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Gas station robbery leads to arrest of Essex man

22-year-old Joshua Carlson of Essex is in custody for the Monday armed robbery of a Manteno gas station.

Will County authorities arrested Carlson after a suspicious person report at a truck stop in Monee. Police said the suspect fled but was apprehended after a short chase.

Carlson met a description of the Manteno robbery suspect. Police found a weapon and mask in his vehicle.

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Marron and Hays chosen to direct Vermilion County Republican Party

Vermilion County has new leaders in place to lead the Republican Party. Former Party Chairman Mike Marron is returning to that position, and the new Vice Chairman is State Representative Chad Hays.

The new leaders were elected during a meeting of the Vermilion County Republican Central Committee over the weekend.

Joel Bird of Hoopeston was picked to fill the vacancy in County Board District 1. The vacancy came about when Darren Duncan was appointed County Treasurer.

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Kankakee’s new mayor has focus on budget, personnel matters

Chasity Wells-Armstrong is off and running as Kankakee’s new Mayor. She was sworn-in Monday night before an overflow crowd at the Kankakee City Chambers.

Mrs. Wells-Armstrong made history last month, winning election to become the city’s first-ever African-American Mayor. She told the crowd, she’s the city mayor, not an African-American Mayor or a Democrat Mayor. She insisted, “we’re all in this together, for the good of Kankakee.”
And that drew thunderous applause.

She said she has to get a budget in place. She’s reaching out to people with experience and still looking for key people for the administration.

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Indiana Governor kicks off I-65 expansion project

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb visited Lowell (IN) Friday to get a major Interstate 65 expansion project underway. The groundbreaking event was for the Northwest Indiana Expansion Project.

The plan is to improve the traffic flow and capacity to the interstate in the state’s northwest region.

The 13-mile stretch of I-65 runs from State Road 2 to U.S. 30, spanning from Newton to Lake counties.

Construction is scheduled to begin June 1. It should be completed by the fall of 2018.

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Construction coming to US 52 in Benton County

A resurfacing project in Benton County will close a part of U.S. 52 through Fowler.

Work is scheduled to start Monday.

The road will be closed for resurfacing, curb work and patching.

That project should be finished in October.

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