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Pontiac man killed in car-pedestrian mishap

A 48-year-old Pontiac man was killed this (Thursday) morning when he was hit by a car along Old Route 66 in Pontiac.

Edward Eilts was walking north in the southbound turn lane of old Route 66. He was just north of Illinois 23 when he was struck by a southbound car, according to the Livingston County Coroner's Office.

The accident happened at 6:15 am. It remains under investigation by Pontiac police and Illinois State Police.

It is the second area pedestrian fatality in the last week.
On Tuesday, 20-year-old Benjamin Allison, a student at Illinois State University, died of injuries suffered when he was hit by a car in uptown Normal on Saturday. Criminal charges have been filed against the driver in that case.

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Milford School District looks toward future

                              "Do we want to lead or follow"

A referendum vote in April will offer Milford school district residents the opportunity to direct the future of their education.

A $17.5 million school bond issue over the next 25 years is at stake.

Board president Mary Ronna told an audience of 250+ "we either be a leader in our children's education or we're followers." The district's 103 year-old building needs work, a lot of work, to meet life safety code requirements. Ronna said it's a matter of complying with the State Board of Education and spend millions to meet code or building new.

Superintendent Dale Hastings says "the time is now"

A boatload of problems areas have to be corrected to stay in the current building. A No vote in April could lead to the state someday controlling the district.

Schools in Illinois have struggled to get state funding. Some districts lack of funding dates back to 2003.

Wednesday's audience members, many of them, support the school board's vision for a new school but also have reservations about the planning and cost.

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Public invited to Milford School Building Project meeting

It's a meeting about the future. And the Milford Board of Education hopes the public will find the time to consider the future of the educational system locally.

A 6:30 meeting this (Wed) evening at the Milford school gymnasium will find the board members explaining a proposed building project that's going to the voting public in April. A referendum question will seek voter approval for a $17 million capital project that'll take the Milford education system into the future.

Superintendent Dale Hastings says the public can actually tour the current building and see the district's needs.

The school board's bonding company has numbers to show how the proposed project would be paid off in 25 years. And, this project would find Milford in a position to be an educational partner down the road, in that the Milford school district is already one of just two area districts with over 200,000 square miles in its territory.

Tonight's meeting, Hastings says, will provide the voters with the information they need to be an educated voter April 7th.

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Former Police Chief Admits Helicopter Scam

(Countryside, IL) -- The former president of the Illinois police chiefs association and former Kankakee County sheriff deputy has admitted misusing more than 250-thousand-dollars raised for a suburban-Chicago police helicopter program.

Fifty-six-year-old Timothy Swanson of Bourbonnais had started a nonprofit and raised the money from dozens of police departments for the purpose of equipping and flying helicopters across various police jurisdictions. The program was grounded, though, when state and federal officials began to question how Swanson was using the money he raised to finance a side business he operated and to pay personal bills. He'll be sentenced in May.

Swanson entered open pleas of guilty to two-counts of mail fraud, money laundering, two-counts of tax evasion and two-counts of filing a false tax return.

The ruling handed on in U-S Federal Court.

Swanson faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of mail fraud, five years for income tax evasion, and up to three years for each count of filing a false tax return.     {Metro News source}

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The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce announces new Executive Director

The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce proudly announces Barbara Brewer-Watson as their new Executive Director.

Formed in 2012, the Chamber has been focused on creating a strong business community in Kankakee County. When Board Chairman Matt McBurnie began in May 2014 he was excited to solidify the Chamber's brand and create more value for the organization's members. "The Chamber Board is committed to enhancing the business climate in our community and believes that Barbi is exactly the right fit to serve our members at this key time." Chairman McBurnie said.

The news comes just one month after the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra announced Brewer-Watson as their new part-time Executive Director. Barbi says, "Both the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce and the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra are interested in creating a thriving community here in Kankakee County. These two organizations complement one another and help create a better community."

Barbara has been a participant and now organizer for the Spice of Life for 20 years, an assistant event planner for Spotlight Meetings and Events where she had the opportunity to work with the McDonald's Engagement Team at their Global Convention, and worked in Adult Services developing programs and events for the Kankakee Public Library.

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