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KCC, ONU, DACC plan for classes to resume

Kankakee Community College and other high-learning centers are getting their plans in order to find a routine again. Fall classes at KCC finds officials planning ways to safely instruct students and still deliver courses which need to utilize specialized labs and other in-person meetings.

Sheri Cagle, KCC Dean for Health Careers, says the college plan for scheduling mainly falls into three categories. Lecture classes will be online, some having set time schedules and real-time communication. Others will have a more traditional online format where students set their own schedules.

Danville Area Community College plans to reopen some of its on-campus operations in the new month. Most classes will be online only. Welding will be held on campus. Registration will be open on-campus with limited-staff for four hours daily. DACC will have two entrances where students and staff will have temperatures checked. Everyone will have to wear a sticker stating they’ve been tested. Social distancing measures will be in place.

At Olivet Nazarene University….officials say they will be bringing students back to campus. Classes are set to begin earlier than normal, on August 17. Classes are expected to be a mix of online and face-to-face communication. And COVID-19 protection will be a normal practice.

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Re-opening in Illinois sparks flurry of activity

Friday marked the start of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. Several communities organized their own programs to help businesses get moving again with business activity. Social distancing guidelines remain in place…hair salons opened up, nails had women waiting and gyms were setting up with social distancing GUIDELINES. Malls were opening for walkers with directional flow charts.

Public Works Departments in some communities were helping to set up barriers and tables and chairs for outside dining. Bourbonnais and Manteno officials were setting up outdoor arrangements so that the bars and restaurants can accommodate customers.

And many area towns were also giving kudos again to their home-town heroes for all the help during the troubled times in weeks past while the recovery continues.

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Scam or Not, be cautious

If you get a call from an unknown number claiming to be a COVID-19 contact tracer, it could be a scam, or it could be legit. Public health officials say state contact tracers will be making calls to people it believes have come in contact with someone who’s been exposed to COVID. But officials also say scammers are expected to take advantage of what they called the “new normal.” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said legitimate tracers won’t ask for money.

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2nd fisherman's body found

Kankakee Fire Chief Damon Schuldt reports the body of a second fisherman who fell into the Kankakee River last month has been found…. 70 MILES AWAY….in the Illinois River at Ottawa. Chief Schuldt said he was notified Saturday by the Illinois Department of Natural resources that the body of Nicholas Williams of Matteson was found. The other man who drowned was 42-yr-old William Veasley, also of Matteson. His body was recovered last Tuesday in Grundy County – also in the Illinois River at the Dresden Lock & Dam. The men disappeared while fishing in the Kankakee River May 7.

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Kankakee County unemployment jumps

 A big-time hit on unemployment reported in Kankakee County. The continuing pandemic took another bite in the local area, like many other communities in the state and across the U.S. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) reported the jobless rate in the county soared to 15.9 percent in April. Last year’s number was at 4.4%. Officials report nearly 4,000 jobs have been lost in the area.

Bloomington, as always, records the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 12.8 percent. Rockford has the highest at 22.4 percent.

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