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Judge Kramer to be seated in 21st District

The Honorable Judge Michael Kramer will be swron-in as the newest Circuit Judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit Friday.  A 3 pm swearing-in ceremony is schedled at the Kankakee County Courthouse.  Chief Judge of the District, Michael Kick, sasy the public is welcome. 

Officiating the ceremony will be Honorable Thomas Kilbride, Illinois Supreme Court Justice and Kankakee native. 

Judge Kramer is filling a vacancy created by last September's retirement of Judge Kendall Wenzelman. 

Judge Kramer is serving as the Circuit Judge-elect.  He's been an Associate Judge since December of 2001, having filled a vacancy then with thye death of Judge Duane O'Connor.  Prior to joining the judiciary, Judge Kramer was in private practice for 17 years in Kankakee.  He's been active in civic and community affairs.

Like Justice Thomas Kilbride, Judge Kramer is also a graduate of Bishop McNamara High School.

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PBL school district weighing options about future of Eastlawn School building

Citizens in the PBL school district are getting a say in what the future holds for the Eastlawn School. The 91-year-old building is the district's oldest facility. It's been reported to have structural damage.

A community facilitating team is collecting feedback. A public hearing this evening...FROM 7 -9 PM .... welcomes input. The meeting is at the PBL Junior High school.

The local facilitating team has discussed options...building a new school near the junior high campus, or building an addition to the Clara Petersn Elementary School, which is home for grades 3 thru 5.

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SBA reps available for flood, storm assistance

Residents and businesses affected by severe storms and flooding in Iroquois, Kankakee, Ford and Vermilion counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans. The application period is underway and will continue thru April 28th.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans to residential and businesses to help cover damage which occurred between December 23rd, 2015 and January 13th of this year.

Residents and businesses in adjacent counties affected by the storms and flooding can also apply for low-interest loans. The contiguous counties eligible include Newton and Benton in Indiana.

Those affected can apply at the Watseka City Hall. The SBA Outreach Center is open from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm weekdays, and from 10 am until 2 pm Saturday. The Outreach Center will close on Thursday, April 28th. Applications can also be completed online.

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Swimming pool season approaches in Iroquois County communities

The past weekend weather...temps reaching 80 degrees...may have a lot of folks ready for the big splash. Officials in area towns are prepping for the start of the swimming season. Most communities have a target date for opening on Memorial Day Weekend.

The City of Watseka recently announced repairs have been made to the pool at Legion Park. Public Works Director Marvin Delahr said painting and new pumps are in place. The past year's flooding forced extra repairs. Pumps have been raised for precaution.

Memorial Day Weekend is the expected opening at Legion Park.

At Clifton -- the pool is ready to welcome additional swimmers this year. And local leaders are pretty excited after all the work this last year making repairs and raising money.

A 50-year celebration is planned. A grand re-opening of the Clifton pool is in the works.

The pool reopens during Memorial Day weekend. It was closed last year for extensive repairs. A local pool committee spearheaded an effort to raise $50,000 toward repairs.

In Chebanse --- Centennial Pool has also been involved with repairs. Memorial Day Weekend is the target for pool-fun this year.

Other towns busy with their own pool plans include Milford, Onarga and Hoopeston. The Memorial Day weekend is target date.

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Kankakee: hosptial fire does $25,000 damage

Kankakee fire officials pegged Monday's emergency room fire at Prescent St. Mary's hospital at $25,000.  The fire was intentionally set. 

An un-identified patient being treated in one of the exam rooms set the bed on fire early Monday morning.  The fire triggered the sprinkler system and created quite a mess.  The ER was shut down for the rest of the day for clean-up. 

No injury was reported.  Criminal charges are beiubg reviewed by the Kankakee County State's Attorney.

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