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Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen and Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran are informing the public about their offices involvement in issuing scholarships to worthy students.

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding $54,500.00 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning with the State of Illinois.

Sheriff Hagen and Sheriff Doran will each be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.

There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex, or nation origin. The only limitations are as follows:
• Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents
• Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois
• Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2017-2018 school year (excluding summer session).

Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s Office or on the ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2017 (must be postmarked by this date).

For more information, please contact your local Sheriff’s office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.

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Senator Barickman appointed to leadership role in Senate

State Sen. Jason Backman has been appointed Assistant Republican Leader for the 100th General Assembly. The appointment was made by Senate Minority Leader Christine Rodogno.

Barickman finished the previous General Assembly as Minority Whip.

Barickman said in a press release he’s thankful for the opportunity and he’s excited to continue working “to forge common-sense solutions to move our state forward.”

Radogno said “Barickman’s work on education funding, along with his knowledge of issues and his dedication to the people of this state, have made him a great asset to our caucus.”

Barickman, whose a voice for Iroquois County, said “our biggest task moving forward is to continue to work on the recent budget compromise.”

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Watseka looks to slow down video gaming businesses

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.

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Kankakee questions location for marijuana dispensary

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.

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JDRF looks to Congress for help; Watseka 7th-grader lends her support

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


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