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State Fire Grants awarded

Several area fire departments and fire districts are sharing $3.5 million in grants. The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall announced recipients of the Small Equipment Grant Program. A total of 154 departments and EMS providers were recognized from 540 applications. The Small Equipment Grant Program provides grants of up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment.
Recipients include the Papineau Fire Protection District, Melvin Fire Protection District, Chatsworth, Forrest-Strawn-Wing, Emington-Campus Protection District, Bismarck and Carroll Township, and Mokena and Steger fire districts. 

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Livingston County crash victim identified

A Dwight man was killed in a 2-vehicle crash Saturday near Pontiac.  77-year-old Richar Vaughn was identified Monday by the Livingston County Coroner's Office. Vaughn was operating a motorcycle on Route 66 when he was hit by a Jeep driven by 20-year-old Tyler Blackard of Pontiac.  Blackard was cited by State Police for failure to yield at a stop intersection and failure to reduce speed. 

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Salvation Army re-opens Free Tax Preparation Program

The Salvation Army of Kankakee County has reopened its free income tax filing assistance program for the end of the tax season. This program is in collaboration with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).

Free tax preparation and free e-filing is available for those with low to moderate income, typically less than $58,000 gross for the year.

The program is offered at The Salvation Army Worship & Community Center in Kankakee in its Social Services/Ministries Office at 543 E. Court Street entrance.

Appointments are required, and can be made through the link provided at sakankakee.org, or calling 815-933-8421 and following the prompts. Face coverings must be worn to appointments.

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Indiana Beach re-opens

Indiana Beach is back and as popular as ever. The popular amusement park and entertainment venue welcomed back its guests over the weekend. And new owner, Gene Staples, says “we’ll make progress little by little getting back to where we want to be.”

The beach resort was closed for some five-months after the previous owner reported it was unable to find a buyer. Staples emerged and pledged to bring back the popular get-away. He called Saturday’s 6/27 re-opening “an emotional day and a relief.”

For visitors and employees, the re-opening was like homecoming.

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Kankakee house fire does $70,000 damage

Kankakee Fire Chief Damon Schuldt is stressing the importance of working fire alarms following a Sunday morning residential fire. Smoke detectors activated, alerting the occupants so they were able to escape unharmed.

Firemen answered the call to the 600-block of South Chicago Avenue about 1:30 am. Schuldt reported extensive damage to the interior rear portion and second-floor of the house. Damage estimates were listed at about $70,000. No foul play is suspected. The cause is under investigation.

MABAS provided additional resources. The American Red Cross is assisting the couple.

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