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Judge says “No” to attorney's request to withdraw from Condon murder case

An Iroquois County judge last week denied a request by a murder suspect's attorney to allow him to withdraw from the case because he has not been paid for services provided.
After denying the motion, Judge Gordon Lustfeldt scheduled a hearing for June 18 to set a trial date and deadlines for any pretrial motions.

Attorney Ed Glazar Jr. of Kankakee said in his motion that his client, 34-year-old Andrew M. Condon of rural Ashkum, "has failed to pay the contracted attorney's fees." Glazar asked to be allowed to withdraw from representing Condon. The defendant remains at the Iroquois County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Condon has pleaded innocent to two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2012 fatal shooting of 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin of Danforth, at the Shell gas station in Gilman where Rubin worked.

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Kinzinger talking about Bergdahl Issue

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger is talking about the recent release of Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in June of 2009, until his release over the weekend.

Kinzinger makes it clear that while he is happy that Bergdahl is going home, he does not like that he was exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, saying that a move like this puts American lives at risk. He says the presidential administration can say over and over that this was not negotiating with terrorists, but that does not make it so.

Kinzinger also spoke about the possibility of an investigation into Bergdahl abandoning his troops and whether or not AWOL charges could be filed against him.

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Man dies in Kankakee River

Rescue crews in Wilmington pulled a man's body from the Kankakee River late Tuesday.

A fire official told (NBC Chicago) the man was boating with three other people when their crafts tipped over and everyone ended up in the water.

Two people were on shore when rescue personnel arrived and a third was safe on an island.

The man's body was found in the water just before midnight.
His identity was not released by 6 a.m. Wednesday

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Construction season hampers businesses

Blocked streets, lack of available parking, and noise are all signs the summer construction season is underway. It's an annual nuisance that drivers don't like. And local businesses can feel the impact.

In Watseka, construction barriers have North 3rd and North 4th Streets closed to traffic. Before this, it was North 2nd Street.

Add to the frustration the huge pot-holes yet to repaired. And dwindling funds at the local and state level mean quick-fixes aren't likely.

Despite the grumbling citizens and motorists now, it'll be all smiles when the routes are back open and smoother travels – because pot-holes are patched.

Downtown friendly Main streets aren't so friendly at the present. Business owners tell you traffic is slow. But in time, that frustration will be all good again.

{several municipal routes are also construction in area communities}.

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Update: Suspect arrested in Danville Cop shooting

Danville Police report a suspect is in custody in the shooting of a local police officer Friday night.

A three-hour standoff with police ended peacefully with the arrest of 23-year-old
Michael Rouse of Ridge Farm. He was taken into custody on a warrant charging him with attempted murder of a peace officer. There's also a warrant for Rouse from the Illinois Department of Corrections for absence without authorization. Bond on the attempted murder of a peace officer is set at $5-million dollars.

Rouse was identified as suspect in the shooting. At about 6 pm Friday, a Danville Police officer saw Rouse on Cannon Street. After Rouse was observed running into a home police surrounded it. Rouse surrendered peacefully according to police reports around 9:15 pm.

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