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Illinois holiday travel expected to be heavy

Nearly one-in-three people in America are expected to travel between now and New Year's. In Illinois, that number is closer to one-in-two.

Almost six million people from Illinois are expected to travel somewhere this holiday season.

That's in-line with the record-breaking travel expectations across the rest of the country, AAA Chicago Motor Club's Beth Mosher said.

Mosher said in Illinois, almost all of the people who are traveling will drive.

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Dwight Police arrest alleged cannabis dealer

A 27-year-old Cullom man is jailed in Livingston County after he was arrested in an ongoing narcotics investigation. Jacob Mascolo was out on bond for three other charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance when he was taken into cuistody again Tuesday.

The Dwight Narcotics Unit and the Livingston County Pro-Active Unit acted on a warrant.  Several drug-related items were seized.  The charges against Mascolor are class 4 felonies.

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Kankakee man arrested for drug-induced homicide

Joseph R. Lagesse, of Kankakee was arrested by Kankakee police for drug-induced homicide. He’s accused of selling heroin laced with fentanyl to Matthew Whitlock of Bourbonnais.

The Daily-Journal reports the 25-year-old Whitlock died shortly after buying the product from LaGesse on November 19. State's Attorney Jim Rowe explained, Whitlock’s death was determined to be opioid and fentanyl intoxication.

Rowe told the Court Lagesse overdosed on what he believes was the same heroin-laced fentanyl Lagesse sold Whitlock. Lagesse was revived at his home by Kankakee Fire personnel using Narcan (a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose).

Legesse had bond set at $1-million.

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McDonald's construction ready to move forward in Watseka

New technology and customers table service are just some of the expectations for a new McDonald's restaurant soon to be under construction in Watseka.

Owner-Operators Wayne and Marsha Jarosh say they really miss being part of the community and look forward to the progress in building the NEW McDonald's at its new location. The new restaurant will be at the site of the old Burger King and Flower Shack at 504 E. Walnut Street in Watseka. Both sites will be demolished in the coming weeks. 

The old McDonald's site will also be demolished.  The store has been de-branded. 

Jarosh said the projected opening of the NEW McDonald's at 504 E. Walnut will be in April of 2019. Plans are to hire 45-55 people for the store.  Hiring and training will begin in February.

McDonald's is involved in a global effort to evolve the restaurant experience for its customers. The planned work is to develop a contemporary and modern restaurant experience that takes into account the community.  Jarosh said "not every restauarant will look and operate the same as ours."  Technology is transforming every aspect of the customer experience.  Significant investments are in digital and technology to deliver added convenience, value and entertainment for guests.

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Hit-and-run driver sentenced to 4 years

In Kankakee County Court (Wed)...24-year-old Andrew Langston of St. Anne was sentenced to four years in prison for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident in which seriously injured a 12-year-old boy.

Marcus James continues to rehab from the accident in May.

The incident was in the 600-block of Chicago Avenue in Kankakee. Witnesses to the accident included the boy’s Mom and her daughter. They yelled for the driver of the car to stop, according to the Daily-Journal.

The Journal reports, Marcus James gave a statement at the sentencing saying he forgives Langston and hopes they can be friends when he’s released from prison.

Langston was arrested in Johnson County, Ind., on unrelated charges.

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