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Daily Journal
     October 31, 2019      #84-304 KDJ

Board chairman touts county turnaround 

By David Giuliani

KANKAKEE — A decade ago, the Kankakee County government didn’t suffer a crash, but rather “a slow side into the gutter,” a top county official said Wednesday.

Now, the county is turning the tide, eliminating budget shortfalls and paying bills much quicker, County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler said at the annual State of the County breakfast.

Because of the budget problems, the number of sheriff’s deputies dropped to 37 five years ago, from 52. The number has slowly risen since then, to 42,

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