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New Queen crowned at Newton County, Indiana Fair

An 18-year-old from Brook is the new queen of the Punkin Vine Fair in Newton County. Kimberly Carcamo was the judges selection last night at the fairgrounds northwest of Kentland.

Taylor Jean Watkins was named 1st runner-up. Second runner-up was Julia Suzanne Doyle of Brook. She was also named Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic.

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Fire damage at Watseka’s Donovan Park

Two teenagers, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old, face charges after a playground equipment fire at Donovan Park in Watseka.

Thursday's fire alerted the Watseka Fire Department. The equipment sustained about $25,000 in damage. There was no injury.

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BBQ Fest 2014 underway at River Road Park in Kankakee

The Kankakee Valley Park District is hosting the 2014 BBQ Fest this weekend. The event runs Thursday thru Saturday at its River Road Park location. Details available at www.kvpd.com

94.1 WGFA is broadcasting "live" Friday from 4-6 pm.

There's an attractive reduced entrance fee for just $8 if you visit the grounds before 3 pm Friday and before 2 pm Saturday. Otherwise, the entrance fee is $18 but that fee includes unlimited carnival rides and the Family Land attraction.

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Statement from Sen. Jason Barickman, Legislative Audit Commission Co-Chairman

"Following a scathing audit issued by the Illinois Auditor General on Governor Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, the Legislative Audit Commission began its legally required public review of that audit and its findings.

We have had a healthy and spirited debate on the Commission. Ultimately, common sense prevailed and – with bipartisan agreement – the Audit Commission has scheduled a two-day public hearing with seven subpoenaed witnesses next week.

The Legislative Affairs office of the Department of Justice – two staff attorneys and an intern from Washington D.C. – has now requested no interviews of those connected to Governor Quinn's failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative program for 90 days.

I believe it is appropriate for the Audit Commission to consider that request at our July 16 meeting. We certainly do not want to impede their criminal investigation of the NRI program. However, we also have legislative duties and obligations that we must fulfill to the people of Illinois and our constituents.

Each member of the Audit Commission – myself included – will have to weigh those competing interests to determine whether we change course on a public review of how more than $55 million in taxpayers' money was spent.
However, to be clear, the Audit Commission has already taken legal action. Seven witnesses have been subpoenaed and are compelled by law to attend next week's hearings. We've taken legislative action.

This legislative action cannot – and should not – be undone with the sweep of a hand or a backdoor meeting. Only legislative action can rescind those efforts.
Unless the Legislative Audit Commission takes new legislative action to change course, then I presume the Audit Commission will proceed with the plan laid out through its bipartisan, transparent process."

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Referendum issue goes before Kankakee County Board

The Kankakee County Board today may decide whether to allow voters to say if there should be a one-percent hike in the sales tax. The Board is expected to vote on putting the matter on the November ballot.

The monies raised from an increase in the sales tax would be used to prevent lay-offs in the county sheriff's department. The county lost revenue from the loss of the sales tax sharing revenue program that benefitted both the county and city of Kankakee.

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