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Kankakee, Pembroke fire departments receive grant money

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is coming to the aid of the Kankakee and Pembroke Township fire departments. The two departments will share $2.6 million in grant money.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s office announced Pembroke received two separate grants. A SAFER grant will be used to certify volunteers and add 16 firefighters to the department over the next four years. The grant also pays for stipends, turnout gear, insurance, health physicals and certificates for higher learning.

Fire Chief Mark Baines said. "We are excited. This will help us certify our guys and add more to our staff.” Baines said the department needs more community involvement.

The other grant will purchase a new $91,000 brush truck, Baines said will be so valuable in fighting the many brush fire we have in our area.

The Kankakee Fire Department will use the $19,819 to buy a gear extractor and dryer. A gear extractor removes carcinogens from safety equipment after firefighters respond to a fire.

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Collins enters ‘not guilty’ plea in park district fraud case, December 6 trial set

Former Kankakee Valley Park District executive director Roy Collins pleaded ‘not guilty’ Wednesday to two federal charges accusing him of fraud while he served as director.

A December 6th trial date is set in U.S. District Court in Urbana.

Collins remains free on a $10,000 bond.
The Daily-Journal reports the charges date back to early 2012 when prosecutors allege unauthorized credit card purchases started until early 2016 when prosecutors say Collins started creating false documents to conceal the theft from the Kankakee Valley Park Foundation.

The indictment alleges Collins accessed park district equipment, labor and funds for his personal benefit.

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Clifton hydrant flushing

Village of Clifton maintenance employees will be flushing fire hydrants into early next week because they was unable to be complete the job earlier this year because of street improvements and water tower projects.

Local residents may experience slightly discolored water due to the flushing.

Comments or questions or suggestions can be directed to the village office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815-694-2273. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 - 11 am.

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Subway burglary in Hoopeston

The manager of the Subway Store in Hoopeston reported a burglary to Hoopeston Police Thursday. The store at 912 S. Dixie Highway was entered and money was stolen. The incident was reported Thursday morning. An investigation continues.

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Gas station robbery in St. Anne

St. Anne Police and Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police are investigating a reported armed robbery at the Shell Gas Station in St. Anne Thursday night. An undisclosed amount of money was allegedly stolen in the incident. A woman was pistol-whipped, according to sources.

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