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Pause for Patriotism Saturday at Greater Kankakee Airport

The annual Fly-In Breakfast at the Greater Kankakee Airport is Saturday. The public is welcome for breakfast and several other educational presentations. The event helps showcase the airport. It runs from 8 am 'til 4 pm.

Victoria Ruble is the airport manager, telling 94.1 WGFA "the fly-in is our annual event but this year we add the Pause for Patriotism – a nice event that draws a lot of interest."

The Young Eagles provide free flights for children. That's a first-come, first-serve basis for kids up to 17 years-old. Breakfast is $8 for adults, there is a car show.

The Kankakee Airport is playing a major role in the National Guard Blackhawk Helicopter program. It's been about a 10-year venture and now, the emergency chopper program is moving from Midway Airport in Chicago to the Kankakee airport.

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Ford County property tax bills mailed

The Ford County Treasurer's Office announced that 2015 real estate tax bills were placed in the mail Wednesday (May 18). Property owners should note the first installment comes due June 17. The second installment is due September 2.

Payments can be made by mail, at any Ford County bank, at the treasurer's office at the courthouse in Paxton Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. There's also a drop box located in front of the courthouse.

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Cloonen hosting Property Tax Information seminar

KANKAKEE, Ill. – With property tax season approaching, state Rep. Kate Cloonen is partnering with county officials to host a free Property Tax Information Clinic on Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room of the Kankakee Public Library, located at 201 E. Merchant St.

"Going door-to-door throughout my district, the number one issue about which I hear is high property taxes," said Cloonen. "Families deserve more relief from high taxes, especially as home values decline or remain the same and the cost of living increases. That is why I have sponsored and voted a number of times for legislation to freeze property taxes and give homeowners a break."

The event will feature presentations from Kankakee County Assessor Erich Blair, Kankakee County Treasurer Nick Allen and Kankakee County Recorder Lori Gadbois. In addition to these presentations and an open Q&A session, attendees who bring a copy of their most recent property tax bill will be able to ask questions specific to their bill.

"This free property tax clinic will help residents explore ways in which they can save on costly property taxes," Cloonen added. "We are fortunate to have elected officials in Kankakee County who are dedicated to helping residents make the most of the benefits that are available. I am grateful for their partnership in this event and look forward to helping residents learn more about their property tax bills and the possible ways in which they may be lowered."                    {ARTICLE SUBMITTED}

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Traffic congestion likely with sewer upgrade project

Motorists in the Bradley-Kankakee area can expect a traffic slow-down for the remainder of the week. A sewer upgrade project on North Street in Bradley ... between Fulton and Euclid streets...will find Tyson Engineering heading up the work. Delays are likely. Please pay attention to flagmen.

North Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee is also affected by the expansion project. That's from Brookmont Blvd to Chestnut Street.

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RIP: Iroquois County emergency response family loses two firefighting veterans

Two veteran members of Iroquois County's firefighters family died, leaving a void and mourning friends.

Long-time Wellington Fire Chief Ross Butzow died at his home Tuesday. And a 60-year volunteer fireman for Crescent City, Glenn Scheiwe, died Monday.

Both men carried the torch for emergency responders for many years. Both were community leaders.

Ross Butzow died in his sleep at his Wellington. He was 76. Ross was Wellington-Greer Fire Protection District Chief for 27 years. He was Wellington-Greer firefighter for 44 years. Prior to his years as chief he served as assistant-chief and training officer. He also had served on the Wellington Village Board.

The Anderson Funeral Home at Hoopeston is handling arrangements. www.andersonfuneralhome.com

Eight-one year-old Glenn Scheiwe passed away Monday at Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee. He was 81. www.knappfuneralhome.com

Glenn Scheiwe was a Crescent City volunteer fireman for over 60 years. He was a founding member of the Crescent City EMS and a founding member of the Crescent City Little League.

Both men were active members of the Eastern Illinois Mutual Aid Fire Association and MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System).

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