Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong will focus on three pillars of her agenda for a better Kankakee.
The mayor hosted a gathering (Thursday) to introduce a new initiative for her administration. She calls it “Kankakee Forward.” She wants to continue pushing forward since her election, bringing the community together with a focus on improved government, strengthening public safety and economic development.
The economic development, she said, is with emphasis on the use of the river-front. A Community Meeting welcomed visitors at the Kankakee Public Library.
Wells-Armstrong says the “Kankakee Forward” initiative is about a better Kankakee for everyone and all groups.
Three vehicles collided on Interstate 65 North this (Thursday) morning leaving one person dead.
The wreck happened around 1 a.m. about two miles north of State Road 28.
State police say a Freightliner and a pickup truck were partially blocking the right lane. One was pulling a lighted sign to direct traffic into the left lane as two construction workers picked up traffic cones. According to police, a semi failed to slow down or follow traffic signs before sideswiping both construction trucks.
The semi continued north on the interstate before going off the roadway and rolling onto its side.
The Clinton County coroner pronounced the semi driver dead at the scene. No one else was injured in the crash.
State police say the wreck occurred in a construction area that has adequate signage to warn drivers to slow down.
Sheriff VanVleet is proud to announce the addition of Jesse Wallace to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office patrol staff. Wallace recently returned to the area after serving in the US Marine Corps. He comes from a law enforcement family, being a 3rd generation police officer. He began his service with Newton County on August 14th.
On August 24th Wallace affirmed his oath and was sworn-in by Newton County Superior Court Judge, Daniel J. Molter. Wallace is currently working in the Sheriff’s Office FTO (Field Training Officer) program.
The Ford County Record reports next week’s Paxton City Council meeting is expected to interest the community as to how the administration will proceed in its search for a new police chief.
The 7 pm meeting Tuesday, September 12th is at City Hall. Mayor Bill Ingold reportedly fired Chief Bob Bane last week. There’s been no comment from the mayor since the ‘Record” reported Bane was told to clean out his office August 29th. Personnel matters, under policy, are not discussed in open meetings.
Police Captain Coy Cornett is serving as interim-police chief. Cornett has been employed by the Paxton Police Department since Feb. 15, 1999.
Since the reported termination, Bane has avoided public comment. Pending litigation may have focus on a retaliation lawsuit. Conflict between Bane and the city administration has made news in the recent past.
Bane had been the city’s police chief since May 2006, when he was appointed by Mayor Ingold as a replacement for the retiring Ken Mutchmore. Bane had been with city for 18 years, serving as a captain since 2005.
Bane challenged the city in small-claims court last October, claiming the city owed him $6,848 in overtime pay for his attendance at city council meetings from May 2006 thru August 2015. A Judge ( Mark Fellheimer) ruled Bane is entitled to $1,190 of that $6800 claim.