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Flood Advisory continues thru weekend ....

Flood Advisory issued May 31 at 10:​38​AM until June 03 at 4:​00​PM by NWS Chicago

...The Flood Advisory continues for rivers in Illinois...Indiana...

Kankakee River at Momence affecting Kankakee County Kankakee River near Kouts affecting Jasper and Porter Counties Iroquois River near Foresman affecting Newton County ..The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Flood Advisory for the Iroquois River...Iroquois River at Iroquois affecting Iroquois County The following forecasts are based on observed precipitation as well as forecast precipitation 24-48 hours into the future.
The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Flood Advisory for The Iroquois River at Iroquois, or from Near US-41 downstream to confluence with Sugar Creek at Watseka.
until Monday afternoon.

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Kankakee County declares emergency declaration

Kankakee County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler signed an emergency disaster declaration this (Friday) morning. The disaster call is response to the over-abundant rainfall that’s affected the farming community and the overall economy.
Area county officials and others in the state have reported only about 20 percent of the corn crop has been planted and with crop insurance deadlines looming, the disaster declaration would hope to provide ag relief for the entire agricultural community.

Wheeler points to the fact that nearly 20 percent of Kankakee County's economy revolves around agriculture.

Wheeler said he signed an emergency disaster declaration in response to historic precipitation, the inability for farmers to get their crops planted, and the substantial impact to farm families. Again, he said, the entire county economy is affected.
The disaster declaration takes effect June 1 (Saturday) and can be renewed every seven days.

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Ford County: 3 years in prison for 2016 reckless homicide case

Ford County Circuit Judge Matt Fitton sentenced a Paxton man to 3-years in prison (Friday) for a 2016 crash that killed a 19-year-old Paxton woman. Thomas Hoekstra offered his apologies to the court before he was sentenced for reckless homicide in the death of Kourtni Sue Eastman.

The 28-year-old Hoekstra pleaded guilty to the Class 3 felony charge. Two other felony charges of aggravated DUI were dismissed in exchange for the plea.

The Ford County Record reported Hoekstra will also pay more than $18,000 restitution. He admitted driving drunk when southbound on Route 45, crossing the centerline and colliding head-on with a northbound car. Miss Eastman was a front-seat passenger in the car. Three others were injured.

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Manteno man struck & killed by Amtrak train

Manteno police have identified an 83-year-old man hit by an Amtrak train (Thursday) afternoon. Howard Blogg of Manteno was killed when hit by the northbound train. Police reported he was on the Canadian National Railway line when the train passed thru at 12:42 pm. The incident occurred at Adams and Oak Street in Manteno.

The Kankakee County Coroner's Office is investigating. Other emergency response teams were at the scene.

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Sheriff's Association opposes ICE ban

Illinois lawmakers are very close to another new law that would ban local police departments and sheriff's offices across the state from working with federal immigration officials.

The Illinois Trust Act already bans local cops and deputies from working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Supporters said the Keep Illinois Families Together Act would double down on that policy.

State Sen. Don Harmon said the idea is to make sure local jails don't flag people who are in this country illegally.

"This really does one, and only one critical thing," Harmon told Senators on Wednesday. "It would preclude local Illinois law enforcement from entering into what are called 287-G agreements with ICE, thereby deputizing local police as de facto ICE agents."

The Illinois Sheriffs' Association doesn't like the idea.

"The Trust Act did preclude us from being able to do those activities," Jim Kaitschuk with the Sheriffs' Association said. "This goes a step further. It says [we] not only cannot act on the street as an ICE agent, which we are precluded from today, we also cannot do that with regard to any of the processing in the jail."

The plan is headed for a vote in the full Illinois Senate. The House approved the idea earlier in the week.

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