Property owners in Kankakee County should note that your second installment of 2015 taxes are due today (Thursday). Ford County residents are reminded your taxes are due Friday (September 2). Iroquois County’s second installment are due by September 13th.
Payments may be made by visiting the respective treasurer’s offices, using the designated drop boxes, or visiting any bank in the respective counties. Payments are also accepted by mail if postmarked no later than the due date.
Labor Day traditions continue this weekend in area communities. Herscher and Hoopeston offer festivities.
The 96th Labor Day Celebration at Herscher includes one of the largest parades. Monday's parade steps off at 10:30 in the morning. World War II veterans will serve as grand marshals. The three-day event runs from noon September 3 thru September 5 at 8 pm.
In Hoopeston, the National Sweet Corn Festival & Pageant is set for the weekend. It's the 73rd Sweet Corn Festival, beginning Thursday. A pro rodeo is a new event this year. Most events are centerd at McFerren Park.
Hoopeston's Grand Parade is Saturday morning at 10:30.
Two suspects are in custody after a shooting Tuesday evening outside the Louis Joliet Mall. Gunfire was exchanged between U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and the suspects who were under investigation.
Police reported no officers or civilians were injured in the shooting. One of the suspects, 31-year-old Adan Godinez of Morris, was struck in the leg. He was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Another individual, 43-year-old Fernando Godinez of Cicero was arrested and taken into custody.
A witness reported between 20 and 30 shots were fired during the shootout.
Iroquois County Sheriff deputy Clint Perzee is recovering from severe injuries after he was injured (Friday) arresting a suspect in rural Milford.
Perzee suffered a broken arm, dislocated finger and was stitched up to close a lacerated arm. The deputy was struck by a tomahawk thrown at him by a suspect who was being arrested for Predatory Sexual Assault of a Child.
29-year-old Kevin Funk is jailed on a $500,000 bond. He’s charged with Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer and Attempted Murder for the assault of the officer.
Funk also faces 3-counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and 3-counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.
Sheriff’s Police had gone to the rural Milford residence (1131 N 1800 E Road) to arrest Funk on the sexual assault case. Police report during conversation and Funk and deputies, Funk managed to arm himself with a tomahawk, throwing it at Officer Perzee.
The deputy raised his arm to protect his head, the tomahawk striking his arm. Additional deputies responded and placed Funk in custody without further incident.