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Bridge work on portion of I-65 this week

- Starting today (Monday), the Interstate 65 northbound on-ramp at Indiana State Road 43 will close for bridge work. Crews will be patching the bridge deck over State Road 43.

The work will close the right lane of the interstate. The closures will run from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. The detour will take motorists on State Road 43 north to State Road 18 and back to I-65.

The closures will last until Oct. 30.

INDOT said all of the work will be done weather permitting.

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Route 115 closes Monday for bridge repairs

Illinois Route 115 south of Kankakee by Koerner (Ker-ner) Airport will be closed and detoured starting at 7 p.m. Monday for removal and replacement of a single span bridge over Gar Creek.

The detour will include Illinois Route 116, Interstate 57, U.S. Route 45/52 and Jeffery Street in Kankakee. The closure should last a week, weather permitting.

A $1.3 million contract was awarded to Tobey's Construction of Herscher for the Illinois Department of Transportation project.

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Iroquois Health Dept. recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness

The 32nd anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is being recognized by the Iroquois County Health Department.

The Iroquois County Public Health Department works with the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program to provide free screenings for ALL uninsured women in Iroquois County between the ages of 40 and 64. Younger women with symptoms also may qualify. If needed, many treatments are also covered under the program. If you live in Illinois, are without health insurance and are between 40 and 64 years old, please contact Jane at 815-432-2483 (Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm) to get enrolled in this life-saving program. You can also visit www.cancerscreening.illinois.gov for more information.

Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that there will be 252,710 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed across the United States in 2017. Vonda Pruitt, Director of Nursing at the Iroquois County Public Health Department states that “the best chance for detecting breast cancer early is through mammography screenings and earlier detection gives higher survival rates.”

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Electronic Recycling Day in Watseka

Iroquois County residents can take advantage of a Free electronic recycling day drop-off event in Watseka Saturday. The event is offered from 8:30 am ‘til 3:30 pm in the Big R store parking lot.

Proof of residency is required. The event is sponsored by the City of Watseka and the Iroquois County Board.

An Iroquois County Sheriff deputy will also be available to accept outdated or unwanted prescription medications.

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Kankakee shooting victim dies; Mayor pleads for community help

And police and the mayor are still asking for the public’s help in their investigation.

Wright’s death comes two days after he and another man were shot in the 700 block of North Greenwood Avenue. 19-year-old Antwan Lawrence, also of Kankakee, is expected to survive.

Wright is the sixth homicide victim in the city this year, and the second this month. 25-year-old Luis Martinez was also a shooting casualty. Pol\ccie said he was found shot to death in a house in the 1000 block of West Hickory Street on October 1.

Investigators report suspects have been arrested in only one of the city murder cases.

Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong made a plea for witnesses to come forward and help police apprehend the shooter. At a press conference (Wed) the mayor reached out to the community saying police need people who know something to say something.

The mayor and police chief Price Dumas said officers are pushing forward to gain more information.

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