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Kankakee County crash kills 15-year-old

A two-car accident Sunday night killed a 15-year-old Reddick boy and injured his brother and another driver in Kankakee County.

Illinois State Police report the crash happened just before 10 pm on Route 17 at County road 19000 W. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

Kameron Allison is identified as the victim, according to the Kankakee County Coroner's office. The boy was a passenger in a car driven by his 16-year-old brother. The un-identified brother was air-lifted to a Chicago area hospital.

Kameron Allison was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gessner said both brothers, students at Herscher High School, were wearing seat belts.

Police report the brothers were westbound on Illinois Route 17 on their way home when a car driven southbound by a 33-year-old St. Anne woman ran the stop sign at 19000 W.

She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Additional charges are being reviewed.

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Chebanse teen in fatal hit-and-run, facing lesser charges

The 16-year-old Chebanse boy arrested last week for a hit-and-run accident that killed a man is now facing lesser charges.

The juvenile boy, released to his parents, is on home detention. The earlier reckless homicide charge has been reduced to leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

The State's Attorney Office may file additional charges.
36-year-old Aaron Sorensen was killed when he was hit while skateboarding along Route 45, south of Kankakee. He died at Presence St. Mary's Hospital.

A tip led police to the boy, who told investigators he hit something but thought it was a sign.

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Iroquois County tax bills on their way

Iroquois County tax bills are in the mail. Payment is due June 13th and then September 13th.

County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, announced that the 2015 payable in 2016 real estate tax statements have been mailed to the taxpayers of Iroquois County.

The deadline to pay the first installment without penalty is June 13, 2016. The second installment due date is September 13, 2016. After the due dates a 1 ½ percent penalty must be added each month it remains unpaid, according to Illinois State Statutes.

The Treasurer's Office is open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail or at any bank in Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal and Commonwealth Credit Union.

Taxpayers paying in person at the Treasurer's Office or at the local banks should bring the entire bill if they would like a receipt.

Credit card payments will be accepted by phone and online starting May 13, 2016. Call the Treasurer's Office first at 815-432-6985 during office hours to verify the payment amount.

Remember that a drop box has been installed at the Administrative Center near the 911 Center so that taxpayers can drop off their payments during non-office hours.

If you have any questions about exemptions, assessed valuations, or address changes, please contact the Assessment Office at (815) 432-6978.

If you have any questions regarding the tax rates, please contact the County Clerk's Office at (815) 432-6960.

If there are any questions about your tax statements, feel free to call the Treasurer's Office at (815) 432-6985.

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Stamp Out Hunger Saturday

                                                        Letter Carriers Food Drive

Letter carriers will be helping stock local food pantries Saturday. Your mailman/woman invites you to participate in the 24th National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.

The Stamp Out Hunger campaign invites residents to leave non-perishable food items by their mail box Saturday. Your letter carrier will pick up your donation while they make their regular rounds.''

Non-perishable food items, such as canned soup, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, macaroni or cereal can be placed in shopping bag out by your mailbox early Saturday.

Other smaller post offices will collect the food items at their office-counters.

If you have a large donation you can take it directly to your local post office.

Letter carriers across the country appreciate the cooperation.

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IMH celebrating 100th Birthday

Iroquois Memorial Hospital welcomes the public to its 100th birthday celebration this weekend. 

Several guests will join IMH officials at a program Saturday on the hospital lawn.  Tours of the hospital will be available.  Memorabilia and other displays will show the long history of the hospital at Fairman Avenue and S. 5th Street in Watseka.  The party runs from 11 am 'til 2 pm.

IMH evolved from a $50,000 donation from Anna Donovan.  The Donovan Trust has since provided several donations to worthwhile organizations throughout Iroquois County.  IMH officially opened its doors February 25, 1916.

Today, the hospital operates as an independent partner of Presence Health.  

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