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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.