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Governor’s State University reports tuition hike

UNIVERSITY PARK -- The freshmen enrolled at Governor’s State University will pay 15% more for 2017. The suburban college has managed to survive state budget cuts the last two years. Now, officials report student tuition for incoming freshmen enrollment is up.

The university reports there were no tuition increases during the last two years despite hardships.

However, even with the 15% tuition increase, GSU is still the most-affordable public university in the region.

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Kankakee County Board spots open

The Kankakee County Board welcomes inquiries concerning available board positions. A few positions are due for appointment or reappointment.

There is one opening on the Kankakee Valley Airport Authority and three positions on the Ethics Commission.

Applications are due by March 17th. Those interested in applying should send a written request with their qualifications to: Kankakee County Board Chairman Andrew Wheeler, 189 E. Court St., Suite 502, Kankakee, IL 60901.

For an application or additional information, call 815-936-5514.

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Pet dies in Rantoul fire

Firefighters from four departments battled 30 mph winds in Rantoul Sunday.  A house fire west of the city destroyed the home and killed the family dog.

Rantoul Fire answered the call just before 3 pm.  Fire Chief Ken Waters said the 20-30 mph winds didn't help as flames spread throughout the house and garage.  Damage estimates were over $200,000 which included the hosue and two vehicles.  A nearby shed was also damaged.

No people were injured, but the family dog was found dead under a bed.

Rantrol firemen received mutual aid from Gifford, Ludlow and Thomasboro fire departments.

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Polar Plunge at Lake Manteno raises $152,000+ for Special Olympics

The nippy weather Saturday didn’t keep supporters of the Special Olympics away. The annual polar plunge at Lake Manteno generated in excess of $152,000, according to sources.

More than 500 participants took a dip to benefit the Special Olympic fund.

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Police Locate/Arrest Suspect from 1980 Murder Case

On Wednesday, Coles County Investigators met with Bradley Police

Department in reference to locating and speaking to Thomas A. Small, a

suspect in the 1980 case in which a body was located at Air Tight Bridge

in rural Coles County, Illinois. The body was later identified through

DNA testing in 1992 as Diane Small. Small had been entered earlier that

year as a missing person in Bradley, Illinois.


On Thursday, Thomas A. Small was arrested and is currently in

custody in connection with his wife’s murder, Diane Small in 1980.

Charges are pending through the Kankakee States Attorneys Office and

Coles County State’s Attorney’s Office. Agencies assisting the Coles

County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest of Thomas Small were the Bradley

Police Department and the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department.