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Kinzinger congratulates IMH for 100 years service

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger visited Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka to congratulate IMH CEO Chuck Bohlmann on providing healthcare to the area for 100 years.

Kinzinger said, "I understand the importance of rural healthcare to the residents of the 16th district. Hospitals like Iroquois Memorial, as well as other rural hospitals across my district and the state, help maintain the quality of life for people throughout rural Illinois."

Kinzinger's roots run deep across Illinois. He has local ties to Watseka. He was born in Kankakee, grew up in Bloomington, and now resides in Channahon. He said his parents instilled in him and his two siblings the importance of hard work and responsiveness through public service.

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Vermilion County Coroner investigates drowning

An apparent drowning Tuesday in the North Fork River near Ellsworth Park in Danville is under investigation by Danville Police and the Vermilion County Coroner.  Efforts continued last night to identify the victim.

Two men who were in the park around 3 pm saw a woman near the river.  A short time later the woman was flailing in the water.  The men called 9-1-1 but efforts to save the woman were unsuccessful.  She was pronouncded dead at an area hospital. 

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Pontiac: Body found in Jaycee Park

The Livingston County Coroner's Office is working to identify a body found Tuesday in Pontiac's Jaycee Park.

Coroner Mike Burke said his deputy, Danny Wilson, pronounced the person dead just before 5:30 pm.

A young man practicing baseball found the male body. The Pontiac police and the Illinois State Police crime scene technicians were on the scene.

Burke said an autopsy has been ordered and identification will be done through dental records.

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Voters invited to hear the candidates, forums in Iroquois and Kankakee County

In anticipation of the March 15th Primary Election, voters can hear from candidates seeking support. Forums are planned in Kankakee County today (Tuesday) and Wednesday evening in Iroquois County.

The NAACP is hosting a forum at the Kankakee Public Library at 5:30 this afternoon.

Voters can hear from the State's Attorney candidates, Ed Glazur and Emile Capriotti.

Candidates for a Kankakee County Judgeship include Associate Judge Michael Kramer and current State's Attorney Jamie Boyd. All are Republican candidates.

The Iroquois County Republican Women's Club and the Watseka Area and Gilman Chamber of Commerce organizations are hosting a candidates forum Wednesday. The public is invited to the Crescent City Grade School. The program begins just after 6 pm.

Invited candidates include un-contested county office-holders Jim Devine, Lisa Hines and Bill Cheatum...for State's Attorney, Circuit Clerk and Coroner, respectively.

County Board candidates in all four districts will also answer questions.

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Kankakee firefighters, city OK 3-year deal

The City of Kankakee and Kankakee firefighters have agreed to a three-year contract. The city council gave unanimous approval Monday night.

The contract is retroactive to May 1 of last year (2015). Local 653 is represented by 46 firefighters. The contracts calls for a one-percent raise the first year, 1.75 percent for the year ending April 30, 2017; and 2 percent the 3rd year, ending April 30, 2018. There's an 80/20 split for health insurance.

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