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Watseka home destroyed in Sunday morning fire

Fire destroyed a Watseka home early Sunday morning. But two adults, asleep inside, were able to escape unharmed thanks to an alert Watseka police officer. Detective Ashley Butt was investigating a smell of something burning when she came upon the burning house on Fidler Court. The officer was able to wake the two adults inside, then she called 9-1-1.

Watseka Fire Chief Tim Ketchum said firemen arrived to find smoke coming from the roof and fire was located in the attic space.

Ketchum reported a box alarm alerted engines from Crescent City, Woodland, Milford and Martinton. Then, a water main problem required a second box alarm for water tankers. Fire units from Sheldon, Concord, Donovan and Gilman answered the call.

The residence is a total loss. The Red Cross is assisting the family. The state Fire Marshall is investigating the cause.

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Pedestrian struck and killed in Clifton

A 71-year-old rural Clifton resident died of injuries (Friday) after being struck by a pick-up truck on South Main Street in Clifton.

Arlen Bertrand died at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.
Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated. Based on the driver of the pickup’s accounts and witnesses, no citations were issued.

Sheriff’s Police were called to the 400-block of South Main at about 5 pm. 61-year-old William Wulffe of Chebanse was northbound. Bertrand was hit by the pickup. He was transported to Riverside having suffered life-threatening injuries.

Chebanse Township Fire and Riverside EMS also responded to the scene.

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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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