We’re waiting for updates from emergency responders in Kankakee County concerning missing Olivet Nazarene University student Sheila Khalili (kuh-lee-Lee). The 27-year-old from Schaumburg hasn’t been seen or heard from since last Friday morning.
Her car may have been discovered early today (Thursday) in a water-filled ditch along NB I-57 between Bourbonnais and Manteno. There has not been a positive ID on the car or whether anyone was inside the vehicle.
Dive teams were called in. State Police and National Guard helicopters were in the air Wednesday, north of Kankakee, assisting in the search.
More than 450 people will graduate at the 48th annual Kankakee Community College commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13 in the George H. Ryan Gymnasium in the college's Activities Building.
A number of students, faculty and alumni accomplishments will be recognized. Tim Wilhelm, retiring professor in KCC’s Business/Technology Division, will be the speaker.
Wilhelm, the commencement speaker, has worked for KCC since 1997. Under his guidance, KCC has been recognized for its top renewable energy programs a number of times. In 2013, Wilhelm was named Interstate Renewable Energy Council Clean Energy Trainer of the Year. Then in 2014, KCC received the national award as Accredited Clean Energy Training Provider of the Year, a first for a community college. The Illinois Green Economy Network honored Wilhelm with its Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year.
The ceremony will last about 90 minutes. Wristbands given to graduates will be required for admission to the gymnasium. Seating will be available for guests without wristbands in nearby rooms where there will be a live videocast.
The ceremony will stream live on the KCC website, www.kcc.edu. Social media users can use #KCCgrad2017 to congratulate graduates.
Two students will be honored as members of the All-Illinois Academic Team, a special recognition based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. They are Kelsey Billington of Bourbonnais, who will receive an Associate in Arts transfer degree; and Jacob Kaericher of Ashkum, who will receive an Associate in Engineering Science transfer degree.
John Bordeau, professor in the Business/Technology Division, and Mary Peerbolte, adjunct professor in the Math, Science and Engineering Division, will receive the KCC Outstanding Faculty Member Awards for 2017.
Dr. Don Rehmer, a geologist for U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in the Gulf of Mexico region, will be honored as the college’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner. He graduated from KCC in 1994.
“The foundation of all my experiences and tremendous opportunities was laid at Kankakee Community College,” Rehmer said. “The lessons that I learned from Model Illinois Government (Club) and Phi Theta Kappa and in the classroom while at KCC enabled me to serve the Lafayette Geologic Society and later as the mayor of Alto Pass, Illinois during my doctoral studies. More than 20 years since graduating from KCC, it may not be so easy for someone to recognize all the connections. It is easy for me to see the important, far-reaching and long-lasting impact of the education that I received at my community college.”
Iroquois County Public Health looks to restore programs
Three public health programs contracted out to Iroquois Memorial Hospital a few years ago may be returning to the Iroquois County Public Health Department.
ICPHD Administrator Dee Schippert told the Count Board she’s contacted the Department of Human Services to see if options are out there. Schippert said Family Care Management, Health Family Illinois, and the WIC programs (Women, Infants and Children) may be available thru the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
The local health department is unable to fund the programs. IMH is ending the services June 30th, after taking over the programs from the Iroquois County Health Department a few years ago. Local office space would be made available, should the Champaign-Urbana Health District agree to provide the services.