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Justice Kilbride administers oath to new lawyers

Illinois Supreme Court Justice and Kankakee-native Thomas Kilbride was back in Kankakee (Thursday) to administer the attorney's oath to 27 new lawyers representing the 3rd Judicial District.

A bar admission ceremony was held in the 3rd Judicial District at Kankakee Community College. It's believed to be the first time the Illinois Supreme Court held a bar admission ceremony in Kankakee. Previous ceremonies have taken place in Ottawa, Joliet, Rock Island and Moline.

Justice Kilbride, who's a graduate of Bishop McNamara High School, presided over the ceremony, welcoming members of the class, their families and friends.

Presiding Justice Mary McDade of the 3rd District Appellate Court at Ottawa and KCC President John Avendano (Av-in-DON-O) also offered remarks.

Area judges from Kankakee and Iroquois Counties were also guests, along with Appellate Court Judge Mary K. O'Brien.

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Nancy Rish denied new trial

She's spent nearly 30 years in prison. And Nancy Rish has again, been denied a new trial for her part in the 1987 kidnapping and murder of Kankakee businessman Stephen Small.

Judge Gordon Lustfeldt ruled in the latest appeal, saying testimony offered was not enough to convince him that Rish did not know of co-defendant Danny Edwards' plans to extort $1-million from Small's family.

The 63-year-old Edwards is serving a life sentence for the crime. He offered affidavits saying he acted alone in carrying out the crime.

Rish has maintained her innocence. Rish's attornies plan to appeal.

Small was abducted from his south side Kankakee home during the early-morning hours. Prosecutors said he had received a phone call about an alleged crime at his business, in an effort to get him out of his home. He was then kidnapped from an alley near his home.

Small died in a make-shift coffin, having been buried alive in a rural location east of Kankakee. Testimony during a trial linked Edwards and Rish to the case.

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Cissna Park, Watseka capture Sectional volleyball championships

That volleyball star continues to shine over Iroquois County. Cissna Park and Watseka high schools are advancing to Super-Sectional play this weekend. The two powerhouse volleyball programs won their respective Sectional titles Thursday evening.
Cissna Park won the Decatur Lutheran Class 1A crown with a 2-set win over Blue Ridge. Watseka earned the Class 2A Bishop McNamara championship with a three-set win over Wilmington.
The Timberwolves (31-5-1), one of eight surviving teams in Class 1A, will face Mount Pulaski at 1 pm Saturday in the Effingham St. Anthony Super-Sectional.

Watseka 2, Wilmington 1. The Warriors (25-11) dropped their first set in the postseason match at McNamara, but they reenergized to win two in a row against Wilmington and secure an Elite Eight berth for the fourth time in the past five years.

Watseka's Class 2A Kankakee Bishop McNamara Sectional title-match win was 22-25, 25-20, 25-18. The team advances to Saturday's 1 pm Beecher Super-Sectional against Elmhurst Timothy Christian.

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Three Hurt In Vermilion County Shooting

(Rankin, IL) -- Three people are in the hospital following a shooting in rural Vermilion County. Authorities say a man last night went to the home where the parents of his estranged wife lived. He reportedly beat and shot the woman's father and held the mother hostage until his wife came to the house. The woman showed up with her boyfriend, who was then shot by the husband. He then fled to his Rankin home, where he turned the gun on himself as law enforcement was approaching.

Sheriff Pat Hartshorn hasn't released any names of those involved. The investigation continues. Some neighbors said the suspect and his wife had been having marital problems.

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“Safe House” fundraiser in Gilman-Onarga gets help from Harlem Clowns

Showboat Robinson Fabulous Harlem Clowns perform this weekend in Onarga to benefit the Garage in Gilman Youth Community Center.

A 7 pm basketball game Saturday at the Middle School in Onarga features the Iroquois West Teachers and Community Leaders vs the Harlem Clowns. Advance tickets are available.

Ray Smith tells 94.1 WGFA listeners the proceeds will help with the Garage in Gilman Youth Community Center on N. Central Avenue........

The Safe House Youth Center is all about the pledge to encourage kids to avoid drugs & alcohol, stay in school, and just stay out of trouble.

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