The public is welcome to offer input today (Monday) on proposed cuts in the Kankakee School district. The District #111 Board of education is considering closing an elementary school building to fight off a deficit.
Superintendent Generva Walters said the board needs to hear from the citizens of the district. A 5:15 pm public hearing is the Lincoln Cultural Center.
The district's finance director reported earlier this month the district could go broke by 2018 if cuts are not made.
Danville Police are continuing their investigation into a Friday night shooting incident that sent four people to the hospital. Police report officers were called to a home in the 1300 block of May Street at about midnight.
Officers found two people injured at the scene and learned that two others were transported by private vehicles to the hospital. Police said the injuries were not life-threatening.
Some young people had gathered for a party and at some point shots were fired. Anyone with information which might help in the investigation is being asked to call Danville Police or Vermilion County CrimeStoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.
Community and business friends gathered with the Milford (Maps District #124) school board on the lawn of the Milford Grade School Friday. It was special day to mark the start of construction for a new high school and renovation of the grade school. School Board President Mary Ronna was glowing ......
The special day, local officials agreed, comes from people working together for a common cause – showing good things can/will happen with people having a vision instead of stirring controversy.
It was a positive tax referendum in April (61% of the vote) that now has Milford school district #124 building a new high school to replace the existing 103-year-old building.
Superintendent Dale Hastings said this project can be a magnet for attracting new business and maybe housing developments too.
Milford district residents voted 733-480 to approve taxes of $17.5 million over 25 years to replace the old building. There will be classrooms, including two complete gyms — a high school gym for competition and a theater/gym for the junior high. There also will be a music room and cafeteria students from high school to kindergarten will share in the two-story, 94,000 square foot facility.
Ronna said so many 'Thank You's' have to be extended........
The state's two top ambassadors for Illinois agriculture resigned Thursday.
Phil Nelson, a LaSalle County farmer who had served as Gov. Bruce Rauner's agriculture director for just nine months, and Patrick Buchen, who served a short stint as manager of the two state fairs, left their posts. The governor's office made the announcement.
Rauner's office offered no explanation for their departure but said Nelson will remain on the payroll for the next month to help with the transition.
"I appreciate Director Nelson's commitment to agriculture and his service to the people of Illinois," Rauner said in a prepared statement. "I wish him all the best."
Rauner named current Department of Agriculture Chief of Staff Warren Goetsch as acting director. A search for a permanent replacement is underway.
Nelson served as president of the Illinois Farm Bureau before joining the Rauner administration in January.