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Construction season hampers businesses

Blocked streets, lack of available parking, and noise are all signs the summer construction season is underway. It's an annual nuisance that drivers don't like. And local businesses can feel the impact.

In Watseka, construction barriers have North 3rd and North 4th Streets closed to traffic. Before this, it was North 2nd Street.

Add to the frustration the huge pot-holes yet to repaired. And dwindling funds at the local and state level mean quick-fixes aren't likely.

Despite the grumbling citizens and motorists now, it'll be all smiles when the routes are back open and smoother travels – because pot-holes are patched.

Downtown friendly Main streets aren't so friendly at the present. Business owners tell you traffic is slow. But in time, that frustration will be all good again.

{several municipal routes are also construction in area communities}.

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Update: Suspect arrested in Danville Cop shooting

Danville Police report a suspect is in custody in the shooting of a local police officer Friday night.

A three-hour standoff with police ended peacefully with the arrest of 23-year-old
Michael Rouse of Ridge Farm. He was taken into custody on a warrant charging him with attempted murder of a peace officer. There's also a warrant for Rouse from the Illinois Department of Corrections for absence without authorization. Bond on the attempted murder of a peace officer is set at $5-million dollars.

Rouse was identified as suspect in the shooting. At about 6 pm Friday, a Danville Police officer saw Rouse on Cannon Street. After Rouse was observed running into a home police surrounded it. Rouse surrendered peacefully according to police reports around 9:15 pm.

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Foster-child death trial postponed

It'll be September at the earliest when Heather Lamie stands trial for the 2011 death of a foster-child who was in her care. A court proceeding in Pontiac postponed a trial date for the Cullom woman. The court action marks the 4th time the trial date has been changed.

Heather Lamie is charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life or health of a child in the death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill. The trial was originally to start in October, but was moved to January, then to April, then to June 23 in part because an expert was unavailable.

A Livingston County Judge (Mark Fellheimer) Friday granted a defense motion to continue the trial again. Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff still has not received a report from the defense's expert witness. It is expected to be completed in late June, giving both sides time to prepare for a September court date.

The 30-year-old Lamie, now living in Kankakee County, was indicted on murder charges in June 2013. If convicted, she faces mandatory life imprisonment. A conviction on endangering the life and health of a child could bring probation or two to 10 years in prison.

Kianna Rudesill was a foster child in the Lamie home when she died of head injuries the day after rescue personnel were called to the home.

A Peoria County Coroner's jury ruled the death a homicide.

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KCC shows-off new tech center

The public had a chance to tour Kankakee Community College's new $5.2 million dollar North Extension Center Thursday. The 18,000 square foot facility on Kenzie Avenue in Bradley was featured during an Open House.

KCC President Dr. John Avendano said this facility opens new opportunities.

The North Extension Center is along Illinois Route 50.

Residents can use the computer lab and resource center to where they can receive help applying for jobs.

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Kankakee awarded federal funds

                                                    --clean-up of waste sites --

Kankakee will share in a federal grant to clean-up industrial waste sites. Kankakee is one of seven Illinois communities to share $2.3 million of federal funding earmarked to "clean and redevelop" contaminated waste sites.
Kankakee received $400,000, the second-largest grant awarded.

Senator Dick Durbin announced the grants this week. He said the monies are for local, under-served and economically-disadvantaged areas.

Since 1995, more than 20,000 properties nationwide have been assessed and more than 850 of them have been cleaned through this program.

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