Cultra calls prison closures “Quinn’s inability to lead”
ONARGA, IL – State Sen. Shane Cultra (R-Onarga) offered the following comments after media reports about the Illinois Department of Corrections shelving its plans to shutter the Dwight and Tamms Correctional Centers by Aug 31.
“The whole prison closure situation has been a massive debacle that was orchestrated by Governor Pat Quinn’s inability to lead. Ever since the plan was hatched in February, we have had our doubts that it would come to fruition by August. But make no mistake about this; the damage has already been done,” Cultra said. “Workers and residents of Dwight and Livingston County still face an uncertain future. We will continue to work throughout the fall and into the Veto Session for a desirable solution that will hopefully keep Dwight Correctional Center open.”
The parking lot at the Metro Centre on St. George Road in Bourbonnais will be sealed and restriped Wednesday, August 29th. Because of this, the Metro Centre will be closed to the public all day on Wednesday. Commuters will be asked to park to the west of the building. Anyone wishing to purchase a monthly pass on Wednesday will need to visit one of the 7 other pass locations.
For more information on River Valley Metro call 815-937-4287 or log on to rivervalleymetro.com.
WATSEKA -- The Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka was the setting for historians Sunday. More than two-dozen people gathered, some camping out, to re-enact the Civil War days.
The event, which included educational presentations, was part of Iroquois County’s Civil War sesquicentennial. It’s hoped the day’s event will draw more interest to what the Old Courthouse Museum offers Iroquois County.
The historians are well-schooled professionals, who take the time to educate the rest of us what the Civil War was all about and how it played its part in local history.
The Battlefield Balladeers provided musical entertainment on civil war days instruments. Civil War souvenirs were also available for sale at the museum.
The Civil War encampment began at 9 a.m. Later in the afternoon, The Iroquois County Slow Boys Tractor Club provided trolly-transportation during a parade to the G.A.R. cemetery. The Grand Army of the Republic cemetery, tucked along side Oak Hill cemetery, is the resting place of many civil war soldiers.
Several descendants of Iroquois County soldiers marched to the graves to lay a wreath at G.A.R. cemetery. Re-enactor Rod Miller read a list of local men who died serving in the Civil War 76th Infantry.
American Legion Post #23 and the Watseka High School Band also played in the re-enactment.
Those attending were invited to sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The Battle Cry of Freedom," songs originated during the war.
The re-enactment activities are made possible through the Illinois Humanities Council, the Illinois General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Area farmers are getting real-life reminders of the tough harvest ahead here in 2012.
Corn Growers Association members in Kankakee, LaSalle, Livingston and McLean counties recently released yield estimate results. Some figures show estimate that farmers could be harvesting up to 35 percent less corn compared to 2011.
The Kankakee County Corn Growers Association released its survey estimates this last week, estimating a yield of about 123.4 bushels an acre. An estimated 200 fields were surveyed by teams of association members.
The number could be the lowest since 1995 when the yield brought 109 bushels an acre.
Figures released in Kankakee show field estimates ranging from about 80 to 180 bushels an acre.
Vintage Tractors “Ride the River”…. along the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers
KANKAKEE -- A fifty-mile trek Saturday along the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers helped raise scholarship money for agriculture and horticulture studies at Kankakee Community College (KCC).
Tractor enthusiasts from across the Illiana area paraded their vintage tractors during the bi-annual “Ride the River” Vintage Tractor Ride. The event is a partnership between KCC, the KCC Foundation, and the Central Illinois Green Club.
Green Club member and KCC Foundation Board member John Fulton says “it’s all for a great cause…helping future generations of farmers while allowing tractor enthusiasts to show off their pride and joy while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the rivers.”
The scholarship will help two students attend college this fall.