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Yet another fatal crash on Rt. 113 !

It happened again...another fatal crash on Illinois Route 113. Police and other emergency responders were called just before 7 pm Monday evening. It was the second fatal on 113 in the last 24 hours.

And it happened after three others died in a crash on Route 45 at the I-57 308 exit.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner reports a man's vehicle left the road and hit a tree at County road 4000W.
(Further details are unavailable).

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Layoffs: KC-CASA, ISAS hit hard by budget impasse

After nearly a year without money from the state, Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA) and Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) Board of Directors were forced to lay off staff and implement pay reductions for the remaining staff beginning in June. By taking this drastic step now the agency hopes to have enough resources to remain open through the state budget impasse.

KC-CASA and their satellite office in Watseka (ISAS) have gone from a staff of 15 to now a staff of just 7. While these staff reductions are temporary and directly tied to the State budget, they create limitations in services provided to survivors of sexual violence and the community as a whole.

KC-CASA/ISAS will continue to provide survivor services in Iroquois County through the 24-hour hotline, counseling, advocacy, and limited prevention education; however office hours will be reduced to 2 days per week (Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). During this temporary change, staff and volunteers from the Kankakee site will be servicing to Iroquois County.

Survivor services will also continue in Kankakee County through the 24-hour hotline, counseling, advocacy, and prevention. Staff reductions have resulted in a counseling wait list for victims of sexual assault and their significant others.
In the last year alone KC-CASA and ISAS have provided 950 hours of criminal justice advocacy to over 100 clients. The counseling program served 156 clients with over 1,200 hours of counseling and therapy. Prevention staff provided over 550 presentations and professional training to over 110,000 participants. Unfortunately, violence against women and children in our community has definitely not stopped. If the budget impasse isn't resolved soon, crucial services to victims of rape would be discontinued in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.

KC-CASA will continue to service victims and families as long and as effectively as they can. Without a State Budget, victims suffer, families suffer, and communities suffer. Please consider advocating for the survivors KC-CASA and ISAS serve by calling the offices of Governor Rauner and Speaker Madigan to implore them to end the state budget impasse.

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UPDATE: Iroquois County men identified as Kankakee I-57 crash victims

The Kankakee County Coroner's Office has identified the three men who died in a single-vehicle car crash this (Monday) on U.S. Route 45/52.

The driver of the car was 25-year-old Lukas Frye of Milford. 56-year-old Randy Gates of Kankakee was a front-seat passenger. Also killed was 43-year-old Eddie Sarkozi of Iroquois.

Another passenger, the only one to survive the crash, has not been identified. He was able to free himself from the car. He was taken to an area hospital.

The southbound car hit a pole. The vehicle ended up in a culvert. The driver, Frye was ejected. The two other victims were pinned inside.

The Coroner's office reports autopsies were performed and toxicology reports are pending.

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Memorial Day Weekend ISP enforcement patrols …

Illinois State Police are continuing Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (STEP) this week. Troopers from District 21 (Ashkum), District 10 (Pesotum) and District 5 (Pontiac) are keeping a close eye out for drivers speeding, failing to buckle up, and other driving offenses. The enforcement crackdown continues thru Memorial Day on May 30th.

Speeding is a contributing factor in 31-percent of all fatal crashes nationwide. In Illinois, speed-related crashes account for 37-percent of all traffic fatalities.

Meanwhile Triple-A projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005. Spurred by the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people are expected to travel this year than during the Memorial Day weekend last year.

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Fatal accident on I-57, 3 men dead

Three men are dead and a fourth injured after a one-car crash early today (Monday) on Illinois 45 at the I-57 exchange at Kankakee. A speeding car ran into a stop light, according to the Kankakee County Coroner's Office. Illinois State Police are handling the investigation.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash. The southbound car, on Route 45, wound up in a culvert. The driver was ejected. Two other men who died were pinned in the wreckage. A fourth man survived.

Emergency personnel answered the call about 6 am. The crash may have happened an hour earlier.

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