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Vehicle-train collision kills former Milford Mayor

The former Mayor of Milford and a member of the Milford Fire department was killed this (Tuesday) morning when his vehicle was hit by a freight train north of Milford.

53-year-old James "Cookie" Cook died when his westbound vehicle was hit by a southbound CSX train --- a couple miles north of Milford on 1120 N Road. The train's conductor notified 9-1-1 at 9:50 am.

The train clipped the front panel of the vehicle, flipping it over.

Milford Fire and Ambulance, IMH EMS, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police and the county Coroner's office responded.

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Illinois suspends accepting Syrian refugees

The State of Illinois is suspending accepting new Syrian refugees in the wake of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. Governor Bruce Rauner has announced Illinois will temporarily suspend accepting new Syrian refugees ''and will consider all of our legal options pending a full review of our country's acceptance and security processes by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.''

'Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing a safe haven for those displaced by conflict,'' added Governor Rauner, ''but the news surrounding the Paris terror attacks reminds us of the all-too-real security threats facing America.'' The Governor added, ''We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens.''

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Kankakee burglaries upsetting to residents

Kankakee Police are investigating a series of burglaries...10 in all...that have troubled residents on the city's southwest side. The burglaries, it's believed, have happened during mid-day and early evening.

Residences have been entered and ransacked. Tool sheds have also been broken into. Two other break-ins have occurred to detached garages, where the thief took tools and scrap metal.

There has been one arrest made in a break-in in the 800 block of South Seventh Avenue.

Will County burglaries under investigation ....

Sheriff's police in Will County report they're investigating a number of rural tool shed burglaries. ATV's and tools have been reported stolen from Manhattan and Peotone Townships.

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Van Mill joins Bourbonnais administration

The Village of Bourbonnais is adding Mike Van Mill to its payroll as the village's new Administrator. Van Mill had headed up the Kankakee County Economic Alliance since 2008. He was also the Kankakee County Planner for over 20 years.

Van Mill makes the move during troubled financial times for the county. The new job offers some stability in that, county government is looking at borrowing money to deal with declining revenues.

The Bourbonnais village administrator job pays $108,000. Van Mill is one of 60 village employees. He begins the new job December 7th.

Van Mill succeeds Greg Spathis who resigned over conflict of interest issues after it was learned that his private business in Manteno was selling ammunition to the Bourbonnais police department. Spathis is now the village administrator in Peotone.

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Kankakee gains $250,000 in Dept of Revenue lawsuit

The Kankakee City Council has approved a lawsuit settlement with the Illinois Department of Revenue that brings back about $1-MILLION dollars. Minus monies owed to taxpayers, the city will add about $250,000 into the local checkbook.

This case dates back to 2011 when Kankakee filed suit against the Department of Revenue over sales tax revenue the city had gained but the state said belonged to it. State officials said the sales tax revenue belonged to the state and not the municipalities where businesses had set up sales tax offices.

Kankakee legal advisor Chris Bohlen said the city filed an injunction over a court order that would have re-allotted already-distributed sales tax money to Kankakee. That would have been retroactive several years, costing the city millions of dollars.

The dispute was settled with Kankakee gaining about a quarter-of-a-million dollars that will be refunded to its reserve fund.

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