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Vietnam veterans hi-lite KCC forum

On Wednesday, five local veterans of the Vietnam War will speak at a special forum at Kankakee Community College.

The free event is set for 6 p.m. in Room D124. It is part of the Lifelong Learning Institute series at KCC and is open to the public. The panel includes both men who directly served in combat and those who have been active in helping other veterans.

The veterans will give their recollections in a panel discussion. Speakers taking part in talks include: Barry Baron, Stan;ey Stam, John Fulton, Roger Bean and Jim Wasser.

At the conclusion of the discussion, there will be a short presentation on those who served from Kankakee County who did not come home.

The moving Vietnam Wall, a replica of the memorial in Washington, was set up in Watseka recently and visited Kankakee County in 2001. A permanent memorial has been placed at Perry Farm in Bourbonnais. There are 30 local names on the wall, 27 men who were killed in action and three others who officially were listed as missing in action.

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Pintelon attempted murder trial gets underway in Watseka

The attempted murder trial of former Watseka resident Jerry Pintelon was scheduled to olpen today (Tuesday) in Iroquois Circuit Court. Pintelon, who lists his address as Stockland, faces attempted murder and weapons offenses for the August 2016 shooting of a woman on Ash Street in Watseka.

Prosecutors say Pintelon shot Kylie Schwartz three times when he became annoyed with a noisy party next door. Schwartz underwent surgery at Carle Hospital in Urbana. Today, a bullet fragment remains lodged in her back, according to prosecutors.

Charges against the 28-year-old Pintelon also include aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm. The Class X felony charges could bring 6-30 years in prison, if convicted.

Judge James Kinzer will hear the case.

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Watseka Unit 9 names new school superintendent

Guy Gradert begins his new job as Unit 9 school superintendent July 1. The local school board approved his hiring to replace James Bunting.

Bunting elected to step aside and return to the principal’s job he once held at the Glenn Raymond School. The new positions for both administrators begin July 1 with the new fiscal year.

Gradert has served as superintendent of the Ridgeview Community Unit School District 19 since 2011.

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Ford County changes to wind-farm rules closer to being final

The Ford County Board’s zoning committee is meeting today (Tuesday) with hope that proposed revisions to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms will be approved.

Decommissioning requirements for wind operations were OK’d at a May 10th meeting. Talks about minimum setbacks, maximum turbine height and noise limits are expected at today’s meeting.

If all goes well, the county’s zoning board and planning commission could soon have a proposed draft of the agreement. It would then advance to the full county board.

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GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER SAYS HE’S WORKING TO BRING A NEW POLISH TRADE OFFICE TO CHICAGO. >>>

      Polish President Andrzej Duda visits Kankakee

The National Guard in Kankakee welcomed the Polish president Friday. His visit celebrated the 25th anniversary of the National Guard’s partnership with Poland.

President Duda’s visit was at the Illinois National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility. Brigadier General Mark Jackson was present along with members of the Guard and Polish armed forces.

GOVERNOR RAUNER RECENTLY VISITED POLAND AND SAYS THE COUNTRY IS LOOKING TO HAVE MORE OF A PRESENCE IN THE U-S. AFTER MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF POLAND IN CHICAGO...THE GOVERNOR SAID THE FIRST GOAL IS TO KICK START THAT EFFORT RIGHT HERE IN ILLINOIS.

GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS HE HOPES TO MAKE A POSITIVE ANNOUNCEMENT SOON.

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