It's 33-years strong and the popularity of the Kankakee River Fishing Derby isn't letting up. The annual derby started today (Friday), runs for 10 days, and a seven-pounder already reeled in.
Cash prizes and a lot of enjoyment are included.
Excellent weather conditions and the river conditions, for a change, just perfect....according to Fishing Derby Co-Chairman Ken Munjoy "fish were tagged and released Wednesday, 96 tagged fish are available for cash prizes."
" A seven-pound Northern was already caught. Prize amounts vary depending on the sponsor," Munjoy said.
The grand prize this year is a boat, motor and trailer sponsored by Local 176 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association.
Heavy rain is possible this weekend. That could play with plans for the long July 4th holiday period. Moderate to heavy rainfall is likely in parts of central-Illinois.
The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement. A storm system will center over the Central Plains this weekend, with a near stationary front extending east into Central and Southern Illinois. The rain is possible by midday Saturday. The NWS says 2-4 inches is possible in some areas.
There's the potential for flash flooding and water levels to rise.
Several area communities are hosting July 4th holiday activities. Fireworks displays are listed for Watseka, Ashkum, Cissna Park, Onarga in Iroquois County.
St. Anne, Aroma Park, Kankakee, Momence, Manteno and Bonfield are hosting displays too.
Onarga has several events planned at Durham Park. Included are a Car & Motorcycle Show Sunday, a Talent Show Saturday at 1:30 pm, A flag-raising ceremony at 11 am will follow the Grand Parade, which begins at 11. The parade Theme is "Time to Remember."
The Onarga Fireworks are at dusk Saturday.
Cissna Park offers its fireworks show Monday at dusk at Kellart Lake.
Watseka fireworks are at the County Courthouse Monday, July 4th. The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce parade is Monday at 11 am. "Pride in Our Past...Faith in Our Future" is the theme. The Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee is serving as Parade Grand Marshall.
Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka is also hosting several kids activities on the hospital grounds.
Kankakee Community College invites the public to its annual July 4th event... the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra performs on campus followed by the fireworks show Monday. Food & concessions are offered and there's a $20 admission fee per carload.
St. Anne fireworks are Sunday, July 3, at dusk at the Community Park. Aroma Park fireworks are Saturday at the Boat Club. Momence fireworks are Monday on Railroad Avenue. Manteno's fireworks are Sunday at Legacy Park. Bonfield has holiday events Sunday and Monday, including a Fishing Derby and fireworks at 9:30 pm Monday. Dwight offers its fireworks show Monday behind the Elementary School.
Construction jobs at risk with state’s budget impasse
Watseka bridge work included.......
Construction workers may be headed home for an extended stay if Illinois lawmakers don't find a way to agree to a budget.
Reports of up to 25,000 construction jobs on the line (Thursday). The deadline for passing a state budget arrives as the new fiscal year begins July 1.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has ordered contractors statewide to stop working until a budget bill is passed. And the stop-work order will only add to the frustration of motorists when local projects are put on hold.
Local projects that would be halted include the Route 1 bridge replacement project at Watseka. Workers there just shrugged when asked if their jobs will be stopped ?
The project was expected to be completed by September 1.
The budget impasse between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-controlled state Legislature will reach into a second year if they are unable to compromise on a budget by Thursday.