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Harvest Daze gears up for 2017 event in Watseka

Harvest Daze – the weekend fundraising event hosted by the Iroquois County Historical Society – is knocking on the door. Next month’s event at the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka has all kinds of activities planned. Harvest Daze is the non-profit organization’s major fundraiser of the year with proceeds helping with the upcoming heating bills, along with repairs, routine maintenance and updates to the 150-year-old Old Courthouse Museum.

Volunteers make it happen. If you’re interested in the events or how you can get involved, contact the Old Courthouse.

Kicking off the 38th annual event weekend is a Woodworth-style fish fry slated for 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Carry-outs are available or you can enjoy your meal under the big tent on the grounds. Scarecrows need to be handcrafted and be able to withstand the elements of being outside.

The Iroquois County Genealogical Society will sponsor a pumpkin contest following the theme “It’s a Party.” The theme corresponds to the 50th anniversary of the ICHS and the 150th anniversary of Watseka as the seat of Iroquois County. It is also in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the ICGS in 2020 and the 2018 Bicentennial of Illinois

An opening ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, conducted by American Legion Post 23 and VFW Post 7450.
Both days, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ham and beans will be available in the big tent next to the Red Barn. Vendors will be set up throughout the museum grounds Saturday and Sunday.

The 12th annual Cruise-In will take place on the south yard of the courthouse on Saturday. Sunday will feature the 14th Annual Antique Tractor Show.

The grand finale of Harvest Daze 2017 will be the fifth (and final) People’s Choice Talent Competition which takes place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday under the big tent. Entry deadline for this contest is Friday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m.

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ISAS Hosts Painting for Prevention October 12th

Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) is hosting its first Painting for Prevention fundraiser. It’s a Painting for Prevention wine and canvas painting fundraiser in support of local sexual assault prevention programs. The event is set for Thursday, October 12th at Inside Out (226 N. Central St. Gilman, IL). The event is from 6-7:30 p.m.

Participants will create a canvas piece led by local artist Craig Massey. Cost for the event is $35 per person and will include supplies, hors-d'oeuvres, and 3 wine tastings. Space is limited. Call or email KCCASA to pre-register at 815-932-7273 ext. 210 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day

Today is National Voter Registration Day and the president of the Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders says voters should use the day to make sure their info is up-to-date.

Even though the next statewide election isn’t until the March primary, County Clerks say events are scheduled throughout the state to register people to vote. Those already registered should make sure they’re info is correct.

Secretary of State Jesse White Press Secretary Dave Druker said their office is proud of their efforts to register people. Druker said White’s offices handle nearly 50 percent of new registrations. That number could increase once automatic voter registration begins in the summer of 2019.

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Treasurer Frerichs visits Iroquois County, talks investing in Illinois

Illinois’ budget mess over the last two years has done nothing to help the state’s financial status on the world markets. But Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs hasn’t let the budget crisis hold his office back in striving to upgrade programs the treasurer can control.

Frerichs tells WGFA News the mood is always upbeat in his office...

“Illinois has had eight credit downgrades in the last two years because of no budget and lack of management. But our office (Treasurer’s office) actually gained two upgrades on our college savings programs, Frerichs said.

“This happened because we worked and negotiated with our credit people, no arguing, just common sense, Frerichs added.

And Frerichs is not shy about promoting the Ag programs his office offers to keep the light shining on the state’s Ag communities.

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Kankakee County joins the "Amazon Headquarters" race.

As the deadline for cities in Illinois to submit their applications to the state passes, Kankakee County joins the "Amazon Headquarters" race.

Timothy Nugent with the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County says the area may not have all of what the shipping giant has asked for in their request for proposals to build a massive second headquarters, but they are offering incentives including a massive green-field site. ....

“We want them (Amazon) to know there are alternatives out there,” Nugent said. “We have a unique opportunity that they might not be offered in larger metro areas.”

State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst says they're offering Amazon the positives of being near Chicago but without the congestion and cost. She does say, however, that the state's unfunded pension liabilities need to be addressed to truly become an attractive business destination. Kankakee County joins other areas in the applicartion process for 50,000 jobs Amazon would bring.

The details of the proposal are kept secret until they're officially submitted to Amazon.

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