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Rauner: Lawmakers Aren't Doing Their "Duty" On Budget

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says it's inexcusable that state lawmakers are heading home for the summer. Rauner blasted Democratic leaders in the Illinois House yesterday, just hours before lawmakers left town without voting on a state budget. The governor said he's willing to keep talking, but says any budget that he signs must have a permanent, meaningful property tax freeze. Illinois hasn't had a budget in more than two years. {Metro News}

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Watseka to celebrate 150th anniversary

The city of Watseka is celebrating its sesquicentennial early in June. A weeklong celebration is set for June 8 – 11th with several events and activities planned.

The city was established in 1867. The upcoming celebration—Ryan Bell --- tells WGFA listeners, will be special ..........

Bell is a member of the 150th planning committee. He says it all starts on Thursday June 8th ..........

An opening ceremony is at 6:30 pm June 8th. It’s followed by Family Movie Night at Lakeview Park, across from Watseka City Hall on Brianna Drive.

Move Night is made possible thru the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce.

{“The Secret Life of Pets" will be shown at Lakeview Park }

A free “Teen Dance” is at Riverside Specialty Parking Lot along Route 24-E.Friday, June 9th, beginning at 5 pm.

Saturday, June 10th events include Kids Games at the First Trust Bank parking lot downtown Watseka 12 Noon ‘til 4 pm. Lakeview Park also has a Kids Fishing Derby from 8 am ‘til 2 pm. And more musical entertainment at the Riverside parking lot at 7:30 pm.

Sunday events include a Petting Zoo at the Old Courthouse grounds and the RC Demolition Derby starting at 10 am at the First Trust parking lot.

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UPDATE: Pembroke Township man arrested for fatal midday shooting in Kankakee

Kankakee police have arrested a Pembroke man in connection with Tuesday’s midday shooting that left one man dead. More arrests are expected.

The victim and the suspect have not been identified. Police initially said they believe there was only one shooter, but several shots were fired in an alley near Bourbonnais Street and Harrison Avenue.

The victim was taken to a Chicago-area hospital where he died Tuesday evening. He was shot in the neck following what police are calling an altercation.

It was the city's fourth homicide of the year following another homicide Sunday.

A man was killed and two others were injured in two separate shootings over the weekend in Kankakee.

33-year-old Jonathan S. Willis, 33 of Kankakee died of multiple gunshot wounds to his chest. He was shot early Sunday at an outdoor party on N. Evergreen Avenue.

A 22-year-old Kankakee man sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg.

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KCC baseball heads to NJCAA World Series Final Four

ENID, OKLAHOMA. – The Kankakee Community College baseball team is in the final four of the NJCAA World Series.

After dropping its first game in the NJCAA Division II World Series tournament, Kankakee Community College has put together three straight victories to keep its season alive.

Once again facing elimination, the Cavaliers (51-11-1) ousted Pitt Community College (NC) Tuesday evening 14-6.
The win puts KCC into the Final Four. The Cavaliers take on Parkland College (52-7-1) at 7 pm Wednesday night.

In the win over Pitt (42-9), KCC's Nick Albanese led the offense, going 1-for-2 with a double, two runs and three RBIs. Alex Mandeville followed, going 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs as Dylan Dodd finished 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

On the mound, Kyle Flessner picked up the win in 4 2/3 innings of work. Flessner allowed six earned runs on 10 hits while walking three batters. Brennan Kelly threw 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing no hits and striking out two.

The Cavaliers pounded out 12 hits, breaking the game open with a seven-run 5th inning. KCC scored two in the second inning, two in the third, seven in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.

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Weekend storm damage in Hoopeston, Rossville

Clean-up efforts continued Tuesday in northern Vermilion County where high winds, heavy rains and hail did damage in Hoopeston, Rossville and Bismarck Friday night.

No injuries were reported. The storm flooded streets and farm fields. Trees and power lines were down. The Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency reported hail in excess of two inches. Winds reached 70 mph.

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