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Riverside Heart Ball raises $540, 000

A black tie event Saturday benefitted the Riverside Healthcare Foundation and raised over $540,000. The Heart Ball at the Tinley Park Convention Center is Riverside Foundation's largest fundraiser.

Riverside Healthcare V-P Matt McBurnie said "in taking care of our community, we look at the many things that affect our community." More than 1,000 people attended, including Riverside personnel, friends and volunteers.

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Bourbonnais man faces double murder charge in Will County

The Will County Sate's Attorney's Office Has announced the arrest of a 41-year-old Bourbonnais man in a double-murder case. A warrant names William Krasawski who's charged with 2-counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 48-year-old Michael Oram of Joliet and 43-year-old Jamie Wills of Lockport.

Bond was set at $5 million in Will County Circuit Court.

Oram and Wills were discovered inside a Joliet auto body business (Fleet Specialty Painting and Auto Body) last Wednesday. Both victims suffered blunt force trauma to the head, according to Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil.

The Daily-Journal reported Illinois Department of Corrections records reveal Krasawski was on parole after serving six years for aggravated vehicle hijacking out of Cook County. Records also show Krasawski served prison time for four other convictions, dating back to 1997.

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Iroquois County: Kankakee man acquitted of burglary & theft

An Iroquois County jury (Thursday) found a Kankakee man 'not guilty' of a 2015 burglary & theft in rural Papineau.

34-year-old Jonathon Williams was charged in the December 2015 case. He was arrested following the burglary at a farm. Williams and two other suspects were accused of stealing goats and a livestock trailer, then leading police and a witness on a chase that ended in Beaverville.

Defense attorney Joe Anthony called Williams to testify that although he was with the two other defendants, he did not participate in the burglary and theft.

The jury deliberated for two hours before returning the "not guilty' verdict.

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Autopsy Report: Carbon monoxide killed 1-year-old

The death of a one-year-old Gilman boy last month in Kankakee has been ruled accidental as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said test results determined Timothy Jewell died February 6 from the carbon monoxide. The boy's mother was also treated, but she survived.

It was reported last month, the car the boy's mother was driving had been involved in an accident and was stopped on Washington Avenue in Kankakee. That's where the boy was found unconscious in the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at Presence St. Mary's Hospital.

Kankakee police said high levels of carbon monoxide were detected inside the car. An inspection of the car revealed a hole in the exhaust, allowing the deadly gas to make its way into the vehicle.

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FEMA: December storms not bad enough, flood help denied

People left with flooded basements and local governments left with millions of dollars in clean-up costs won't be getting any help from the federal government. FEMA told Illinois officials (Thursday) the December and January storms that produced flooding weren't severe enough to warrant federal help. Illinois asked for help for people and cities in almost two-dozen counties, including Iroquois and Vermilion.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency had worked with county and municipal leaders in re-accessing damages with hopes the federal threshold would be met to bring help. IEMA Director James Joseph said the state agency will reach out again to partners in affected areas to see if there's support for an appeal, again.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger said a bill is in the hopper for consideration to get FEMA to change its disaster recipe. Kinzinger said, considering the flooding effect on Watseka , it merits consideration for FEMA to instead look at the impact on the community and hot just a dollar-threshold.

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