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Kankakee County 'road map' to direct finances

The Kankakee County Board is busy trying to figure out what’s next --- after voters said ‘No’ to a public safety tax in last week’s election.

Board Chairman Andy Wheeler was quite surprised it was the rural voters who denied the tax...which would have generated monies for increased police protection.

Wheeler said a three-year budget plan will have to be followed closely. The whole picture will be reviewed through 2020 with hopes of keeping all departments onboard.

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Solar farms draw interest in Iroquois County

Iroquois County zoning officials have started the process of coming up with an ordinance for solar farms. There’s been some interest; Zoning Administrator Bob Yergler reporting last month that his office has received calls from solar farm companies.

Board member Chad McGinnis put in some time developing a rough draft of a solar farm ordinance.

The draft will be subject for review in the months ahead.

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Kankakee man sentenced to 7 years on federal weapons charges

A 33-year-old Kankakee man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to three counts of possession of weapons by a felon.

Andre Davis was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bruce last week. He had been in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in May 2016.

Last October, Davis pleaded guilty to all three weapon charges. He’s said to have sold the weapons to undercover agents.

Davis had a 2003 Kankakee County felony conviction for aggravated battery to a peace officer and a 2004 conviction for delivery of a controlled substance.

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$5M bond for accused killer in Pembroke murder

Bond was set at $5 million (Thursday) for Willie E. Nichols Jr., who’s accused of shooting and killing his stepfather Tuesday morning. 63-year-old Clarence Riley died of gunshot wounds in what police called a domestic argument in Pembroke Township.

Judge Clark Erickson set bond for the 43-year-old Nichols.
Erickson told the court the higher than normal bond was set due to Nichols awaiting trial for sexually assaulting and impregnating an underage relative in 2013. He was out on a $150,000 bond for that case.

Nichols allegedly confessed to Kankakee County Sheriff's investigators for the shooting of Riley at a residence near the Illinois-Indiana state line.

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Drug-induced homicide arrest made in Hopkins Park

A 25-year-old man wanted on a Kankakee County warrant for drug-induced homicide was arrested by police in Hopkins Park.

The warrant named Javonta L. Davis for outstanding charges that allege he sold fentanyl-laced heroin that killed at least one person in Bradley in November 2016.

The Kankakee County Sheriff's police and Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group arrested Davis Thursday.
Davis was also charged with being in possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $100,000.

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