Update: 10-year-old boy killed by tree branch identified
The White County Sheriff's Office in Indiana today (Wednesday) confirmed the identity of the victim in Tuesday's accident at the Indiana Beach Campground was 10-year-old Blaike Glassburn of Mishawaka, Indiana.
The boy was camping with family when a branch fell on his tent.
White County Sheriff Patrick Shafer said Indiana Beach security officers performed CPR on the boy until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at IU Health White Memorial Hospital in Monticello on Tuesday.
Kankakee County Board burdened with may be more budget cuts
The Kankakee County Board has a second meeting planned this week, in addition to Tuesday's regular monthly meeting. And the reason is due to hot issues that consumed discussion time yesterday.
The Board's finance committee last week considered another $400,000 in budget cuts. The Board is in need of cuts and hope for finding new revenues. The county's $25.3 million budget has already been cut $8 million over the last four years.
The board also has a decision to select a liability insurance carrier. The Daily-Journal reports, the insurance, which comes with a price tag of about $1 million, covers a massive amount of liability for the county ranging from vehicles to litigation from inmates at the county jail.
The board has two competing bids this year from brokers (including Deuschle-Gilmore Insurance of Kankakee and George Ryan Jr. Insurance Group of Kankakee).
One bid is $915,000, although an alternative also is being offered. The other company in place now, has covered the county for years and submitted two bids for $1.1 million and $1.4 million, according to the county's budget documents.
The proposals will be presented at Thursday's meeting.
Iroquois Memorial Hospital is announcing its partnering with the Chloe's Promise Foundation to benefit St. Jude's at this year's Independence Day Games for Kids at the Watseka hospital location.
The summer July 4th games are open to children 6-months to age 5. The event is part of the July 4 fund for kids on the lawn at the IMH campus. Pre-registration is available online at www.iroquoismemorial.com Event day registration is also available prior to the 9 am start.
Chloe's Promise is a foundation set up by the parents of Chloe Petersen as a way to say thank you to St. Jude for the care provided to their child. Since it was formed in 2002, Chloe's Promise has raised more than $500,000 for St. Jude's.
At the IMH event July 4th, representatives of Chloe's promise will be on hand to accept donations of new toys, games, stuffed animals and financial contributions.
The 33rd annual Kankakee River Valley Fishing Derby is on the calendar for July 1-10. The event is sponsored by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association (NIAA).
Association president Ken Munjoy said more than $50,000 in potential prizes will be awarded. Munjoy is also the Derby Chairman and says area businesses are now displaying posters and registration materials.
Those who register by June 21 will be eligible for a $100 Early Bird Registration Drawing.
The grand prize, again, is a boat, motor and trailer sponsored by Local 176 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association.
Ten prize fish will be worth $1,000 in cash or merchandise. Several other $1,000 sponsors will make prizes available.
More than 1,000 citizens in Kankakee County signed petitions opposing the Great Lakes Basin Railroad project. It's a proposed project that calls for a railroad hub in the Manteno area that could eat up acres of farm ground.
The Great Lakes Basin proposal was one of several agenda items occupying discussion time at Tuesday's County Board meeting. The matter is likely to stir future discussion. A resolution by the board could address the issue as well. The resolution would oppose the project.
State Rep. Kate Cloonen recently gathered public input about the project and helped push the petition.