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Manteno gets 4-way stop at rural site

The intersection of 9000N and 5000W roads in rural Manteno now is a four-way stop.

A safety study, after several accidents at the site, resulted in Kankakee County officials installing the 4-way stop signs this week.

Five crashes in just a 12-month period stirred action.
North-south traffic was required to stop with posted signs. Now, east-west motorists will also see stop signs. And there will be “stop ahead” advisory signs and flashing red lights at the intersection.

Whitten, Rockville Township road commissioner Jon Whitten said, the problems intersection has been an issue dating back 10+ years. He said something had to be done, even though some said speeding was also an issue with the intersection and the number of crashes there.

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Parkland trustees OK $55.3 million budget

Parkland College trustees Wednesday night approved a budget that is 3 percent less than last year's. Board Chairman Dana Trimble said it still allows for quality education.

Spending for the fiscal year that began July 1 will total $55.3 million, down from $57.2 million last year.
But while last year's budget was upset by the virtual elimination of any state funding, this year's projects only $2.5 million in money from the state government. In past years, Parkland counted on about $5 million from Springfield.

Parkland received its full $1.8 million "stopgap budget" funding earlier this month, said Chris Randles, vice president and chief financial officer at the Champaign-based community college.

This year's budget anticipates a slight surplus at the end of the year while last year's budget ended about $5 million in the red.

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Drowning victim ID in Vermilion County

The Vermilion County Coroner’s office has identified a 4-year-old Westville girl who drowned Wednesday afternoon at a day care south of Tilton.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said Thursday Ryleigh P. Arnett’s cause of death was drowning, according to the preliminary autopsy,

Police reported the girl was swimming in a pool Wednesday afternoon at a state-licensed home day care in the Home Gardens area. That’s an unincorporated residential neighborhood south of Tilton.

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National refuge being turned away in Kankakee County

Kankakee County’s long-standing opposition to a wildlife refuge is likely to remain that way. The County Board’s planning, zoning and agriculture committee (Wednesday) voted to continue its opposition to a proposed national refuge site.

The opposition by the committee will be forwarded to the full County Board.

It was the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which proposed the refuge some 20 years ago. Friends of the Kankakee, a group of wildlife enthusiasts, have brought the matter back to life. But the opposing people still point to agriculture concerns as to why they don’t like it.

The Kankakee and Ford-Iroquois County Farm Bureaus have pointed to an eroding tax base, drainage issues, and effects on wildlife as to why they oppose the refuge. Those opposing also say public services would be affected.

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College Day at DACC

Over 60 colleges and universities from nine states will have representatives on the Danville Area Community College campus Thursday (September 22). The 37th Annual College Day allows visitors to get information about classes offered on their respective campuses.
The public can meet the reps from 9 am until 11:am. in the Mary Miller Gymnasium at Danville Area Community College.
College and University representatives who will be participating include ones from the following:
• University of Illinois at Chicago and Champaign-Urbana
• Ball State University
• Bradley University
• Eastern Illinois University
• Illinois State University
• Illinois Wesleyan University
• Indiana State University
• Milliken University
• Missouri University of Science and Technology
• Olivet Nazarene University
• Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Edwardsville
• University of Notre Dame
• University of South Alabama
• Western Illinois University

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