Kankakee County, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Empty nest father adjusting to new life

Rich Berns can hear a pin drop in his house. He can watch whatever he likes on television. He can sit outside on his patio and hear the birds chirp. What he is not hearing these days is the hustle and bustle of his four children. He is not hearing the daily stories of teenage or young adult life. He’s not seeing his children’s friends gathering around the backyard swimming pool and grilling.
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Morris Police Reminding Drivers To Be Aware of Motorcycles For Freedom Run

Grundy and LaSalle County residents can expect to see more than 1,000 motorcycles in the area for the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run happening on Saturday, June 19th. The Morris Police Department said participants will meet at the Grundy County Fairgrounds beginning at 7:00 a.m. and the motorcycle procession will leave the fairgrounds at 10:30 a.m.
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Bourbonnais, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Bourbonnais Police promote two officers

BOURBONNAIS — On Monday, Bourbonnais Police Chief Jim Phelps will promote Brent Barrie and Jason Sztuba during the village trustees’ board meeting. Barrie will take the oath of office transitioning from sergeant to commander, a new position within the police department. Sztuba will take the oath moving from detective to sergeant.
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Minooka, ILwjol.com

One Person Wounded in Accidental Shooting in Minooka

Minooka Police responded to 100 block of S. Wabena Ave on Thursday morning after receiving a call of shots fired. When they arrived, Police saw a female sitting the front stoop of the house with a gunshot wound to her shoulder. The victim was transported to Morris Hospital but eventually flown to Loyola Hospital in serious but stable condition. The investigation has shown that the victim and her boyfriend, Deonte Wardick, were in their bedroom when the gun he was holding fell out of his hand and discharged. Wardick has been arrested for Reckless Discharge of a Firearm and has been transported to Grundy County Jail. Minooka Police tell WJOL that the incident is a result of alcohol use and carless handling of firearms that led to the accidental shooting.
Kankakee, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Outgoing assistant superintendent talks district finances

KANKAKEE — After seven years with Kankakee School District 111, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Rob Grossi is leaving to take a job closer to home. Starting July 1, he will be treasurer of the Bremen Township Trustees of Schools. “This job [will be] a lot more finance driven, and...
Channahon, ILWSPY NEWS

Channahon Officials Looking at Future Possible Water Sources

Channahon Village Board members recently discussed alternative drinking water sources for the future. Approximately 90 percent of Channahon’s drinking water comes from deep wells in the Ironton Galesville Aquifer, which is running low. Channahon Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher spoke with WCSJ about the issue. Schumacher said several options are...
Kankakee, ILKankakee Daily Journal

BOYS TRACK & FIELD: Herscher's Rogers wins twice, Kankakee relay also takes gold at 2A finals

CHARLESTON — There are state champions and then there are state champions like Herscher’s Drew Rogers. The current junior entered this year’s IHSA Class 2A Boys Track and Field State Finals with one gold medal already under his belt dating back to 2019 when he won the Class 1A cross country state title as a sophomore, but he left Eastern Illinois with two more gold medals by sweeping the elite competition at O’Brien Field with a pair of victories in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter distance races.

Piper City woman killed in single vehicle accident

A Piper City woman was killed in a single vehicle accident June 16 on Illinois Route 115 at Ford County 1175 North. According to Illinois State Police a 2006 silver Toyota driven by Randy O. Lopez, 24, Piper City, was northbound on Illinois Route 115 at Ford County 1175 North Road when for unknown reasons the driver veered across the southbound lanes.
Kankakee, ILKankakee Daily Journal

KLASEY: 1948 was the year of the parks

Kankakee, like many smaller cities across the country, became a “boom town” in the mid-to-late 1940s. Soldiers returning from duty in World War II married and started families, creating a demand for new housing. Industrial firms relocated here, and some local industries and businesses expanded, providing job opportunities. One effect...
Grundy County, ILWSPY NEWS

Grundy County Grand Jury Announces Felony Indictments

Note to Readers: Information presented here is obtained from the city police and sheriff's departments. Individuals listed in reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court. Several individuals were indicted by a Grundy County grand jury on Wednesday, June 16th. Colleen Sprinkle, 27,...
Springfield, ILKankakee Daily Journal

ICC approves rail improvements for Kankakee County

Springfield — The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for six highway-rail grade crossings in Kankakee County. The public safety improvements include the installation of new automatic flashing lights, signals and gates at the following Norfolk Southern Railway Co. track locations:. • The 1000West/TR54 grade crossing near Union Hill. •...
Iroquois County, ILKankakee Daily Journal

School fair to help low-income households

Catholic Charities of Kankakee/Iroquois County is hosting a Back to School Fair for children from low-income households in the two counties. Registration is now open for the fair that aims to prepare students from low-income households for a successful new school year by providing backpacks filled with school supplies. This...
Kankakee County, ILKankakee Daily Journal

KLASEY: In 1853, Kankakee Day was born

Editor’s note: This column originally ran on June 16, 2018, with an update to the city’s age. June 21, 1853, was a very big day for a very small town. On that day, almost 168 years ago, the voters of Kankakee County chose the infant town of Kankakee Depot as their county seat. At that time, Kankakee Depot existed mostly on paper in the form of a plat map showing 49 blocks laid out in hundreds of building lots. Almost none of those lots contained a building yet (within 18 months, however, the population would grow from a handful of residents to more than 1,000).
Bourbonnais, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Rabe 65th Anniversary

Dennis and Nancy (Cushman) Rabe, of Bourbonnais, are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. The couple was married June 24, 1956, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. They have four children: Kim Manes, of Bourbonnais; Jeff (Donna) Rabe, of Kankakee; Rhonda (Steve) Smith, of Nobelsville, Ind.; and...
Kankakee, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Salvation Army creating emergency disaster team

KANKAKEE — The Salvation Army of Kankakee County is organizing a volunteer Emergency Disaster Services Team. Training dates are set for 4:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at The Salvation Army of Kankakee Worship & Community Center, 148 N. Harrison Ave., Kankakee. The teams are comprised of volunteers who...
Kankakee, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Nelson 50th Anniversary

Richard and Lucy Nelson, of Kenosha Wis., formerly of Kankakee, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a gathering at Lills Park in Bradley. Nelson and the former Lucy Raymer were married June 12, 1971, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kankakee. The couple has two children: Mandy Nelson and Chris Nelson,...
Chicago, ILPosted by
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Chicago Weather: Severe Storms, Gusty Winds Possible Into Friday

The Chicago area is going to see very unsettled weather through Friday evening, with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms possible across the area. According to the Storm Prediction Center, several counties in the NBC 5 viewing area, including McHenry, DeKalb and Kane counties, are under a “enhanced risk” of seeing severe weather as the system moves through the area.
Emington, ILPosted by
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Emington Daily Weather Forecast

Here’s the forecast for the next four days in Emington: Saturday, June 19: Chance of showers and thunderstorms then partly sunny during the day; while partly cloudy overnight; Sunday, June 20: Chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day; while showers and thunderstorms likely overnight; Monday, June 21: Showers