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Dozens taken to hospitals with nausea, headaches at Bourbonnais school

Up to four-dozen people from the LeVasseur elementary school in Bourbonnais were taken to local hospitals Thursday afternoon after complaints of nausea and headaches.

Bourbonnais Fire Protection Chief Ed St. Louis said all but just a few were students. He said the problem appeared to be a back-up generator that malfunctioned, causing increased levels of carbon monoxide.

St. Louis said a contractor will inspect the school building. Classes and other activities are resuming today (Friday) after yesterday’s evacuation.

The fire department was called just after 1 pm when a couple dozen students and three other staff members became ill. Several students complained of headaches and nausea.

Those affected were treated at Presence St. Mary’s and Riverside Hospitals in Kankakee.

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Ex-Con accused of sexually abusing Braidwood teenager

A 22-year-old ex-con was arrested in Braidwood (Wednesday night) after allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old for five months.

Jason Escalante was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. When Escalante was arrested by authorities he had a 17-year-old girl in his car. Escalante is said to have sexually abused the 15-year-old from September to January. His bond was set at $200,000.

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Update: Mobile Home fire kills one in Sheldon

The State Fire Marshall arrived at the scene of a fatal mobile home fire in Sheldon this (Thursday) morning. Investigators are looking over the ruins of the tragedy that left one of two occupants dead.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum identifies the victim as 56-year-old Wayne Schwartz. Cheatum said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A roommate was able to flee the structure without serious injury.

Sheldon Fire answered the call to 530 N. Second Street at 6:14 am. Mutual aid came from Concord and Donovan. Firemen found the mobile home engulfed in flames and smoke.

The roommate was awakened when he heard yelling for help, but the smoke was too much for any rescue.

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Boyd considered by Public Defender post in Kankakee County

Kankakee County’s Criminal Justice Committee meeting (Wed) revealed information troubling State’s Attorney Jim Rowe.
Rowe is voicing his opposition about news that former S-A Jamie Boyd is under consideration for a position in the County’s Public Defender’s Office.

Rowe said the last election says “it’s time to move on” and hiring Boyd and putting him back on the payroll is “a move backwards.” Such move, Rowe said, is not being transparent nor accountable to the people.

Rowe urges other people to speak out when they see/hear something that’s not right.

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Decatur men arrested on drug charges during Iroquois County stop

A speeding stop made by Illinois State Police led to drug charges aganst two men in Iroquois County Tuesday.  Both men were jailed in Iroquois County for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

19-year-old Austin Gaither and 20-year-old Drayton Adams were stopped along I-57 by District 21 troopers.  A search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 21 grams of a controlled substance. Both men were taken to the couty jail i8n Watseka.

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