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Head-on collision in Kankakee, man arrested for DUI

Illinois State Police investigated a head-on crash Monday on Route 17 at Kankakee County Road 7000 W.  58-year-old John Brinkman was arrested for drunk driving and improper lane usage, after he crossed the centerline and hit the oncoming car driven by 21-year-old Jacob Hansen of Kankakee. 

Brinkman was air-lifted to an Oak Lawn hospital in critical condition.  Hansen and three passengers were treated for minor injuries at Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.  

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Indiana Beach employee injured by roller coaster car

An Indiana Beach employee was injured Saturday when he was struck by the car of a roller coaster.

The Monticello Fire Department reported crews responded to the amusement park around 1 pm for a report of a male struck by a roller coaster car.

{Officials with Indiana Beach reported the employee is a mechanic and was working on a platform of the Cornball Express roller coaster}.

The release says the man suffered multiple injuries. He was taken to IU Health White Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to Indianapolis.

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Michael Sabol new associate judge in 21st circuit

Michael Sabol begins a new work week today (Tuesday) as the newest judge to serve the 21st Judicial Circuit.

Before family, friends and colleagues Friday afternoon, Judge Sabol slipped into his new black robe after taking his oath of office at the Iroquois County Courthouse.

Retired Judge Gordon Lustfeldt administered the oath ...
The judge’s wife, Crissy, assisted him in donning his new garb while daughters, Alexis and Kate, held the Bible for the swearing-in ceremony.

Judge Sabol expressed his appreciation to the circuit’s judges, present and past, who attended his special-event...
Circuit Judge James Kinzer welcomed the audience for Judge Sabol’s day.

Sabol said “The judicial system is so much more than just the judges. Several people, he said, including the clerks, the bailiffs, law enforcement and office personnel and house- keeping make the courthouse operate.

Judge Sabol acknowledged his parents for his upbringing and even his brothers, who picked on him in his early years. The youngest of four children, Michael Sabol said it was his father, who he lost when he was just 21, who served his country and worked in East Chicago’s steel mill, who taught him about work ethic...
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Aqua Illinois hosts Watseka Open House, welcomes citizen questions

Informational charts, community endorsements and plenty of Aqua Illinois ‘blue shirt’ personnel were available at Watseka City Hall (Thursday). The water company hosted an open house to give local citizens an opportunity to ask questions and learn what Aqua is about and how the company could help the city’s future water and water treatment operations.

Maybe about 20 local citizens bothered to attend a three-hour session, even though there were a lot of concerns expressed a few short weeks ago at a public hearing.

Most of the concerns are about a large corporation taking over what citizens feel is their community asset, a community service the city owns and its people want to control.

The city council is considering a potential partnership where Aqua Illinois would take over ownership of the water and sewer system.

So often, it’s mis-information that raises concern. Aqua Illinois President Craig Blanchette says the open house was to address questions and any misinformation the public may have received.

Mayor Bob Harwood assures the community no decisions have been made; talks continue as to where the city may go with the water operations. But feedback is positive about Aqua Illinois.

The rates will go up – the mayor says – no matter what decision the city council makes.

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Threshermen’s Reunion cancelled

Wet grounds have forced a cancellation of the annual Threshermen’s Reunion at Pontiac.

For the first time in its history, Pontiac’s annual harvest-time rite, the Central States Threshermen’s Reunion, is a no-go this weekend. The event is canceled for the first time due to the recent heavy rains swamping Threshermen’s Park.

The good news: the fest's downtown parade will go as scheduled, at 1:15 pm Sunday.

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