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The Iroquois County Fair continues Saturday and into the weekend....celebrating 58 years at the Crescent City Fairgrounds. (see schedule..... www.iroquoiscofair.com )
The Newton County Punkin Vine Fair in Indiana wraps up today (Sat). The Demolition Derby is tonight (Sat) at 7:30.
The Livingston County Fair at Pontiac features a return of the Illini State Pullers – Tractor Pulls at the grandstand this (Sat) evening, beginning at 6:30.

Bears practice sessions begin .....

The Chicago Bears mini-camp at Bourbonnais kicks off its first public practice session Saturday morning. Players will run thru drills beginning at 8:15 am. The public is welcome, but tickets are required.

Olivet Nazarene University has been hosting the Bears since 2002.

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$92,000 worth of meth seized by KAMEG

An 18-year-old man from Kankakee is facing drug charges following an investigation by KAMEG agents Thursday. Yisel Guadalupe Perez-Varela was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of cannabis with intent.

Crystal methamphetamine and cannabis with a street value exceeding $100,000 was seized at a residence on S. Lincoln Avenue in Kankakee.

Agents recovered 2 pounds of crystal meth with an estimated street value of $92,000 and 7.7 pounds of cannabis with an estimated street value of $19,250.

KAMEG Director Christopher Koerner reports there has been an increase in the presence of meth in the area possibly due to the health hazards associated with heroin-laced fentanyl.

In a separate drug investigation (Thursday) agents seized a 9mm pistol and a half pound of cannabis from a home on S. Dearborn Ave. in Kankakee.

23-year-old Darius K. Samuels of Kankakee was arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

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Bears settle in for mini-camp at Bourbonnais

The Chicago Bears 2018 mini-camp is geared up for a 26-day visit to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. The Bears brass and players arrived over the last two days.  The annual kick-off for camp is this evening.

Head coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace held their first press conference Thursday.  Pace thanked the Boubonnais community for the warm reception.  Nagy said the team was anxious to get started.

First-round draft choice, linebacker Roquan Smith, is absent yet to iron out his contract detials.  Nagy explained there's many new aspects of camp beisdes the new personnel.

Nagy will be the team’s fifth head coach to prowl the ONU practice fields — following Dick Jauron, Lovie Smith, Marc Trestman and John Fox — as the Bears hope to return to NFL respectability and the playoffs.
While thousands of fans are expected to begin arriving in the Village of Friendship for the first public practice next Saturday morning, community activities revolving around the camp will already be in motion.

The first-ever “Friday Night Lights Fest,” to be held at the BrickStone Brewery Production Facility in Bourbonnais. Bourbonnais has been the Bears’ summer home since 2002.

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Iroquois County Fair continues …

The Iroquois County Fair drew at the usual great crowd for the demolition derby Thursday evening. Draft Horse and Hitch competition is today and the Talent Show is at the 4-H Center at 6:30.

Illinois’ Bicentennial year brings the Illinois National Guard 144th Arm Band to the Crescent City fairgrounds. A 7:30 performance is this evening.

WIBK/WGFA radio coverage of the fair is today 3-6 pm on WIBK 96.9 / AM 1360.

4-H clubs and the Chebanse American Legion Post 408 raised the flags Wednesday to get the 2018 fair underway.

Chebanse American Legion Post 408 members James Smith, Nic Smith, Todd Fatka, Dave Trout and Ron Lukow raised the American flag.

4-Hers Cassie Peters and Zach Price introduced the local clubs and their representatives. The local clubs presented their banner.

Fair Board President Marvin Perzee introduced Rep. Tom Bennett, thanking him for the legislative effort in getting Gov. Bruce Rauner to redistribute funding for county fairs. Perzee said at least premium money was restored after going unpaid for several years. Illinois county fairs will share $5-million dollars.

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Manteno park getting more improvement

Manteno’s Village Board is agreeing to spending $240,000 for decorative lighting to improve the Square on Second. The Square on Second project, unveiled last fall, will also get a fountain at a cost of $134,000.

The Board’s approval (Monday) also calls for additional playground equipment.

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