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Illinois, Indiana governors host expressway forum

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Governors from Illinois and Indiana hoped to attract potential contractors, laborers and investors for a planned 47-mile expressway aimed at relieving traffic congestion into the Chicago area through a two-day business forum starting Monday.

The proposed highway linking the two states has been discussed for decades and both states agreed to move forward in 2010. The proposed route will go from Interstate 55 near Willington, Ill., to Interstate 65 in Indiana. Land acquisition and construction could start in 2015 and construction for the project is expected to take about three years.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence have both billed the so-called Illiana Expressway as a way to create jobs. Officials estimate the expressway will bring roughly 9,000 construction jobs and about 25,000 more permanent jobs.

"The Illiana is a key transportation priority for Illinois," Quinn said in a statement.

He and Pence were expected to open the forum later Monday in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont. Officials estimated up to 1,000 people would attend the forum, which would include meetings on the private-public partnership for the roughly $1.3 billion project.

The governors said it's also a way to stimulate economic growth.

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Kankakee man shot, suspect in custody

A Monday morning shooting has left a 21-year-old Kankakee man in critical condition. Police say a second man is in custody charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

The victim is Nelson Williams Jr. The gunman is identified as Kameron Taylor.

Police report they found the victim shot in the head in the 300-block of E. Hickory Street. That was after a call at 8:30 am that a man with a gun was threatening a second man. Shot were fired and the gunman fled on foot down an alley.

Taylor was apprehended after a foot chase. Police did recover a gun. An investigation into what led to the shooting is underway.

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Couple resuced from capsized canoe

A man and a woman were resuced from the Kankakee River Sunday afternoon after their canoe capsized in fast-moving waters. 

The Limestone Township Fire rescue team was alerted to the Warner Bridge area around 2 pm.  Other canoers assisted the couple until the rescue team arrived.  No injury was reported.


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Foster mom charged in 2011 death of 4-year-old girl

A Livingston County grand jury has indicted a former foster mother on two counts of murder in the 2011 death of a 4-year-old girl who was in her care.

29-year-old Heather Lamie was arrested at her Kankakee County home late Friday evening.

She's charged in the death of Kianna Russell. The girl died in May 2011 at a Peoria hospital, a day after an ambulance was called to the Cullom home where the girl lived with Heather Lamie and her husband, Joshua Lamie.

Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff said the death later was ruled a homicide. The death certificate lists blunt trauma and brain injuries as the cause of death.
Lamie also was charged with one count of endanger the life and health of a child.

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IEMA, National Weather Service Remind People, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”

                              Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 23-29

Officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) want you to remember, "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors," so your fun times won't end in tragedy. The slogan is an important reminder that if you can hear thunder you're close enough to be struck by lightning, even if the thunderstorm isn't directly overhead.

The two agencies will be promoting this theme as part of national Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 23-29.

"Lightning can be fascinating to watch but it can also be deadly," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "While a thunderstorm may disrupt our outdoor fun, there's really no safe place outside when lightning is in the area. We urge people to play it safe and go indoors when thunder roars."

For additional tips on lightning safety visit the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov

M O R E at www.iqesda.com 

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