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Construction work slowing Route 1, I-74 traffic

Road work in Vermilion County will be slowed, beginning this week. Traffic on Route 1, north of Hoopeston, and I-74 will be affected.

The re-surfacing work begins Thursday (August 4).

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports the I-74 work will be taking place from near Fithian to west of Ogden. The Route 1 work is from north of Rossville to the Iroquois County line, north of Hoopeston.

Motorists are encouraged to slow down and follow posted signs and directions from flaggers.

The work is expected to be completed in mid-September.

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National attention awarded to Clifton volunteer

Edward C. Peters, of Clifton, was elected to the position of State Commander of the Disabled American Veterans.

Peters served in the Army in Vietnam, in 1967 and '68. In 1976, he took over the pre-Memorial Day responsibilities of placing flags on the graves of every veteran buried in Kankakee County. That represents a shared effort to locate about 5,528 graves.

Also in 1976, Peters joined the DAV, which now is the Kankakee County Chapter 34, and remains active in the grave marking process, the Forget-Me-Not days, participating in parades and other DAV activities.


Peters has been the local chapter commander for several terms. In 2014, he was elected the vice commander at the state level.

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Electrical overload cause of Morocco, IN fire

Fire officials in Morocco, IN have determined the cause of a fire that destroyed a Morocco home early Wednesday morning.

Fire Chief Corrie Myers reports investigators determined the fire at 301 W. Grove St. was electrical in origin. An overloaded power strip, one that was a multiple-plug type outlet was the cause.

No injury was reported.

It’s the second incident this year and third since May of 2015 in the town of Morocco, where overloaded electrical equipment was determined to be the cause of a house fire.

Officials urge homeowners to inspect power strips, avoid overloading plugs, unplug devices when not in use, never plug one power strip into another and never plug several power strips in consecutively.

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Kankakee man’s body pulled from river

An investigation continues after a 46-year-old man’s body was removed from the Kankakee River (Sunday). Michael Howard of Kankakee was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:25 pm.

Several emergency vehicles blocked traffic at River Street and South East Avenue. Initial reports indicated Howard was recovered from inside a vehicle that ran off South East Avenue and plunged into the water.

Details of the crash are still being pieced together. Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said Howard was wearing a seatbelt. State Police said there was no sign the driver tried to stop before the crash.

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MSMF this weekend, 35 bands on stage

Downtown Kankakee is boasting its ‘shining star,’ the Merchant Street Music Fest today (Friday) and Saturday. Thirty-five different bands offer a variety of musical entertainment, food vendors and crafts and art displays.

94.1 WGFA is broadcasting ‘live’ to get the event underway. (WGFA’s Don Elliott will anchor the broadcast from 4 -6 pm).

The annual MSMF is at the newly-named Festival Square. The former Depot Park, surrounding the historic railroad depot. It’s the site for many community events.

Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein says the square is a symbol of community, bringing people together.

The mayor credits past administrations for getting the MSMF concept moving forward and putting the community on the map in a positive way.

The mayor said Kankakee may not be a retail center anymore, but “we are an arts & entertainment district.”

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