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THURSDAY AUGUST 1st



DAY TWO OF KANKAKEE COUNTY FAIR


Today is day two at the Kankakee County Fair.  The fair continues through Sunday at the Kankakee County Fairgrounds



IROQUOIS HEALTH DEPARTMENT SEES NO CHANGE YET


Iroquois County officials are saying that all is business as usual at the Ford Iroquois County Health Department despite the buyout this week of now former Executive Director Doug Corbett’s contract.  The search for an interim director is underway.   



MAN KILLED AT ACME AUTO SALVAGE


A worker was killed Wednesday at Acme Auto Parts and Salvage in Kankakee when a car apparently fell on him.   Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner says 51 year old Enrique Serrano died a short time later at St. Mary’s Hospital.  The incident is still under investigation.



MANTENO HOME VET INDICTED ON MANSLAUGHTER


A 65 year old Manteno Veteran’s Home resident, being held in the beating death of fellow resident 68 year old Charles Berry, has been indicted by a Kankakee County grand jury on charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery.  Kenneth Laura allegedly beat Berry in the head with his hands on July 6th of this year at the home.



OLIVET GETS STATE FUNDS


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday announced $90,000,000 has been set aside to address the critical need of state colleges and universities.  It’s part of the Illinois Jobs Now Capital Construction Program.  Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais will receive $1.5 million of that money.  The governor says it’s important to invest in today’s young adults.



ROAD SIGNS TAKEN


Police would like to know who is taking road signs in Iroquois County.  Four stop signs and some of the detour signs have disappeared from a construction zone site at 1900 and 2000 North.  It’s believed the signs were taken for their scrap metal value.



SHOTS FIRED


Kankakee Police were called to the 600 block of South Myrtle early Thursday morning for a report of shots being fired.  Nobody was struck with the gunfire and there was no damage reported.  Police say they did find a spent .45 caliber shell casing in the backyard of a home on the block.   



TEEN I-55 CHASE


Four juveniles in a stolen car, who were involved in a hit and run accident on I-55 Wednesday morning, led police on a chase down the expressway before finally surrendering in the Channahon area.  No one was hurt in the crash.  One of the four fled on foot, but was quickly taken into custody by Channahon Police.

FRIDAY AUGUST 2nd



FUNDING IN IROQUOIS DROPPING


An increase in cell phone usage could be the reason that funds for the Iroquois County Emergency Dispatch Center are drying up.  The 911 tax for landlines is 2 dollars, for cell phones only 73 cents and with more and more people giving up their home phones for cellular, the math just doesn't work out anymore.  Should the fund go dry, Emergency Telecommunications Safety Board Authorities say the cost of keeping 911 services going would fall on Iroquois County and Watseka budgets.  



BEARS BACKUP THIS MORNING


There was quite a Bear’s backup this morning on southbound Convent.  Not only were Bears fans trying to make their way to camp, but Bourbonnais Police say there was not one, but two fender benders in the same area and that made for some slow traffic earlier.  All is clear now.



BOND REDUCTION DENIED FOR LAMIE


The Bloomington Pantograph reports the bond for Heather Lamie will stay at 2 million dollars.  A Ford county judge Thursday rejected a request to reduce the amount to 100,000 dollars for the woman accused in the death of a foster child in her care.  4 year old Kianna Rudesill died after suffering seizures at Lamie’s Cullom home in May of 2011.  The trial is scheduled to begin in October.  Lamie has maintained that the injuries were self-inflicted.



COPPER BURGLARY THURSDAY


There was a burglary Thursday to a home in the 600 block of South Gordon Ave in Kankakee.   The home owner says someone swiped the copper piping from a whirlpool, air conditioner, water heater and washer.  Police say the criminals got in through a back window.



MAN ROBBED BY 3 TEENS


A man says he was robbed last night while walking in the east alley of the 100 block of North Harrison.  The victim tells Kankakee Police three juveniles made off with his cash after one of them punched him in the mouth.  Police are looking for the trio.



MISTAKE CLAIMS MAN’S LIFE


The Daily Journal reports the owner of Acme Auto Parts in Kankakee says the forks on an end loader, which dropped a truck on a Kankakee man Wednesday killing him, was not attached property.  The accident claimed the life of a mechanic.  51 year old Enrique Serrano was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital a short time later.



SAVE A LOT COMING TO KANKAKEE


A Save A Lot discount grocery store is apparently coming to Kankakee.  The store would be located in the 77 hundred sq. foot former Aldi building in the 300 block of South Schuyler.  City officials say in the Daily Journal that Save A Lot is expected to invest an estimated 1.6 million dollars into the rehabbing.  If all goes according to plan, the store could be open in January of next year.



STUDY SAYS ILLIANA EFFECT LESS THAN EXPECTED


Crain’s Chicago business reports that, a Chicago Metropolitan Agency for planning analysis of the proposed Illiana Expressway indicates, it would cost more to build and generate less income than the state estimates.  The study, which has not yet been released to the public, will say that the economic impact resulting from the roadway connecting I-65 in Indiana with I-57 and I-55 in Illinois; will be just a fifth of the 2 billion dollars predicted by Illinois Department of Transportation.



SUGAR CREEK FUN THIS WEEKEND


The Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Festival is this weekend in Watseka complete with historic tours, wine tasting and a performance of the opera “Cold Sassy Tree.”  To find out more go to www.sugarcreek.org



MAN HIT WITH BRICK


A man was taken to the hospital early Friday morning after he was hit in the face with a brick.  The victim tells city police that he was attending a party at an apartment in the 200 block of South Curtis when an unknown teenager struck him with the building material.  Police are looking for the teen.

MONDAY AUGUST 5th



DILLARD AT KANKAKEE COUNTY FAIR


Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard stopped by the Kankakee County Fair on Friday to press the flesh.  Dillard tells us a vote for Dillard is a vote for job creation.



KANKAKEE AIRPORT GETS FUNDING


The Greater Kankakee Airport is in line for a $400,000 rehab. Governor Pat Quinn's office announced the improvements last week.  Work will be done on the taxi-way and apron in anticipation of the planned transfer of the two Illinois National Guard units from Midway Airport to Kankakee.  The transfer is awaiting congressional approval of the needed $42 million.



LIVINGTON SHERIFF’S RACE HAS A CANDIDATE


The Livingston County Sheriff’s race has its first candidate.  The Bloomington Pantograph reports that 54 year old Mark Scott, a 29 year veteran of the Dwight Police Department, has announced he’s in the race as a Republican.  Incumbent sheriff Marty Meredith has not yet said if he’ll seek another term in office.  



MAN STRUCK BY TRAIN


A man was killed by a train Friday night in Peotone.  According to Peotone Police the victim, who is described as a white male in the 30's or 40's, was struck by a southbound Amtrak train about 5:30 Friday on the Canadian National tracks between Harlem and Crawford.  None of the 200 passengers on the train at the time were hurt.  



NATIONAL NIGHT OUT TOMORROW


Former State Rep. Lisa Dugan is reminding everyone to come out to Tuesday’s National Night Out at Perry Farm.  The Silhouettes will be headlining the entertainment portion of the evening, plus there will be fireworks and the school book bag giveaway continues this year.  National Night Out at Perry Farm begins at 4 tomorrow with fireworks at dusk.



SHOTS FIRED


Kankakee Police were called to the 200 block of East Bourbonnais Street early this morning for a report of shots being fired.  Police spotted a suspect fitting the description of the shooter nearby and made the arrest.  20 year old Jamal Hetherington of Kankakee is facing weapon charges today.  Police say they found a gun about 30 feet from where Hetherington was stopped.



WILL COUNTY MAY BE SHUT OUT OF AIRPORT FUNDS


Unless Will county officials act quickly, the county will not see any funds from the proposed south suburban airport at Peotone.  Consultants hired by Will County told officials last week to examine the bill signed last week by Governor Quinn giving the Illinois Department of Transportation the authority to develop the airport.  They say the measure includes a provision that exempts the airport from all property taxes and says no sales tax will be paid on any building materials used for the project, ever.  They urged Will County officials to work with IDOT to make sure the county receives a piece of the lease revenue to maintain roads in and around the airport and pay for public safety services



WOMAN KILLED IN CRASH


A 30 year old Oswego woman was killed on Rt. 47 near Saunemin early Saturday when her car struck a pickup truck.  According to Illinois State Police, Heather Wandt was northbound attempting to pass a semi when she collided with a southbound pickup truck. Wandt was pronounced dead at the scene.  Wandt, appointed by not yet sworn in as a rookie Coal City police officer, was apparently returning from a training session in Champaign.

TUESDAY AUGUST 6th



BEATEN GIBSON CITY MAN DIES


A Gibson City man, who suffered a skull fracture in an altercation with another man on July 28th, was pronounced dead Monday at Carle Hospital in Urbana.  44 year old Tim Robertson had been in a coma since hitting his head on the ground after being repeatedly beaten, allegedly, by 34 year old Ryan Nibbe also of Gibson City.   The Paxton Record reports that Nibbe is being held on $150,000 bond in the Ford County lockup on two counts of aggravated battery.  Prosecutors have not yet said if those charges will be upgraded.   



BOURBONNAIS INTERSECTION CHANGES COMING


The Bourbonnais Village Board last night approved a resolution seeking a permit from IDOT for the construction of intersection and traffic signal upgrades at US 45/52 and University Avenue.  As Mayor Paul Schore explains, this is just the latest step to improve traffic flow.  The Village Board also voted to seek a grant from the state for the construction of a pedestrian bridge that would be built near the 45/52 and 102 intersection.



CITY CODE CHIEF RESIGNS


The head of the Kankakee Code Department, Jim Bunaziak, resigned his position his position on Friday.  Neither Bunaziak or Mayor Nina Epstein will say why, she describes the move as a personal decision.  Epstein says Code Department operations will be overseen by an interim supervisor until a replacement can be found.



KMEG ARREST


KMEG agents raided a home in the 300 block of West Hickory in Kankakee last Thursday, confiscating 87 grams of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine in the process.   Arrested on drug charges was 31 year old Christopher Amador.    


NATIONAL NIGHT OUT TONIGHT


National Night Out is tonight at Perry Farm.  Along with live music, fun, food and games, there’s also a school supply giveaway while supplies last.  Former State Rep Lisa Dugan hopes you’ll bring more than just a lawn chair and blanket tonight.  National Night Out tonight at Perry Farm beginning at 4 with fireworks at dusk.  The West Central Indiana National Night Out is being held in Rensselaer at Brookside Park from 5 until 8.



NEW LIQUOR LICENSE IN KANKAKEE


The Kankakee City Council last night approved the creation of a new class of liquor license.  



TRAIN FATAL ID’ED


The man struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Peotone Friday evening lived in Peotone.  The Will County Coroner’s office identifies the victim as 52 year old Raymond Heiden.  Heiden was hit by a southbound passenger train on the CN tracks between Harlem and Crawford about 5:30 Friday.  Heiden had to be identified through fingerprints.   No word yet on why he was on the tracks.  The police investigation is ongoing.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 7th



ARMED ROBBERY IN KANKAKEE


Kankakee City Police were called to an armed robbery last night at a cell phone store in the 600 block of East Court Street.  Employees tell police three men took off on foot after robbing the place of an undetermined amount of cash. Nobody was reported hurt.



BENTON COUNTY MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT


A Benton County, Indiana 18 year old has died from injuries received in a rollover crash on I-65 Monday morning near State Road 26.   Cole Liggett was in the back seat of a SUV that blew a tire and rolled several times.  Three others were hurt.



CRIME STOPPERS ASKING FOR HELP


Crime Stoppers is asking for your help in finding those responsible for a series of motor vehicle burglaries over the weekend in Momence.  The thefts took place at homes on East Second, Cherry Lane, Franklin, Elm, Hickory and Hill Streets.  The thieves targeted electronics.  Police remind you to lock your vehicles and call 93-CRIME if you have information that can lead to an arrest of those responsible.



GLAD FEST BEGINS TODAY


The 76th annual Gladiolus Festival begins today in Momence.  This year’s theme is Remember the Year.  Spokesperson Lori Simpson says they have a great deal on carnival rides this year.

The princess and queen announcement and coronation will be tonight at the high school football field. This year’s Grand Marshal is Jeanne Marcotte.  Marcotte has been with the Fest for over 25 years.



ILLIANA MEETING HELD


At a meeting Monday night in Lowell, about 100 people opposed to the planned Illiana Expressway, were told to focus their efforts on members of the Northern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.  The NIRPC is one of the entities that must sign off on the project before dirt can be turned. The group was urged to make their voices heard and site a recent study by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning that predicts much less economic growth surrounding the expressway than predicted by the Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation.



LIVINGSTSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S RACE HAS ANOTHER CANDIDATE


There are now two Republicans in the race for Livingston County Sheriff.  Former two term Sheriff Marvin Rutledge tossed his hat in the ring this week.  Rutledge led the department until not seeking reelection in 2002.  He resigned Monday as the County's Chief Deputy.  On Sunday, fellow Republican Mark Scott of the Dwight Police Department announced his candidacy.  Incumbent Sheriff, Marty Meredith, also a Republican, has not yet said if he's running for a second term.  So far no Democrats have announced their candidacy.



MORE ON WELLS SHOOTING


We’re learning more about the death of 70 year old Thad Wells.  Wells was found shot to death in his Pembroke township home on July 28th.  The Daily Journal reports today that it appears Wells was shot through the door and the killer may have never stepped foot inside.  The body was apparently there for some time.   According to the paper, the body was badly decomposed when he was found by a friend.



NIGHT OUT DRAWS BIG


An estimated 4000 to 5000 people turned out for National Night Out at Perry Farm last night.  Along with the fun, food, games and music, Sheriff Tim Bukowski says it was an opportunity for public safety personnel to mingle with the public in an unofficial setting.  

Kankakee Police Chief Larry Regnier said it appeared everyone was having a good time.  The evening included a fireworks display and a performance from the Silhouettes



SHOTS FIRED IN KANKAKEE


Kankakee City Police were called to the 700 block of Gordon last night for a report of shots fired.  Apparently no one was hurt, but a camper parked across the alley may have been damaged by the gunplay.   The owner called police last night after finding what appears to be bullet hole in the front of the trailer.


THURSDAY AUGUST 8th



BURGLARY IN KANKAKEE


A Kankakee man tells police he had left his home for only about 30 minutes Wednesday evening, and when he returned he found the house had been ransacked.  Somebody kicked in the front door of the home in the 600 block of South Moore and took off with a Blu-ray player and an undisclosed amount of cash.



CAR THIEF MAKES IT EASY FOR POLICE


The Daily Journal reports that while Manteno Police were taking a report on a stolen car Tuesday morning the vehicle in question drove right by.   Manteno Police say officers were taking the report from the vehicle’s owner on West Shore Blvd, when 22 year old Skyler Lintner of Manteno allegedly drove past in the stolen Mercury Grand Marquis. Lintner was stopped of course.  A search of the vehicle turned up two cans of beer, one full, one empty.  



CLERKS POLL RESULTS


The results are in on this year’s Kankakee County Clerk’s office public opinion poll taken during the five day run of the Kankakee County Fair.   Questions ranged from how much exercise do you get, to the effects of concealed carry.  Respondents split on ending Saturday mail delivery.  Despicable Me 2 was their favorite movie, 60 percent have cell phones, 15 percent exercise every day and 19 percent believe the Bears will win the Super Bowl.   



FORMER KANKAKEE HIGH SCHOOL COACH FOUND DEAD


A former Kankakee High School football coach was found dead Wednesday.  The Southtown Star reports that 54 year old Alec Anderson, now the athletic director for Homewood Flossmoor high school, was found dead Wednesday next to a treadmill at the school.  According to the Daily Journal, Anderson was head football coach at Kankakee High School from 1987 to 1996, leading the team to 8 IHSA playoff appearances.  The cause of death has not yet been released.



GLAD FEST HAS A QUEEN AND PRINCESS


Congratulations to Miranda Dutour.  Miranda is this year’s Gladiolus Festival Queen.  Named last night as 2013 Gladiolus Festival Princess was Savannah Anderson.  Wednesday night’s coronation at Momence High School kicked off this year’s Gladfest.  



KANKAKEE FAIR ATTENDANCE UP THIS YEAR


The numbers are in on this year’s Kankakee County Fair.   Spokesperson Tammy Fokken says they did well.



WATCH OUT FOR FAKE COPS


Kankakee City, County and State Police are warning motorists on I-57 to beware of two men apparently posing as police officers.  A white Tahoe with flashing lights pulled over a vehicle near Route 30 Tuesday took the victim’s driver’s license and $100 in cash before fleeing.  



ROBERTSON FUNERAL THIS WEEKEND


A Gibson City man who died this week from head injuries received July 28th, when he was struck by another man and then fell onto a sidewalk, will be laid to rest this weekend.  Visitation for 44 year old Tim Robertson will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Gibson City united Methodist Church.  Funeral services will follow.  The man who allegedly struck Robertson, 34 year old Ryan Nibbe, also of Gibson City, is being held on $150,000 bond.

FRIDAY AUGUST 9th



ADDITIONAL CHARGES AGAINST NIBBE POSSIBLE


The Ford County State’s Attorney’s office says they are considering filing additional charges of second degree murder or involuntary manslaughter against 34 year old Ryan Nibbe of Gibson City.  This comes after Monday’s death of 44 year old Tim Robertson.  Robertson died of head injuries allegedly received during an altercation with Nibbe.  According to the Paxton Record, preliminary autopsy results released Thursday show that Robertson died from blunt force trauma to the head.   



BUTTERFLY RELEASE TOMORROW


The 5th annual “On the Wings of Hope” Butterfly Release is this Sunday at Perry Farm.  The annual event is sponsored by Hospice of Kankakee valley.  For more information 939-4141.  The release is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Perry Farm.



LOCAL HOSPITALS GET GRANT MONEY


Presence St. Marys, Riverside Medical Center and Iroquois Memorial Hospital are among many healing institutions in the state who will be sharing in 70 million dollars in grant money from the State of Illinois.  The funds will be used for building and equipment replacement.



MAN INDICTED IN PEMBROKE


A Kankakee County Grand Jury has indicted a St Anne man on multiple firearms violations in connection with the July 7th shooting of a 35 year old man in Pembroke Township.  27 year old Vernon Griffith was a passenger in a car pulled over a few days later.  Police found two guns in the car at the time.  The victim has recovered from his wounds.  



BOND REDUCED FOR LAMIE


Bond for 29 year old Heather Lamie was reduced Thursday in Ford County Court from 2 to 1 million dollars.  This comes just a week after the judge in the case refused to reduce bond when the defense requested 100,000 dollars.  Lamie is facing murder charges in the 2011 death of her foster child, 4 year old Kianna Rudesill at Lamie’s then Cullom home.  Lamie would still have to come up with 100,000 dollars to be released and then can not leave the state.



POLICE WARN OF SCAM


Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police are warning of a scam going around in which you get a call saying you’ve won 3.5 million dollars from Publishers Clearing House.  But before you can get your winnings you need to send three, 500 dollar green dot money packs to get the keys to a locked satchel containing your prize.  It’s a fraud.   If you get one of those calls hang up.



SCHOOL SUPPLIES GO OUT TOMORROW


Kankakee County Community Services Incorporated will be distributing school supplies Saturday.  It’s on a first come first served basis while supplies last.  You’ll need to bring your child, proof of school registration and current medical card.  That’s for grades K through 12 at 657 East Court Street, first floor, from 9 until noon.



SEARCH OF RIVER NOT NEEDED AFTER ALL


Bourbonnais Fire Rescue was called to the Kankakee River last night near Sportsmans Club Road.  They had gotten a report of a missing suburban man.  He was in town staying with relatives in Bourbonnais.  The family called authorities after the man indicated that he may do himself harm and then disappeared.  He has been found and is apparently o.k.   



ROBERTSON FUNERAL THIS WEEKEND


A Gibson City man who died this week from head injuries received July 28th, when he was struck by another man and then fell onto a sidewalk, will be laid to rest this weekend.  Visitation for 44 year old Tim Robertson will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Gibson City United Methodist Church.  Funeral services will follow.  The man who allegedly struck Robertson, 34 year old Ryan Nibbe also of Gibson City, is being held on 150,000 bond.

MONDAY AUGUST 12th



BEARS ONU ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY


We could find out today if the Chicago Bears will continue to hold their summer training camp at Olivet Nazarene University.  Though no specifics were announced, The Daily Journal reports that the officials from the Bears and ONU have scheduled a press conference for this afternoon.  The Bears have been preparing for the season at ONU since 2002. The camp brings about 100,000 fans a year to Bourbonnais.



BRADLEY MAN DIES IN ACCIDENT


A Bradley man has died from injuries suffered while apparently practicing for a motorcycle license.  The accident occurred Friday at the Secretary of State’s Office on Blatt Blvd.  The office was closed at the time, but Bradley Police say 83 year old Gerald White was there apparently practicing until he lost control and fell hitting hit his head in the process.  White was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood where he later died. The Daily Journal reports he was not wearing a helmet.



FUNERAL PLANS SET FOR FORMER COACH


Funeral services have now been set for a former Kankakee High School football coach who died suddenly last week at Homewood Flossmoor High School where he was athletic director.  54 year old Alec Anderson was found dead last Wednesday in the school’s exercise facility.  Visitation will be tomorrow from 4 until 8 p.m. at Lax Mortuary in Kankakee. Funeral services will take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Kankakee Jr. High School. Anderson led the team to 8 playoff appearances between 1987 and 1996.



KMEG ARREST


KMEG agents, conducting an investigation in the 400 block of South Gordon Ave. in Kankakee last week, arrested a Kankakee man after he ran from officers and allegedly attempted to discard a semi-automatic handgun as he fled.  Facing a number of charges today, including aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a gang member, is 17 year old Jamico Franklin.  



LAMIE OUT ON BOND


One day after her bond was reduced from two to one million dollars; 29 year old Heather Lamie was released from the Livingston county jail after posting the necessary 10 percent or 100,000 dollars.  Lamie is charged with murder in the death of a foster child in her care.  4 year old Kianna Rudesill was taken to the hospital from Lamie’s then Cullom home suffering from seizure like symptoms in May of 2011.  She died the next day from what an autopsy found to be blunt force trauma to the head.  



LOCALS AGAIN WIN BEST MEAT GOAT AT STATE FAIR


For the third year in a row a member of the Hummel family in Cabery has exhibited the Grand Champion Meat Goat at the Illinois State Fair.  Fourteen-year-old Dylan Hummel won the title for a second time this year.  He also exhibited the prize-winning animal two years ago, while his sister, Tara, claimed the top prize last year.  His Grand Champion Meat Goat will be sold in Tuesday's Governor's Sale of Champions.



NAACP MARCH PLANNED


The Kankakee County branch of the NAACP is sponsoring a charter bus with the Kankakee Federation of Labor and AFSCME local 29 to the 50th Anniversary March on Washington D.C.  Chapter president Theodis Pace says it will be a full weekend of events.  They will be leaving on the 23rd of August.  Call 953-2399 if you are interested in participating.  The cost is 125 dollars.

TUESDAY AUGUST 13th



BEARS TO STAY THROUGH 2022


The Chicago Bears will be in town every summer until the year 2022.  The announcement of a new nine year contract came yesterday afternoon at a press conference.  Bears General Manager Phil Emery says the relationship has been mutually beneficial.  Camp brings about 100,000 fans to Bourbonnais every summer.



COUNTY WARNS OF VEHICLE BURGLARIES


The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents (with special attention to those in the rural Momence/Grant Park area) to beware of motor vehicle thefts that have been occurring over the last several weeks.  Sheriff Tim Bukowski urges residents in the area to insure that their doors are locked and all valuables are hidden from view AND TAKE YOUR KEYS WITH YOU.  If you can assist the investigation call crime stoppers at 815-93-crime.



IROQUOIS ACCIDENT


A Cissna Park woman escaped injury Monday when her car left the roadway, struck a stop sign and came to rest in a bean field.  53 year old Becky Yergler told Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police she became distracted and failed to negotiate a curve.  



MAN SHOT LAST YEAR SHOT AGAIN OVER WEEKEND


A Kankakee man, paralyzed in a shooting last year was shot again over the weekend in an apparent armed robbery.  20 year old Darrien Kennedy was in a car in the 100 block of South Greenwood when a man pointed a gun in the car window and demanded cash.  Kennedy tells police he was shot as he tried to grab the weapon.  He was struck in the leg.  The suspect fled at that point. In March of last year Kennedy and his cousin, 24 year old Tyrone Kennedy, were both shot multiple times in the 900 block of North Harrison.  Tyrone died from his injuries.  32 year old Luther Starkey is awaiting trial for the first shooting.  Police have not yet made an arrest for the weekend shooting.



MURDER CHARGES FOR NIBBE


Second degree murder charges have been filed by the Ford County State’s Attorney’s Office against 34 year old Ryan Nibbe of Gibson City in connection with the death of Timothy Robertson also of Gibson City.  Nibbe was originally charged with aggravated battery after Robertson was hospitalized following a physical altercation between the two men in July.  The additional charges come a week after the 44 year old Robertson died from a skull fracture suffered in the incident.



NEW INSURANCE FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES


Some four hundred Kankakee County employees will have new healthcare coverage in the coming year following action at today’s Kankakee County board meeting.  Board President Mike Bossert says they are changing to United Healthcare.  Bossert says Blue Cross was asking for a 6 to 8 percent increase.



WATER SHUT OFFS IN BRADLEY POSSIBLE


The Bradley Village Board will be taking public comments and holding special meetings regarding its plan to enter into an agreement with Aqua Illinois for disconnection of residents who are delinquent on their sewer bills.  Mayor Bruce Adams says there are some chronic non-payers.  Again, public comment will be accepted at the meeting which is set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bradley Village Hall.



WEST NILE FOUND NEAR PAXTON


The West Nile virus has been detected in the Paxton area.  Ford County Public Health officials say a dead robin discovered July 25th tested positive for the disease.  Officials urge you to eliminate all standing water on your property to help keep the mosquito population down.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 14th



OP GOVERNOR CANDIDATES MEET IN GIBSON CITY


Republican candidates for Governor of Illinois will gather in Gibson City this weekend.   State Senators Bill Bradley and Kirk Dillard, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and billionaire Bruce Rauner will all be on hand to vie for the support of those faithful to the party.  The GOP Governor Candidates Meet and Greet Breakfast will Saturday at Railside Golf Club in Gibson City beginning at 8:30.  It’s sponsored by the Ford County GOP.



KMEG ARREST


KMEG agents arrested a Chicago Heights man over the weekend on drug charges in the 400 block of North Locust in Manteno after he allegedly delivered 28 grams of cocaine to undercover agents.  Taken into custody was 34 year old Geoffrey Ewan.  



MORE ANTI LANDFILL VOTES


Even though there are no specific plans or negotiations to create a new landfill in Kankakee County, the Sammons Point Village board this week passed a resolution opposing any new landfills and threatens the county with a lawsuit to stop any proposals.  They join Grant Park and Pembroke Township officials who have also passed symbolic resolutions against a landfill.  But while there may be no plans for a landfill now, the Daily Journal reports that the county has hired a $240,000 per year consultant to advise the county on the best course of action on any future waste facility in Kankakee County.



MORE BEARS MEANS MORE CASH FOR BOURBONNAIS


News this week that Bears summer training camp will remain in Bourbonnais until the year 2022 is good news for more than just football fans.  Mayor Paul Shore says it also means millions in economic activity for the area.



NEW HEALTHCARE FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES


About 400 county employees will be covered by United HealthCare next year.   The county board voted yesterday to make the switch from Blue Cross Blue Shield at a savings over this year’s rate of 1.6 percent.  County Board President Mike Bossert says the savings is substantial.



RECORD FOR CHAMPION GOAT


Last nights governor’s sale of champions at the Illinois State Fair was a good one, raising 222,000 dollars.  The grand champion steer sold for a record 62,000 dollars.  Dylan Hummel of Cabery sold the champion meat goat for 11,000 dollars, also a state record.

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