Graduation ceremonies at Kankakee Community College are Saturday, May 12. The 10 am event is at the George Ryan Gymnasium in the Activities Building. It's the 49th annual event. There are 450 graduates receiving diplomas.
The ceremony will stream live on the KCC website, kcc.edu
Commencement exercises at Danville Area Community College are set for Friday, May 18 at 7pm. The program is in the Mary Miller Gymnasium. More than 200 graduates are set to participate while more than 500 degrees will be handed out.
Thick, black smoke hovered over downtown Gilman (Wednesday) when fire consumed a former lumberyard building.
Elementary school children were evacuated from a couple blocks away and nearby businesses were evacuated.
The fire...which broke out around 2:30 pm...brought firefighters from several neighboring departments, including Crescent City, Danforth, Onarga, Milford, Watseka, Chebanse, Piper City, Buckley, Loda, and Piper City and Paxton to name a few.
Gilman Police assisted in controlling traffic and bystanders around the fire scene at the corner of North Central and 2nd Streets. The lumberyard building is at 114 W. Second Street.
At least one person living in the building evacuated safely. Other citizens were also evacuated. The old building was destroyed. Two neighboring structures also sustained smoke and water damage.
Strong southwest winds at more than 25 mph fueled the flames.
A natural gas leak was allowed to burn to prevent other environmental problems. Threatening weather late-afternoon into the evening also caused safety concerns for emergency responders.
For safety reasons, Gilman elementary students were evacuated to the high school. There have been no reports of injury.
A solar farm in Watseka, near the County Courthouse, is open for discussion. State’s Attorney Jim Devine will review the county’s lease arrangement on farm ground, now used for agricultural purposes.
A proposal from Microgrid Energy has stirred conversation. The Management committee heard about the offer (last week). Iroquois County’s discussion is about making sure a bidding process is carried out.
County Board Chairman John Shure told WGFA News "there's some complications in that the ground is now leased for two years, so if something is to be done about solar farms, we'd have to have an amendment to the contract."
Shure said, "we may have to wait until the lease expired." he also said the proper way to deal with government property is to accept bids on the site from all interested."
Talks with the Microgrid Energy group was about an $800 per acre lease. Land acquisition would be the first step. Such a solar farm could be in operation by 2019 - 2020.
There’s been a lot of inquiries, lot of questions from people for and against solar farms, and today (Tuesday) the Kankakee County Board took another step forward.
The Board OK’d three additional solar farm sites. Earlier, the Planning & Zoning committee identified nine such sites suitable for solar farm development. The three new sites gained approval while one in Aroma Park – along Heiland Road -- was turned away.
County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler said citizens in that area made their voices heard, telling local officials they were not in favor. So, Wheeler said, the Board acted accordingly. Wheeler says there’s several more sites that are workable in the county and proposals will be looked at. .......
Wheeler knows not everyone’s excited about renewable ENERGY, but people here are open to discussion......