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Weekend events in WGFA-listening area....

The Ashkum Homecoming is one of the local events in Iroquois County this weekend.  It's the 52nd annual Lions Club Homecoming.  Its started Friday with the Fish Fry and 'High Anxiety" proving entertainment.  Activiites continue today (Sat) withe the "Silhouettes" on stage at 7 pm.  94.1 WGFA is broadcasting 'live" Sunday from Noon 'til 1 pm (during the Auto Show).  Sunday's events also include the "Natural High" at 4 pm

The Fried Green Tomatoes Festival is today (Sat) IN THE PARK AT iROQUOIS.  Musical entertainment, food and of course, the fried green tomatoes will be served.  One of the festival's creators... Billy Marshall....says this is a unique event.  Everyone is welcome.  The event runs from Noon 'til midnight.

Donovan Park in Watseka is hosting its annual "Friend-raiser"... a local fundraiser to generate moiney for the park's upkeep.  Today's (Sat) event is from 11 am 'til 1 pm.

The Will County Fair at Peotone continues this weekend.  And the Half-Century of Progress continues this weekend at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul.  Vintage farm equipment will be on display with demonstrations.

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Riverside Healthcare Provided $50.7 Million in Community Benefits

          2016 Community Benefit Report Released

Kankakee --- Addressing the health and wellness concerns that have the greatest impact throughout the community is the primary focus of Riverside Healthcare. Whether it be investing in the latest technologies for advanced cardiac care, aligning and integrating a range of behavioral health services for ease of access, or serving as the area's largest employer, Riverside understands the health of a community is dependent on the health of those that live, work and play here. In 2016, this was evident in the impact made by more than $50.7 million in community benefits provided.

"We know that to move the health of our community forward, Riverside must give back," said Phillip M. Kambic, President and CEO, Riverside Healthcare. "Our hospital, our healthcare campuses and providers' offices, our programs and our people are all part of the greater good - all committed to nurturing the well-being and bringing value to the lives of others."

Riverside works with individuals and community partners to address the most pressing health issues.

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Suburban Kmarts On Chopping Block

Two stores in Chicago's suburbs are among the 28 additional Kmarts that Sears says will be closing. The store on W. 95th Street in Oak Lawn and the store on S. Route 83 in Elmhurst will close as the company struggles to stay afloat amid pressure from online retailers. The 28 closings announced are in addition to the 150 Sears and Kmart closings announced earlier this year and the 180 stores actually closed this year.

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Unemployment drops in Kankakee County, rises in Iroquois & Vermilion

New numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show Kankakee County’s unemployment rate was lowered from a year ago. The July figure was at 5.4%... down from 6.2% in July of 2016. The report shows 800 new jobs were created.

In Iroquois County the July jobless rate of 4.2 percent was up a tenth of a percent from June.

In Vermilion County, unemployment increased in July. However, the 7.1 % t rate is up only slightly from June’s 6.8 percent figure. And the county’s unemployment rate is down two-tenths of a percent from where it stood a year ago.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says Champaign County’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.8 percent.

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Presence Health merging with AMITA Health

The struggling Presence Health is making a move, merging with AMITA Health. Presence Health is the parent company of Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Joliet, and Covenant Hospital in Urbana. AMITA will assume all operational losses. And the hospitals are expected to remain operational.

AMITA will become the largest health care group in the state of Illinois – with 19 hospitals.

A non-binding letter of intent was signed Tuesday. The pending deal means Chicago-based Presence Health is joining Ascension, a St. Louis-based Catholic health care system, to become part of AMITA HEALTH – which is a joint venture of Ascension’s Alexian Brothers Health System and Adventist Midwest Health.

AMITA Health operates six acute-care hospitals in the Chicago-land area.

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