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Kankakee gains $250,000 in Dept of Revenue lawsuit

The Kankakee City Council has approved a lawsuit settlement with the Illinois Department of Revenue that brings back about $1-MILLION dollars. Minus monies owed to taxpayers, the city will add about $250,000 into the local checkbook.

This case dates back to 2011 when Kankakee filed suit against the Department of Revenue over sales tax revenue the city had gained but the state said belonged to it. State officials said the sales tax revenue belonged to the state and not the municipalities where businesses had set up sales tax offices.

Kankakee legal advisor Chris Bohlen said the city filed an injunction over a court order that would have re-allotted already-distributed sales tax money to Kankakee. That would have been retroactive several years, costing the city millions of dollars.

The dispute was settled with Kankakee gaining about a quarter-of-a-million dollars that will be refunded to its reserve fund.

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Pembroke Township fire destroys home

Nearly a dozen fire departments assisted the Pembroke Fire Protection District Friday in battling wind-blown flames that destroyed a home. Firemen were at the scene for over four hours. No injuries were reported.

Pembroke firemen answered the call just before 10 am to 2385 S and 15620 E Road in Pembroke Township.
The owner of the home escaped without injury. The American Red Cross was notified to help a displaced woman.

Mutual aid included fire personnel from St. Anne, Aroma Park, Momence, Kankakee Township, Beaverville, Papineau, Martinton, Donovan, and Newton County, IN.

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Kankakee hi-rise apartment fire displaces tenants

The hi-rise Eastridge Apartment Complex on east Court Street in Kankakee alerted the Kankakee City Fire Department Sunday. A fire was contained to a single apartment, but six other rental units were affected by smoke and water damage. No serious injury was reported. But a handful of people were treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire affected all six apartment rentals on the 6th floor. Kankakee fire reports nine tenants were in need of temporary housing until cleanup is completed.

Damage estimates are at $25, 000. The box-alarm, due to the hi-rise building, brought in several fire departments.

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Ed Glazar running for state's attorney in Kankakee County

Kankakee attorney Ed Glazar has announced his bid as a candidate for Kankakee County state's attorney.

The 61-year-old is the county's former chief public defender. He will seek the Republican nomination in the March 2016 Primary to replace current state's attorney Jamie Boyd.

Boyd just recently decided to run for a circuit judge's seat.

This is Glazar's first time running for public office. He resigned as public defender in September after 32 years in that position.

A three-way race has developed, so far, on the GOP ticket. Public defender Emile Capriotti and Larry Beaumont, a former 20-year federal prosecutor in Illinois and a former Kankakee County assistant state's attorney, have said they are both running.

Jim Rowe, who lost to Boyd in the last general election, is running as a Democrat.

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Riverside Healthcare completes Rush-Riverside Cancer Institute expansion

Riverside Healthcare (Wednesday) announced the completion and grand opening of the expanded Rush-Riverside Cancer Institute in Bourbonnais.

Community leaders joined Riverside personnel touring the facility and learning of the many new cancer-fighting techniques now available. The Rush-Riverside Cancer Institute, home of the Betty Burch Bridgewater Center for Radiation Therapy, is now also home to the Center for Medical Oncology. It unites Riverside's cancer care experts as well as expanding services and treatments.

Riverside CEO and President Phil Kambic said "this newly improved setting is a symbol of Riverside's commitment to developing an integrated health care delivery system in the continued fight against cancer."

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