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Gas prices likely to boost holiday travel

Low prices for gasoline are expected to spur more people to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday period. Prices vary, but Momence is leading the charge in offering drivers break.

The river town in Kankakee County has regular unleaded on the board at $1.69 to $1.74 per gallon. Beecher and some Kankakee station are selling for $1.84.

Some Danville area and Watseka gas stations now list prices at $1.93. Gas prices across Illinois are on-average $2.10 a gallon.

An estimated 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, according to AAA numbers.

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U.S. Marshall’s arrest fugitive in Manteno shooting

A Task Force has arrested a 28-year-old man who’s been on the run since an apartment shooting in Manteno back in September.

Robert Williams was taken into custody at a relative’s apartment in Chicago. Charges against Williams include attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Police had been searching for Williams since a shooting incident at a downtown Manteno apartment September 24.

The arrest was made by the U.S. Marshalls Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.

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Kankakee Fire Chief Ron Young retiring

Kankakee Fire Chief Ron Young is retiring November 30th. He’s the third longest-serving fire chief in Kankakee's history. He has spent his entire career as a member of the Kankakee fire department, having been hired at the age of 22 back in 1984.

Young has served as chief the last 12 years. He was assistant chief for eight years.

Mayor Nina Epstein made the announcement of Young's resignation. She said Assistant Chief Phil Perkins will serve as interim-chief until Young’s replacement is named.

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Kankakee County GOP nominates Weiler for Board Chair

Kankakee County Board member Andy Weiler is the Republican Central Committee's choice to lead the County Board.  The GOP Central Committee voted to nominate Weilert as County Board Chair when the board re-organizes December 5th. 

Weiler would suceed Mike Bossert. 

Weiler says if given thr job by board members, public safety would be a top priority in regaining the public's confidence. Financial matters have been a burden for the county board in recent years.

Weiler says "we've dug ourselves into quite a hole, but the opportunity is there to head in the right direction." 

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Woodland man faces weapons charge

Watseka Police report the arrest Monday of 37-year-old Donald Madison of Woodland. The arrest happened when police were called to a Watseka retail business regarding an alleged theft.

Officers stopped Madison as he exited the store. When taken into custody, Madison was found to be in possession of brass knuckles. He was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Possession of a Drug Paraphernalia.

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