A heating unit on the rooftop of the Denny's Restaurant in Bourbonnais caused a fire, alerting firefighters this (Fri) morning. The restaurant was temporarily closed. There was no injury.
Firemen were alerted to 1303 N. State Route 50 at Armour Road after receiving reports of a smell of smoke in the building.
Bourbonnais Fire Chief Ed St. Louis said the cause is being investigated. He said the rooftop was charred and an air-handler will have to be removed in order to make repairs. The Kankakee County Health Department has been notified.
Harms honored for dedication to issues affecting seniors
State Rep. Josh Harms, R-Watseka, was honored by the Life Services Network for his dedication to issues affecting senior citizens and specifically for his support of the Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka.
Harms was awarded a plaque "in recognition of (his) commitment and dedication to advancing quality in older adult services."
Harms said "the Apostolic Christian Home is a prime example of what is great about the 106th (Illinois House) District. The hard-working employees of the Apostolic Christian Home and the Life Services Network have dedicated their careers to caring for our parents and grandparents. I am proud to be an advocate for their needs."
Health Department Announce Affordable Care Act Assistance
The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department issued a statement today saying that an In-person counselor/navigator for the Affordable Care Act will be at Big R in Watseka, IL 1200 E. Walnut Street on November 2, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. providing information, answering questions and scheduling appointments for assistance with applying for health coverage for Iroquois County residents, which will begin on November 4, 2013 at the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department in Watseka, IL. 114 North Third Street. Walk-ins will be accepted from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Jennifer Weaver, a radiology professional at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, was the featured speaker Wednesday in Watseka. She addressed the audience at the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon at Celebrations Banquet Hall.
Weaver talked about the importance of early diagnosis and support help that's available.
Meanwhile---the KCC volleyball team will volley for cancer research tonight. The public is invited to today's 6 pm matchup vs. Oakton Community College on the KCC campus. The Lady Cavs ask for your fan support so they can support the fight against breast cancer.
Separate Iroquois County crashes leave two men dead
Chebanse mishap victim dies; Gilman man killed Wednesday morning
A 47-year-old Gilman motorist was killed Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash. Gary Schroeder was pronounced dead at the scene in Douglas Township. His car hit a bridge abutment, according to Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum.
Cheatum said the accident happended about 8 am. The victim was southbound on 850 E Road when he lost control then hit the bridge at 1670 N in rural Gilman.
Sheriff's Police investigated. An autopsy was scheduled.
Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner reported the 18-year-old man severely injured in a Route 45 crash near Chebanse Road Tuesday has died. Ross Bissaillon ( Biss-sale-on) of Bourbonnais died early Wednesday at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee. He suffered injuries in a head-on collision near Iroquois County Road 3300 N at 2:30 pm Tuesday.
State Police reported Bissaillon was northbound in the southbound lane of Route 45 passing other vehicles when ran head-on into a southbound pickup truck driven by Hugo Perez of Gilman.
Police reported Bassaillon was ticketed for improper passing while Perez was charged with driving without a license.