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Friendship Festival set for next week

The annual Bourbonnais Friendship Festival is set for Wednesday, June 21 rujnning thru that weekend. This year's theme "Friendship ... How Sweet It Is!"

Several popular events are included in the weekend fun. New to the festivities this year is a car, truck and bike show on Saturday, June 24. The show will take place from noon to 5 p.m.

The festival also will include a fishing derby Saturday, June 24, at the Municipal Center pond from 9 a.m. to noon, a 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m. and a performance from the Jessie White Tumblers at 7 p.m. the same day.

A number of bands also will be featured at the friendship festival including Nick Galik and the Gamblers, High Anxiety, Coopers Grove Band and Boots-N-Motion.

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Fairbury Police search for fugitive

A domestic problem in Forest (IL) now has Livingston County authorities looking for a man who escaped from police custody.

Christopher Folk reportedly broke out the rear window of a police squad car and fled. Fairbury Police are asking the public to help in locating Folk. He was in custody after police responded to a domestic violence call in neighboring Forest.

Since fleeing from custody, Folk now faces additional charges of escape and damage to state-supported property. Police believe Folk may still be in the immediate area. Contact Fairbury Police is you know of Folk’s whereabouts (815-692-3347).

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Vermilion County officials monitoring state revenues

The Vermilion County Board was told (Tuesday) evening that county expenditures look OK even though the state’s financial picture is still putting a strain on other governmental bodies.

Some county departments are doing better than others, but concerns continue because the State of Illinois has not been paying its bills.

The finance committee reports sales tax revenues and salary reimbursements for some positions are two of the areas of concern. Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron say the county has been monitoring revenues closer than ever before.

County Treasurer Darren Duncan has been providing the County Board with monthly updates. Marron added that Vermilion County elected officials and department heads have been doing a good job with their expenditures. The expenditures for those offices have been considerably below what was budgeted.

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Financial picture 'not bad' in Iroquois County

Iroquois County finances are in decent shape; no real red flags...according to latest reports. The General Fund has about 3-months operating cash on hand.

Income tax revenues are two-months behind; that’s about average ... according to the Treasurer’s Office. Also normal is the Probation Department salary reimbursements, which are 8-months behind.

State payments for the State’s Attorney, Public Defenders and Supervisor of Assessments are OK.

Finance Director Anita Speckman provided quarterly cash trends for the general fund, health department, 911, joint dispatch and highway. Worksheets list average cash balances, the annual budget and monthly operating cash.

Speckman reported to the Finance committee about the timing of the FY18 budget while providing an example of the budget meeting calendars used in the past three years. The committee agreed to the budget hearing dates for July 24 and 25th from 9 am ‘til 12 Noon.

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Braidwood woman missing

A search for a missing Braidwood woman resumes this (Wed) morning. Authorities ask volunteers to meet at the Village Hall. Search teams will be instructed as to how the emergency effort will move forward.

Fire department personnel are coordinating the search for 73-year-old Kim Grey who was last seen Sunday evening near her home on Smallmouth Lane.

A fire department spokesman describes Kim Grey as 5-1, 130 pounds. She has dark hair and suffers from dementia.

Anyone with info about her whereabouts should call 9-1-1.

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