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McNamara forfeits football game due to Chicago violence

The Kankakee Daily-Journal is reporting this week's high school game between Bishop McNamara and Chicago Hope Academy has been cancelled.  McNamara is forfeiting due to safety concerns.

McNamara Principal Terry Granger states in a news release, "student and fan safety is always our number one priority during athletic competitions."  Other options were pursued, including a neutral site, but when no mutual agreement could be reached the difficult decision was made.

Chicago gun violence is the reason for the forfeiture.  Chicago Hope Academy plays its home games at Altgeld Park in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the citry's west side. An earlier game (Sept 29th) had gunfire interrupting a contest against Providence High School.  The game did eventually get played, but then the following week had Wheaton St. Francis forfeit its game against Hope and now, McNamara is also electing to forfeit. 

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Gunfire injures 2 in Kankakee

Kankakee Police are investigating a Tuesday afternoon shooting that injured two people on North Greenwood Avenue.  Detectives responded to the 700-block about 4:30 pm.

One of the victim was reported in critical condition.    Details not yet available.

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Wisconsin man in custody after police chase in Indiana

A 30-year-old Milwaukee, WI man is facing charges after leading Indiana police authorities on a chase that ended this (Wed) morning in Tippecanoe County, IN.

Newton County Sheriff’s Police identify the man as Kenneth Brown from South Milwaukee, WI. He was being treated at a hospital for a self-inflicted knife wound.

A child in his car was safely recovered.

Sheriff’s Police in Newton County report a dispatch from Iroquois County at 3 am today alerted them to a mini-van that headed east on Route 24 from Watseka. The driver of the van had told another individual in Watseka that he had kidnapped a child.

Kentland Police and Newton County deputies attempted to stop the mini-van on Route 24 near State Road 71. The driver refused to stop and led police on a 50-minute pursuit thru four counties before the pursuit ended about 5 am on I-65.

The abducted 2-year-old female was safely recovered without injury.

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Task Force addresses opiode epidemic

THE GOVERNOR’S NEW OPIOID PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION TASK FORCE HAS KICKED OFF A STATEWIDE LISTENING TOUR.

THE FIRST MEETING WAS HELD IN CHICAGO...AND THE GROUP HEARD FROM THOSE AFFECTED PERSONALLY BY THE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE DRUGS. FIRST UP WAS AMY MCCORMICK, WHOSE SON OWEN BECAME ADDICTED AFTER AN OUT-PATIENT HAND SURGERY.

"The use of Narcan has become critical, not only for emergency respondedrs but also those at home, says McCormick. "Physical and mental abuse is out of control."

NARCAN IS AN ANTIDOTE FOR OPIOID OVERDOSES. OPIOID RELATED DEATHS ARE DRAMATICALLY INCREASING IN ILLINOIS. THE TASK FORCE IS WORKING TO REDUCE THOSE NUMBERS.

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti says the numbers keep growing and it's destroying our families. "We can't just sit back and allow this to happen."

THE GOVERNOR’S NEW OPIOID PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION TASK FORCE IS KICKING OFF A STATEWIDE LISTENING TOUR. THE GROUP IS HEARING FROM FAMILIES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND MORE. DURING THE FIRST HEARING IN CHICAGO, DENNIS PAGACH, AN ADDICT WHO HAS BEEN CLEAN FOR MORE THAN A MONTH NOW STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS.

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" A Man in Recovery - from Dope to Hope"

A recovered heroin and cocaine addict will present a community awareness program in Watseka Wednesday evening.  Tim Ryan of Naperville is the presenter at Watseka High School.  The 6 pm presentation is in the high school gym. 

The program is sponsored by the Iroquois Coalition for Change.  The coalition includes the Iroquois County Health Department and the Iroquois County Mental Health Center along with Celebrate Recovery in Watseka.  

Ryan will address students during the day Wednesday.  

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