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2nd installment of taxes due in Kankakee, Ford, Iroquois counties

Property owners in Kankakee County should note that your second installment of 2015 taxes are due today (Thursday). Ford County residents are reminded your taxes are due Friday (September 2). Iroquois County’s second installment are due by September 13th.

Payments may be made by visiting the respective treasurer’s offices, using the designated drop boxes, or visiting any bank in the respective counties. Payments are also accepted by mail if postmarked no later than the due date.

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Labor Day events include festivities in Herscher, Hoopeston

Labor Day traditions continue this weekend in area communities.  Herscher and Hoopeston offer festivities.

The 96th Labor Day Celebration at Herscher includes one of the largest parades.  Monday's parade steps off at 10:30 in the morning.  World War II veterans will serve as grand marshals.  The three-day event runs from noon September 3 thru September 5 at 8 pm.

In Hoopeston, the National Sweet Corn Festival & Pageant is set for the weekend.  It's the 73rd  Sweet Corn Festival, beginning Thursday.  A pro rodeo is a new event this year. Most events are centerd at McFerren Park.

Hoopeston's Grand Parade is Saturday morning at 10:30.

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Shootout at the Louis Joliet Mall

Two suspects are in custody after a shooting Tuesday evening outside the Louis Joliet Mall. Gunfire was exchanged between U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and the suspects who were under investigation.

Police reported no officers or civilians were injured in the shooting. One of the suspects, 31-year-old Adan Godinez of Morris, was struck in the leg. He was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Another individual, 43-year-old Fernando Godinez of Cicero was arrested and taken into custody.

A witness reported between 20 and 30 shots were fired during the shootout.

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Fatal fire under investigation in Fairmount

An investigation was underway Tuesday to determine what leveled a rural Fairmount home...resulting in at least two fatalities.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson confirms the two fatalities.

Fairmount Fire Chief Dave Ferber said the structure at 2716 East 1333 North Road totally collapsed and was in the basement when the first fire units arrived on the scene.

Mutual aid came from neighboring departments. The Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Fire Marshal were also on the scene.

The cause of the explosion and fire remains undetermined.

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Iroquois deputy suffers broken arm, suspect arrested

Iroquois County Sheriff deputy Clint Perzee is recovering from severe injuries after he was injured (Friday) arresting a suspect in rural Milford.

Perzee suffered a broken arm, dislocated finger and was stitched up to close a lacerated arm. The deputy was struck by a tomahawk thrown at him by a suspect who was being arrested for Predatory Sexual Assault of a Child.

29-year-old Kevin Funk is jailed on a $500,000 bond. He’s charged with Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer and Attempted Murder for the assault of the officer.

Funk also faces 3-counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and 3-counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.

Sheriff’s Police had gone to the rural Milford residence (1131 N 1800 E Road) to arrest Funk on the sexual assault case. Police report during conversation and Funk and deputies, Funk managed to arm himself with a tomahawk, throwing it at Officer Perzee.

The deputy raised his arm to protect his head, the tomahawk striking his arm. Additional deputies responded and placed Funk in custody without further incident.

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