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After the rain ? Weekend calls for dry, warmer weather

Flood warnings will remain in place after the slow-moving weather system brought so much rain this past week. But a dry-up and warmer weekend is expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Flood Watches/Warnings remain in effect for much of Illiana.
Flash flooding brought emergency response teams out Thursday in several counties, including Vermilion, Champaign and Coles counties. Some roads were closed. And some school districts had early dismissals.

A Flood Warning is in place until 3:45 pm.today (Friday 5/5) for Vermilion, Champaign, Douglas, Edgar and Coles counties in East Central Illinois. West-central Indiana counties are also included.

Saturday and Sunday forecasts will bring some sunshine. Temperatures will climb into the 70s by next Wednesday.

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Joliet child’s death under investigation

Will County Sheriff’s Office records reveal officers had visited the home where toddler Semaj Crosby was found dead about 60 times over the past year.

The Chicago “Sun-Times” reports that the sheriff’s office limited their request for records because of what police called “an ongoing criminal investigation.” Previously police had only characterized the 16-month-old’s death last week as suspicious.

Police records show that 40 calls on the Joliet Township home were for probation checks, but others were for welfare checks, domestic disturbances, subpoena delivery, crisis intervention and an arson investigation.

The child’s body was found under a sofa in the home last month, but an autopsy was inconclusive on the cause of her death.

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Double fatal crash in eastern Will County

A four vehicle crash(Thursday) killed two people in Will County. The crash occurred on Route 1 between Crete and Beecher. It happened south of Goodneow Road.

Illinois State Police reported the crash involved a semitrailer, two pickup trucks and one passenger vehicle.
The Will County Coroner’s office identifies the victims as 48-year old Mark Smith from Beecher and 53-year old James Krawczykowski of Crown Point, Indiana.

A reconstruction team is investigating the crash. Illinois Route 1 was closed much of Thursday.

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Martinton man Interim Kankakee fire chief

The Kankakee Fire Department has a new interim-Chief. A veteran member of the department, Damon Schuldt of Martinton, was named to post by Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong. Captain Schuldt has served the department is several capacities over 26 years.

The search for a new chief continues. The mayor said she has no timetable.

The most recent resignation by Interim-Chief Phil Perkins was the second veteran member of the department to leave in five months. Perkins submitted his resignation to former mayor Nina Epstein before she left office. Perkins, a member of the department since 1994, was named interim-chief after Chief Ron Young retired last November.

Mayor Wells-Armstrong is also seeking a new Police Chief. Larry Regnier (Ring-E) announced his retirement a day after Mayor Wells-Armstrong won election.

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Hoopeston Area Middle School benefits from federal grant

Hoopeston Area Middle School is one of 25 middle schools and 25 high schools in Illinois that will share in federal funding over the next seven years.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has announced the state will receive $18.6 million dollars in federal funds to help support college readiness.

The funding is from the ‘Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduates Program’ – also known as GEAR UP.

‘’We have worked with our community partners for many years to build a path for our students to reach their goals,’’ said Hoopeston Area Middle School Principal Anne Burton.

‘’ILGU (Illlinois Gear Up) will provide the roadmap and much needed financial and other supports to help us construct that self-sustaining path,’’ added Burton.

‘’What I love about the program,’’ continued Burton, ‘’is that it will provide a host of similar services to each school, but the paths that get built will be unique to the needs of the school.’’

The grant money will provide early intervention with middle and high schools selected across Illinois to raise the expectations of low-income students and improve high school graduation rates.

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