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Kankakee update on River Development Project

The Kankakee City Council received an updated report on the $30-million Riverfront Development Plan. It’s a 10-year plan that hopefully, will create an attraction the city can build on for the future.

Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong referred to the Hitchcock plan at her State-of-the-City address last week, calling the plan long over do.

The Hitchcock Design Group explains it’s a plan that’s driven by available dollars. Property and sales taxes would cover an estimated $18-million of the plan. The hope is about $12-million would be created by private donations and state and federal grants.

The mayor says everyday city expenses will not be hurt by this plan. The essential needs of the community will be met.
TIF funding is expected to help drive the River Plan.

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RVM announces alternate parking plans

The Bourbonnais Metro Centre parking lot will be closed for repairs from Saturday, June 9th through Friday, June 15th.

A limited amount of parking space will be available along the west side of the Metro Centre for commuter drop-off and for visitors.

Customers who are using our Midway Airport or University Park commuter services are encouraged to use our Park ‘N Ride facility in Manteno during this closure.

Bus service will not be affected.

Providing over 800,000 rides each year, River Valley Metro Mass Transit District serves the urbanized area of Kankakee County with over 350 bus stops on 11 routes, enabling residents of the Kankakee County area to attend school, go to work, keep appointments, and visit friends.

Commuter routes provide bus service to Midway Airport and the Metra station at University Park. Additionally, Metro Plus provides bus service by appointment for those who meet ADA eligibility requirements.

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Indiana Counties Finally Complete 911 Texting Initiative

(Indianapolis, IN) -- Everyone in the state of Indiana should now be able to text an emergency to 9-1-1. Indiana's Statewide 9-1-1 Board director Ed Reuter said last week that all 92 counties are now ready to accept texts. It's been four years since Indiana first authorized 9-1-1 boards to start to make the switch. Reuter says the state gets about 500 to 600 9-1-1 texts each day. {Metro News}

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Chair-lift failure leads to death at Lake Freeman

Authorities in White County, IN report a weekend accident left one person dead and injured three others when a chair-lift malfunctioned. A private chair-lift collapsed and fell down a steep embankment into Lake Freeman.

The White County Sheriff's Office stated the preliminary investigation indicates that the lift device began to accelerate rapidly downward toward the lake for an unknown reason. The sheriff's office said the lift eventually came to rest at the bottom of the hill and crashed into a boat dock.
The lift was carrying four people.

54-year-old Angela Elder of Lafayette was pronounced dead at the scene. Three others, one from Lafayette and two from Monticello were critically injured and taken to area hospitals.

Several first responders were at the scene. The matter is under investigation.

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Healthy Heroes applauded by Riverside

Riverside Healthcare’s Healthy Heroes program is designed to recognize the better-health of first responders. And in Iroquois County Saturday, police, firefighters and paramedics were welcomed to an event where they could make sure their own heath is up to par.

Riverside health officials invited first responders to Watseka’s Glenn Raymond School where resource help was made available. Health screenings, education and support for what communities benefit from the efforts of first responders was part of the program. It’s about pro-active measures to health, according to Alyssa Diaz of the Riverside marketing department.

The program will also be offered in Gilman and again in Watseka. Healthy Heroes will be offered June 9 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman and again June 12 at Glenn Raymond School to make sure as many firefighters as possible are reached.

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