Former Congressman Mel Reynolds jailed in Kankakee, awaits trial
The federal tax evasion trial of former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds is now on hold. The ex-lawmaker is behind bars at the Kankakee County Jail. He told the court Tuesday that he's not able to prepare his case on the facility's outdated computer. Reynolds also claimed that he had very little time in the law library because he's on 23-hour lockdown.
The presiding judge ruled that the trial date of June 20 will change when the judge handling the case returns from vacation.
Toxicology tests reveal Kankakee crash victims were drunk
Three crash victims killed in a single-car crash last month on Route 45 in Kankakee were drunk. That word from the Kankakee County Coroner's office after toxicology tests were completed.
The driver, 25-year-old Lukas Frye of Milford, had a blood alcohol content of .29. That's over three times the legal limit of .08.
The reports also show the two passengers who died, 56-year-old Randy Gates, of Kankakee and 43-year-old Eddie Sarkozi of Iroquois, were also intoxicated. Gates had a blood alcohol content of .23. Sarkozi's toxicology report showed no signs of alcohol, but he had used cocaine.
A fourth passenger survived. His condition was not known. The four men were southbound in a car on U.S. Route 45/52 near the 308 exit of Interstate 57 on May 23. The speeding car ran into a light pole.
Two of the men who died were pinned inside the vehicle. Frye was ejected from the car.
Website says ‘less expensive to own a home toward the south’
If you're shopping to buy a home, you'll find it more affordable in Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion counties than in Kankakee or north.
That's the word from SmartAsset.com The website company measured median income versus housing costs and found Illinois homes are more affordable the farther south you go.
The Kankakee, Iroquois, Ford Association of Realtors tells the Daily-Journal 'there's a drop in the sales price to the south. And couple that with housing costs like mortgage payments, homeowner's insurance and property taxes – AND it's much cheaper moving south.
In fact, Hoopeston (Vermilion County) ranked as seventh most affordable place to live in the state.