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Kankakee County approves loan to meet bill payments

The Kankakee County Board Tuesday met in special session. The Board OK'd a $3-million loan that'll hopefully allow the county to pay its bills.

The loan is likely to buy some time to allow the county to make it through top the next tax cycle.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride will administer the attorney's oath to 21 new lawyers who will be admitted to practice in a ceremony in Ottawa on Thursday, May 1.

The group is among 691 men and women who were certified as candidates and will be sworn in as Illinois attorneys at ceremonies in the state's five Supreme Court judicial districts.

The program in the Third Judicial District will begin at 11 a.m. in the Appellate Court Building at 1004 Columbus Street in Ottawa.

Justice Kilbride will preside over the ceremony and welcome the members of the class, their families and friends.

George Leynaud will be the speaker for the ceremony. Mr. Leynaud is engaged in the general prac-tice of law with the firm of Leynaud & Leynaud in Peru.

Umberto S. Davi, second vice-president of the Illinois State Bar Association, also will speak.

Circuit Judge Kathy Bradshaw Elliott of the 21st Judicial Circuit will make the motion to admit the class. Walter W. Ratajczyk, Assistant State's Attorney for Will County will second the motion to admit the class.

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Small Town Decriminalizes Pot

(Bradley, IL) -- People busted with a small amount of pot in Bradley, Illinois may not face criminal charges. Village board members cleared a new ordinance (Monday) which will allow police to write a ticket for anyone caught with less than ten-grams of pot. The fines would range from 200-to-750-dollars. Police officers would be allowed to use their discretion on whether to write a ticket or arrest the suspect, so repeat offenders may not get off as easily as they'd hope.            {Metro News}

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Onarga man dies in head-on crash on 45/52

A 75-year-old Onarga man was killed today (Tuesday) when his car collided head-on with a pickup truck on U.S. Route 45/52 in Kankakee County.

Donald L. Blanchette was northbound when he crossed the center line near County Road 6600S. The car hit a pickup driving south. Illinois State police report the crash happened just before 10 am.

Blanchette was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
An unidentified 42-year-old man from St. Anne was the driver of the pickup. He was taken to a local hospital.
The crash closed Route 45/52 at 6500 South for nearly three hours.

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Illinois State Police Encourages Parents to Boost their Big Kid

Ashkum, IL – Illinois State Police District 21 is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. This grant was awarded to help increase the use of booster seats throughout Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties. This grant is one of 51 grants distributed throughout Illinois this spring as part of the Boost Your Big Kid campaign.

Booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children ages four to eight years old. According to a 2011 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 25 percent of children age four to seven were restrained by a seat belt alone and another 10 percent were riding totally unrestrained.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Crash data from NHTSA shows that during the five-year period from 2007 to 2011, 3,661 children were killed in car crashes. In addition, an estimated 634,000 children were injured.

"Children depend on their parents to keep them safe – every trip, every time," said Captain Bridget Bertrand. Illinois law requires that all children under the age of 8 must be properly restrained in an appropriate car seat or booster seat. Even though a child turns 8, it does not mean he is big enough to sit without a booster seat. Don't leap out of a booster seat too soon; take the 5-Step test:

1. Does the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?
2. Do the child's knees completely bend over the edge of the vehicle seat with the feet touching the floor?
3. Does the shoulder belt cross the child's shoulder between the neck and arm and the lap belt fit low and snug

across the hips?
4. Does the vehicle seat provide the child with adequate head protection?
5. Can the child stay seated in this position for the entire trip?

If the answer to any of these questions is NO, then the child is not ready to use an adult seat belt. Continue to use the booster seat until the adult seat belt fits appropriately.

Remember: All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

As of January 1, 2012, seat belt use is required in all seating positions.