Kankakee, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Bond set at $3 million in homicide

KANKAKEE — Bond was set at $3 million in Kankakee County court Wednesday for Terry Brown, the 63-year-old Kankakee resident who is charged with the stabbing death of Anthony Gray, of Kankakee. The homicide occurred Tuesday in a residence in the 300 block of North Wildwood Avenue in Kankakee. According...
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Joliet, ILwjol.com

Fatal House Fire Overnight in Joliet

At 2am on Thursday, June 24th, the Joliet Fire Department responded to a single family home for a structure fire at 816 Black Rd. The fire was located by a Joliet Fire Department ambulance responding to an EMS call. Upon arrival, crews encountered fire in the front portion of the home. During the primary search, a 56-year-old female resident was located. This victim was pulseless and not breathing. Crews performed life saving treatment and transported the woman to Amita Health St. Josephs Hospital, where she passed away. There were no other occupants in the home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Lockport, ILwjol.com

Former Lockport Teacher Makes Court Appearance Today

The former teacher accused of engaging in what authorities have described as “inappropriate communication with a minor” will be arraigned today in a Will County Courtroom. Jeremy Hylka has been indicted for traveling to meet a child, indecent solicitation of a child (2 counts), solicitation to meet a child and grooming.

Oswego Trustee Warns His Peers

Taking a stronger stance than his sole no vote on a new housing development, Oswego Village Board Trustee Brian Thomas warned his five fellow board members at its recent meeting. Your browser does not support the audio element. Thomas took issue with the recent Hudson Pointe development concept plan presented...
Aurora, ILTelegraph

State should pass Hoffman's FOID bill

More than two years ago, Gary Martin walked into a disciplinary meeting with his supervisors at an Aurora valve manufacturing plant. They told him he was being let go. “Yeah, it’s over,” a survivor remembered him saying. Martin pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and killed four of the people in...
Yorkville, ILWSPY NEWS

Yorkville City Council To Seek Proposals for Solar Array

The Yorkville City Council on Tuesday voted to begin seeking proposals from companies to build a solar array somewhere in town to cut back on the city's electricity costs. Chris Childress is with Progressive Business Solutions, the city's electric aggregation broker. He says this is the first step in getting a solar array for the city.
Illinois StateWSPY NEWS

Oswego 308 District Superintendent Asks for School COVID-19 Guidelines to Match Rest of State

Oswego 308 School District Superintendent Jon Sparlin is asking the Illinois State Board of Education to align its COVID-19 guidelines with state guidelines. Sparlin signed onto a letter, with other superintendents, from the Large Unit District Association saying that under current guidelines, a return to full in-person learning will be hampered. The letter says that schools should not be forced to operate under different standards than other venues in Illinois.
Herscher, ILKankakee Daily Journal

BOYS BASKETBALL: Herscher hires Offill as new coach

For the better part of 20 years, Brent Offill had a routine down during the winter months: Teach during the day, and coach basketball in the evening. Last season, the former Central coach had a snag in that routine with a year away from coaching, but his break was short-lived, as Offill was named the new boys basketball coach at Herscher after approval at last month’s school board meeting.
Bourbonnais, ILKankakee Daily Journal

PHOTO GALLERY: Bourbonnais Friendship Festival opens to a crowd

Wednesday saw the opening ceremony for the Bourbonnais Friendship Festival. After being canceled last year, the theme “Once Upon A Time In Bourbonnais: Take 2!” was adopted for the 2021 return. A variety of events and activities are planned for the five-day festival. For more about the festival and a...
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Chicago Tribune

Didn’t hear a tornado siren or alert Sunday? Here’s what to do.

Many people sought shelter late Sunday night after sirens and phone alerts warned them of incoming tornadoes in the Chicago area, and officials attributed the low number of casualties to the emergency alert systems. But some people complained that they didn’t hear municipal sirens or receive phone alerts and didn’t realize they were potentially in danger. To avoid a repeat of that situation ...
Bradley, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Former Bradley trustee appointed to CVB board

At Tuesday’s Kankakee County Board executive committee meeting, County Recorder Lori Gadbois was appointed to the Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. The appointment will be up for a formal vote at the next full board meeting in July. Gadbois, a former Bradley village trustee, said she’s...
Bourbonnais, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Senior picnic at Perry Farm

The Bourbonnais Township Park District is hosting the 2021 Senior Picnic on Tuesday, July 6, at Perry Farm. The theme is an old-fashioned summer picnic. At 4:30 p.m., carriage rides begin and at 5:30 p.m. dinner will be served. To close out the night at 7 p.m. is a concert. The cost is $15 per person and the registration deadline is June 28. To register, visit bit.ly/3d76QAl.
Kankakee County, ILKankakee Daily Journal

County sees influx of sales tax revenue

March was a good month in Kankakee County for collecting sales tax. The county collected $536,605 in sales tax, which includes $401,042 in countywide sales tax and $135,563 in county sales tax in unincorporated areas. Steve McCarty, county finance director, said during Wednesday’s county board finance committee meeting he attributes the distribution of stimulus checks to taxpayers for the “very large spike” in sales tax revenue.
Kankakee, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Man Up returns for summer session

The Kankakee City Life Center and the Illinois Coalition for Community Services are bringing the “Man Up” series back for a third set of sessions. The series is designed for young men in high school who might be in need of advice and teachings from adults in the community who were once in their shoes.