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New law improves oversight of used-tire sites

                                        Hoopeston tire fire plays role

The Associated Press
CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed new legislation meant to improve oversight of used-tire storage and processing sites that can pose major environmental hazards.

Thursday's signing came one year after a massive fire broke out at a tire-recycling facility in Vermilion County.

The June fire at J&R Used Tire Service in Hoopeston engulfed tens of thousands of tires and took weeks to extinguish. Many homes in neighboring communities had to be evacuated. The cleanup also took several weeks.

Among the provisions in the new law is a requirement that sites holding more than 10,000 passenger tires must acquire a solid waste permit. The permits mandate regular inspections and extensive record keeping.

Illinois' state fire marshal later ruled the Hoopeston fire was accidental and caused by static electricity generated by workers.

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Kankakee police respond to Friday afternoon shooting

Kankakee Police were called to a shooting just after noon Friday. A man was taken into custody by police outside of the Kankakee Food and Discount store on E. Court Street.


No word whether it was related, but shots were reportedly fired a block away, near the intersection of North Evergreen Avenue and East Oak Street. Investigators did find spent-45-caliber shell casings in the 200 block of North Evergreen Avenue.


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Danville Police investigate triple shooting

Three people were wounded in a shooting incident early Friday morning in Danville. Police report the wounded people were outside a house on Kentucky Street. Investigators reported the shooting about '12:30 am.

The victims include a 44-year-old male, a 46-year-old female and a 16-year-old male. The 44-year-old was in critical condition Friday afternoon.

A motive for the shooting wasn't determined. Witnesses were being interviewed.

Anyone who may have information which can help officers solve this case is asked to contact Danville Police at 217-431-2250. Anonymous info can be relayed the Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.

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Reward offered in Dwight murders case

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information in the shooting that left two women dead and a man injured last Saturday in Dwight.


The shooting left 60-year-old Donna J. Denker and her 30-year-old daughter, Kelli L. Denker dead in their home at 200 W. North St. Police reported a 23-year-old man, whose still not identified, was also shot. He remains hospitalized.


Grundy County Crime Stoppers asks anyone with information on the case to call 815-942-9667. Dwight city police and Illinois State Police are the lead agencies investigating the case. Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke's office is also involved in the investigatiuon.


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St. Martin’s Catholic Church closing

The small village of Martinton is losing its Catholic church. The last Sunday Mass is July 20th. An Iroquois County Catholic church, with more than 110 years of history, is closing its doors next month.


Bishop Daniel Conlon will celebrate the church's final mass.


Parishioners in the town of 375 recently learned of the announced-closing of St. Martin's Catholic Church.
The Rev. Reynald Reyes, a Filipino, who's fluent in Spanish was just moved to the Gilman parish to serve Immaculate Conception Church.


The numbers are gone in Martinton. St. Martin's parish council President Joe LaFond reports there used to be 100 families. Today, the numbers are down to about just about 30 people who attend Sunday mass. The parish used to have a regular base of 40-50 families.


A spokesman for the Joliet Diocese said the parish hall will still be available for weddings or funerals if the family involved makes that choice.

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