Kankakee County is officially on record as opposing the proposed Great Lakes Basin Railroad. The County Board (Tuesday) gave its OK, approving a letter be sent to the Transportation Service Board stating opposing the project that would bring a railroad hub from Cook County and consume acres of farm ground from Manteno west.
The Farm Bureau and other ag organizations have stated their opposition as well. Property owners are on record against the project that would wipe out too many acres of farm ground and eliminate ag jobs.
Eleven counties, including those from east central Illinois and northwest Indiana, are unified in opposition to the project.
State Representative Kate Cloonen is backing the opposing view too. She held public hearings to get input..... #39
The new school construction project is moving right along at Milford. The MAPS #124 district reports work, so far, is ahead of schedule. Weather permitting, completion is looking like August of 2017.
The storm sewer has been installed. Floorin g pads for the acedemis and extra-curricular wings have been leveled and compacted. Masons are at work this week setting up silos for mortar production and to begin the process of receiving brick and block in preparation for installation.
The district also report waterproofing has been completed around the foundation on the north and east side of the project. Parking lot curbs and sidewalks have been roughed-in. Concete pouring is expected later this month. Ameren has also relocated and replaced power poles for the new building.
The Sugar Creek Opera is back again in Iroquois County this weekend. The opera professionals present 'The Grapes of Wrath' at the Central High School Auditorium at Clifton. Tickets are available at the Harold & Jean Miner Auditorium. The presentation is at 7:30 pm.
Balloons Over Vermilion is back ! The popular event returns Saturday, after an absence, to light the sky over the Vermilion Airport.
Hot air balloons helped highlight the Danville Dans Baseball game last Saturday night. Ronald McDonald threw out the first pitch. And Thursday, the Danville Boat Club will bring back the ‘Splash and Dash’ involving hot air balloons that will fly over Lake Vermilion.
A Balloon School is featured Saturday (July 16) at the Vermilion Regional Airport. Balloon pilots volunteer to educate visitors about topics like the fabric that makes up balloons, making balloon baskets, what actually makes them fly, and weather conditions.
Balloons Over Vermilion will feature thirty-three hot air balloons. Flights, of course, depend on weather conditions.
Mark your calendars for July 16, 2016.....the date for the sixth annual Tractors for A Cure (TFAC) Fundraiser. The event will be held at a new venue in downtown Peotone, Illinois (on 2nd St between Crawford and Main Streets) with the assistance of the Village of Peotone in an effort to revitalize the use of downtown for festival events and recapture the rural heritage of the area.
The event will begin at 11 am and end at approximately 11 pm.
Dean Bettenhausen, founder of Tractors for A Cure knows all too well how “Every family has someone who has been affected with some form of cancer” as in his case, his daughter Annie was affected. Best news yet......she is now 11 years clean this September. He further says, “We need to help out the American Cancer Society (ACS) as well as other cancer organizations with their fundraising for cancer research.
In 2011, Dean Bettenhausen and his team of volunteers sponsored the first inaugural Tractors for a Cure fundraiser on his farm in rural Beecher, Illinois to support The American Cancer Society. Since 2011 through last year’s event, Tractors for a Cure has raised over $184,000 for the American Cancer Society. TFAC has pledged to continue their efforts as long as possible to assist with their fundraising efforts to benefit cancer organizations in their fundraising efforts.
The first 35 registered tractors will receive a gift bag of goodies. Tractor Parade participants can drive or ride a tractor by itself or have a tractor pulling a wagon/barge. There is no prize this year for the best decorated barge/wagon.
For more information on this part of the event, please contact Steve Cross, mayor at the Village of Peotone at 708-258-3279 or at www.villageofpeotone.com.