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Two Momence men arrested for raping a bartender

Two men are facing rape charges in connection with the alleged assault of a bartender in Momence. Manteno Police conducted the investigation after it was learned both suspects had what Momence Police Chief Jeff Cavender said "personal and professional affiliations with members of the Momence Police Department.

The suspects, 45-year-old Thomas Madison and 39-year-old John Harrison were arrested (Thursday) for Criminal Sexual Assault and Unlawful Restraint. The arrests were for the alleged rape of the bartender during her working shift at a downtown bar.

Both men are jailed. They're expected in court for bond hearings today (Friday).

In a press release, Momence Police Chief Jeff Cavender said the department was "alerted to a criminal sexual assault that had just occurred at a business (in the 100 block of East Washington Street) around 1:30 am Saturday. The 38-year-old woman was allegedly attacked in the bar's restroom.

Manteno Police were contacted to head up the investigation to avoid any conflict – when it was learned who the men were and their ties to the Momence department.

It wasn't until 3 p.m. on Thursday that Manteno police arrested Madison and Harrison.

The Daily-Journal reports Madison is a former president of the Momence school board. Harrison was a volunteer football coach at Momence High School last fall.

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Kankakee County tax bills in the mail

Kankakee County Treasurer Nick Allen reports real estate tax bills should be arriving at homes. The statements were expected to be in the mail Friday.

The first installment is due on June 22 and the second is due on Sept. 1. Allen is reminding people of the various payment options available.

Online payment is available at KankakeeCountyTreasurer.com for a $1 fee for e-check and 2.3 percent for credit or debit cards. Most local banks and some credit unions also accept payments by check, money order or cash.

Payment is accepted in person at the Kankakee County Treasurer's office in Kankakee from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Wednesday and on Friday. The office is closed on Thursdays. There also is a 24-hour drop box for payments on the northeast corner of the building in the drive thru lane.

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Anniversary year for Indiana Beach

Indiana Beach is ready for its 90th anniversary season. The popular amusement park opens to the public tomorrow (Friday 5/27).

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Several improvements have been made and the park offers tons of fun again this anniversary season.

California-based Apex Parks Group bought the park last September. Millions of dollars were spent on renovations.

Indiana Beach marketing director Don Hurd said the new owners have painted and restored rides and buildings throughout the 27-acre property.

Members of the community were invited out to preview of the park last Saturday. VIP Day welcomed community folks to take a look.

Hurd said the reason for the event was to show the community how much they appreciate the support.
Hurd said "we want them to be proud to talk about the park again, and feel energized about the park because Indiana Beach means a lot to people in White County." Hurd. Said "we employ a lot of White County people."

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Iroquois County oversight: County Board spending money for special meeting

The Iroquois County Board has scheduled a special meeting – because business wasn't taken of.

The Board meets at 9 am Friday in Watseka. The business at hand is setting salaries of elected officials, which is required well ahead of the next election. The matter could have, or should have been taken care of at the Board's regular meeting earlier this month (May10). But it wasn't.

The officials salaries, required by statue, were set earlier this month by Kankakee, Ford, Livingston, Vermilion and Champaign county. It was part of their regular business.

So, the Iroquois County Board will spend un-necessary money for a special meeting, another special meeting. And, at a time when the money-crunchers are always screaming "we need to watch our dollars."

The elected office-holders and any expected pay raises for them, rest assured, will be closely scrutinized. But that tab for the "special" meeting ? That's OK !

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Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area established in Illinois

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius today (Wednesday) announced the establishment of Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in Iroquois County.

"The Kankakee River Basin represents a unique Midwestern landscape," notes Regional Director Tom Melius. "I'm very pleased to continue working with the local community and partners to conserve these priority wetlands, remnant oak savanna, and grasslands, as well as enhance outdoor recreational opportunities."

The refuge and conservation area was officially established with the acceptance of a 66-acre donation from Friends of the Kankakee, an organization dedicated to the establishment of a national wildlife refuge in the Kankakee River basin. This parcel will be open in the near future for public hunting of deer and turkey following state regulations, as well as wildlife observation and photography.

Establishing the refuge and conservation area formally recognizes decades of work with conservation partners. Through the conservation area approach, we will acquire land or easements from willing sellers as funds allow, as part of the broader, community and partner-based conservation effort.

The acquisition of this 66-acre tract in Iroquois County was funded, in part, by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, whose mission is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities across Illinois.

Learn more about our newest refuge by visiting,http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kankakee/.

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