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A Treasure: Merchant Street MusicFest

                         Kankakee's Free entertainment

It started off years ago as a simple free night of musical entertainment. The city of Kankakee and its supporters rolled in a flatbed semi-trailer to serve as the performance stage at the downtown railroad depot.

Today, it's a two day event. The Merchant Street MusicFest. Last summer more than 20,000 people heard over 30 musical acts on three stages at the downtown Depot Park.

This weekend, Friday and Saturday, the MusicFest has shaped up to even bigger and better.

Bill Yohnka,one of the committee organizers, says the event has put the city on the map, drawing upwards to 20,000 people to the 2-day fun.

The musical festival runs Friday from 5 pm 'til Midnight. Then Saturday from 2 pm 'til Midnight. It's all downtown Kankakee at Depot Park.

Electric-filled stages, video boards, food vendors, and talented musical groups will all share stage presence.

Included among the groups is "Black Cadillac," a cover group with Momence roots.

There's the Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band, "Shining Star."

The "Magnifiers," a young rock group of Clifton grade school and high schoolers.

Pembroke's Karl Outeen "Lil' Daddy Blues" and the "Number One Sons," of the Kankakee Farmers' Market and Gray Farms connection.

There's a lot more too. Yohnka says it's all about a local effort. And a lot of great sponsors do their part to make it happen.

The Merchant Street Musicfest remains a FREE event to the public because of the support of several local sponsors.

And 94.1 WGFA will be there. We're broadcasting Friday, beginning at 4 pm into the evening. Join us ! We'll visit with band members, food vendors, and maybe you, thousands of visitors expected at Kankakee's Merchant Street MusicFest Friday and Saturday.

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‘Good Ole Days’ at Loda includes parade and fireworks

The annual Loda Good Ole Days celebrations is this weekend, Friday, July 25 thru Sunday, July 27th. The planning committee says the 3-day festival is growing some each year. And this weekend, visitors can enjoy a Saturday parade and a fireworks show.

It's the fifth year for the event, resurrected in 2010 as a pretty simple family-fun event. Now, committee member Jody Sanders says, it's featuring the parade, fireworks, musical entertainment and fish and chicken fry.

Craft and food vendors are part of the agenda too. Military veterans will be honored Saturday at 11 am. The Good Ole Days Parade begins at 12 Noon. There's also a car show and rock rodeo band.

Committee member Ron Gustafson says "our fireworks display is a pretty good show for a small town."

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Watseka man killed in Iroquois County collision

                                          17-year-old charged with DUI

A 59-year-old Watseka man was killed, his six-year-old passenger seriously injured, and a17-year-old facing a DUI charge --- after a two-vehicle collision in rural Crescent City last (Wed) evening.

David Senesac was pronounced dead at the scene. His six-year-old backseat passenger was airlifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

The 17-year-old male driver from Watseka, who police said disobeyed a stop sign, and his two passengers were treated for minor injuries at IMH in Watseka. The 17-year-old driver is also facing a charge of DUI.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police are investigating the crash.

Police reported Senesac was eastbound on 1900 N when the un-identified 17-year-old driver's southbound vehicle disobeyed a stop sign. Senesac's vehicle was hit in the driver's side, the rolled several times in a field. Sensac was ejected.

Emergency personnel responding included Crescent-Iroquois Fire and Ambulance, Martinton EMS, and IMH and Riverside EMS.

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Boy dies after bike, car accident in Livingston County

A 7-year-old boy has died as a result of injuries suffered in an accident while riding his bike last weekend in the small town of Rowe, about 5 miles north of Pontiac.

Blake Kenneth Seifers was bicycling just past 4 pm Saturday in the 2100 block of East North Road when he was struck by a car. Livingston County Sheriff Al Lindsey reported the boy was taken to OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac and then flown to Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.

He died of multiple injuries at about 11 am Monday. The Peoria County Coroner's Office was involved in the investigation.

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Fatal fire at Iroquois County campground

CRESCENT CITY -- An early-morning fire today (Wed) at the Spring Creek Campground, northwest of Crescent City, left a 60-year-old man dead.

Kenneth Sailer was pronounced dead at the scene AT 5:50 am by Coroner Bill Cheatum. The victim's body was discovered after the Crescent-Iroquois Fire department put the flames out.

Fire Chief Scott Schroeder said firemen arrived to find the trailer-home engulfed in flames. Fire and ambulance personnel were dispatched to 111 Black Oak Lane at about 4:30 am. Chief Schroeder said the fire's cause was under investigation.

The State Fire Marshall was at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled.

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