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Missing Mokena woman found dead in rural Kankakee County

Sheriff’s Police in Kankakee and Will Counties continue their investigation into the death of a young Mokena woman, reported missing, and found today (Thursday) in rural St. Anne.

24-year-old Kaitlyn Kearns was found in her Jeep She suffered a single gunshot wound to her head, according to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner. The coroner’s office and police continue to investigate as to what connection the victim may have had with the local area.

The death is being handled as a homicide.

Kaitlyn Kearns was reported missing by her father Tuesday afternoon. Will County Sheriff’s reported she was last seen Monday about 1:30 am when she left her job at Woody’s bar in Joliet.

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Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation Auction Sunday

The Annual Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation Auction is Sunday, November 19 at St. Paul’s Lutheran School at Woodworth. A recognition dinner is planned at 1:30 followed by the auction at 2 pm.

Proceeds support the 4-H programs in both counties. Area youth represent 26 4-H clubs and membership is more than 650.

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KCC hosting Job Fair at Watseka Extension Center

Kankakee Community College welcomes visitors today (Thursday) to the first job fair at the Harold & Jean Miner South Extension Center in Watseka. The event runs from 10 am until Noon.

More than 20 businesses and industries will be present seeking employees to both full and part-time positions. Visitors should come dressed for success, with resumes and ready for an interview.

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Public urges Ford County Board to strengthen wind-farm rules

The public wants more teeth in the rules for wind-farms in Ford County. Monday night, the Ford County Board members heard from citizens who say there’s a need to increase the minimum distance that wind turbines can be located from homes.

The board earlier, placed a moratorium on granting any future wind farm permits until the county’s permit ordinance, established in 2009, is reviewed and updated.

Problems with television interference for residents living within the footprint of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm in the northern part of Ford County prompted the county board to implement its existing moratorium on approval of further special-use permits for wind farms.

Rogers Township Road Commissioner Leo Weber also said there remain issues with the repair of roads used in constructing the Kelly Creek Wind Farm.

Weber tells the Ford County Record “We have a meeting set up to go back to our attorney to assess what our next steps will be, and we look to the board to get any support they can extend our way to get this resolved.”

Weber said the owner of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm — EDF Renewable Energy — has “failed to uphold the road-use agreement” it made with his township and others.

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Winter Weather Preparedness Week

It’s yet to be a problem, but snow and ice will eventually fall. And being ready is the key.

We’ve reached the mid-point of November. This is Winter Preparedness Week. Now’s the time to prepare. according to Illinois State Trooper Tracy Lillard ...

Trooper Lillard also recommends having a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Water, extra clothing, dry snow boots, sand or kitty litter, a shovel, and booster cables can be helpful. A metal can and some matches (to melt snow if necessary), along with some extra windshield washer fluid are other items recommended.

Lillard also suggests motorists slow down. It's the drivers traveling too fast for conditions that gets them into trouble.

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