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Onarga Academy and Grand Prarie Seminary Sscholarship Opportunity

                       Six Scholarships will Be Awarded to Iroquois County High School Seniors

Onarga Academy and Grand Prairie Seminary have partnered to offer a scholarship opportunity to local students. Six $500 scholarships will be awarded to Iroquois County school district seniors who plan to enroll as full-time students in a post-high school curriculum. Scholarship applications must be received by April 26, 2019.

Applications can be obtained from area schools’ guidance counselors, by visiting the Onarga Academy website (www.nexus-yfs.org/sites/onarga/index), the Onarga Academy Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OnargaAcademy), or by emailing Jessie Marquis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Special consideration will be given to students pursuing degrees in psychology, sociology, social services, criminal justice, education, and other related fields, but all students are encouraged to apply. Full details can be found in the scholarship application.

For more information please contact Jessie Marquis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 815-268-5892.

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Kankakee, Vermilion County benefit from grants

Nearly 90 parks across the state are getting a share of $28.9 million in grants to support open space land acquisition. Governor J.B. Pritzker’s office announced the grants that will fund projects in 29 different counties.

The program is funded from a percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax.

The Kankakee Riverwalk Land Acquisition project is getting $134,000. In Vermilion County, Danville's Historic Ellsworth Park Redevelopment will received $373,900. dollars.

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Rep. Parkhurst Offers Legal Experience to New Roles in Springfield

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst announced her committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly. Included are appointments to the two standing judiciary committees, Civil and Criminal.

“During the last General Assembly, the judiciary committees considered several pieces of legislation on a wide range of issues. I look forward to offering my own expertise and experience as a practicing lawyer to these committees as we consider important civil and criminal matters,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

In addition, Rep. Parkhurst was appointed to the Committee on Transportation; Roads and Bridges, Prescription Drug Affordability & Accessibility Committee, Public Safety Appropriations Committee, and the Child Care Accessibility & Early Childhood Education Committee.

“My priority in Springfield is the 79th District,” Parkhurst added. “The Kankakee area and the 79th District play major roles in Illinois’ status as a transportation hub. I will use my positions on these committees to work together with my colleagues to move the 79th District, and our state, forward.

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Chatsworth woman sentenced to 12 years for heroin dealing

A Livingston County woman was sentenced to a dozen years in prison. 24-year-old Samantha Martinez of Chatsworth pled guilty to unlawful delivery of heroin and cocaine.

Martinez was out on bond when she committed the cocaine offense, according to Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress.

She was stopped and charged by the Livingston County Proactive Unit for DUI of drugs in March. Police found her in possession of cocaine, other drugs and $1,000 cash. Childress also said Martinez was out on a $2,000 bond from a heroin dealing arrest that occurred within 500 feet of the city park in Chatsworth on March 7th.

Two other Chatsworth residents were also arrested on felony charges in the March 7 incident.

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Kankakee: Flooding closes section of River Road

There is a flood warning on The Kankakee River has posed flooding concerns the last few days. The Iroquois River and Sugar Creek are listed on the NWS Flood Advisory list.

Now – the NWS is paying even more attention to the waterways following the weekend warm-up and more rain.
Ice jams have led to fluctuations in the readings – water levels had stabilized; now minor to moderate flooding is reported, with a fear of more to come.

A section of River Road, south of Kankakee, is closed due to flooding. The NWS is reporting from the Illinois/Indiana state line to IL/IN state line downstream to its merger with Iroquois River at Aroma Park, there’s been rises to keep people at attention.

Minor flooding is occurring and more is forecast.
The Kankakee County Highway Department has closed River Road (south of Kankakee) due to rising river levels resulting from an ice jam.

River Road has been closed from 4000S Road (Airport Road) to 7500S Road. Please find an alternate route.
The river will continue rising to near 6.4 feet by Friday morning. There is an ice jam at this location causing gauge readings to fluctuate.

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