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RAUNER ANNOUNCES: He's running again

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced in a new campaign ad released Monday morning that he is running again.

Narrating the two-minute online video, Rauner said he’s accomplished a lot for education and criminal justice, but there’s still big things that remain unfinished.

“Illinois still needs property tax relief, real term limits and a budget that won’t bankrupt or break us,” Rauner said.

He also said he will work to reverse the recent $5 billion income tax increase that lawmakers imposed on the state when they overrode his veto.

Rauner’s recent approval of taxpayer-funded abortions and the so-called Sanctuary State legislation did upset many in his Republican base, so much so that there have been calls for another Republican to run against him in the primary.

Republican State Central Committeeman Fred Floreth said whatever happens at the primary should stay at the primary.

“That’s where it should be settled,” Floreth said, “but an independent candidate, I’ve heard that idea being floated around, that’s just going to ensure the election of a Democrat.”

The primary is March next year. Only one name has officially been announced. Floreth said he doesn’t think Chicago’s William Kelly is getting enough traction to be considered a true challenger, but there could be others that come out to challenge Rauner. Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, has said she is considering a run in the GOP primary.

But it’s not just about the primary. It’s also about which party will control the legislature.

In the video, Rauner said people told him it was crazy to think he could change Illinois.

“‘The [Michael] Madigan machine is just too strong,’ they say,” Rauner said. “‘It will never go away. It will never fail to fail us.’”

Rauner said he isn’t throwing in the towel and chooses to fight.

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UPDATE: Fatal crash in Kankakee County Friday morning

A 62-year-old woman was killed Friday morning in a 2-vehicle crash northwest of Chebanse. Susan Ader was identified by the Kankakee County Coroner’s Office.

Three others in a second vehicle were injured. The crash happened about 6 am at County Roads 6000 S and 4000 W.

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Bridge work on portion of I-65 this week

- Starting today (Monday), the Interstate 65 northbound on-ramp at Indiana State Road 43 will close for bridge work. Crews will be patching the bridge deck over State Road 43.

The work will close the right lane of the interstate. The closures will run from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. The detour will take motorists on State Road 43 north to State Road 18 and back to I-65.

The closures will last until Oct. 30.

INDOT said all of the work will be done weather permitting.

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Route 115 closes Monday for bridge repairs

Illinois Route 115 south of Kankakee by Koerner (Ker-ner) Airport will be closed and detoured starting at 7 p.m. Monday for removal and replacement of a single span bridge over Gar Creek.

The detour will include Illinois Route 116, Interstate 57, U.S. Route 45/52 and Jeffery Street in Kankakee. The closure should last a week, weather permitting.

A $1.3 million contract was awarded to Tobey's Construction of Herscher for the Illinois Department of Transportation project.

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Iroquois Health Dept. recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness

The 32nd anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is being recognized by the Iroquois County Health Department.

The Iroquois County Public Health Department works with the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program to provide free screenings for ALL uninsured women in Iroquois County between the ages of 40 and 64. Younger women with symptoms also may qualify. If needed, many treatments are also covered under the program. If you live in Illinois, are without health insurance and are between 40 and 64 years old, please contact Jane at 815-432-2483 (Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm) to get enrolled in this life-saving program. You can also visit www.cancerscreening.illinois.gov for more information.

Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that there will be 252,710 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed across the United States in 2017. Vonda Pruitt, Director of Nursing at the Iroquois County Public Health Department states that “the best chance for detecting breast cancer early is through mammography screenings and earlier detection gives higher survival rates.”

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