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Iroquois County's FY14 budget available for review

The Iroquois County proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 fiscal year is available for review by the public. The required 30-day public review finds the budget available at the Iroquois County Clerk's Office in Watseka. It's also online at www.co.iroquois.il.us.

The board is likely to approve the budget during its November meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 12, at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

Residents are encouraged to contact Iroquois County Board members with input or feedback. Contact information for board members is available on the "County Board" page on the county's website.

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New chief justice supports cameras in court

DANVILLE – Illinois' new chief justice of the state Supreme Court has her views on issues pertaining to the judicial system. And Rita Garman says she fully supports her predecessor's push to open trials to news photographers and electronic media.

Rita Garman commented today after she was sworn in at a ceremony in her hometown of Danville.

The 69-year-old replaces Thomas Kilbride. His highest profile policy was launching a pilot program two years ago permitting cameras in select courtrooms.

Asked in the interview if she backs the pilot program, Garman responded, "I certainly do - wholeheartedly." And she added she didn't see Illinois ever going back to a blanket prohibition on courtroom cameras.

Dozens of counties are already participating. And Garman said she hopes the state's most populous county, Cook, will begin participating soon.

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                             Celebrating Lung Cancer Awareness Month with Free Screenings in November

KANKAKEE, IL – Riverside Medical Center is celebrating Lung Cancer Awareness Month by giving you peace of mind. If you or someone you love has a significant smoking history, Riverside Medical Center suggests you get screened for lung cancer—for free in November!

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends a CT lung cancer screening for people 55 to 74 who have a smoking history of 30 "pack years" or former smokers who quit less than 15 years ago. A "pack year" is the number of packs smoked per day times the number of years a person has smoked. You may also be eligible for this scan if you're 50 years or older, have a smoking history of 20 "pack years" and have one of the following risk factors:

• Documents high exposure to radon
• Occupational exposure to silica, cadmium, asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes or nickel
• Personal history of lung cancer, head and neck cancer or lymphoma
• Family history of lung cancer
• Personal history of COPD or Pulmonary Fibrosis

The CT procedure is painless and quick; no drugs or injections are necessary. You will be asked to keep very still and hold your breath for the 20 seconds of the scan. The whole procedure takes only about fifteen minutes and in most cases, results are given to you at the time of the exam by the lung screening navigator.

A total of three scans are completed over a two year period. Each scan is $99, but if you schedule yours in November and meet screening eligibility guidelines, you will receive it free! The CT lung cancer screenings are available in Bourbonnais, Coal City and Watseka.

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Rep. Kelly's NAACP speech a call for gun reform and civil rights

U-S Representative Robin Kelly was the keynote speaker in Kankakee Saturday at the annual banquet of the NAACP.

Kelly spoke about gun reform. She said Congress has to protect minority voters, put an end to gun violence, and end segregation.

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Morocco laundry ruled a total loss

It took crews more than two hours to put out an overnight fire at a laundrymat in Morocco.

The fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. Sunday evening at the corner of College Avenue and Polk Street at the JB Laundry Services building.

Morocco Fire Chief Corrie Myers said crews arrived to heavy black smoke coming from the northwest part of the building.

Myers said when they opened the south doors to the building, the fire spread rapidly.

Crews from Morocco, Brook, and Rensselaer Fire Departments used aerial and deck guns to extinguish the fire.

Myers said crews had a difficult time putting it out.
"There's several interior walls blocking our path from the outside to inside to where the actual fire was. Not being able to get completely through those walls into the fire area."

Myers said nobody was inside at the time of the fire
He said the building was a total loss.

At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation.

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