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Will County officials: Boyfriend charged with concealing homicide of Mokena bartender found shot

A Will County Sheriff’s Department press release today states a 32-year-old Coal City man has been named in a warrant charging him with concealing a homicide in the shooting death of 24-year-old Kaitlyn Kearns. Authorities report the New Lenox Township woman had been dating the Coal City man just recently.

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe confirmed that Jeremy Boshears is being charged in the death of Kaitlyn Kearns. Her body was discovered early Thursday in a rural part of the county, near St. Anne.

An arrest warrant lists Boshears bail at $250,000.
Will County sheriff’s investigators Thursday said they had one “person of interest” in the case.

The concealment charge is a Class 3 felony and could carry a sentence of probation or up to three years in prison if convicted.

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office says it’s an ongoing investigation. Additional charges are possible.
Kearns, who had been missing since early Monday after tending bar, was found dead in a rural part of Kankakee County during an overnight search, Will County sheriff's police said Thursday. Kearns had been shot once in the head, according to the Kankakee County coroner's office.

The Will County state’s attorney’s office Friday afternoon said that sheriff’s detectives used “electronic means” to local Kearns’ 1996 Jeep Cherokee in a pole barn on private property in Aroma Park Township in Kankakee Township. The woman’s body was discovered in the back of the vehicle, according to a news release.

Detectives do not believe the owner of the property was involved or had knowledge of the concealment.
Will County sheriff’s investigators Thursday said they had one “person of interest” in the case.

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Christmas Present: U Of I Gives President 100 Thousand-Dollar Bonus

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen is getting one heck of a holiday bonus. University trustees yesterday voted, without any public discussion, to give Killeen a 100 thousand-dollar bonus. It's his second 100 thousand-dollar performance bonus in two years. The money is on top of Killeen's 600 thousand-dollar a year salary.

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Henry County Township Consolidation Hitting Roadblocks

(Cambridge, IL) -- Township leaders in Henry County are fighting to keep their jobs. County leaders last night backed away from a plan to ask voters if they'd like to consolidate some townships to save money or make government more efficient. Some current and former township leaders told the county that they're necessary parts of local government, and that consolidating townships will take away a local voice.

Supporters of consolidation argue township, and other forms of local government, are just another paycheck for taxpayers to support and that there's too much duplication of services.

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Caterpillar looks to build utility vehicles

Illinois' big yellow engine maker is looking to make something a bit smaller. Caterpillar yesterday announced plans to get into the utility vehicle market. The first model looks like a heavy duty golf cart that can carry up to one thousand pounds. Cat hopes to get the vehicles to dealers by next year. The new utility vehicles will be made in Minnesota as part of a deal between Cat and Textron Specialized Vehicles.

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Head-on collision kills 1, injures 2 in Danville

A head-on collision (Thursday afternoon) on Danville’s Memorial Bridge killed one person and left two other people hurt. Danville Police report the crash occurred in the middle of the bridge on South Gilbert Street. It happened at 1:15 pm.

One person died after the crash at an Urbana hospital. Michael Shanks has been identified as the victim. He was one of the drivers. The 52-year-old from Kokomo, Indiana also had a passenger. That passenger was also treated at a Champaign hospital.

Police said a vehicle operated by a 19-year-old from Danville was southbound and veered into the northbound lanes where the collision occurred.

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