Seven young ladies are on stage Monday night for the queen pageant at the 2014 Ford County Fair.
Contestants include 16-year-old Merceds Wise of Loda, Courtney-Ann Schwing, age 16, of Paxton, 18-year-old Elise Chriss of Gibson City, 17-year-old Sydney Porter of Paxton, 17-year-old Haley Brokate of Paxton, 16-year-old Emily Komnick of Clarence, and 17-year-old Tamberly Lough of Gibson City.
The winner will be crowned by the reighning queen, Kristen Batte of Paxton.
The county fair season in Illiana got started Sunday. The Ford County summer event raised its curtain at the Melvin fairground. The fair runs seven days through Saturday, June 28.
Seven young ladies grace the stage tonight (Mon) competing for the title of Miss Ford County Fair Queen. The country music band Parmalee headlines Tuesday with a concert. A special guest leads up to Parmalee. That's John King. Tickets are $20.
Wednesday's highlight is the talent show. Thirty-three acts are scheduled. Also Wednesday is a new event. A radio-controlled car event is featured Wednesday afternoon and evening. A Saturday afternoon radio-controlled car demonstration is also scheduled.
94.1 WGFA will broadcast "live" Wednesday.
The rodeo is back on Friday. On Saturday, the demolition derby promises to be even bigger and better this year. Swyear Amusements will be on the midway this year.
For more information, go online at fordcountyfair.org.
The mayoral theme was in unison Thursday in Bourbonnais.
Four Kankakee County mayors all had good things to say about what's going on in their community and the county. And they hope and wish the rest of the people would see the "good" too. Even the media.
Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams encouraged the media to tell the good story too, not just the negative events that often relay the message that this is not a nice place to be around. He told a luncheon audience of the Kankakee County Young Professionals group "all the mayors of the respective towns respect each other, what's going in those towns" and the jobs can feed each other.
"No matter who lands the business or jobs, we all gain from it," Adams said.
And Mayor Bob Malchowski invites everyone to help feed his dragons in Grant Park, he also says we need to feed off each other.
Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein had great news too. A contract's been signed to study and re-develop the city's east side off exit 312 from I-57. And the press is on with a river-front development project that'' enhance the area behind Presence St.Mary's Hospital heading back to the McBroom Bridge at Washington Street.
The Associated Press CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed new legislation meant to improve oversight of used-tire storage and processing sites that can pose major environmental hazards.
Thursday's signing came one year after a massive fire broke out at a tire-recycling facility in Vermilion County.
The June fire at J&R Used Tire Service in Hoopeston engulfed tens of thousands of tires and took weeks to extinguish. Many homes in neighboring communities had to be evacuated. The cleanup also took several weeks.
Among the provisions in the new law is a requirement that sites holding more than 10,000 passenger tires must acquire a solid waste permit. The permits mandate regular inspections and extensive record keeping.
Illinois' state fire marshal later ruled the Hoopeston fire was accidental and caused by static electricity generated by workers.