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Cloonen-Howard to meet for 79th District House seat

It appears there will be a Democratic race in the Illinois Primary Election next year for the Illinois House seat in the 79th legislative district.

John Howard, a Kankakee County Board member in Pembroke Township's District 4, announced his candidacy today (Tues). He'll challenge Representative Kate Cloonen, D-Kankakee.

Campaign flyers distributed by Howard point to the need to get rid of self-appointed, hand-picked individuals. Howard says there should be a choice for voters.

Howard is from Hopkins Park. He won election to the county board in District 4 in 2012.

The 79th legislative district includes Kankakee County and parts of Will and Grundy counties.

Howard or Cloonen would run against Republican candidate Glenn Nixon next November. WSo far, Nixon is the lone GOP candidate.

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Illinois reports drop in farm-deaths

Country Financial reports Illinois had fewer farm-related deaths in the 12 months ending June 30 than it had in any of the previous 35 years.

Twelve deaths were reported during the 2012-13 year, down from 20 in 2011-12 and 38 in 2010-11, according to company records.

During the past year, four deaths were attributed to tractor roll-overs or run-overs, and four were attributed to roadway collisions.

The other four stemmed from miscellaneous causes, including grain bin suffocation and a fall from a hayride trailer.

The company's observers say increased awareness as a result of campaigns by the Grain Handling Safety Coalition helped prevent accidents.

A smaller and dry crop also worked in a positive favor last year, noting there weren't many reasons for farmers to enter grain bins and break up crusted grain.
Most of the year's roadway collisions happened around dusk.

Rural motorists should be extra careful in the dark. Sharing the road becomes more difficult as the sun goes down.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE LAUNCH ITS ANNUAL DRIVE HOME SCHOOL SAFETY ZONE ENFORCEMENT MESSAGE

                            Safety Education Officers Partner with School Communities on Safety

Ashkum, IL – At the beginning of every school year, the Illinois State Police partner with school districts, local and county departments, to remind the public to be cautious when driving in and around school zones.

Beginning today through the end of September, emphasis will be placed on roadway safety around schools to ensure motorist obey the laws.

ISP officials want to remind the motoring public about safe driving measures in and around the school zones:

• Reducing speeds near school zones during arrival and dismissal times
• Avoid passing school buses with stop signs activated
• No texting in school zones

If cited for the above violations, the fines range from $60 to $120 plus court fees.

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Illinois State Police Weekend Arrests

                                                          District 21 DUI Arrests

ASHKUM, IL- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Shane C. Covington, 26, of Kankakee and Stephen D. Altmyer, 56, of Bourbonnais for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

On September 21 2013, at approximately 11:36 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle who no rear plate light and no rear tail light. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver Shane C. Covington. While speaking with Covington the trooper could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The trooper had Covington perform the Standardized Field Sobriety test which Covington failed. Covington was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Covington was transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Covington was cited for Driving Under the Influence, No Valid Driver's License, No Rear Plate Lamp, Improper Lighting, Failure to Notify Secretary of State of Address Chance and Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

On September 22 2013, at approximately 12:49 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a roll over crash on Route 45/52 and 11800 North Road. When the trooper arrived on scene he spoke to the driver of the vehicle Stephen D. Altmyer. While speaking with Altmyer the trooper could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Due to Altmyer's level of intoxication he was unable to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Altmyer was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Altmyer was transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Altmyer was cited for Driving Under the Influence, Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Improper Lane Usage and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash.

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Kankakee – Iroquois River Clean-up Saturday

Several area volunteers are cleaning up the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers today (Sat).

The 32nd annual Kankakee and Iroquois River Clean-Up will focus on different parts of the rivers as they remove litter and junk. They'll work from the Wilmington area in Will County to the Indiana state line.

Volunteers need to register in advance. Several businesses are sponsoring the event which runs from 8 am until about Noon.

Groups and individuals can launch from any of several sites including the Aroma Park boat launch, Island Park in Momence, the boat launch at either Beckman Park or Bird Park in Kankakee, Shamrock Golf Course, Sportsman's Club, or the Concession stand at Kankakee River State Park.

Info is available from chairman Barb Thomas 815-939-2675 or 815-953-8822.

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