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Chicago woman dies in Kankakee County accident

A one-car accident claimed a life Sunday in Pembroke Township. Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police report 38-year-old Tenisha Burton of Chicago was thrown from her vehicle. Police said the vehicle left and roadway and rolled. A passenger was treated and released.

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Two die in separate motorcycle crashes …

A motorcycle crash at 5th Street and Station Street in Kankakee claimed a life Saturday. 29-year-old Jake Popovich of Kankakee died of injuries at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood Saturday night.

Details about the accident were un-available.

A Chenoa man died when he crashed his Harley Davidson on I-80 near Morris. 51-year-old Kevin Smith was eastbound near the I-55 exchange Saturday when his bike ran into tzhe median and struck a wall in the median. Smith died of injuries at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet.

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Kankakee, Danville fires investigated

The Dearborn Apartment building in Kankakee was evacuated Saturday when a fire broke out in a third-floor apartment. Kankakee Fire reported no injury. But the occupants, a woman and a child, were forced to find a place to stay. Damage estimates were placed at $25,000. None of the other 99 units in the building were affected.

Danville Days Inn Fire --

No injuries were reported late Friday morning when a small fire broke out at a Danville motel. Firefighters responded to the Days Inn at 77 North Vermilion Street where they found smoke coming from a fifth floor window.

Fire officials reported the fire was contained to a utility room. Firefighters evacuated a lot of people as they searched for the cause of the smoke. Some off-duty firefighters were also called to cover the rest of the city.

Public Safety Director Thomason says the blaze was quickly extinguished. The cause of the fire and a dollar estimate of damage wasn’t available.

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Fall Festival at Earl Park this weekend ….

The Benton County community of Earl Park is hosting their Labor Day weekend tradition. The 45th annual Earl Park Fall Festival began Friday. The four-day festival draws thousands of people in from all over the Midwest. Activities include live bluegrass bands, an antique car and tractor show and several food vendors.

The Earl Park Fall Festival runs through Labor Day, Monday. Admission and parking is free.

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Federal officials reject Great Lakes Basin rail application

The federal Surface Transportation Board has rejected Great Lakes Basin Transportation's application to build and operate a 261-mile freight railroad from LaPorte County to southeast Wisconsin.

The application called for a rural rail hub that would consumer farm ground in much of Kankakee County. Opposition came from the Farm Bureau and area legislators.

The decision, issued Wednesday, states "GLBT has failed to provide the board with accurate financial information upon which the board can rely to make a determination on the transportation merits of the project."

Financial statements pointed out that "GLBT’s current assets are clearly deficient for purposes of constructing a 261-mile rail line that the board will not proceed with this application given the impacts on stakeholders and the demands upon board resources," the STB ruled.

Company attorney Michael Blaszak said Thursday that GLBT "is assessing its options with respect to the board's decision today and will have no further comment on the decision."

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