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Kankakee: Two weekend shootings injure six

Two separate shootings in Kankakee Friday and Saturday left six people wounded.

City detectives are investigating. No arrests have been made.

The Daily-Journal reports one person was injured in a shooting in the 900 block of East Mulberry Street.

Five people were injured Friday night after two shooters began firing at a group of people in the 300 block of North Wildwood Avenue.

Police said the shootings did not appear to be related.

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Imani Drew sworn-in as first black woman judge in 21st Circuit

The 21st Judicial Circuit Court Friday made history. J. Imani Drew took her oath of office becoming the first African-American woman to serve as judge in the district serving Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.

Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride delivered the oath of office, calling the event before a packed audience “a momentous occasion.”

Drew is a longtime attorney in Kankakee, who worked for both the prosecutor's and public defender's offices.

Chief Judge Michael Kick said "She simply has a remarkable ability to treat all people in all circumstances with dignity and respect."

Kankakee County Bar Association President Mark Steffen said "The respect Imani has shown to the people on both sides is what makes our community a good place to live."

The president of the Iroquois County Bar Association, Jim Tungate, added telling the courtroom "You have a great sense of integrity, and we need integrity in our judiciary."

The crowded courtroom gave Drew a standing ovation.
Drew said afterwards her goal is to “be the best possible judge I can be, and serve this community. I will be mindful of the characteristics and attributions of a good judge every day."

Drew also made mention that Jane Bolin, the first African-American woman judge in the United States, was sworn in on the same day 77 years ago, July 22, 1939.

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Public hearing in Watseka Tuesday

Citizens in Watseka are invited to a public hearing (Tuesday evening) concerning the proposed sale of the city water system and wastewater treatment plant.

Public comments will be welcome during the hearing scheduled for 6 pm at City Hall.

The hearing is prior to the regular council meeting at 7 pm.

Aqua Illinois has offered Watseka $10.5 million for the purchase of the Watseka water system. The sale would result in a doubling of rates for taxpayers. But the cost for the city taking over the system itself would also result in rates that would double or be even higher.

The Watseka water system and operation of the waste water treatment facility is currently managed by ERH Enterprises.

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Watseka man arrested on weapons charge

39-year-old Timothy Trotter of Watseka faces a weapons and traffic charge following a traffic stop by Watseka Police. Trotter was stopped at Kay and Elm Streets (Thursday). He was arrested for driving an uninsured vehicle and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

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Missing Paxton man located in Missouri

Paxton Police report a 25-year-old Paxton man missing for several days was found unharmed in Missouri. Blake Thorne was located Wednesday (7/20).

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane reports Thorne was located in eastern Missouri. He was not harmed in any way.

Police “pinged” his phone to determine his whereabouts.
There was no immediate word as to why Thorne was in Missouri nor why he was the subject of a ‘Missing Person Report.’

Mrs. Stacy Thorne reported her husband missing July 18. Police learned he had not been to work, although he told his wife by phone he was still at a job-site out of town.

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