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School districts watching Governor Rauner’s budget proposal

Just like most other governmental bodies in Illinois, school districts are keeping a close eye on Governor Bruce Rauner's budget plan.

The Governor's call to tighten the purse strings has some anxious people still hoping the legislature will maintain the money allotted to municipalities. And school districts already struggling due to cuts in funding, are holding their breath.

The state has released its newest "financial watch" list and area districts listed include: Central Unit #4 at Clifton, Momence District #2 and Kankakee School District #111. Manteno District #5 and Pembroke Township are also included.

The financial watch list means the State Board of Education is monitoring downward spirals that could affect long-range finances.

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Arson case in Newton Couty, Indiana

Newton County authorities are searching for who's responsible for setting a fire to an abandoned house in the area of Mt Zion/rural Washington Township.

Brook and Kentland fire departments responded to a structure fire just after 3 am last Friday. The fire was an abandoned two-story house and shed near County Road 1050 South and County Road 500 West in Newton County.

According to Brook Fire Chief Kyle Conrad, the fire was intentionally set.

No injuries were reported. Firefighters were on the scene for about 45 minutes.

Anyone with information as to who is responsible for setting the fire, please contact the Newton County Sheriff's Office at 219-474-3331.

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Kankakee fires cause minimal damage

A couple of fires alerted Kankakee city firefighters Monday. A chimney fire on W. Hawkins Street did some smoke damage. On N. 6th Avenue, officials said smoking materials is believed to have cause a minor fire at a house. The siding on the house was damaged. No injury was involved.

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Death Investigation in Bradley: 18-year-old found dead

Bradley Police are working a death investigation along with Illinois State Police crime scene technicians after an 18-year-old woman was found dead inside a home Monday.

The Kankakee County Coroner's Office has scheduled an autopsy. Coroner Bob Gessner, who was at the scene Monday in the 100-block of South Madison Avenue, said it may be weeks before toxicology tests are known.

Speculation from onlookers indicated a possible drug overdose.

Bradley Police Chief Steven Coy stated in a press release that officers were dispatched to the residence at 1:40 pm for a juvenile-related complaint.

The female victim was found on a couch and appeared unresponsive. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.
Chief Coy released a statement saying, "There is no indication of any threat or potential harm to the community."

No arrests have been made in connection to the 18-year-old woman's death. However, 37-year-old Shawana N. Green was arrested for possession of hypodermic needles and heroin when she came to the home about 6 pm.

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Danville School District 118 mourns death of former principal

The Danville school community and the city of Danville is mourning the death of former high school Principal Mark Neil. The retired administrator, who retired in 2013, passed away unexpectedly on Monday. He died from medical complications. He was 60 years-old.

A native of Chrisman, Neil began his long career teaching at Catlin as a junior high and high school teacher/coach before moving on to Rossville-Alvin's high school and elementary school where he served as a guidance counselor.

He moved to the Danville school district in 1984, where he served "with distinction and honor" for 29 years, according to Superintendent Mark Denman.

"He was a man who expected the very best from others," Denman said. "He had a great sense of humor ... and he was well-respected.

Denman said the two got to know each other when they both served as middle school principals.

Denman credited Mr. Neil with leading the successful restructuring of the high school and implementing the four small learning communities — Freshman House, Danville New Tech High, GLOBAL House and ACE House.

Neil was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.

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