The opening of a medical marijuana dispensary in Kankakee will be delayed. The Kankakee City Council will review the location of a facility on S. Schuyler Avenue.
Mayor Nina Epstein expressed concern about the facility being located too close to a residential neighborhood in the 900-block of Schuyler.
The City Council (Tuesday) agreed to table any vote on issuing a Conditional-Use permit for the dispensary to operate. The Council wanted time to review the planning board minutes. Zoning requirements were met for a commercial zone. It’s the nearby neighborhood that may be an issue for further discussion.
The JDRF – promise to remember me campaign continues its mission to ‘advocate for a world without Type 1 Diabetes.’ And a local 7th-grader at Watseka’s Glenn Raymond School is doing her part to raise awareness.
Jackie Lynch, the daughter of John and Susan Lynch of Watseka, is an active member of the Illinois chapter of JDRF. She’s a type 1 diabetes patient and her volunteering and fundraising efforts keeps the JDRF effort moving forward.
Miss Lynch has had conversation with Congressman Adam Kinzinger to keep him tuned in to the need for Congress to keep supporting type1 diabetes research. The JDRF advocates meet with members of Congress every congressional session to make sure those unfamiliar with diabetes are educated about the emotional, physical and financial toll type 1 diabetes patients have to endure.
The Illinois chapter is the largest JDRF chapter in the United States. The chapter raised over $4.4 million for research in 2016.
Jackie told the Watseka Kiwanis Chapter the advanced research has helped to reach new heights, including development of a bionic pancreas.
It’s a pump and a continuous glucose pump combined,” Jackie explains. “The monitor will tract upward and downward trends, automatically adjusting insulin flows.”
Jackie’s mother, Susan, says it’s about finding a cure. And with Congressional help, the education message is family and community support.
“Technology has been so progressive with research. But what’s needed is more funding,” Mrs. Lynch said. “Contributions are needed so much for the cause.”
JDRF is one of the most effective grassroots advocacy organizations in the country because of the people whose lives are touched by T1D. Learn more at www.JDRF.org
Kankakee County Community Services Inc. has been awarded a $456,000 grant to help unemployed older adults.
Senior Service America Inc., a nonprofit which "provides income, training and experience to people who are in need and would otherwise have difficulty obtaining it." The money will provide temporary employment to more than 70 low-income adults in Kankakee and Will counties.
KCCSI describes the grant as a triple win that will help community agencies, give on-the-job training to older workers and keep seniors integrated in the community.
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Monday marks a holiday to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual celebrations are planned in Kankakee, Danville, and Champaign.
Other individuals are encouraged to get involved by volunteering. Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland says Dr. King often asked, ‘What are you doing for others ?”
McFarland said there are several volunteer opportunities. Visit the website: www.serve.Illinois.gov
In Kankakee -- a weekend of events are planned starting with children’s fun at the Kankakee Library. An open house Saturday runs from 10 am ‘til 2 pm. An art contest invites children, adults will read to children, movies and treats will be served.
Sunday features the annual Gospel Fest. And Monday is the annual Prayer Breakfast and Service at Morningstar Church. Danville’s 2-day weekend celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. begins Sunday with a banquet and wraps up Monday with a parade and community service.
This annual event, organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, begins at 4 p.m. Sunday with a scholarship banquet at the Days Hotel in Danville. The Williams Singers, a gospel group from Indianapolis, will perform during the banquet that includes the presentation of a scholarship to a Danville graduating high school senior who plans to pursue an education at an institution of higher learning.
There’s a $20 admission fee for the banquet. For ticket info, call the Danville Human Relations Department at Danville city hall at 217-431-2280.
On Monday, the celebration will continue with a motorcade and parade that begins at 10:30 a.m. winds thru downtown to St. James United Methodist Church. A celebration service there begins at 11:30 am.
The public is invited to the free service that features the Danville MLK Mass Choir.