ONU Brings Students Back in Fall

While Kankakee Community Collage said last week they will not be bringing students back to classrooms in the fall, opting instead on online learning, Olivet Nazarene University officials today say they will bring students back to campus, but at the same time say they cannot guarantee a covid free environment.  Classes will begin earlier than normal on August 17 th.  Classes will be a mixture of face to face classes and online courses.  Covid 19 precautions will be in place.  Close to 5,000 students attended onu last year.  Notre Dame in South Bend has also announced they will be bringing students back to campus in the fall as well.
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The Great Reopening Underway

It’s the great partial reopening today for restaurants, bars and others in Kankakee and around the state as we enter into phase 3 of the governors covid 19 restore Illinois plan.   With social distancing guidelines in place you can get a haircut or a tattoo today, go to the gym or have your nails done.  Northfield sq. mall will open tomorrow. Mall walkers will not be allowed with directional flow traffic signage on the floor.


Pedestrian Killed on Rt. 50

There was a fatal accident this morning on Route 50 near Armour Road.  From what we’ve been told so far a pedestrian is dead after they tripped while crossing the street and was then struck by a southbound vehicle. It happened this morning just before 11.  The name of the victim is still pending notification of family.  The accident had traffic in the area tied up as police ended up shutting the southbound lanes of Rt. 50 for a time and redirected traffic coming off I-57 back onto the expressway.  We’ll have more information when it becomes available.

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Two More Die from Virus in County

The Kankakee County Health Department is reporting two additional covid 19 fatalities today bringing the total dead to 55 in Kankakee County with 20 new cases for a total of 1,157.
State officials today are reporting 86 fatalities in the last 24 hours for a total statewide to 5,270 dead with an additional 1,622 new cases for a total of 117,455.
At his afternoon covid 19 press briefing Governor JB Prtizker announced that today’s briefing will be his last daily briefing as the state enters phase 3 of his reopening plan.  He took the opportunity to remind residents that even though the state is getting back to normal, the virus is still out there and precautions should be taken. The governor has held over 80 press briefings since the virus came to Illinois.
Elsewhere, Iroquois County reported one new case of the virus yesterday, bringing the total 132 virus cases with 89 recoveries and 4 deaths and three still hospitalized Thursday. Ford County has 21 cases, 18 recoveries and 1 death.  In Indiana, White County is reporting 231 cases and 8 dead, Newton County has 10 dead and 77 cases, and Jasper County is at 66 cases and 1 death.  Benton County is now up to 30 cases and no fatalities.
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Smoke Theft

Heard on the scanner Thursday afternoon was call to West Court Street after a smoker said someone ran up to him and grabbed his lit cigarette right out of his mouth, then ran away.


No Bike 609 This Summer

The Daily Journal reports the Bike 609 bike sharing program will not operate this summer.  Zagster in Cambridge Massachusetts, has informed the Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau they will no longer be providing the service, because of the ongoing pandemic and go on to say they will also not be refunding the 90,000 dollars they’ve already collected for the upcoming season. Zagster has pulled out of other communities as well.  The company says they will be collecting the 50 bikes and 11 bike station soon, but the CVB says they have the bikes in storage and they will not be returned to the company until the money is refunded.

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Channahon Home Fire

Channahon Fire was called to a home fire Wednesday night in the 24 hundred block of Hummingbird Drive.  Smoke was already showing from the roof of the home when fire fighters arrived on the scene. The fire was contained to the attic area, but there was smoke and water dame to the rest of the home.  No one was injured.  Damage estimates are not available, it’s believed to have been accidental in nature.


Kinzinger on Scarborough’s Side

Congressman Adam Kinzinger who’s district includes Iroquois County and area’s west of Kankakee County, has joined a number of republicans calling for a halt to President Donald Trump’s attack on MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.  Trump is calling for an investigation into to the death of a former member of Scarborough’s staff when he was a congressman some 20 years ago. Suggesting the now talk show host was involved in the woman’s death despite medical evidence and a ruling by a medical examiner to the contrary. Kinzinger on his Twitter feed says the Presidents claims are completely unfounded.


Body Identified a Year Later

The body of a man found in a shed in Washington Township near Beecher a year ago today, has finally been identified.  The cause of death is listed as undetermined, but foul play is not suspected in the death of Reynaldo Balleza Banda.  Officials believe he died of exposure.  Banda was eventually identified when a cousin who lives in Bradley came forward to report him missing.  A positive ID came when they compared the DNA from the two men.

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Police Report Suspicious Activity

Kankakee City police are looking for two men in a silver two door sedan who tried to engage of 7 year old girl in conversation Wednesday about noon as she stood in the front yard of her home in the 500 block of South Frazier Ave.   They sped away when the girl ran to her front porch.