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Financial picture 'not bad' in Iroquois County

Iroquois County finances are in decent shape; no real red flags...according to latest reports. The General Fund has about 3-months operating cash on hand.

Income tax revenues are two-months behind; that’s about average ... according to the Treasurer’s Office. Also normal is the Probation Department salary reimbursements, which are 8-months behind.

State payments for the State’s Attorney, Public Defenders and Supervisor of Assessments are OK.

Finance Director Anita Speckman provided quarterly cash trends for the general fund, health department, 911, joint dispatch and highway. Worksheets list average cash balances, the annual budget and monthly operating cash.

Speckman reported to the Finance committee about the timing of the FY18 budget while providing an example of the budget meeting calendars used in the past three years. The committee agreed to the budget hearing dates for July 24 and 25th from 9 am ‘til 12 Noon.

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Braidwood woman missing

A search for a missing Braidwood woman resumes this (Wed) morning. Authorities ask volunteers to meet at the Village Hall. Search teams will be instructed as to how the emergency effort will move forward.

Fire department personnel are coordinating the search for 73-year-old Kim Grey who was last seen Sunday evening near her home on Smallmouth Lane.

A fire department spokesman describes Kim Grey as 5-1, 130 pounds. She has dark hair and suffers from dementia.

Anyone with info about her whereabouts should call 9-1-1.

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Kankakee County Relay-for-Life raises nearly 250K

Bishop McNamara High School was again the host site for Kankakee County’s Relay for Life Saturday. And just under $250,000 was raised for cancer research.

This year's goal was to raise $350,000.

The Daily-Journal reports this year’s top three participants included John Kaufman with $10,000, Nancy Kaufman with $10,000 and Christi Landeck with $9,000.

Team totals show included One Nucor Way having raised $51,162, RIDE4LIFE with $25,000 and Peanutbutter Conspirators with $15,975.

Donations still can be made by visiting acsevents.org, clicking on the "donate" tab, "donate to event," "search by ZIP code," 60901 and then click on "Relay For Life of Kankakee County."

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Good Shepherd group home resident found dead in van

The death of a resident at the Good Shepherd group home in Momence is under investigation. Charles Laughlin’s death was discovered Sunday. He was found unresponsive in a van.

Kankakee County sheriff's police are investigating the death of a 69-year-old man.
According to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner, the preliminary cause of Charles Laughlin's death was heat exhaustion.

Laughlin and other residents had returned from a shopping trip, Gessner said. Laughlin was found when an employee went to move the van at 5:15 p.m. He may have been left in the van by accident.

High temperature readings were at 93 degrees Sunday.
The administration at Good Shepherd is reviewing its procedures for tracking residents on-and-off the grounds.

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Train-pedestrian collision kills man

A Bourbonnais man was struck and killed by a train Sunday night. It happened in the in the 1100 block of North Schuyler Avenue.

Roberto Ramirez is identified as the victim. Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said the 32-year-old's body was observed on the tracks by the engineer of a northbound Amtrak train.

Gessner said his office will meet with Canadian National Railroad officials to review video from security cameras.

Ramirez was believed to have been walking back to his home in Burch's Trailer Court. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:20 pm.

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