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Kankakee Shootings Again; One Dead, One Injured in Weekend Gunfire

KANKAKEE -- Two people were shot, one dead, the other critically wounded in separate weekend shootings that continue to plague Kankakee.

Following a Sunday afternoon shooting on N. Taylor Avenue in Kankakee that left a man shot in the head, a second man was found dead in his car at a rural intersection southwest of the city. The dead man was not identified by police. The car he was in was towed from 4500W and 2000 S after the discovery Monday morning.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner had an autopsy scheduled Monday. No further information about the second shooting was made available from police.

The other man was shot and seriously injured Sunday afternoon, one block north of King Middle School, on Taylor Avenue. He was identified as 27-year-old Jerome Lucius. He was shot in the head and found in the driver's seat of a car parked at a residence.

A press release from Kankakee Police stated Lucius was in very critical condition at an area hospital.

City police investigators and the county Crime Stoppers are asking the public for information about the shootings.

The latest shootings add to the number of gunfire incidents seen in recent months. The Daily-Journal reports there were 13 reports of gunfire in the city of Kankakee from January to March.

 

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Kankakee Shooting, Man Critically Injured

Kankakee Police are searching for a lone gunman who left a man critically injured Sunday.

The shooting, on North Taylor Avenue near the King Middle School, occurred around 4 pm.  The 27-year-old victim was seated inside a vehicle near a residence having been shot in the head.  

The most-recent news release from Kankakee Police states the victim is listed in very critical condition at an area hospital.

A motive for the shooting was unclear.

 

 

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Wind Turbines Regulated near Rankin

RANKIN — The Rankin Village Board has moved to regulate the location of wind turbines within a mile and a-half of the village’s corporate limits.  Such action has become common practice of smaller communities in the path of developing wind farms.

The local Board passed an ordinance to regulate the construction of wind turbines on farmland immediately outside Rankin's corporate limits.

The ordinance, approved 6-0,  amends Rankin's zoning code to give the village regulatory authority over commercial and private wind turbines. .

Municipal governing boards have expressed concern about wind turbines being built too close to homes. Vermilion County's wind-farm regulations allow 400-foot-tall commercial turbines to be built as close as 1,200 feet from a home.

Rankin is the first municipality in Vermilion County to extend its zoning authority to surrounding farmland to regulate wind turbines.

Read more: Wind Turbines Regulated near Rankin

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Field shaping up for Rep. Johnson's replacement

CHAMPAIGN — The chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson says he would like to replace the retiring congressman.

Johnson said last week that he plans to stop campaigning for re-election and retire at the end of his term. Former Johnson chief of staff Jerry Clarke said Monday that he would like to replace Johnson as the Republican candidate and run against Democrat David Gill. GOP officials have said he's a strong contender.

State Rep. Chapin Rose of Mahomet, meanwhile, says he isn't interested.

Another potential candidate, state Rep. Adam Brown of Decatur says he'd like to be considered.

The 65-year-old Johnson said Thursday that he will retire.

His replacement will be chosen by Republican Party leaders from the 14 counties in the 13th Congressional District

 

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Missing Kankakee Woman’s Body Found

An autopsy was scheduled Saturday on the  body of 33-year-old Brandie Robinson which was found near the Kankakee River under the South Schuyler Avenue bridge.  Kankakee Police report the discovery was made shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday.

Robinson’s body was positively identified at 12:26 p.m., according to Kankakee Police Chief Larry Regnier.


The whereabouts of the reported missing Kankakee woman had been the subject of a missing person report last week. 

Robinson’s body was recovered by city fire and police personnel. Details on how the body was found were not yet available.

Saturday's autopsy revealed Robinson was a drowning victim.  The Coroner's Office reports the investigation continues.

Robinson was last seen by her children as she left the house in the 400 block of South Osborn Avenue in Kankakee.