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Ag Careers Night scheduled in Gilman

Careers in agriculture is the feature of a program offered next month through the University of Illinois Extension's Ford-Iroquois office. The Extension Service's second Agriculture Careers Night is Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau building in Gilman.

Students in junior high school and high school and their parents are invited to attend to learn more about agriculture career options and college degree programs available.

From 5-6 p.m., participants will have the chance to visit with agriculture departments from eight colleges, including the University of Illinois, Joliet Junior College, Illinois Central College and Illinois State University.

A formal program will begin at 6 p.m. with a panel of local agribusiness professionals speaking on the agriculture careers they hold. Students and parents will learn about the duties of the various agricultural careers, the schooling and training needed, and the courses on which they can focus in school to help prepare them for such careers. There will be time for questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is not required.

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Freshman Rep. Anthony files first bill

State Representative John Anthony of Morris (IL) filed his first bill this week aimed at cutting wasteful spending in Springfield. Under Rep. Anthony's legislation, salaries for certain part-time state boards and commissions would be eliminated entirely. Rep. Anthony stated that while this action alone would not solve Illinois' problems, it is a step in the right direction.

In all, 17 boards and commissions would see their member salaries eliminated under Rep. Anthony's legislation; members of the affected boards and commissions would still receive reimbursement for travel expenses related to State work. It is estimated that this legislation, if passed, would save tax payers around $4 million each year.

"I see this as the easy low hanging fruit that can be cut from the budget," stated Rep. Anthony. "I am actually surprised that after everything Illinois has been through, these types of salaries are still given out. I will dedicate myself to doing everything I can to eliminate wasteful spending and ensure your tax dollars are being used efficiently."

State Representative Anthony represents the 75th District which encompasses parts of Grundy, Kendall, Will, and LaSalle Counties.

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Illiana Expressway recommendation OK with Kankakee County

Construction of the proposed Illiana Expressway got a positive shot in the arm Friday. The Transportation Committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency (CMAP) for Planning offered a recommended first step for the project..

The 47-mile expressway, which would connect Interstate 55 at Wilmington to Interstate 65 near Cedar Lake, Ind., still needs approval by the region's Metropolitan Planning Board next week and the full CMAP board on Oct. 17.

Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert said Friday's meeting was "a key first step." He said he's pleased with the outcome.

Mike Van Mill, Kankakee County planner and executive director of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, also attended the meeting. Van Mill tells the Daily-Journal "I didn't know what to expect going into the meeting. Let's just say I was pleasantly surprised," he said.

A significant portion of the $1.3 billion project would run through southern Will County, about two miles north of the Kankakee County line.

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Kankakee County records 1st human West Nile case

The Kankakee County Health Department reported the first human case of the West Nile virus this year. The victim was a man in his 50s from Manteno. Last year, a total of 5 cases were reported.

The case was reported Friday.

The West Nile virus is spread to humans by mosquitoes and there are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent an infection. Approximately one in five people infected with West Nile will develop symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. People over the age of 50 or with certain medical conditions are at higher risk for serious illness.

A health department statement included a reminder to county residents that West Nile activity is widespread and advised residents to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

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Trial delay for woman accused in 4-year-old's death

PONTIAC —Ford County judge Stephen Pacey has delayed the murder trial for a former Cullom woman accused in the death of a 4-year-old girl.

Heather Lamie's trial date is now January 6th, moved from October 21st. The judge's ruling came after Lamie's attorney said there were complications regarding a computer seized at the woman's home.

The attorney also is trying to secure a forensic pathologist to testify in the case.

The 30-year-old now-Kankakee County woman was arrested in June for the 2011 death. Kianna Rudisill died at a Peoria hospital. Her death was later ruled a homicide. She had blunt force trauma and brain injuries.

The girl was a foster child in Lamie's Cullom home.

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