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Weekend accidents/arrests...

Cynthia Stua of Ashkum was taken to Riverside Hospital in Kankakee after an accident Sunday in Iroquois County. Sheriff's Police report Stua was southbound on Old U.S Highway 45 at 3000 N Road when she failed to negotiate a curve.  The vehicle came to rest on its roof.

A two-vehicle accident in Milford Saturday sent a woman to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Jane Yonke's vehicle was hit by another vehicle driven by Derrick Leppard of Milford.  Iroquois County Sheriff's Police reported Leppard failed to yield at the intersection of Old Main and Route 1 in Milford. After the vehicles collided, Yonke's car hit a utility pole.

32-year-old Derrick Baines of Pembroke is serving four days in the Iroquois County Jail.  He turned himself in Sunday at the jail.  he was wanted on a warrant for Driving while his license was revoked.

Two separate incidents for Watseka Police over the weekend.  37-year-old Jack Eads of Bradley was arrested for possession of cannabis after he was stopped for having an expired vehicle registration. Police also report the arrest Saturday of 32-year-old Anthony Chandler of Hoopeston after polcie were called to a distrubance at a residence on W. Hickory Street.  Chandler was charged with possession of cannabis and resisting an officer.

On Friday, Gilman Police arrested a Mount Prospect man after a report of a problem at a local restaurant. 43-year-old Darren Little was charged with aggravated assault when he allegedly pulled a knife on  a patron and threatned the individual.

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Watseka Christmas Parade Winners

                          Annual Lighted CHRISTMAS PARADE WINNERS

Best Float = Iroquois Home Health

Best Children's Unit = Girl Scout Troop # 2035

Best Religious Entry = First Christian Church

Best Walking Unit = Diamond in the Rough Color Guard

Best Use of Theme "Winter Wonderland"= Slow Boys Tractor Club

Best Use of Lights = Harbor House

Best Decorated Emergency Vehicle = Gilman Fire

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Watseka Christmas Parade welcomes Santa Claus

Santa Claus arrives in Watseka this (Friday) evening. The annual Lighted Christmas Parade steps off at 7 pm. The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce will provide post-parade winners with several entries being judged.

Carla Waters will ride in the parade as Grand Marshall. She's managing editor of the Times-Republic and an active supporter of the chamber.

WGFA's Don Elliott will be on-site announcing the parade as the floats and other entries make their way along the parade route.

The Chamber of Commerce urges local shoppers to support the local business community.

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24th Annual Toy Drive Continues Through December 7

KANKAKEE, IL – With the 24th Annual Toy Drive underway, state Representative Kate Cloonen, former state Representative Lisa Dugan, the Salvation Army, and Toys for Tots are reminding residents that the toy drive continues through Saturday, December 7.

People interested in donating to the toy drive are encouraged to drop off their new, unwrapped gifts or gift certificates before December 7 at Rep. Cloonen's district office located in downtown Kankakee at 1 Dearborn Square, Suite 419 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Several area businesses have displays, letting the public know they're designated drop-off locations.

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Cloonen Reminds Residents to Support Small Businesses with Their Holiday Shopping

KANKAKEE, IL – To make sure that local dollars spent on holiday goods are supporting local jobs and small businesses, state Representative Kate Cloonen is joining the Small Business Saturday efforts and reminding residents to support the local economy by purchasing their groceries and presents from small businesses and neighborhood retailers this holiday season.

"Residents can help our community thrive economically by getting their holiday groceries and presents from small businesses or local retailers." Cloonen said. "By patronizing hometown stores, we can help sustain jobs and put our dollars to work for us. I encourage people to do their holiday weekend shopping in Grundy, Kankakee and Will counties."

Small Business Saturday is recognized annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a way of helping local merchants compete with big box retailers and online retailers during the busy holiday shopping season. For more information about the nationwide Small Business Saturday effort, please visit www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba_initiatives/small_business_saturday_2013.

Cloonen co-sponsored House Bill 1272, which helps promote Illinois-based retailers by designating the first Saturday of every month as Buy Illinois Products Day. The bill had bipartisan support in the House and Senate, and is now law. {article submitted}