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Trucker Indicted In Deadly Will County Crash

A Will County grand jury has brought reckless homicide charges against the Indiana trucker involved in the I-55 crash that killed five people last month near Elwood.

Francisco Quiroz of Leesburg, Indiana, is charged with speeding through a construction zone and crashing into three stopped vehicles, killing three adults and an eleven-year-old girl on the spot. A fourth adult died later.

Quiroz is also accused of driving a commercial vehicle despite a complete lack of vision in his right eye. He remains in custody.

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Klopp indicted for Bourbonnais bank robbery

Thirty-five year-old Jason Klopp of Bradley now faces indictment for the August 13th robbery of the Centrue Bank in Bourbonnais.

The Kankakee County grand jury returned the indictment charging Klopp was Armed Robbery. Prosecutors say Klopp entered the business at 680 S. Main Street, armed with a handgun, and fled with an un-determined amount of cash. No injury was reported.

Witnesses provided police with information. Klopp was arrested that same evening in Champaign.

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Man Pleads Guilty To Drunk Driving, Killing Cop

A man has pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a police officer on I-55. Jason Collins made the plea in court Monday.

He reportedly spent five hours at a bar in Bloomington before getting behind the wheel drunk and slamming into a police SUV last October. Officer Casey Kohlmeier and his K-9 officer were inside the vehicle, which was sitting in the median near Pontiac. Both officers were killed.

Collins faces up to 14-years behind bars and will be sentenced on October 15th. {Metro News}

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September is sickle cell awareness month

                                    Blood donations encouraged

The month of September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The American Red Cross encourages people to donate blood in order to maintain supplies for those in need.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S, according to the Red Cross.

Many affected face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply in order to decrease complications.

Red Cross blood drives are scheduled in September. Contact your local officials for dates and locations and near you.

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Real estate taxes, 2nd installments, due

        Tax payments due in Iroquois, Kankakee, Will counties

Taxpayers in Iroquois, Kankakee and Will counties are reminded the second installment of 2013 real estate taxes come due in the next week. Payments can be made at respective county treasurer offices or at area banking facilities.

Iroquois County taxes are due by September 12th. In Kankakee County, taxpayers are reminded the second installment of the real estate taxes is due Wednesday, Sept. 3. In Will County, the second installment of the real estate taxes is due Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Payments after the due dates will be assessed 1.5 percent interest penalty per month. Questions can be directed to the Treasurer's office.

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