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State Tourism Stop in Kankakee

The Illinois Bureau of Tourism "Illinois Road Show" made a stop in Kankakee Monday afternoon.

Deputy Director Jen Hoelsle (Hole-zl) said the stop was part of a five-day, 17-stop road show to thank the local Convention and Visitor's Bureaus that helped the state bring in a record breaking number of visitors last year. Hoelsle says Kankakee County is doing well.

Hoelsle, who's Bureau is responsible for the "Little Abe" commercials, says the state will continue to work to bring more tourism to the area.

Find out more about Illinois tourism at enjoyillinois.com

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50th year for Kankakee County Fair

The five-day run of the Kankakee County Fair gets underway tomorrow (Wed). And it's the 50th birthday for the event. The fairgrounds, just off Route 45 south of Kankakee, is bustling with activity.

The fair includes the expected displays of tractors along with the popular attractions of figure 8 school bus racing and demolition derby cars.

The gates open at 7 o'clock Wednesday morning. The daily agenda includes the predictable sheep and swine competition, as well as a carnival midway. Then, new this year, the Wambold Amazing Animal Show is set for 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday night's grandstand show features the oddity of cars and trucks pulling trailers, instead of the standard stock car racing. Thursday's main event is the bus racing.
Friday night's grandstand show gets back to the fair's roots, with a rodeo and calf scramble. Saturday offers a new event for children, a treasure hunt, also staged at the grandstand area. The activity will send various age groups out in a search for special "stars." These tokens can be redeemed for major prizes, including video game systems, as well as cash prizes, and coupons that can be redeemed for midway food or at area McDonald's restaurants.

Sunday wraps things up with a demolition derby. A complete list of fair activities can be found at www.kankakeefair.org.

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Third Flood Zone Coalition meeting held, approach to regional floodplain management continues to develop

OTTAWA, IL – State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said a third Flood Zone Coalition meeting was held July 24 in Ottawa following two previously successful meetings in which local officials have agreed to take a more regional and comprehensive approach to flood preparation and management.

Discussion on how to best prepare the region for future flooding continued and plans have begun to develop.

Sen. Rezin said the ongoing commitment of local officials to participate in a regional plan is encouraging.

"What we're doing with these meetings ultimately benefits this entire area and the people who live in our communities," she said. "We will continue these discussions about how to best plan and implement measures that will help us better prepare and respond to floods that occur. I couldn't be more pleased at the ongoing interest and involvement that these meetings have produced and we will keep having them as long as they are needed."

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Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check to be conducted

Ashkum, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 21, will be conducting Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) in Kankakee County on August 16th and 30th, according to Lieutenant Randy Ness. The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or Driving Under the Influence (DUI).


Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

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Bennett the GOP choice for 106th House seat

Tom Bennett of Gibson City will be the Republican name on the ballot for the 106h House district this November. Bennett was a unanimous choice Sunday to replace Josh Harms of Watseka, who elected to withdraw from the race to return to teaching.

A selection committee chaired by Livingston County Republican Party Chairman John McGlasson made Bennett the choice following a meeting Sunday in Paxton.

Bennett was part of five-person race for the House seat in 2012. Bennett finished second to Harms.

Tom Bennett is the Republican chairman for Ford County. He's also a veteran member of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, now serving as Chairman. He's employed as IT Service Manager for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington.

Watseka alderman Bill Nutter is the Democratic challenger for the House seat in November.

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