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Treasurer Miller distributes more than $51 million

MORRIS – Marcy Miller, Grundy County Treasurer, and staff distributed more than $51 million tax dollars to the local tax districts. 

Distribution included $3.5 million for the Equistar Settlement and over $47.5 million in current tax collections. Grundy County real estate taxes were due July 2. The original levy total for 2013 real estate taxes payable in 2014 was $128,388,477.80.

“The Grundy County Treasurer’s Office makes every effort to distribute tax money to the tax districts the first week in July. The school districts start their new fiscal year July 1 and we want them to have the funds needed to run their district,” Miller said in a news release.

The next distribution will be about Aug. 1. 

Help with hearing loss

JOLIET – If you are a person with hearing loss, or know someone that does, the Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living will be the place to visit July 23.

Audiologist Karen Pastell of Prairieland Audiology will conduct hearing screenings at no charge from 9 to 11 a.m. July 23 at the center in Joliet, according to a news release. Guests will also have the opportunity to test a variety of free amplified telephones.

Anyone who is interested in trying the telephones is asked to bring proof of Illinois residency and your most recent telephone bill. Visitors also will be able to learn more about the center’s additional services. Light refreshments will be offered.

A United Way agency, the Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living is at 2415 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. For information, call Debbie at 815-729-0162.

Searching for Army’s 2nd Infantry Division members

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and its 93rd annual reunion Sept. 16 to 20 in Omaha, Nebraska, contact Bob Haynes at or 224-225-1202.

Starved Rock Lodge

to host programs

UTICA – It’s falconry time at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center at Starved Rock State Park in Utica. On July 20, 23, 27 and 29 resident falconer Rich Escutia will present programs on the art and science of falconry. Programs begin at 3 p.m. and will include information about the art of Falconry as well as a visit with three hunting birds. 

Escutia will host “Falconry on the Fly” on the lodge’s veranda from noon to 2 p.m. Guests will have a chance to visit with Escutia and his hunting birds in an informal setting. All of the falconry programs are free, but donations are encouraged to help bring quality programs to the lodge. For information, call 815-220-7386 or visit

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