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Route 66 cruise-in set for Saturday

Get your kicks on Route 66: Downtown Bloomington Route 66 Cruise-in will be 3 to 9 pm (Saturday). It's on the downtown Bloomington square.

More than 300 vintage, classic and muscle cars and street rods will be on display along with Route 66 items following the farmers market.

In the event of rain, the car show will take place on from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Iroquois Relay-for-Life a week away

We're just a week away from relay in Iroquois County. The 2015 Relay-for-Life of Iroquois County is Friday, June 12 at Watseka High Schools Blake Field.

This year's goal is $126,000. And several teams are busy with their plan for the annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

94.1 WGFA will again help kick-off the event with a "live" broadcast about 30 minutes prior to the opening ceremony.

ACS Coordinator Areca Van Mill is excited about the effort again, saying "it's a chance to honor cancer survivors and remember those why have lost their fight."

Carol Dexter is one of the original organizers. She says there is a change in the program this time, hours from 6 p 'til midnight, rather than all night long.

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Kankakee County man faces grand jury indictment for bank fraud

A federal grand jury has indicted a Bourbonnais man, 56-year-old Daniel Ballard on charges of bank fraud in an indictment returned yesterday. The U.S. Clerk of the Court will issue a summons to Ballard to appear for arraignment in federal court in Urbana.

The three-count indictment alleges that Ballard obtained a construction loan in December 2009, in the amount of $260,000, to build a residence in Bourbonnais. As part of the fraud scheme, and to allegedly obtain money from the bank to build the residence on Stone Fence Drive, Ballard obtained additional construction loans to build or remodel buildings on other properties he owned in Bradley.

An explicit term of the construction loan disbursing agreement required that work for which Ballard was requesting payment be completed before the bank would disburse funds to the title company.

From December 2009 to May 2012, as part of the scheme to defraud, Ballard allegedly falsely stated or caused others to falsely state in documents submitted to the title company that costs had been incurred for labor and / or materials for construction at the Bradley, Ill., properties. In fact, the indictment alleges the costs of labor and materials were substantially below the amount represented or were not furnished to the Bradley properties at all. As a result, the bank was allegedly exposed to a loss of more than $400,000.

If convicted, each count of bank fraud carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Kankakee robbery suspects nabbed in Bradley

Two armed robberies in Kankakee Tuesday led to a police chase and two suspects were arrested in Bradley. A car crash in Bradley led to the arrest of two men who allegedly committed two armed robberies in Kankakee on Tuesday.

A car crash in a residential neighborhood enabled police to apprehend 21-year-old Durell Taylor of Kankakee and 20-year-old Nicholas Woods of Bourbonnais. They're both facing charges which include armed robbery, armed violence, aggravated battery, unlawful use of a weapon by felons, and child endangerment.

Kankakee police responded to the first robbery about 3:40 pm in an alley in the 1100 block of South Evergreen Avenue. A second armed robbery was reported nearby in an alley in the 1100 block of South Myrtle Avenue.

The suspects' vehicle description helped. Just before 4 pm, the vehicle was spotted by a Bradley officer near Bradley West Elementary School. A brief chase led to a car crash at Blaine Avenue and Perry Street. Police reported no serious injuries.

Taylor and Woods were arrested after they fled the vehicle.
Police said an infant was found in the suspect vehicle. The baby was not injured.

Kankakee police were investigating the possibility of the suspects being involved in other area crimes.

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Illiana Expressway hits another setback

Kurt Erickson Lee Springfield Bureau

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he will suspend plans to build the Illiana Expressway in response to the budget plan approved by Democrats.

With the spending blueprint approved in the General Assembly last week more than $3 billion out of balance, the governor said he must begin taking steps now to prepare for the start of the fiscal year July 1.

The governor promised to shut down work on the Illiana Expressway -- a proposed toll road connecting Interstate 55 in Illinois with Interstate 65 in Indiana.

"In light of the state's current fiscal crisis and a lack of sufficient capital resources, the Illiana Expressway will not move forward at this time," the administration stated.

Indiana House Transportation Committee Chairman Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, said he received a memo from the Indiana Department of Transportation on Tuesday informing him that Illinois was indefinitely suspending work on the Illiana Expressway.

Soliday said Rauner and IDOT will come to rue the day they indefinitely suspended the project, because traffic volumes will steadily build on Interstate 80/94. He said that traffic will reach a choke point when the Panama Canal widening is done, sending huge volumes of truck traffic to Chicago as new mega-ships unload at coast ports.

"It's like an oil change with the Illiana," Soliday said. "It's either pay for it now or pay for it later. They'll just pay more later when they have to build it."

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