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Gunfire injures 2 in Kankakee

Kankakee Police are investigating a Tuesday afternoon shooting that injured two people on North Greenwood Avenue.  Detectives responded to the 700-block about 4:30 pm.

One of the victim was reported in critical condition.    Details not yet available.

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Wisconsin man in custody after police chase in Indiana

A 30-year-old Milwaukee, WI man is facing charges after leading Indiana police authorities on a chase that ended this (Wed) morning in Tippecanoe County, IN.

Newton County Sheriff’s Police identify the man as Kenneth Brown from South Milwaukee, WI. He was being treated at a hospital for a self-inflicted knife wound.

A child in his car was safely recovered.

Sheriff’s Police in Newton County report a dispatch from Iroquois County at 3 am today alerted them to a mini-van that headed east on Route 24 from Watseka. The driver of the van had told another individual in Watseka that he had kidnapped a child.

Kentland Police and Newton County deputies attempted to stop the mini-van on Route 24 near State Road 71. The driver refused to stop and led police on a 50-minute pursuit thru four counties before the pursuit ended about 5 am on I-65.

The abducted 2-year-old female was safely recovered without injury.

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Task Force addresses opiode epidemic

THE GOVERNOR’S NEW OPIOID PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION TASK FORCE HAS KICKED OFF A STATEWIDE LISTENING TOUR.

THE FIRST MEETING WAS HELD IN CHICAGO...AND THE GROUP HEARD FROM THOSE AFFECTED PERSONALLY BY THE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE DRUGS. FIRST UP WAS AMY MCCORMICK, WHOSE SON OWEN BECAME ADDICTED AFTER AN OUT-PATIENT HAND SURGERY.

"The use of Narcan has become critical, not only for emergency respondedrs but also those at home, says McCormick. "Physical and mental abuse is out of control."

NARCAN IS AN ANTIDOTE FOR OPIOID OVERDOSES. OPIOID RELATED DEATHS ARE DRAMATICALLY INCREASING IN ILLINOIS. THE TASK FORCE IS WORKING TO REDUCE THOSE NUMBERS.

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti says the numbers keep growing and it's destroying our families. "We can't just sit back and allow this to happen."

THE GOVERNOR’S NEW OPIOID PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION TASK FORCE IS KICKING OFF A STATEWIDE LISTENING TOUR. THE GROUP IS HEARING FROM FAMILIES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND MORE. DURING THE FIRST HEARING IN CHICAGO, DENNIS PAGACH, AN ADDICT WHO HAS BEEN CLEAN FOR MORE THAN A MONTH NOW STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS.

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" A Man in Recovery - from Dope to Hope"

A recovered heroin and cocaine addict will present a community awareness program in Watseka Wednesday evening.  Tim Ryan of Naperville is the presenter at Watseka High School.  The 6 pm presentation is in the high school gym. 

The program is sponsored by the Iroquois Coalition for Change.  The coalition includes the Iroquois County Health Department and the Iroquois County Mental Health Center along with Celebrate Recovery in Watseka.  

Ryan will address students during the day Wednesday.  

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Ten Years Brings 45% Fewer Teen Driving Fatalities in Illinois

This week marks the tenth anniversary of National Teen Driver Safety Week. , And things look much different than they did ten years ago. Though it is tragic to lose even one young person in a car crash, in the United States the numbers have decreased nearly 43 percent in the past decade. In 2015, 4,308 teens were involved in fatal crashes compared to 7,500 in 2005*.

In Illinois, the number of teens involved in fatal car crashes has gone down by 45%, 239 in 2005 compared to 132 in 2015.

Studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) attribute reductions in crash deaths to strong Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs. Nearly all states have substantially strengthened their GDL laws over the past twenty years. Strong GDL laws consist of: minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit, a six-month holding period, supervised driving requirement, nighttime driving restriction, passenger restriction, cell phone restriction, and a minimum age of 18 for an unrestricted license.

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