Watseka may have issued its last video gaming license – at least for now. Discussions over the last few months have not been too favorable when it comes to more gambling opportunities.
Several taverns/bars are already engaged in video gambling and two more stand-alone facilities are on the verge of operating.
The finance committee (Tuesday) voted down another request for a soon-to-open business on the west junction in Watseka. Mayor Bob Harwood entertained talk about slowing down and stopping any more licenses after a license was granted to a proposed downtown gambling business a few months back.
The committee voted 4-3 not to allow another application. The matter will go before the full council next week.
The opening of a medical marijuana dispensary in Kankakee will be delayed. The Kankakee City Council will review the location of a facility on S. Schuyler Avenue.
Mayor Nina Epstein expressed concern about the facility being located too close to a residential neighborhood in the 900-block of Schuyler.
The City Council (Tuesday) agreed to table any vote on issuing a Conditional-Use permit for the dispensary to operate. The Council wanted time to review the planning board minutes. Zoning requirements were met for a commercial zone. It’s the nearby neighborhood that may be an issue for further discussion.
The JDRF – promise to remember me campaign continues its mission to ‘advocate for a world without Type 1 Diabetes.’ And a local 7th-grader at Watseka’s Glenn Raymond School is doing her part to raise awareness.
Jackie Lynch, the daughter of John and Susan Lynch of Watseka, is an active member of the Illinois chapter of JDRF. She’s a type 1 diabetes patient and her volunteering and fundraising efforts keeps the JDRF effort moving forward.
Miss Lynch has had conversation with Congressman Adam Kinzinger to keep him tuned in to the need for Congress to keep supporting type1 diabetes research. The JDRF advocates meet with members of Congress every congressional session to make sure those unfamiliar with diabetes are educated about the emotional, physical and financial toll type 1 diabetes patients have to endure.
The Illinois chapter is the largest JDRF chapter in the United States. The chapter raised over $4.4 million for research in 2016.
Jackie told the Watseka Kiwanis Chapter the advanced research has helped to reach new heights, including development of a bionic pancreas.
It’s a pump and a continuous glucose pump combined,” Jackie explains. “The monitor will tract upward and downward trends, automatically adjusting insulin flows.”
Jackie’s mother, Susan, says it’s about finding a cure. And with Congressional help, the education message is family and community support.
“Technology has been so progressive with research. But what’s needed is more funding,” Mrs. Lynch said. “Contributions are needed so much for the cause.”
JDRF is one of the most effective grassroots advocacy organizations in the country because of the people whose lives are touched by T1D. Learn more at www.JDRF.org
Kankakee County Community Services Inc. has been awarded a $456,000 grant to help unemployed older adults.
Senior Service America Inc., a nonprofit which "provides income, training and experience to people who are in need and would otherwise have difficulty obtaining it." The money will provide temporary employment to more than 70 low-income adults in Kankakee and Will counties.
KCCSI describes the grant as a triple win that will help community agencies, give on-the-job training to older workers and keep seniors integrated in the community.