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Forest Preserves picnic permits, camping reservations open Jan. 2

Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) sponsored two bills in the Illinois Senate that would improve the needs of working families with children.House Bill 4965 is designed to increase stability for the thousands of Illinois families who rely on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). The second bill, House Bill 5599,  protects CCAP from drastic cuts at the discretion of the governor.The bills now await Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature. Under the first bill, the redetermination period for families to receive child care benefits would be 12 months. It currently is six months. The change . . .

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Summer events

Saturday, July 2

  • Roots + Fire Water grand opening, 11 a.m. at 1941 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Monday, July 4

  • Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department kids parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Parker Junior High, ending in downtown Flossmoor.
  • Homewood 4th of July parade, staring at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, south to Ridge Road, then east to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, where there will be a community picnic.

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