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Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce honors members

Annual dinner salutes business award winners...

Six members of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce were formally recognized Wednesday evening at the annual dinner held at the Hilton Garden Inn & Riverstone Conference Center.

Chamber President and CEO Barbi Brewer-Watson said “it’s a great way to celebrate our members and their contributions to our communities.”

Jeff Hammes, Chairman of the Board of Directors, says “we’ve noticed every year a few businesses rise above. Perhaps they’ve done something special or made a particular investment in our community.”

Recipients this year include:

CSL Behring – Large Business of the Year

Frank’s Appliance & Sleepwear – Small Business of the Year

Tyjuan Hagler Foundation – Not for Profit of the Year

Stefari Café – New Business of the Year

Carla Sanders, Milner Broadcasting – President’s Award

Lisa Ravesloot, Express Employment Professionals – Ambassador of the Year

Honorees were nominated by fellow members, colleagues, or employees and were chosen by a selection committee from the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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Watseka: Postal investigation leads to drug arrests

Four Watseka area residents face drug charges after the U.S. government became involved in a drug investigation. A search warrant issued Wednesday resulted in the arrests of the four suspects and more arrests are likely, according to police. All four are facing possession and possession with intent to deliver charges.

24-year-old Eric Norder, 27-year-old Nicholas Norder, 26-year-old James Ward and 22-year- McKinze Fahey were all jailed in Iroquois County.

The Watseka Enforcement Team, with cooperation from the Iroquois County Sheriff’s department and State’s Attorney’s Office, KAMEG and the U.S. Postal Inspector investigated a report of the possession and distribution of narcotics in the Watseka area.

A search warrant was executed early Wednesday afternoon. Authorities located cannabis, 129 grams of psilocybin-mushrooms, vials of liquid THC and other drug paraphernalia. Also seized was $11-hundred dollars cash.

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Think outside the gift box: Donate blood and give more life

The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities >


Cissna Park
12/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 124 South Second Street

12/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Donovan High School, 600 North St

12/14/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Legion Post 23, South 4th St.


12/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/14/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/28/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
1/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive

12/4/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 E. Third

12/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall

12/26/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S Main St
12/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 698 N Locust St

12/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine

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Iroquois County continues to make negative news; everybody’s watching…

-- Animal Control harassment & mistreatment allegations stir controversy --

Iroquois County has a knack of making news in the most-negative way. And so many others are watching the drama continue.

WGFA News has received four inquiring calls since Tuesday evening, including three other news sources. And – there’s no sign of ending anytime soon......

" I've heard from so many people about this corruption and bullying. I have legal help lined up," Jamie Fanning told reporters after the latest meeting.

Fired-Animal Control Warden Jamie Fanning, who says her cry of harassment and mistreated animals have been ignored and pushed aside. The allegation, she said, led to her dismissal.

Tuesday’s Tax Committee meeting stirred more questions, few answers, and many hard feelings and bad-will.

Perhaps the biggest issue is disagreement whether Fanning was a county employee or a hired-contractor ?

County Board Chairman John Shure addressed the committee about last month’s Tax meeting, presenting documentation about the animal control position – saying there’s misinformation and incorrect statements.

Shure said his documents show the warden is an independent contractor and not an employee.

Because Fanning was not a county employee, county officials including Tax Committee Chairman Marvin Stichnoth said the county doesn’t have to investigate her claim of harassment.
That didn’t go over well ......

Board member Sherry Johnson and other Fanning supporters say everyone deserves justice in harassment claims.

State's Attorney Jim Devine said it appears to be a “he said, she said situation.”

Devine explained department heads determine job performance, not the tax committee.

As for harassment, the county is not required to investigate a contracted-employee complaint ? ..........

Meanwhile – the state department of agriculture is investigating Iroquois Count Animal Control for operating without a license, which the county has since applied for.

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"UPDATE” -- Five Vehicle Crash Claims Two Lives

Tippecanoe County--The names of the deceased from the five vehicle crash have been identified as Marvin L. Rea, 49 of Gary, IN the driver and Kelli Nicole Bradley, 34 also from Gary the passenger. They were in a car crushed between a semi and a box truck. Families have been notified.

Indiana State Police reported at approximately 3:20 pm Tuesday, a chain reaction pile-up occured on I-65. The domino-effect crash happened in the southbound lanes near the 172 MM. The interstate traffic was closed for several hours during the investigation.

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