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Kankakee interim-police chief resigns

Following up on Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong’s announcement that she plans to nominate former city patrolman Price Dumas as the new police chief, acting-chief Robin Passwater has resigned.

Passwater steps aside as the interim-chief effective today, June 1. He returns to his police lieutenant position in the department.

The City Council is expected to vote on the mayor’s nomination for police chief at the June 5th meeting.

The Daily-Journal reported Dumas, who’s now with the Illinois State Police, was part of a failed lawsuit against the city of Kankakee for alleged racial discrimination. Dumas left the police department three years later to join the state police.

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Business Groups: 2017 Session Worst Ever

Illinois' business leaders say the spring of 2017 is one of the worst legislative sessions they've ever seen. The Illinois Manufacturers' Association, the Illinois Chamber, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses all said yesterday that lawmakers in Springfield made it much tougher for job creators this year. The groups point to the vote to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars-an-hour, votes for new income taxes, and the proposed tax for the 'privilege' of doing business in the state. The NFIB's Mark Grant says they're not surprised by the legislature's anti business stance. He said they're simply fed up.             (Metro News}

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Madigan Claims To Be Meeting Governor's Demands

House Speaker Mike Madigan says he's done everything Governor Rauner has asked. Madigan yesterday released a series of 'accomplishments' he says are actually the governor's budget demands. The Speaker says Democrats approved their own versions of workers' comp reform, a property tax freeze, business incentives, and procurement reforms. Governor Rauner says all of the measures fall short of what the state needs. {Metro News}

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Rauner: Lawmakers Aren't Doing Their "Duty" On Budget

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says it's inexcusable that state lawmakers are heading home for the summer. Rauner blasted Democratic leaders in the Illinois House yesterday, just hours before lawmakers left town without voting on a state budget. The governor said he's willing to keep talking, but says any budget that he signs must have a permanent, meaningful property tax freeze. Illinois hasn't had a budget in more than two years. {Metro News}

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Watseka to celebrate 150th anniversary

The city of Watseka is celebrating its sesquicentennial early in June. A weeklong celebration is set for June 8 – 11th with several events and activities planned.

The city was established in 1867. The upcoming celebration—Ryan Bell --- tells WGFA listeners, will be special ..........

Bell is a member of the 150th planning committee. He says it all starts on Thursday June 8th ..........

An opening ceremony is at 6:30 pm June 8th. It’s followed by Family Movie Night at Lakeview Park, across from Watseka City Hall on Brianna Drive.

Move Night is made possible thru the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce.

{“The Secret Life of Pets" will be shown at Lakeview Park }

A free “Teen Dance” is at Riverside Specialty Parking Lot along Route 24-E.Friday, June 9th, beginning at 5 pm.

Saturday, June 10th events include Kids Games at the First Trust Bank parking lot downtown Watseka 12 Noon ‘til 4 pm. Lakeview Park also has a Kids Fishing Derby from 8 am ‘til 2 pm. And more musical entertainment at the Riverside parking lot at 7:30 pm.

Sunday events include a Petting Zoo at the Old Courthouse grounds and the RC Demolition Derby starting at 10 am at the First Trust parking lot.

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