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Dr. King’s message rekindled in Kankakee, Danville Monday during MLK events

The pursuit of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream was re-emphasized today (Monday) by the Rev. Ricky Dixon at Kankakee County's annual Celebration Service at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church...

"it's 53 years later and the dream of Dr. King continues," said the Rev. Dixon.

The Rev Dixon, of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Sun River Terrace, was asked if we're any closer to Dr. King's dream ? ...

"We are closer but we're not where we need to be, so there's some heightened tension we need to improve on; we are progressing which is a great thing."

The 2016 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- 50 Years Later – finds the journey continuing.

The Celebration in Kankakee followed the annual Inter-faith Prayer Breakfast at the Quality Inn in Bradley. Some 150 people attended there. And today's events wrapped a weekend of events sponsored by the Dr. King Memorial Foundation of Kankakee County.

In Danville -- a motorcade-parade honoring Dr. King saw several people brave the cold temperatures and bitter wind. The bus allowed marchers to hop on to get out of the cold.

Danville's Human Relations Administrator, Sandra Finch, said it's important to remember the dream. She said race relations in Danville have improved. She said "we have work to do, but it's pretty good."

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Monday morning cold … East Central Illinois wind chill advisory

A wind chill advisory remains in effect this (Monday) morning. The NWS issued the advisory for Sunday thru at least noon today. Iroquois and Ford counties are part of the advisory.

BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS HAVE PRODUCED BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES OF 15 BELOW TO 25 BELOW ZERO OVERNIGHT (Sunday) INTO THIS MONDAY MORNING.

WIND CHILLS AT THIS LEVEL CAN RESULT IN FROSTBITE ON EXPOSED SKIN IN AS LITTLE AS 30 MINUTES. PEOPLE WHO MUST BE OUTDOORS NEED TO HAVE SUFFICIENT PROTECTION IN ORDER TO AVOID FROSTBITE OR HYPOTHERMIA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

{courtesy NWS}
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Newton County crash injures one

A rollover crash in Newton County Saturday night injured the driver. Brook Fire Chief Kyle Conrad believes the crash was caused when the man had a medical emergency.

It happened just after 6 pm near the corner of Highway and Howard Streets in Brook. The vehicle went through a yard, hitting a mailbox and shrubs, before it came to a stop on its side.

First responders had to extricate the driver from the vehicle.

The un-identified driver was transported to Franciscan Health in Rensselaer by Newton County EMS.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the crash.

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Clifton man survives car crash on Route 115

A traffic crash in Kankakee County Thursday morning split a car in half, but the driver escaped with what police said were not life-threatening injuries. Boyd Roof of Clifton managed to escape more serious injuries, or even death, when his car hit a pole and was split in half.

Illinois State Police investigated on Route 115 at 1300 S Road. Roof was air-lifted to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.
Limestone Fire extricated Roof from the wreckage. Alcohol and excessive speed were not factors, according to the police report.

Roof was northbound just before 3 am when his car left the road and went into the west ditch. The car traveled about 100 yards before hitting the utility pole.

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Watseka Police arrest Bourbonnais man on warrant

A disturbance at a Watseka residence Thursday led to the arrest of 25-year-old Johnny Tisley. The Bourbonnais man was arrested by Watseka officers on a McLean County warrant for burglary. Tisley was found to be wanted in Lee County for failing to register as a sex offender.

Officers were dispatched to a Watseka location on N. Fourth Street. Police learned Tisley was wanted on the warrants.

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