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Job Fair today at KCC

The public is welcome today (Thursday) at a job fair hosted by Kankakee Community College. The event runs from 9 am 'til Noon.

KCC's Director of Marketing Carrie Nugent says more than 50 business reps and industrial leaders will be present. Veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visitors are urged to dress professionally and bring resumes.

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Purdue University workshop helping veterans interested in farming

A Purdue University program that introduces people to agriculture is hosting a workshop just for veterans and active service members who are considering a life in farming.

The May 1 workshop sponsored by Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program begins at the Deer Creek Community Center in Camden.

Participants also will travel to nearby Freebird Farm & Homestead for a tour of that veteran-owned farm near the north-central Indiana town of Walton. The farm produces pasture-raised chickens, goats and sheep using environmentally-friendly agricultural practices.

The workshop and tour is free but registration is required and space is limited.

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Early Voting in Indiana

Indiana's primary election is just a few weeks away, but voters can start casting their ballots Tuesday.

If voting in person at a polling location, voters must present a government issued ID. If mailing in an absentee ballot, voters must meet qualifications set by the Indiana Election Division.

Election officials anticipate a lot of early voters.

Voters have until May 2 by noon to cast early votes.

Questions can be directed to local county clerk offices.

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3-car pile-up after high-speed chase

A high speed chase on Illinois Route 1 in Vermilion County Tuesday ended in a crash. Two police squad cars were wrecked.

Westville police responded to reports of a reckless driver southbound near Westville. That was at about 2:30 pm. Police reported speeds u tp 100 mph.

An unidentified female driver would not stop for police. She continued south into Georgetown, running into police vehicles from Georgetown and Westville.

No one was injured. The driver was in custody and police reported she will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The case is being reviewed by the state attorney's office.

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Kankakee County finances shows ‘slow progress’

A property tax increase, approved in committee (Tuesday) is expected to generate up to $800,000 to help the bottom line in Kankakee County government.

Finance committee Chairman Mike LeGesse tells WGFA's Rob West it's slow progress, but it's movement in a positive direction."

LeGesse said there was a decrease of about $6-million in revenues, between 2014 to 2016. And, $7.6 million has been cut.

The county has 21 less employees over the last year.

The County Board Finance committee got a final look at the 2015 fiscal year. The end balance was listed as a $4.8 million loss. There were over $2-million dollars in unpaid bills.

Besides the property tax hike, the Zoning Wind Ordinance was changed, allowing for a 10-year corporate guarantee instead of a surety bond. It covers the cost of decommissioning wind turbines and provides a one-time payment of $300,000.

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