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First area death due to carfentanil, powerful opioid

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner is reporting that the overdose death earlier this month of a 38-year-old Kankakee man was due to carfentanil. It’s a synthetic opioid that officials in states across the country say is linked to many other overdose deaths.

Gessner said toxicology reports received Monday confirm that the man, who was found dead in his home on May 4, was the victim of the powerful narcotic.

The man's death came at a time... when first responders saved six people from overdoses during a 24-hour period between May 4 and 5 using Narcan, a drug which reverses the effects of a drug overdose.

One other person, a 42-year-old man from Bourbonnais, died of an overdose on May 4, but Gessner has not released any information on that death.

Since Dec. 1, 2016, the start of the county's fiscal year, there have been 24 drug overdose deaths.

Gessner said many are a result of heroin and fentanyl, another synthetic opioid.

Carfentanil is never prescribed to humans and is used to tranquilize large animals. Experts say carfentanil is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.

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CSL Chemical spill in Bourbonnais

Emergency responders were called out to CSL Bearing in Bourbonnais this (Wed) morning. Initial reports indicated a chemical spill and a Haz-Mat team was on the scene. No further details were available.

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Cubs to pay for more security In bombing wake

Chicago Police are ready with more security outside of Wrigley Field in the wake of the attack in the United Kingdom. The Chicago Cubs yesterday offered to pay for the costs of new security cameras outside and within a few blocks of the field. Chicago Police say the security upgrades will help them keep a better eye on the outside of the ballpark. Wrigley Field managers say extra screenings and bag checks already make the inside of the park much safer.

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Trump Budget would close Peoria USDA Lab

Peoria's USDA lab is on the list of cuts in President Trump's budget. The lab is one of 17 USDA sites that would close as part of the budget released yesterday. Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, whose district includes the lab, says the budget and its proposed cuts are "incredibly troubling and misguided." The president's budget would cut about 20-percent of the budget from the nation's ag agency.

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Governor: Something Missing in Budget Plan

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner took to Facebook Tuesday to say the Illinois Senate has agreed to number of pieces to a potential state budget.

But, Rauner said, there is one thing missing.

“We’ve got pension reform done through the Senate. We’ve got procurement reform done through the Senate. We’ve gotten some other things that are very close to being done,” Rauner said during his half-hour Facebook Live event. “At this point, the biggest issue, the one that’s really holding things up the most is the property tax issue.”

Rauner said he wants more than just the two year property tax freeze pitched in the Illinois Senate.

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