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George Ryan Jr. guilty of drunk driving

The son of former Governor George Ryan faces a November 7th sentencing date after being found guilty of drunken driving.

George "Homer" Ryan Jr. was found guilty Wednesday of DUI. He was arrested last November in Bradley when police found him asleep in his vehicle, with the engine running, at a fast-food parking lot.

Police said Ryan failed a field sobriety test and declined chemical testing.

At the sentencing, Ryan faces up to a year in jail, a $2,500 fine and a one-year suspension of his license. But Ryan, who has no criminal record, can also receive court supervision, which would give him a chance to avoid a DUI conviction.

Kankakee County Circuit Court Judge Susan Tungate issued the DUI ruling after a bench trial.

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St. Anne Pumpkin Festival, Oktoberfest in Manteno

Weekend events in Kankakee County include the annual Pumpkin Festival at St. Anne and the Manteno Oktoberfest.

Manteno's four-day event runs today (Thurs) through the weekend.

St. Anne's Pumpkin Festival Friday through Sunday included a "live" broadcast Saturday on 94.1 WGFA. The radio fun starts at 8 am. It's the 25th anniversary of the pumpkin festival. A grand parade steps off at 2:20 Saturday afternoon. There's several forms of entertainment.

The Manteno Chamber of Commerce's 16th annual Oktoberfest Celebration offers a wide range of entertainment. It begins tonight (Thurs).

Bike Night on the village's main street is tonight. The event coordinator Staci Wilken says a lot of volunteers are making it happen.

A pet parade, a showcase of bands, volleyball,car show, and carnival are all included.

Former Bears quarterback Bobby Douglas is scheduled for an appearance Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Hoopeston ‘Hometown Hero’ Fundraiser

Local businesses and organizations are teaming up to help local heroes – firemen and other emergency responders.

The 'Hometown Hero' fundraiser on Saturday, October 5th is planned at McFerren Park in Hoopeston. The focus is to raise funds to replace damaged fire equipment from the recent tire recycling fire.

J & R Tire Recycling went up in flames in August. Several area fire departments provided mutual aid; billowing black smoke consumed much of the community. The EPA continues to monitor clean-up efforts. And fire equipment was damaged by the smoke and hazardous effects.

Hoopeston Regional Health Center has stepped up to work with community leaders to spearhead the fundraiser. Regional Health Center spokesperson is Liz Silver says a lot of fire equipment has to be replaced ......

The October 5th fundraiser includes family fun and entertainment. It centers around McFerren Park.

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Traffic crash forces closure of Illinois Route 17

Emergency responders were called to Route 17, south of Momence where a two-vehicle collision forced the road to be closed this (Thurs) morning.

Initial reports had a car and a semi-trailer colliding on llinois Route 1/17) at 9500 E.

Fire personnel reported no hazardous materials involved. The road has been closed to traffic.

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PBL School bus, semi-trailer collision, no injury

The PBL school district is reporting no injuries this (Thurs) morning in a school bus – semi-trailer accident in Ford County.

Superintendent Cliff McClure reports there were four PBL students onboard the bus when it collided with the semi-trailer a little before 7 am. The collision occurred on Paxton's east side, at the intersection of Pells Street and Stockholm Road.

Traffic was being detoured.

Three of the four students were released to their parents. The other went to school.

The driver of the bus and semi-trailer remained at the scene while emergency personnel gathered.

The school district's automated parental-notification system made parents aware of the accident.

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