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Crash kills Champaign teenager

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup reports a car crash last Thursday (Mar 6th) took the life of a teenager. 16-year-old Kenneth McNeil II died of injuries suffered in the single-vehicle crash. It happened west of Champaign on Rising Road.
The crash remains under investigation by the Coroner and the Champaign County Sheriff's Department. An inquest may be scheduled.

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'Not Guilty' Verdicts in Alvin Shooting

A Vermilion County Circuit Court jury recently returned not guilty verdicts in a trial involving a 2011 shooting in Alvin. Forty-two year-old Jason Irwin was found innocent of attempted murder and home invasion.

According to testimony Michael Reffett Junior discovered Irwin in his Alvin home and shots were exchanged between the men. Reffett suffered several gunshot wounds. Irwin was reportedly hit with a shotgun blast. Both men survived their wounds.

The not guilty verdicts ended a three-day trial.

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‘No-Shows’ make news at candidates forum in Iroquois County

Candidates for the Iroquois County Board in the March 18th Primary Election may have sent the strongest message to voters. They didn't offer a voice concerning issues at a candidates forum in Watseka Thursday night.

Just four of 13 county board candidates on the upcoming ballot appeared to answer questions at the forum, sponsored by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce and the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club.

Two of the four are incumbents seeking re-election, Russell Bills of Watseka (District 4) and Donna Crow of Milford (District 3). Two other would-be newcomers are Larry Hasbargen of Watseka (District 4) and Vince LaMie of Milford (District 3).

Chamber of Commerce spokesman Mike Potter said all the candidates were invited, including those in un-contested races.

The event's emcee, Tim Waters, announced District 2 candidate Dan Pursley of Loda and District 3's Troy Krumweide (Krum-we-dee) explained they were unavailable and out of state.

Candidates choosing not to attend and participate included Dan Rayman of Clifton, Kyle Anderson of Beaverville and Lyle Behrends of Ashkum – all of District 1. Also not attending were John Shure of Buckley and Rod Copas of Onarga from District 2, Marvin Sticknot of Milford from District 3, and Dan Joyce of Watseka (District 4).

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Kankakee murder suspect arrested in Wisconsin

Police in Racine, Wisconsin took a Kankakee murder suspect into custody this week.

19-year-old Rachard (Ruh-Shard) Butler was jailed Thursday in Racine. He was waiting to be brought back to Kankakee to face murder charges for the shooting death of Kenneth Groves last November.

The Racine WI Police Department in cooperation with ‎the Kankakee Police Department arrested Butler on a ‎warrant for the November 23, 2013 murder of Groves. ‎ Groves was killed after being shot at a house party in the 300 block of S. ‎Evergreen Ave.

Working from evidence recovered from the scene and witness ‎information the Kankakee Police quickly identified Butler as the suspect, and ‎received a warrant for his arrest. ‎

Working from information provided by the Kankakee Police Department, Racine Police were able ‎to identify Butler and took him into custody during a traffic stop.

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Cloonen Pushes For Tougher DUI law

KANKAKEE, IL –In an effort to prevent harm to children and motorists, state Representative Kate Cloonen introduced a bill that would increase penalties on drunk drivers when children are passengers in the vehicle.

"We must safeguard our children and other motorists from dangerous threats such as drunk drivers," Cloonen said. "The goal is to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads. This sends a strong message that driving intoxicated, especially while traveling with children, will not be tolerated."

Cloonen is the chief sponsor of House Bill 5797 which would make the first offense for driving under the influence, while carrying a child, a factor in a charge of aggravation. It will also provide that the first conviction of aggravated driving under the influence will require the installation of a Breathalyzer key ignition device, rather than the second conviction as mandated in previous legislation.      {submitted}