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Kankakee County mayors group supporting county executive government

More than a half-dozen mayors in Kankakee County are throwing their support behind a referendum question next week to form an executive form of county government.

Spokesperson Tim Nugent, the mayor Manteno, says "it makes that person a little more receptive to the people."

Nugent is one of eight mayors asking voters to support the executive form of government question on the November 4th ballot. The mayors of Bradley, Bourbonnais, Momence, Grant Park, Aroma Park, Reddick and Sun River Terrace are all onboard supporting the question on Tuesday's ballot.

Nugent said the people don't have a voice the way it is now. The County Board Chairman is appointed by the majority of the county board.

The county board voted earlier this month to oppose the measure, saying it would form another level of government that would be expensive and cause political conflict.

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Dwight Police close book on double homicide

The Dwight Police Department has closed the case involving the investigation of the double-murders of Kelli and Donna Denker. The mother-daughter homicide case this past summer rocked the Livingston County community.

Police investigators say it was a Sheridan man, who later committed suicide, who killed the women in their home.

Police ruled 27-year-old Joseph Sipple shot and killed the Denkers and wounded another man. A news release from Dwight Police states all signs show Sipple, allegedly Kelli's ex-boyfriend, "acted alone in this heinous act."

Police said on June 27, Sipple shot and killed himself during a confrontation with police in another case involving property. Sipple killed himself, allegedly using a .40 caliber Glock handgun, the same weapon used in Dwight.


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Trick-or-Treat hours for Halloween Friday

Iroquois County:
Beaverville: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31
Buckley — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Chebanse: 5-7:30 p.m., Oct. 31
Cissna Park — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Clifton, 5-7 p.m., Oct. 31
Crescent City 5-7 pm
Gilman, 4-7 p.m., Oct. 31
Loda — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Martinton 5-7 pm
Milford, 5-8 p.m., Oct. 31
Onarga — 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Watseka, 4-7 p.m., Oct. 31

Ford County:
Cabery — 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Elliott — 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Fisher — 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Gibson City — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Gifford — 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Kempton — 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Melvin — 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31
Paxton — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. (
Piper City — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Rankin — 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24.
Roberts — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Kankakee County:
Aroma Park: 5-7 p.m., Oct. 31
Bonfield: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31
Bourbonnais: 5-7 p.m., Oct. 31
Bradley: 5-7 p.m., Oct. 31
Grant Park, 4:30-7 p.m., Oct. 31
Herscher, 4:30-7 p.m., Oct. 31
Kankakee, 5-7 p.m., Oct. 31
Manteno, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 31
Momence, 4:30-7 p.m., Oct. 31

Vermilion County:

Danville 5-8pm

Oakwood 5:30-8:30pm

Rossville 5-8pm

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Indiana Amtrak crash injures 14

REYNOLDS, Ind. —Fourteen people onboard an Amtrak train were injured today (Tues) when the train traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago collided with a semitrailer that crossed into its path.

White County, Indiana Sheriff Pat Shafer said the injuries were not life-threatening. The injured people were taken to local hospitals.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says no one aboard the Hoosier State line suffered serious or life-threatening injuries. The collision happened about 25 miles north of Lafayette, near Reynolds.
Magliari says the train was carrying 56 passengers and three crew members.

Sheriff Shafer says the collision occurred about 8:20 am when the northbound train struck a semitrailer at a rural crossing along U.S. 421.


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Electrical problem closes KCC campus ‘til Noon

The KCC campus is closed this (Tuesday) morning due to a utility outage. Work crews are on the job repairing an electrical problem. The main campus will be closed until Noon.

The South Extension Center (The Harold & Jean Miner Center) at Watseka and the North Extension Center at Bradley are not affected. They are open for regular class activities.

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