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Kankakee, Danville fires investigated

The Dearborn Apartment building in Kankakee was evacuated Saturday when a fire broke out in a third-floor apartment. Kankakee Fire reported no injury. But the occupants, a woman and a child, were forced to find a place to stay. Damage estimates were placed at $25,000. None of the other 99 units in the building were affected.

Danville Days Inn Fire --

No injuries were reported late Friday morning when a small fire broke out at a Danville motel. Firefighters responded to the Days Inn at 77 North Vermilion Street where they found smoke coming from a fifth floor window.

Fire officials reported the fire was contained to a utility room. Firefighters evacuated a lot of people as they searched for the cause of the smoke. Some off-duty firefighters were also called to cover the rest of the city.

Public Safety Director Thomason says the blaze was quickly extinguished. The cause of the fire and a dollar estimate of damage wasn’t available.

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Fall Festival at Earl Park this weekend ….

The Benton County community of Earl Park is hosting their Labor Day weekend tradition. The 45th annual Earl Park Fall Festival began Friday. The four-day festival draws thousands of people in from all over the Midwest. Activities include live bluegrass bands, an antique car and tractor show and several food vendors.

The Earl Park Fall Festival runs through Labor Day, Monday. Admission and parking is free.

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Federal officials reject Great Lakes Basin rail application

The federal Surface Transportation Board has rejected Great Lakes Basin Transportation's application to build and operate a 261-mile freight railroad from LaPorte County to southeast Wisconsin.

The application called for a rural rail hub that would consumer farm ground in much of Kankakee County. Opposition came from the Farm Bureau and area legislators.

The decision, issued Wednesday, states "GLBT has failed to provide the board with accurate financial information upon which the board can rely to make a determination on the transportation merits of the project."

Financial statements pointed out that "GLBT’s current assets are clearly deficient for purposes of constructing a 261-mile rail line that the board will not proceed with this application given the impacts on stakeholders and the demands upon board resources," the STB ruled.

Company attorney Michael Blaszak said Thursday that GLBT "is assessing its options with respect to the board's decision today and will have no further comment on the decision."

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Milford school officials ready for new year, new school building

MILFORD – It’s been a process, quite a process over the last several months and years. Now, Milford is ready to occupy its new school building.

While most area students and staff have been in class the last week or two, the Milford (MAPS #124) Area Public School District welcomes a new school year next week, after Labor Day. And for the MAPS #124 District, a new era begins after the community approved a $17.5 million building program – building a new high school and remodel of the Milford Grade School gym and cafeteria into eight new classrooms.

It all started in 2007, two community school boards sitting down to agree the need for a new building. Then, the district recognizes the need for to a be a Unit District. The advantages educationally and financially for a Unit District and a vote in 2014 passes to establish MAPS District #124.

Several meetings and discussion lead to a referendum, which the community supported with 61% in favor.

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Gov. Rauner signs historic education funding reform bill

Compromise legislation includes equitable funding for districts, more school choice for families

Flanked by school children and legislative leaders, Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed historic school funding legislation that puts children first and makes lasting changes that will help generations of children to come.

“The passing of this historic legislation was no easy feat, but it’s a reminder of the good things we can accomplish when we put politics aside and focus on what’s important: our children and our future,” Gov. Rauner said. “I am proud to sign this bill, which will bring more money to school districts based on the needs of the children, guaranteeing that all Illinois students have access to adequate education funding.”

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