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Judge Kick admonishes Kankakee County Board Chairman

The proposed-renovation of the Kankakee County Courthouse has taken different directions over the last several months. And now, the Chief Judge has taken issue with the County Board Chairman.

Judge Mike Kick claims in a letter directed to Board Chairman Mike Bossert that any plan to renovate the courthouse must meet the approval of the Illinois Supreme Court. And the judge states in an email, copied to area media, that Bossert has developed a plan in blatant disregard of the law without the judge's input or approval. Judge Kick states the plan disregards all past discussions regarding the renovation matter.

Kick demands a written plan for the courthouse renovation be presented to him for approval before any other courthouse renovation work takes place or any relocation of personnel occurs.

Judge Kick says refusal to follow the law will result in the issuance of appropriate orders making sure compliance is met.

The letter stems from a County Building & Grounds committee agenda on the renovation project and the remodeling of the courthouse basement.

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Paxton man charged following investigation into child abuse

The 20-year-old father of a one-month-old baby boy is facing charges of reckless conduct causing great bodily harm and endangering the life/health of a child. Tyler Schwing of Paxton was arrested following an investigation by Paxton Police.

Meanwhile, the baby boy is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services.

Additional charges are pending. The case remains under investigation.

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>>Suspect, Victim Identified In Purdue Shooting

(West Lafayette, IN) -- Classes are cancelled at Purdue today in the wake of yesterday's campus shooting. Police are identifying both the suspect and the victim as students at the school. Police say the victim was targeted by the suspect and this was "not an active shooter incident." The suspected gunman is being identified as Cody Cousins, a 23-year-old engineering student and the victim is 21-year-old Andrew Boldt from Wisconsin. He was a teaching assistant at the school. {Metro News}

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State Police, IDOT Winter Weather Travel Advisory

                                                        January 21, 2014

Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 covering Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties are reminding drivers to take precautions as they travel.

The Illinois State Police are advising motorist to be cautious while traveling this morning. Interstate 57 is down to one lane in most areas throughout Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties due to snow and ice, and is experiencing blowing snow. District 21 is beginning to respond to reports of slide offs and crashes due to the weather conditions. Secondary roads are also snow covered, icy, and are experiencing blowing snow. Extra caution should be taken while traveling through I-57 at mile post 315 and 309 areas due to blowing snow.

The Illinois Department of Transportation at Ottawa reports most routes are snow-covered in Iroquois, Ford, kankakee and Livingston counties.

Motorists are also advised to be cautious while driving near and around snow plows.

The Illinois State Police are asking drivers to monitor changing weather conditions, limit their travels, and be prepared to allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Drivers are also encouraged to put extra water, food, and warm clothing their vehicle. Please contact your nearest police department if you vehicle becomes disabled or involved in a crash.

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Deadlines near for voter registration

Area county clerks welcome inquiries about voter registration. The March 18th Illinois Primary Election isn't all that far away.

Time is running out to register for vote in the primary election. Depending on what county you're in, the ballot issues vary.

The last day to register is Feb. 18. Grace period registration and voting may be done between Feb. 18 and March 15. Early voting will be between March 3 and March 15.

Absentee voting can be made in person or by mail. Applications may be filed between Feb. 6 and March 13, with in-person requests due by March 17.

Other rules apply to military and overseas residents.
On the ballot in February will be choices for U.S. senator; governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, treasurer; congressional contests, state central committeemen in the same districts; several state senator races, state representatives in districts 1-118; regional school superintendents; appellate judges, referendums; and precinct committeemen.

For information about voter registration, polling places or other election questions, contact your county clerk office.

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