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Kankakee County Board burdened with may be more budget cuts

The Kankakee County Board has a second meeting planned this week, in addition to Tuesday's regular monthly meeting. And the reason is due to hot issues that consumed discussion time yesterday.

The Board's finance committee last week considered another $400,000 in budget cuts. The Board is in need of cuts and hope for finding new revenues. The county's $25.3 million budget has already been cut $8 million over the last four years.

The board also has a decision to select a liability insurance carrier. The Daily-Journal reports, the insurance, which comes with a price tag of about $1 million, covers a massive amount of liability for the county ranging from vehicles to litigation from inmates at the county jail.

The board has two competing bids this year from brokers (including Deuschle-Gilmore Insurance of Kankakee and George Ryan Jr. Insurance Group of Kankakee).

One bid is $915,000, although an alternative also is being offered. The other company in place now, has covered the county for years and submitted two bids for $1.1 million and $1.4 million, according to the county's budget documents.

The proposals will be presented at Thursday's meeting.

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IMH joins Chloe's Promise for July 4th activities

Iroquois Memorial Hospital is announcing its partnering with the Chloe's Promise Foundation to benefit St. Jude's at this year's Independence Day Games for Kids at the Watseka hospital location.

The summer July 4th games are open to children 6-months to age 5.  The event is part of the July 4 fund for kids on the lawn at the IMH campus.  Pre-registration is available online at www.iroquoismemorial.com  Event day registration is also available prior to the 9 am start.

Chloe's Promise is a foundation set up by the parents of Chloe Petersen as a way to say thank you to St. Jude for the care provided to their child. Since it was formed in 2002, Chloe's Promise has raised more than $500,000 for St. Jude's. 

At the IMH event July 4th, representatives of Chloe's promise will be on hand to accept donations of new toys, games, stuffed animals and financial contributions.

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33rd annual fishing derby set for July

The 33rd annual Kankakee River Valley Fishing Derby is on the calendar for July 1-10. The event is sponsored by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association (NIAA).

Association president Ken Munjoy said more than $50,000 in potential prizes will be awarded. Munjoy is also the Derby Chairman and says area businesses are now displaying posters and registration materials.

Those who register by June 21 will be eligible for a $100 Early Bird Registration Drawing.

The grand prize, again, is a boat, motor and trailer sponsored by Local 176 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

Ten prize fish will be worth $1,000 in cash or merchandise. Several other $1,000 sponsors will make prizes available.

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Kankakee County citizens oppose GLBR project

More than 1,000 citizens in Kankakee County signed petitions opposing the
Great Lakes Basin Railroad project. It's a proposed project that calls for a railroad hub in the Manteno area that could eat up acres of farm ground.

The Great Lakes Basin proposal was one of several agenda items occupying discussion time at Tuesday's County Board meeting. The matter is likely to stir future discussion. A resolution by the board could address the issue as well. The resolution would oppose the project.

State Rep. Kate Cloonen recently gathered public input about the project and helped push the petition.

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Iroquois County opera “Grapes of Wrath” a month away

It's Iroquois County's quiet little secret. And – it's offered again in another month.

The Sugar Creek Opera brings the 'Grapes of Wrath' to the stage at Central High School in Clifton. It's a month and a day away for the July 16th presentation. And the local flavor is Watseka native Helen Todd.

Tickets are available thru the Sugar Creek Opera Box office at 815-432-3830. Info is also online at sugarcreekopera.com

The Early Bird discount on tickets is still available thru today (Wed), according to Dr. Dennis Hopkins.
"There's two ways to purchase tickets...online at www.sugarcreekopera.com or call the ticket office at 815-432-3830," Hopkins told WGFA radio listeners. "Check the seating chart and put in your request."

The American Opera "The Grapes of Wrath" was part of our high school reading assignments. If you need a refresher about this opera, get your tickets and this opera will be sung in English. And Dr. Hopkins says there's the connection to rural America.

"It's all about a Midwest tenant farm family that comes across hard times and ventures to find a new life."

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