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Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort closing its door

It's been a popular fitness resort for some 30 years, tucked in the quiet farm ground of rural Iroquois County. It's also been a relaxing comfort zone for many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey...even though celebrity visits were kept quiet.

Today, the Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort near Gilman has been sold. A news release states the facility will close November 30.

The news statement points out the new owner is a family-owned corporation in the nursing home, senior healthcare and rehab industries. Plans call for major renovations which will begin soon after the closing.

The Heartland Spa is encouraging people to use any gift certificates before the November 30 closing.


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I-57 bridge work shuts down traffic

The Illinois Department of Transportation continues its road work project, replacing a bridge over the Kankakee River.

Southbound traffic was flowing again this (Tues) morning after being shut down Monday night. Northbound traffic will be closed tonight from 7 pm 'til 6 am Wednesday. Motorists should be aware of detour signs and be alert for work crews.

The project is part of a $19 million bridge rebuild program through the Illinois Jobs-Now Program.

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Road construction projects total $4.2 mil for Kankakee County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced capital investments of more than $4.2 million for construction projects in Kankakee County.

Work will completed on Illinois Route 1/17 from Route 114 at the State Line west to Grant Park at Routes 1/17. Milling, aggregate shoulders, sidewalk ramp updates are part of the scheduled work detail. The cost is listed at $2,369,

Work in the Manteno area will cost $1,879,182 on Illinois Route 50. Just under four miles of milling and resurfacing will be completed from north of St. George Road to north of 6th Street in Manteno.

The projects are part of the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.

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Fatal car crash in Newton County, IN

An 18-year-old Morocco, Indiana motorist was killed this week in a single-car crash.
Jeremy Simoneau (Sim-uh-NO) was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday.

Newton County Sheriff's Police reported the victim's car was northbound on County Road 150E at a high rate of speed when it crossed over State Road 114 and left the roadway. The vehicle went airborne before running into a grove of trees. Alcohol has not been determined as a factor in the crash.

The Newton County Coroner's office, State Police, Iroquois Township Fire and Newton County Ambulance personnel were all one the scene.

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Rutherford talks to Iroquois County GOP Women’s Club

Dan Rutherford has traveled many roads in a long Illinois political career. And, he's learned a few things along the way.

The soon-to-be former State Treasurer told the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club (Thursday) the Republican Party needs to learn how to adapt to changing times.

The mean attitude the Republican and democrats have toward each other just shows how divided everyone seems to be, in Washington and Springfield," Rutherford told WGFA News. He said the Republican Party has been the recipient of the negative image.

The bitterness and mean-spirited demeanor of so many people, these days, Rutherford points out, is inside the party ranks too.

Rutherford said it's his opinion the issues of gay rights, guns, or abortion should not dictate who's a good Republican or a bad Republican. Until that happens, he says, sadly the party is going to be the minority.

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