A one-stop resource center to assist flood victims will be open in Watseka Friday. The Trinity Church on E. Walnut Street is where several agencies will set up shop from 10 am 'til 7 pm. Citizens are invited to stop for assistance. No appointment is needed.
Meanwhile -- Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency personnel are operating a call-center from 11 am 'til 7 pm. Assistance with damage assessments is available.
The City of Watseka also announcing a team of volunteers from the Lutheran Disaster relief Program will visit town Saturday. The volunteer groups will offer help those in need that are cleaning up basements or garages from the flood. Those in need of help can today (Thursday) 815-432-6997 from 11 am until 7 pm. A scheduled-appointment will be made. This is a one-time event Saturday.
The City of Watsek also has flood clean-up tips. Visit the Watseka Facebook page or the website at www.watsekacity.org
Law enforcement authorities in Kankakee County are asking for the public's help in solving a burglary involving a squad car. A marked Kankakee County sheriff's squad was broken into during the overnight hours Wednesday (January 6). The person responsible stole an AR-15 firearm, ammunition and a bulletproof vest.
The vehicle's passenger side window had been broken and the squad car ransacked. This was in the area of South Wall and W. Water Streets.
The semi-automatic rifle was concealed inside a gun vault in the back of the vehicle.
CRIMESTOPPERS welcomes any calls about the crime. Call 815-932-7463.
Federal authorities have been notified about the burglary.
The new year already has Kankakee Police investigating shootings. Investigators say a couple of incidents happened Monday night, within an hour of each other.
North West Avenue is where police found spent-casings. Two juveniles were seen running from the scene. More shots were fired on S. Harrison Avenue. A car was discovered with holes in the trunk. No arrests were made. Police also said shots were fired on New Year's Eve on E. Chestnut Street.
The southwest corner of Merchant Street and Dearborn Avenue in downtown Kankakee is where city officials hope a developer will build a multi-unit apartment complex.
A nonprofit development company based in Rock Island is looking to build and hoped to break ground as soon as next year.
Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein announced the project at the Kankakee City Council meeting Monday.
The Daily-Journal reports the building will consist of several dozen studio and one-bedroom apartments. It would offer "affordable housing," not subsidized housing.
2nd Ward Alderman Mike O'Brien said 'this may not be for everyone, but downtown Kankakee is the place to be for a lot of people.'
O'Brien labeled downtown as the "heart of our community." He noted private business, the city government and the Kankakee Development Corporation helped create a solid foundation during the past 25 years.