(Matteson, IL) -- It was once a popular shopping destination for a lot of people in east-central Illinois. Holiday basketball fans spent a lot of time there; next door to high school tournaments. But the once booming mall in Matteson is being shut down by a judge's order.
The Lincoln Mall, right off of I-57, is essentially a ghost town. Many of the stores have left the mall and the structure is deteriorating. It will shut down for good on January 7th. Village officials say that could leave a devastating blow on the local economy and put hundreds of people out of work. They're hoping to find stand-alone retail spaces in the area so the stores that are still operating can move, but stay open.
Area communities and American Legion Posts have teamed to honor the nation's veterans today. Cemeteries and Legion homes had scheduled events; some featuring a speaker.
In Watseka, American Legion Post 23 welcomes the public to an 11 am event to honor the veterans. Local attorney Frank Simutis will address the audience.
At Paxton, the American Legion Prairie Post 150 and the PBL High School band is hosting an observance in the school gym. The public is invited. Local veterans presented the colors. A POW/MIA ceremony is also included.
The Kankakee Historical Museum at Governor Small Memorial Park, Kankakee is hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony. It's at10:15 am at the Veterans Walkway. The Ceremony includes many local organizations. Keynote speaker is decorated Vietnam veteran James Wasser.
Limestone Middle School Veterans Day Assembly is at 2 p.m. The event will be honoring local veterans. Speaker will be Joe Krause, of Honor Flight Chicago.
Programs were also held Monday including: Veterans Day program at Kankakee Community College. The ceremony was honoring veterans at the Harold and Jean Miner Memorial Library. The brief program featured remarks from John Fulton and Roger Bean. Also an art exhibit opening that will be on display until December 5.
Veterans Day Assembly at Bradley Central Middle School gym, Concert by Bradley Central Middle School students honoring veterans. Guest speaker was Major Gary Sprigg.
Ford County township official arrested on felony charges
ASHKUM – Illinois State Police arrested the Button Township supervisor on charges related to his position in Ford County.
52-year-old Dean Swan was arrested for violations of the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act, a Class 4 Felony, and Official Misconduct, a Class 3 felony. Swan also is secretary of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Board of Education.
He is accused of not disclosing his financial relationship with businesses hired to complete work for Button Township and the PBL School District.
Swan was transported to the Ford County Jail. During a court appearance Saturday, bond was set at $3,000. He posted the required 10 percent and was released.
Pembroke Township officials have a meeting Tuesday. And the order of business will deal with a power shut-off that occurred Friday at the township hall.
A delinquent bill is the apparent reason the electricity was shut off. ComEd is owned more than $66,400 in unpaid bills, which officials blame on former township supervisor Leon Mondy.
Mondy faces sentencing in federal court in January and is looking at up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for stealing township funds. He admitted to using unauthorized cash withdrawals for gambling, while serving in office.
Township business may have to be re-located while officials work with ComEd to restore the power.
Monday's forecast may be a sign to get out and enjoy some warm sunshine. The 61 degree high may be the end of the pleasant temperature readings.
Rain Monday night and then a rain and snow mix is in Tuesday's forecast for Veteran's Day. The National Weather Service reports temps will drop Tuesday to near 38 by the close of the business day at 5 pm. The rest of the week will offers temps only in the 32-36 degree range.