Public libraries are getting a big helping hand from the state.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has awarded $15.4 million in grants to 630 public libraries. The grants will help allow for buying more materials, updating equipment and adding more electronics.
Many of the public libraries in central Illinois have been awarded these grants in past years.
Fourteen families are getting help from the community of St. Anne after Saturday's fire that displaced nearly two-dozen people. The apartment building fire alerted 25 area fire departments. No reports of any serious injuries.
St. Anne Fire Chief Tim Douglas said the cause was undr investigation, believed to have started in a downstairs apartment.
Clothing and household items were collected Monday at the Community Center.
The St. Anne National Bank has set up an account to accept monetary donations. Checks can be sent to the St. Anne Victims Fund in c/o of the Bank at P.O. Box 380 in St. Anne, 60964.
A Beecher man died in a single-vehicle crash Monday in eastern Will County. 56-year-old Cordell Williams left Illinois 394 at Route 1. His pickup then caught fire.
Illinois State police responded to a crash 7:43am. Williams was transported to area hospital and later pronounced dead. The crash is still under investigations by Illinois State Police and the Coroner’s Office.
The Glenn Raymond School Science Olympiad Team competed at the Illinois State Science Olympiad Competition on Saturday at the University of Illinois.
The team consists of 15 students and 11 alternates competing in 23 different events and 5 trial events. The team earned a 13th Place as a team in the state and brought home medals in 6 events and finished in the top ten in 7 other events.
Claire Curry and Raegan Gooding took home state championship honors in Science Crimebusters.
Jordan Schroeder and Adam Norder earned a state championship in Mystery Architecture.
Mitchell Galyen and Zakkary Clark took 3rd place in the tower competition. It was Mitchell's second straight state medal in this event.
Caitlin Corzine and Andrew Heuring took 5th place in Herpetology.
Jackie Lynch and Andrew Heuring took 5th place in Disease Detectives.
Bella Yarneau and Sophia Scott earned 5th place medals in the Density trial event.
"We are very proud of our students' hard work and accomplishments. To bring home some medals and even a couple state champioships against the best in the state is a testament to what our students can achieve." -Coach Troy J. Simpson
Watseka, IL -- A Thrivent Action Team in Watseka hosted an event to help defray the upfront cost of the fundraiser by purchasing concession food items that was sold at the event and a raffle basket.
The event took place on Friday, April 20th at the Watseka Community High School gym . The U of I wheelchair basketball team entertained the crowd by facing off against different area teams, the KCC Lady Cavaliers, local fire and EMS, and area high school basketball players. Each of those teams played a quarter; the final quarter compiled of the U of I team against each other.
A Thrivent Action Team also supported the Gigi’s Playhouse Brew Ha Ha Fundraiser at the Majestic Theatre in Kankakee.
The Thrivent Action Team volunteers were also busy April 14 in support of the KC-CASA/ISAS Singing for the Stars fundraiser. The event, at the Watseka Theatre, provided financial backing for the fight against sexual assault.