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Kankakee County talks more budget cuts…

An expected deficit of $4-million has Kankakee County officials talking more cuts. Following a meeting Tuesday afternoon, County Board Chairman Mike Bossert said he doesn’t know where it’ll end, but discussions will continue to find ways. The Board is approving eliminating meeting per diems for board members. Bossert says it’s a just small step considering the big-picture, but something that has to be done. Freezing salaries of elected officials and other department leaders has support from finance leaders. There was no support for cutting pay. Health care costs are a major issue. There was talk of eliminating health care coverage. The county and city of Kankakee are dealing with the loss of millions of dollars in sales tax revenue from the revenue-sharing program ruled illegal earlier.
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Rain likely to Soak Illiana

Significant rain is expected to soak areas of East Central Illinois and West-Central Indiana over the next three days. The National Weather Service says 2 to 3 inches of rain is likely, which will likely cause some flooding of rivers and streams. Some areas could see around 4 inches of rain before the system moves out of the area late Friday.

There is a slight risk of severe weather with large hail and some damaging winds Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and night. The greatest threat of severe storms is on Thursday afternoon into the night.

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Bourbonnais woman killed in Crown Point crash

CROWN POINT — A three-car crash on 109th Avenue on Monday morning left one person dead and two others injured.

Jeanelle Fosaugh, 52, of Bourbonnais, Ill., was traveling west on 109th Avenue just before the Interstate 65 interchange when a car traveling east on 109th Avenue crossed the solid yellow double lines into oncoming traffic and struck her vehicle head on, according to Crown Pont Police Chief Pete Land.

Fosaugh's car rolled over from the impact and wound up in an adjacent field.

The Lake County Coroner's office pronounced Fosaugh dead at the scene at 6:38 a.m. from blunt force trauma.

The vehicle that struck her car also struck a second westbound vehicle, injuring that motorist as well.

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“State of the University,” ONU looks ahead

The future is looking even better at Olivet Nazarene University. ONU President John Bowling, this week, announced major construction projects at the Bourbonnais campus. But also revealed during Bowling's address were plans for expansion into Indiana and Michigan.

The university president delivered Olivet's annual "State of the University" address to students and faculty. Bowling outlined a plan that keeps ONU among the best of the 53 Nazarene colleges in the world.

Bowling said "we're looking up, and looking forward with a strong sense of promise and purpose, and a record of fine achievement."

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4-H and Monsanto team to find Ag leaders

National 4-H Council and Monsanto Collaborate on 4-H Ag Innovators Experience
Illinois 4-H to help prepare future generation of ag leaders with interactive agriscience activity

 

St. Louis, Mo. (March 25, 2014) – Population trends project the world population will grow by two billion in the next 40 years, requiring a 70 percent increase in food production to feed the world. National 4-H Council and Monsanto Company announced today, during the National Ag Day observance, a new initiative to respond to this challenge by stimulating youth interest and involvement in agriculture.

The 4 H Ag Innovators Experience aims to make agriscience relevant and fun for youth, and help young agriculturalists develop the professional skills needed to meet rising global demand for food. The Experience will engage teen leaders across Illinois to lead thousands of their peers in an interactive agriscience activity.

Agriculture students and faculty at Ohio State University designed this year's activity, the "Fish Farm Challenge," which challenges participants to engineer a food-distribution system that evenly dispenses soy-based fish food over a 3' x 3' vinyl mat. The system design can then be transferred to an aquaculture tank on a tilapia farm. The goal is to help participants recognize the value of aquaculture, while stimulating innovative approaches to ensuring farm-raised fish have equal access to food.

"There are more than one billion people between the ages of 12 and 24, and we believe the young people of today are the farmers and ag leaders of 2050," said Christina Alford, executive vice president, External Affairs, National 4-H Council. "Monsanto has been a valued supporter of 4-H for many years and, together, we're making great strides in empowering more young people with the skills and confidence they need to excel as 21st century leaders."

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