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Kankakee County Chamber Chairman applauds local support

The chairman of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce says 'Thank You," a huge Thank You to the many members and supporters who've made a mission happen.

Mike O'Brien even thanked his wife and parents for their roles in allowing him to share enough of his time to help direct the efforts of so many people who've contributed to the success of the chamber.

It was two years ago when local business leaders managed to achieve a long time goal by creating a single, unified chamber of commerce serving Aroma Park, Bourbonnais, Bradley and Kankakee.

Chairman O'Brien thanked his Board of Directors and presented business leader Joe Franco with an appreciation plaque. It extends a thank you for Franco's leadership in pulling the people into one room to make the mission of the chamber happen.

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Sandra Knight earns ATHENA Award

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Borrowing the philosophical thought of Teddy Roosevelt, and making the most of what's at hand, created a work ethic that has earned Sandra Knight the ATHENA Award.

The honor was presented to the Kankakee YWCA Executive Director at Wednesday night's Annual Meeting of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce.

A long list of accomplishments and continuing accolades read by Kankakee resident Kay Green about Sandra Knight highlighted so many qualities the 25th honoree of the ATHENA Award is all about.

Sandra Knight has reeled in thousands and thousands of dollars in grant money to benefit so many local programs. The list is never ending and still continues. Project after project still benefiting women.

The ATHENA Award inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightment – all qualities wrapped up in the ATHENA Leadership Model.

And the energy it must take for Sandra Knight to keep on going.

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Vermilion Regional Airport Award Winner

The Illinois Department of Transportation has named the Vermilion Regional Airport the 'General Aviation Airport of the Year.'

The award is for Category A, and was one of seven awarded Wednesday at the Illinois Aviation Conference in Collinsville.

Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said ''We are very proud of the commitment made to ensure the comfort and safety of Illinois travelers.'' Schneider said ''These airports set the bar for excellence, and we are happy to partner with them to continue to advance aviation and further safe and efficient air travel throughout Illinois.''

Each year, senior staff from IDOT's Division of Aeronautics convenes to determine which airports should receive special recognition as ''Airport of the Year''. The criteria for the award are based on cooperation and coordination with the Division of Aeronautics by airport management and their staff, the facility's safety record, maintenance of the facility and the promotion of seminars and aviation events.

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State grants certification to Ford, Iroquois health departments

The Illinois Department of Public Health has said 'yes" to certification to the new health departments serving Ford and Iroquois counties.

The certification approval for both counties is for five years. The approval came from Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. notified the agencies that they have been granted their long-awaited certification.

The announcement was relayed to local officials by Steve Williams, interim director Ford-Iroquois Public health department. Williams is helping to dissolve the current two-county health department. The new health departments will begin serving their own jurisdictions July 1.

The official certifications of the two county health agencies was effective May 8th.

Hasbrouck cited the achievements of the two county staff members for their diligence in getting the certification.
As certified local health departments, the Ford and Iroquois agencies are now eligible for the Department's Local Health Protection Grant.

The certification also notes the counties IPLANs have been approved. The Plan is the Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs. Each IPLAN serves as a "road map" for addressing the health needs of each county over the next five years.

Steve Williams said the IPLAN success "was a great community effort."

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Watseka man arrested after shot fired at a residence

Watseka Police are investigating a Monday night incident in which a shot was allegedly fired at a residence. No one was injured.

Police Chief Roger Leback reports officers responded to a report of a shot fired at a residence in 200-block of N. 4th Street about 11:30 pm. The shot broke a window.

After an investigation, 23-year-old Alejandro Pimental of Watseka was arrested. He's charged with reckless discharge of a firearms aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and for being an armed habitual criminal.

Police say more arrests are pending.

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