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July 4th events include area fireworks shows

Several area communities are hosting July 4th holiday activities. Fireworks displays are listed for Watseka, Ashkum, Cissna Park, Onarga in Iroquois County.

St. Anne, Aroma Park, Kankakee, Momence, Manteno and Bonfield are hosting displays too.

Onarga has several events planned at Durham Park. Included are a Car & Motorcycle Show Sunday, a Talent Show Saturday at 1:30 pm, A flag-raising ceremony at 11 am will follow the Grand Parade, which begins at 11. The parade Theme is "Time to Remember."

The Onarga Fireworks are at dusk Saturday.

Cissna Park offers its fireworks show Monday at dusk at Kellart Lake.

Watseka fireworks are at the County Courthouse Monday, July 4th. The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce parade is Monday at 11 am. "Pride in Our Past...Faith in Our Future" is the theme. The Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee is serving as Parade Grand Marshall.

Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka is also hosting several kids activities on the hospital grounds.

Kankakee Community College invites the public to its annual July 4th event... the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra performs on campus followed by the fireworks show Monday. Food & concessions are offered and there's a $20 admission fee per carload.

St. Anne fireworks are Sunday, July 3, at dusk at the Community Park.
Aroma Park fireworks are Saturday at the Boat Club.
Momence fireworks are Monday on Railroad Avenue.
Manteno's fireworks are Sunday at Legacy Park.
Bonfield has holiday events Sunday and Monday, including a Fishing Derby and fireworks at 9:30 pm Monday.
Dwight offers its fireworks show Monday behind the Elementary School.

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Silver Alert for missing Cedar Lake, IN man

Police in Cedar Lake, IN need help in locating a missing adult man.

63-year-old Larry Stover is a white male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
He was last seen Tuesday, June 28 at 7 pm in Cedar Lake.

He's believed to be in danger and in need of medical attention. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt and jeans.

Larry Stover is believed to be traveling in a blue with purple tint 1995 Ford F150 with Indiana license plate D878NC.

Any information concerning Larry Stover should be passed on to Cedar Lake Police at 219-374-5416.

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Construction jobs at risk with state’s budget impasse

      Watseka  bridge work included.......

Construction workers may be headed home for an extended stay if Illinois lawmakers don't find a way to agree to a budget.

Reports of up to 25,000 construction jobs on the line (Thursday). The deadline for passing a state budget arrives as the new fiscal year begins July 1.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has ordered contractors statewide to stop working until a budget bill is passed. And the stop-work order will only add to the frustration of motorists when local projects are put on hold.

Local projects that would be halted include the Route 1 bridge replacement project at Watseka. Workers there just shrugged when asked if their jobs will be stopped ?

The project was expected to be completed by September 1.

The budget impasse between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-controlled state Legislature will reach into a second year if they are unable to compromise on a budget by Thursday.

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Watseka’s waste-water system future discussed

The City of Watseka will be exploring its waste-water system to determine how best to serve the community in the future.

The cost of maintenance, upgraded equipment and the knowledge of providing adequate safe-guards will be talked about while city leaders weigh the options. And the options include staying with current operator ERH Enterprises, going to Aqua Illinois and even taking the system over itself, to operate from within.

Whatever the decision is, it'll cost money. Sean McBride of ERH Enterprises "yes it will, there's a cost to run a system like this." ERH has contracted with Watseka to run the water treatment plant since 1998.

"The cost will continue to go up, equipment ages and there's break-downs you can't always control...so costs go increase." But McBride also added, "the system has been maintained and it's not in bad shape now."

ERH presented its pitch to city leaders Tuesday night.
Mayor Bob Harwood said all matters will be reviewed, no hasty decisions will be voted on until all the numbers are explored.

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Iroquois County landowners sue wind farm developers

The Pilot Hill Wind Farm in Iroquois County is the subject of a lawsuit. Owners of farmland in Milks Grove Township had the suit filed earlier this month (June 14th), naming EDF Renewable Energy Company and Vision Energy as defendants in the case.

Landowners Charles, George and Howard Haley claim they are still owed money for access roads built on their property and for damage done to their land during construction of the project in northwest Iroquois County.

California-based EDF Renewable Energy owns and operates Pilot Hill Wind Farm. Also named as a defendant is Cincinnati, Ohio-based Vision Energy.

Vision Energy started the project in 2008, then sold its interest to EDF in 2014.

Infrastructure damage and loss of productivity on the farm ground are among the issues the Haley's point to in the lawsuit. The claim is that contract obligations were not met in re-storing the farm ground after access roads were built. That led to other problems like drainage.

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