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Kankakee School District #111 needs to cut

Kankakee school district #111 officials are considering closing the Aroma Park Elementary school and eliminating six teaching positions as a move to save the district $3.5 million dollars.

The board is expected to vote on cuts and cost-reductions next month. The district is dealing with a $6 million deficit.

The proposed cuts were aired during a public budget forum at Lincoln Cultural Center Monday. Also presented was an online survey asking parents to rate what programs they value most about the district, including preschool, summer school, social workers and librarians.

The district hasn't had a balanced budget since 2012. In 2013, the state began scaling back what it gives Kankakee schools, which have lost $12 million since then.  State aid makes up more than 51 percent of the district's $64 million budget.

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Gilman mourns death of former Mayor Price

Lyle Price was a four-term mayor in the city of Gilman. But he wasn't just the city administrator. He was a friend to all and a devoted civic leader.

The community is mourning the death of Lyle Price. He died Saturday at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Lyle Price was 71.

Price served as Mayor of Gilman from 1993 thru 2009. City officials say Lyle reached out to everyone community-wide.

Lyle owned and operated Price's Barbershop for 49 years, starting the business with his cousin Bill Price in 1966. The barbershop has been home-base for so many pranks, wild stories and just good-old friends.

Lyle was a U.S. Postal Carrier in Gilman for 37 years, a proud member of the Gilman Fire Department, and co-founded the Slow Boys Tractor Club. The Slow Boys Club has taken a lead role in the every-five-year Gilman Old Boys & Girls Reunion. Lyle served as Grand Marshall of the Old Boys & Girls Parade in 2010.

Coffee with friends, car-cruises with his dog, and wild fishing stories were part of what Lyle was all about. Lyle Price never met a stranger. The smile was contagious, always ready for a joke and a prank. And yes, he was "The Best Grandpa."

Funeral arrangements are through the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Visitation is Thursday 10/1 3-9 pm. A funeral service is Friday 10/2 at 11 am at Onarga Cemetery.

Lyle leaves behind his wife, Jean, five children including daughters Michele Schroeder, Jenny Schunke, Kerry Cohen and Heather Harbison, his son Jim Price and brothers Fred and Dr. Nicholas Price. Nine grandkids also survive.

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Boil order issued for Lake Iroquois

The community of Lake Iroquois in southwestern Iroquois County is under a boil order until further notice.

Lake Iroquois' maintenance department reported Monday afternoon that the boil order is a result of a water main being damaged and subsequently draining the water tower.

Until the boil order is lifted, Lake Iroquois residents should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation. That will kill any bacteria or other organisms that might be present in the water.

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Route 24 closed in White County this week

The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled a weeklong closure on a stretch of U.S. 24 in White County.
Beginning today (Monday), U.S. 24 will be shut down between U.S. 231 near Wolcott and State Road 43 in Reynolds.

Drivers headed east will be detoured south on U.S. 231, southeast on Interstate 65, east on State Road 18, north on State Road 43, and then back to U.S. 24.

For those traveling west on U.S. 24, the detour will take them south on State Road 43, west on State Road 18, northwest on Interstate 65, and then north on U.S. 231.
INDOT crews will be chip sealing the roadway.

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Cissna Park man gets 20 years in federal prison

District Court Judge Colin S. Bruce Monday sentenced 41-year-old Valeriano J., aka 'Billy,' Zarate (zah-RAH-te) of Cissna Park to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess more than five kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute. Following release from prison, Zarate was ordered to remain on supervised release for 10 years.

Zarate has been detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest on October 9, 2014. Zarate entered a plea of guilty on April 17 (2015) to conspiring with others from 2012 to October 2014 to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. Zarate admitted that he and others conspired to have large quantities of cocaine driven in semi-tractor trailers from outside Illinois to pre-arranged locations in Vermilion County as well as near Indianapolis, and other locations.

According to court documents, overt acts to further the conspiracy included distribution by Zarate on Dec. 8, 2013, of approximately 11 kilograms of cocaine to an individual in Youngstown, Ohio; on Dec. 12, 2013, travel by Zarate with a co-conspirator to Columbus, Ohio to receive approximately $1.2 million in payment for 36 kilograms of cocaine previously distributed by the conspirators; and, in June 2014, co-conspirators drove a semi-tractor trailer from Texas to Vermilion County, Ill., loaded with approximately 49 kilograms of cocaine, hidden in a load of mangos, to deliver to Zarate and others at a location arranged by Zarate. According to DEA agents, the verified 49 kilogram "bricks" of cocaine hidden in the tractor-trailer were valued at more than $1,000,000 wholesale, with a street value of more than $4,000,000.
The case against Zarate was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller.

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