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KCC cuts due to state budget impasse

Kankakee Community College president Dr. John Avendano says "it's tragic what's happening across the state right now."

Illinois' budget problem has forced Kankakee Community College to cut some programs, downgrade staff and leave vacant positions unfilled.

The community college was set to receive $7 million from the state this fiscal year but hasn't received a penny because of the budget standoff. That's the case for all public colleges and universities in Illinois.

Avendano said "It's impacting people's lives and economic welfare. Even if a budget is passed, we are not expecting to receive any money during this fiscal year."

The changes will go into effect in January.

The KCC Adult Education program, Child Development program and Athletics will be impacted. So will the Commercial Driver's License Training and the Massage Therapy program.

The ALIVE Literacy and Baby Talk programs will be on hold until state funding becomes available.

The college also will reduce its adult education and athletic programs. Adult education classes will only be offered at the North Extension Center in Bradley and Riverfront Campus in Kankakee. The number of classes will be reduced as well.

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Watseka search for new Police Chief, Lebeck to retire

Watseka Police Chief Roger Lebeck is announcing his pending retirement, effective January 11th. Lebeck has served the city police department as chief for the last 11 years. He'll end 27 years in law enforcement.

Mayor Bob Harwood says an interim chief will likely be named as the search for a new leader will get underway.

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Mediacom internet service interrupted Tuesday

Iroquois County residents in the Watseka, Woodland areas should have their internet service back up and running after a fiber optic cable was cut Tuesday, taking out service.

The service was interrupted about 1:30 yesterday afternoon when a line was severed in Indiana. Several Indiana towns, extending over toward Crown Point, were also without internet service.

A Mediacom representative said the service was to be repaired and back online by late last night.

Several citizens, businesses and school districts reported they were without service during the afternoon and evening hours.

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Legislative candidates file petitions for 2016 election

The 2016 election process got started Monday, the first day for filing petitions for the March Primary. County Clerks' offices and the State Board of Elections were busy places Monday morning. Those candidates seeking election or retaining seats in the Illinois General Assembly, Congress and local county offices turned in paper work showing their intent.

Area State Representatives seeking re-election include: Tom Bennett in the 106th District, Dan Brady in the 105th and Chad hays in the 104th. All are Republicans now serving in the Illinois House.

For State Senate in the 52nd District – incumbent Scott Bennett, Democrat of Champaign.

Congressional candidates filing included Adam Kinzinger in the 16th District, John Shimkus in the 15th District, and Rodney Davis in the 13th.
Elected offices in Iroquois County --- States's Attorney Jim Devine, Circuit Clerk Lisa Hines and Coroner Bill Cheatum have filed for re-election.
Contested races for County Board are surfacing. Districts 1, 2 and 3 show races for available seats.

In Kankakee County --- After Monday's filing, Emile Anthony Capriotti is the lone candidate to have filed for State's Attorney. Ed Glazar and larry Beaumont are likely to join Capriotti on the Republican ticket.

Jim Rowe is expected to seek the office again on the Democratic ticket.

Current State's Attorney Jamie Boyd is not seeking re-election. He plans to seek a judgeship to fill a vacancy on the bench.

County Board and Precinct Committeemen seats are also up for election in 2016.

The filing period continues until next Monday, November 30th.

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T-Giving forecast: slow warming trend

After the snowy weekend, temperatures in Central Illinois are expected to slowly rise this week. The high could be near 60 degrees on Thanksgiving Day.

The National Weather Service reports today (Monday) will be sunny with a high of 39 degrees and Tuesday calls for mostly sunny with a high near 43 degrees. There may be some fog due to the snow and climbing temperatures. Overnight lows will be around 25 degrees.

Wednesday's forecast is partly sunny and a high of 48 degrees. The chance of showers rolls in Thanksgiving Day with a high near 58 degrees.

The temperature will drop to about 44 degrees overnight.
Friday's high will be near 48 degrees with a chance of showers. A chance of rain or snow could arrive Friday night.

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