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Community Service recognized in Watseka

      Chamber of Commerce awards night

Service to the community was highlighted Wednesday evening at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.

"Celebrating 70 years" is this year's theme.

The Business Leadership Award and the Staff Achievement Award were among the honors presented at Celebrations. Business friends, family and others were on hand at the banquet hall where the Times-Republic also presented its annual awards, the Citizen-of-the-Year and Lifetime Achievement honor.

Chuck Gomez and Debra Liddell earned the Citizens of the year honor. Nominated by former mayor Ted Horner, he pointed out the effort Chuck & Debra have given in restoring the Watseka Theatre and making it a entertainment attraction, again.

Horner talked about how the theatre was always a gathering place for entertainment and fun. And Chuck and Debra actually saved the theatre from the wrecking ball years go. A big-time renovation project finds the theatre a fine entertainment venue again.

U-S Navy veteran Jack Swan is this year's Lifetime Achievement honoree. The WWII veteran not only served his country in Australia. New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan, he also continues to serve veterans needs at home.

Nominated by Watseka's Andy Guimond, the nomination mentions Jack Swan's countless hours serving the American Legion and VFW over the years. He's the guy you can't miss on Walnut Street during Poppy Day sales. He's been active in the upkeep of Legion Park over the years and has been local president of the Shriners, helping children projects.

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Bourbonnais tax preparer gets 24 months in prison for filing false tax returns

Peoria, Ill. – A Bourbonnais man has been sentenced to two years in prison for filing false income tax returns. Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm ordered 63-year-old Robert Deangelo serve 24 months in federal prison, and one year of supervised release following his release from prison.

Deangelo was ordered to report on July 14, 2015, to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Deangelo was also ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $62,947.00 to the IRS, as well as a $1,200.00 special assessment. In addition, Deangelo was ordered to pay the cost of prosecution in the amount of $5,962.39 to the United States.

A jury convicted Deangelo of 12 counts of filing false income tax returns last December. From 2007 to 2010, DeAngelo provided tax services from his home office that included the preparation and filing of tax returns for hundreds of clients. During the trial, the government presented evidence to establish that for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 tax years, DeAngelo falsely underreported his tax business's gross receipts and inflated its expenses.

Despite receiving tens of thousands of dollars in income during this time, DeAngelo paid no federal income tax for those years, and in fact, claimed an earned income credit. For tax years 2008, 2009, and 2010, DeAngelo failed to pay more than $30,000 in federal income taxes that were due and owing. During this time period, DeAngelo also created false employee business expense deductions, namely unreimbursed business mileage, for his tax return clients, without their knowledge. The false income tax returns provided larger refunds for DeAngelo's clients and resulted in an overall tax loss of more than $50,000.

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Riverside, YWCA team up to open healthcare clinic for kids

It's another effort to make healthcare more accessible. Riverside Healthcare is turning a YWCA classroom on E. Court Street into a pediatric and family care clinic.

The Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation is making a near $100,000 grant available, according to the Daily-Journal. It'll pay for the clinic's staffing for the first year. Riverside will fund construction costs as well as the clinic's staffing after the initial year.

Work will soon be underway. The clinic is expected to be open by late August.

The new clinic will be available to not just children who receive daycare services at the YWCA, but anyone within the community from newborns to age 18.

The Kankakee YWCA will be one of the first in Illinois to offer healthcare services.

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School Districts Receive Surprise State Aid

Some unexpected funding has arrived in the bank accounts of Illinois School districts. School district officials had been told not to expect their third and fourth state aid payments this year. However, some districts received their third of the four annual payments last week, while others received a check Monday.

Originally the State told school districts their funding would be pro-rated at a rate of 89-percent. School officials across the state are saying the cash will help some of this year's programs, but will not affect the possibility of cuts for next year.

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Letter carriers “Stamping Out Hunger”

Local letter carriers are teaming up with Food Finders Food Bank for the annual Stamp Out Hunger this Saturday.

Katy Bunder, one of Food Finders executive directors, said it's the largest single-day food drive for the food bank.

Letter carriers serving the Watseka Post Office are annual participants in the Stamp Out Hunger project. Local residents are encouraged to leave non-perishable items neat their mailbox or on their porch. Items will be collected and delivered to local food pantries.

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