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VA housing units at Danville to benefit homeless

A new 65-unit housing complex coming to the VA Illiana Health Care System Medical Center in Danville will provide housing and much more to homeless Veterans.

The VA in Danville is one of 34 sites selected nationwide to develop housing for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The strategy will increase the department's available beds nationwide by over 5,000. The VA currently has 15,000 transitional beds available to homeless Veterans.

Diana Carranza, Acting-Director of the VA Illiana Health Care System, said " we going to be able to provide some comprehensive housing for the Veterans, but we're also going to be able to provide comprehensive medical services." She added, we are also going to be on the campus of Danville Area Community College. "That's the best of all worlds,'' Carranza said.

The Danville units are expected to be completed in about a year. Mercy Housing says the 65 units will include one, two and three bedroom apartments for homeless Veterans and their families.

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Bomb threat at DMV in Bradley

Bradley Police and fire responded to a report of a bomb threat late this (Tues) morning at the Secretary of State office on Route 45/Kennedy Drive in Bradley.

Two separate threats were reported. The Kankakee County Sheriff's Department also responded. There was no injury. The building was evacuated. Illinois State Police issued the following report:

Preliminary investigation has indicated a bomb threat was given over the phone to the SOS facility in Bradley. The building was evacuated and all employees and customers were interviewed. The SOS facility was closed for the remainder of the day. This incident remains under investigation. No further information is available.

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Homestead Restaurant for sale !

The well-known red barn restaurant on Kankakee's south side is for sale. The Homestead Restaurant's owner has announced his intentions to retire and sell the business.

Terry Linskey plans to close by late August.

The Homestead has been operated continuously by the Linskey family for the past 109 years. It's one of Illinois' oldest eateries. The Homestead is an anchor, according to the Kankakee Area Chamber of Commerce. It has long served as an entrance for the south side of Kankakee, and the familiar red-painted business along South East Avenue has attracted diners from all over.

The Linskey's, over the years, have used the voice of former CBS Channel 2's Bob Wallace to advertiser their restaurant name.

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Ag officials tour Iroquois County farm fields

We're from the government, and we're here to help. That was the message some Illinois Agriculture leaders delivered to people suffering from recent devastating floods in Iroquois County Monday.

Illinois Director of Agriculture Philip Nelson led a delegation to Iroquois County to check out flood damage. He says 2015 is the wettest year he has seen in the fields.
"Make sure you keep good records," advised Nelson.

"Especially, going into harvest, what a particular field yields or doesn't yield. That'll start the process with the Farm Service Agency."

Home, business, and community damage is under the jurisdiction of the USDA Rural Development office, whose Illinois director, Colleen Callahan, found it hit close to home – as she is from Milford.

"I felt like I was standing in my own back yard," she said.

Nelson stresses this is almost a statewide crisis, with up to 30 percent of the crops threatened.

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Danville American Legion Post 210 makes history, first female Commander

It's a historical first for Danville American Legion Post 210. Audry Morse, a Vietnam Veteran, was sworn in as the first female Commander of the local Post.

Commander Morse comes from a military family. Her son, U.S. Army Major Matthew Morse, administered the oath. And Tom Morse, husband of the new Commander, has served as the Commander of American Legion Post 210 over the past two years.

The new Commander says she hopes to make the American Legion post more family friendly.

Commander Morse is retiring from her job at the V.A. Illiana Health Care System Medical Center in Danville at the end of the month. She received congratulations on her position in a letter from Governor Bruce Rauner.

Some local legislators and Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer were also on hand for the history-making over the weekend.

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