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Governors State to close business centers

Governors State University has announced it is closing its Illinois Small Business Development Center and its Illinois SBDC International Trade Center due to the state's budget crisis.

In a statement Tuesday, University President Elaine P. Maimon noted a 70 percent cut in state appropriations for fiscal year 2016 and only a six-month, stopgap budget for fiscal year 2017. She says as a result, Governor State must move funds used to match federal and state dollars to departments that will maintain student services.

Maimon called the decision to close the programs a difficult one, adding the development center had been a "definitive resource" for business owners and entrepreneurs in Chicago's southern suburbs.

University officials say the centers have helped more than 6,000 clients create 4,650 new jobs since 2001.

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Camp 9-1-1 begins 11th year in Iroquois County

Second and third graders in Iroquois County look forward to learning all about about safety techniques and how to get through emergency situations.  They learn thru a popular program -- Camp 9-1-1. 

Wednesday, Camp 9-1-1 marks its 11th year of spending time with the students teaching them how to react to emergency situations; knowledge it's hoped, they'll keep for a liftime.

This year's Camp 9-1-1 has a focus on Fire safety.

9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble  says over the last 10 years, students have used the safety techniques in real life situations.

Several emergency response agencies participate by setting up learning centers for the students to visit, ask questions and run thru scenarious where they might call 9-1-1.  

Approximately 800 2nd and 3rd graders get a chance to attemd Camp 9-1-1.  

The sessions begin September 7th for 2nd graders at Wanda Kendall School in Watseka. 

September 8th at Wanda Kendall for 3rd graders.

September 9th at Crescent City

September 13th at St. Paul's in Woodworth

September 14th -- Milford schools

September 15th - Iroquois West 2nd grade in Gilman

September 16th - Iroquois West 3rd grade in Gilman

September 21st - Donovan

September 22nd - St. John's in Buckley

September 23rd - Cissna Park

September 28th - Chebanse 2nd grade

September 29 - Chebanse 3rd grade

Participating agencies include Iroquois Memorial Hospital, 9-1-1, Local FFA chapters, Illinois State Police, Iroquois County Public Health, Local Fire Departments, Local Ambulance Services.

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Head-on collision in Kankakee, man arrested for DUI

Illinois State Police investigated a head-on crash Monday on Route 17 at Kankakee County Road 7000 W.  58-year-old John Brinkman was arrested for drunk driving and improper lane usage, after he crossed the centerline and hit the oncoming car driven by 21-year-old Jacob Hansen of Kankakee. 

Brinkman was air-lifted to an Oak Lawn hospital in critical condition.  Hansen and three passengers were treated for minor injuries at Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.  

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Indiana Beach employee injured by roller coaster car

An Indiana Beach employee was injured Saturday when he was struck by the car of a roller coaster.

The Monticello Fire Department reported crews responded to the amusement park around 1 pm for a report of a male struck by a roller coaster car.

{Officials with Indiana Beach reported the employee is a mechanic and was working on a platform of the Cornball Express roller coaster}.

The release says the man suffered multiple injuries. He was taken to IU Health White Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to Indianapolis.

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Michael Sabol new associate judge in 21st circuit

Michael Sabol begins a new work week today (Tuesday) as the newest judge to serve the 21st Judicial Circuit.

Before family, friends and colleagues Friday afternoon, Judge Sabol slipped into his new black robe after taking his oath of office at the Iroquois County Courthouse.

Retired Judge Gordon Lustfeldt administered the oath ...
The judge’s wife, Crissy, assisted him in donning his new garb while daughters, Alexis and Kate, held the Bible for the swearing-in ceremony.

Judge Sabol expressed his appreciation to the circuit’s judges, present and past, who attended his special-event...
Circuit Judge James Kinzer welcomed the audience for Judge Sabol’s day.

Sabol said “The judicial system is so much more than just the judges. Several people, he said, including the clerks, the bailiffs, law enforcement and office personnel and house- keeping make the courthouse operate.

Judge Sabol acknowledged his parents for his upbringing and even his brothers, who picked on him in his early years. The youngest of four children, Michael Sabol said it was his father, who he lost when he was just 21, who served his country and worked in East Chicago’s steel mill, who taught him about work ethic...
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