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Kankakee County finances shows ‘slow progress’

A property tax increase, approved in committee (Tuesday) is expected to generate up to $800,000 to help the bottom line in Kankakee County government.

Finance committee Chairman Mike LeGesse tells WGFA's Rob West it's slow progress, but it's movement in a positive direction."

LeGesse said there was a decrease of about $6-million in revenues, between 2014 to 2016. And, $7.6 million has been cut.

The county has 21 less employees over the last year.

The County Board Finance committee got a final look at the 2015 fiscal year. The end balance was listed as a $4.8 million loss. There were over $2-million dollars in unpaid bills.

Besides the property tax hike, the Zoning Wind Ordinance was changed, allowing for a 10-year corporate guarantee instead of a surety bond. It covers the cost of decommissioning wind turbines and provides a one-time payment of $300,000.

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Windy, wet, warmer Wednesday forecast

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say strong winds ahead of a cold front will help bring some warmer air into the area Wednesday.

High temperatures will near 60 degrees. That's about ten degrees warmer than the last several days.

The front will also bring rain to central Illinois. Showers are expected to arrive early Wednesday morning. Showers will persist through Wednesday with a few thunderstorms possible. Rain totals are anticipated to range from .25" to .75" and severe weather is not expected.

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Jasper County: Camper fire kills man

Sheriff's Police in Jasper County, Indiana believe an accidental fire in a camper killed a man Monday night.

Emergency crews responded to a camping trailer engulfed in flames about 11:30 pm just south of Parr, Indiana.

The entire structure was destroyed in less than 10 minutes. Investigators found the remains of 55-year-old of Frank Coffer.

Investigators report they think the fire was caused by either a malfunctioning heater or a small wood stove that had recently been installed in the camper.

Family members said Coffer had lived in the camper on their property since July 2015. He was on oxygen and had mobility issues.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

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Gibson City man facing 8 felony charges for meth production

51-year-old Kelly Burrows of Gibson City is jailed in Ford County and facing up to 40 years in prison. He was in Circuit Court (Monday), now charged with eight felonies for his alleged involvement in making methamphetamine in his home.

Burrows was arrested March 24 after law enforcement agents moved in and caught him and his wife cooking meth. And it was with four children present.

Burrows is accused of making, using and selling meth. He's jailed on a $75,000 bond. The offenses could carry a prison term of up to 40 years.

Burrows is charged with three Class X felonies, including 1-count each of aggravated participation in methamphetamine production, unlawful possession with intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of meth.

The Class 2 felonies include unlawful use of property to manufacture meth, one count of meth-related child endangerment and three counts of unlawful delivery of meth.

Burrows' wife, Marlina, is charged with 1-count of meth-related child endangerment. That's a Class 2 felony. Her bond is $25,000.

Police executed a search warrant at the couple's house at 328 S. State Street March 24.

The DCFS is dealing with the children.

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Frankfort woman dies in motorcycle crash at I-57 rest stop

A 51-year-old woman riding as a passenger on a motorcycle died Friday evening after two motorcycles collided while entering a rest area along Interstate 57, at Buckley.

Illinois State Police reported the accident occurred just before 6:30 pm when a Harley-Davidson driven by 45-year-old Justin Casper of Oak Lawn was struck from behind by another Harley-Davidson driven by 56-year-old Christopher Hoerler of Oak Lawn. The cycles collided as the two bikes were entering the southbound rest area in Iroquois County.

A passenger on Hoerler's bike, Giedre Pysik of Frankfort, was thrown from the motorcycle. She was later pronounced dead by the Iroquois County coroner's office.

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