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Vermilion County preps for return of “Balloons over Vermilion”

Balloons Over Vermilion is back ! The popular event returns Saturday, after an absence, to light the sky over the Vermilion Airport.

Hot air balloons helped highlight the Danville Dans Baseball game last Saturday night. Ronald McDonald threw out the first pitch. And Thursday, the Danville Boat Club will bring back the ‘Splash and Dash’ involving hot air balloons that will fly over Lake Vermilion.

A Balloon School is featured Saturday (July 16) at the Vermilion Regional Airport. Balloon pilots volunteer to educate visitors about topics like the fabric that makes up balloons, making balloon baskets, what actually makes them fly, and weather conditions.

Balloons Over Vermilion will feature thirty-three hot air balloons. Flights, of course, depend on weather conditions.

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Tractors for a Cure Fundraiser Set for Saturday, New Venue in Downtown Peotone

Mark your calendars for July 16, 2016.....the date for the sixth annual Tractors for A Cure (TFAC) Fundraiser. The event will be held at a new venue in downtown Peotone, Illinois (on 2nd St between Crawford and Main Streets) with the assistance of the Village of Peotone in an effort to revitalize the use of downtown for festival events and recapture the rural heritage of the area.

The event will begin at 11 am and end at approximately 11 pm.

Dean Bettenhausen, founder of Tractors for A Cure knows all too well how “Every family has someone who has been affected with some form of cancer” as in his case, his daughter Annie was affected. Best news yet......she is now 11 years clean this September. He further says, “We need to help out the American Cancer Society (ACS) as well as other cancer organizations with their fundraising for cancer research.

In 2011, Dean Bettenhausen and his team of volunteers sponsored the first inaugural Tractors for a Cure fundraiser on his farm in rural Beecher, Illinois to support The American Cancer Society. Since 2011 through last year’s event, Tractors for a Cure has raised over $184,000 for the American Cancer Society. TFAC has pledged to continue their efforts as long as possible to assist with their fundraising efforts to benefit cancer organizations in their fundraising efforts.

The first 35 registered tractors will receive a gift bag of goodies. Tractor Parade participants can drive or ride a tractor by itself or have a tractor pulling a wagon/barge. There is no prize this year for the best decorated barge/wagon.

For more information on this part of the event, please contact Steve Cross, mayor at the Village of Peotone at 708-258-3279 or at www.villageofpeotone.com.

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Vigil held on Kankakee Courthouse lawn

A smaller audience gathered on the lawn at the Kankakee County Courthouse (Sunday)
where a prayer vigil remembered the police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota last week, or the police deaths in Dallas.

Organizers said the vigil’s intent was to bring people together.

Besides vigils, protests were held in several Illinois communities. Chicago, Champiagn, Peoria and Springfield were among cities where protests were, for the most part, calm. Police in Chicago reported 19 arrests.

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Vietnam veterans gain respect at Manteno Veterans Home

There were tears and smiles, proud emotions displayed at the Manteno Veterans Home Saturday. Hundreds gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

It was a long-awaited welcome home for many Vietnam-era veterans. They were joined by so, so many other veterans representing all branches of the military.

The Director of the national cemeteries in Illinois, Sean Baumgartner, an Air Force veteran and whose father was a Vietnam veteran, said Saturday’s event should have been done 50 years ago......

Baumgartner spoke of how important it is to keep the younger generations interested and involved so they never forget what freedom cost......

The ceremony included prayer, the POW/MIA ceremony (which everyone should one day see) and a song “58,000 Names on the Wall.”

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Overworked jail guards raise safety concerns in Kankakee

Kankakee County’s continuing problem of trying to balance the budget is posing another issue, and the matter may lead to a union grievance.

Correctional officers at the Jerome Combs Detention Center have raised the concern of working too many hours. That raises red flags about safety.

The Daily-Journal reports too many hours and safety concerns are the result of budget cuts due to the county’s financial troubles. Now -- the County Board’s efforts to get a handle on the budget dilemma may be derailed.

Sheriff Mike Downey informed the county board finance committee this week that the jail guard’s union is protesting the cuts made to staff. The cuts have resulted in tired officers working double shifts, posing safety concern.

Downey reported some officers are working 16-hour days. The sheriff says there’s just 93 active guards on the payroll. There were 125 officers before the layoffs.

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