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Pembroke Township fire destroys home

Nearly a dozen fire departments assisted the Pembroke Fire Protection District Friday in battling wind-blown flames that destroyed a home. Firemen were at the scene for over four hours. No injuries were reported.

Pembroke firemen answered the call just before 10 am to 2385 S and 15620 E Road in Pembroke Township.
The owner of the home escaped without injury. The American Red Cross was notified to help a displaced woman.

Mutual aid included fire personnel from St. Anne, Aroma Park, Momence, Kankakee Township, Beaverville, Papineau, Martinton, Donovan, and Newton County, IN.

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Kankakee hi-rise apartment fire displaces tenants

The hi-rise Eastridge Apartment Complex on east Court Street in Kankakee alerted the Kankakee City Fire Department Sunday. A fire was contained to a single apartment, but six other rental units were affected by smoke and water damage. No serious injury was reported. But a handful of people were treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire affected all six apartment rentals on the 6th floor. Kankakee fire reports nine tenants were in need of temporary housing until cleanup is completed.

Damage estimates are at $25, 000. The box-alarm, due to the hi-rise building, brought in several fire departments.

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Ed Glazar running for state's attorney in Kankakee County

Kankakee attorney Ed Glazar has announced his bid as a candidate for Kankakee County state's attorney.

The 61-year-old is the county's former chief public defender. He will seek the Republican nomination in the March 2016 Primary to replace current state's attorney Jamie Boyd.

Boyd just recently decided to run for a circuit judge's seat.

This is Glazar's first time running for public office. He resigned as public defender in September after 32 years in that position.

A three-way race has developed, so far, on the GOP ticket. Public defender Emile Capriotti and Larry Beaumont, a former 20-year federal prosecutor in Illinois and a former Kankakee County assistant state's attorney, have said they are both running.

Jim Rowe, who lost to Boyd in the last general election, is running as a Democrat.

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Riverside Healthcare completes Rush-Riverside Cancer Institute expansion

Riverside Healthcare (Wednesday) announced the completion and grand opening of the expanded Rush-Riverside Cancer Institute in Bourbonnais.

Community leaders joined Riverside personnel touring the facility and learning of the many new cancer-fighting techniques now available. The Rush-Riverside Cancer Institute, home of the Betty Burch Bridgewater Center for Radiation Therapy, is now also home to the Center for Medical Oncology. It unites Riverside's cancer care experts as well as expanding services and treatments.

Riverside CEO and President Phil Kambic said "this newly improved setting is a symbol of Riverside's commitment to developing an integrated health care delivery system in the continued fight against cancer."

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Cissna Park comes up short in IHSA 1A volleyball championship

"It was a boxing match, we knew that going in..." said Cissna Park volleyball coach Josh Landon. "They (Lanark-Eastland) were just too much."

Saturday's Class 1A IHSA state championship match (heard on 94.1 WGFA) witnessed a blow-by-blow match between Cissna Park High School and Lanark Eastland volleyball teams.

"I thought we could match them blow for blow," Landon said. "We talked about it being a boxing fight and for the most part, in set one, we were able to do that."

The physical Cougars, though, took over and wore down the Tiumberwolves to win the Class 1A title in 2-sets, 26-16 and 26-16 at redbird Arena in Normal.

The opening set was tied eight times with four lead changes before Eastland took a 15-14 advantage on a kill by Sydney Guenter. They then stretched the advantage a bit before delivering the knockout blow with a 7-0 run on their way to the state championship.

It was the third state volleyball title for Eastland (40-1-1) and the first since the Cougars won back-to-back crowns in 2008-09.

Cissna Park closed out 33-6-1. The runner-up trophy comes after a third-place finish a year ago in what was their first state finals appearance.

"You don't get too many opportunities like this," Landon said. "We were fortunate enough to make this trip back here and to finish runner-up is pretty special."

"They were able to serve aggressively from behind the line and we were unfortunate in our abilities to execute out of serve receive," he said. "That ultimately was the difference in the game."

Valparaiso University basketball recruit Addison Stoller had five kills and eight digs for the Timberwolves. Anna Kaeb contributed 10 assists.

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