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DACC, KCC graduation ceremonies this weekend

The Class of 2015 graduates this weekend (May 15th and 16th). Commencement programs are set at Danville Area Community College and at Kankakee Community College.

Nearly 200 graduates are participating in the Commencement Ceremony at DACC. More than 500 degrees and certificates are being awarded overall. The Commencement Ceremony begins at 7 pm this evening (Friday) in the Mary Miller Gymnasium.

Neuhoff Broadcasting Executive Mike Hulvey is the featured speaker.

KCC's 46th annual commencement ceremony is Saturday. Seating may be limited. The doors at the KCC gymnasium will be open just before 9 am. They'll close at 9:55 am to be ready for the service in the George Ryan gymnasium.

The ceremony will include an address from guest-speaker Ray LaHood, a former Peoria Congressman and former Transportation Director in the Obama Administration.

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Georgia man arrested for Monticello bank robbery

Law enforcement have one in custody, and said the investigation continues after a Wednesday morning robbery in White County, Ind.

The Monticello Police Department is investigating after a robbery at Wells Fargo bank in Monticello.

37-year-old Kamau Campbell of Temple, Georgia had been arrested in connection with the robbery.

He was apprehended in a nearby parking lot, not long after fleeing from the bank about 9:30 am.

No one was injured during the robbery.

The White County Sheriff's Office, Indiana State Police, and the Monticello and Monon police departments all responded to the scene.

Campbell is jailed in White County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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Jack Redman funeral plans for Friday-Saturday

A Watseka WWII veteran is coming home this weekend. And the plans to greet him are generating a patriotic following from all over central Illinois. Organizers are appreciative for the many organizations and patriotic citizens stepping up to be involved.

Jack Redman's remains are being laid to rest at Watseka's G.A.R. Cemetery Saturday. That's will follow the funeral service and procession from the United Methodist Church at Noon Saturday.

Organizers have asked the public and organizations to line Route 24. And that patriotic greeting will include Friday's escort from O-Hare Airport in Chicago, down I-57 to Iroquois County.

Knapp Funeral Home Director Steve Knapp says the response has been overwhelming and all efforts are being made to accommodate everyone.

The U.S. Marines will lead a motorcade down I-57. Iroquois County sheriff's police will escort the hearse from the county line at Chebanse. The motorcade, which will include a representative from Governor Bruce Rauner's office, will move south on I-57 to Gilman. It continues across Route 24 where citizens are asked to hold flags and line the highway.

Gilman, Danforth and Onarga American Legion members will participate. They invite citizens to line Route 24 at Gilman, beginning about 2 pm.

Citizens lining the funeral procession route are asked to remain orderly and pay attention to police and fire personnel assisting with traffic control.

Jack Redman died in 1943 at the age of 20 while serving as a Marine. His remains were recently identified and will be returned Friday. The Marines plan a brief ceremony on the tarmac at O'Hare before the trip home to Watseka. A Marine color guard will stand watch over the casket until the funeral Saturday.

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Kankakee County Sheriff deputy dies of heart attack

Condolences are being received at the Kankakee County Sheriff department after a veteran deputy died unexpectedly Wednesday. 35-year-old Zeb Pheiffer suffered a heart attack while working out at his home. He was a 17-year veteran of the department. Pheiffer first joined the department as a correctional officer in 1998. He also worked in the Violent Crimes Task Force.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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KCC President Dr. John Avendano to Chair Coalition for Hope & Excellence in Education (CHEE) Board of Directors

KANKAKEE – The Coalition for Hope & Excellence in Education (CHEE) – Kankakee County's workforce development collaborative – has announced its board of directors. Members of the executive committee include Dr. John Avendano, Kankakee Community College President, Board Chairman; Matt McBurnie, Riverside Healthcare Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Vice Chairman; Matt Olszewski, People's Bank Chief Credit Officer, Treasurer; and Judy Brinkman, BASF Kankakee Site Manager, Secretary.

Rounding out the board as of this date are Amy LaFine, Presence St. Mary's Hospital; Theodis Pace, NAACP; Dr. Genevra Walters, Superintendent Kankakee District 111; Dr. Gregg Murphy, Regional Superintendent of Schools; and Dr. Jeff Williamson, Olivet Nazarene University.
CHEE Executive Director is Dr. Susan Emmerich.

The mission of the CHEE is to prepare a college- and career-ready and skilled workforce and increase student persistence and graduation rates in Kankakee County. {submitted info}

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