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KCC breaks ground for new Technology Center

It'll be one of the best. And it will serve as a regional resource. That's what Kankakee Community College President Dr. John Avendano said about the soon-to-be-built new Advanced Technology Education Center on the KCC campus.

A groundbreaking event (Tuesday) brought several professionals to the riverfront campus.

Avendano said the completed building will meet requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification.

A 21,000 square foot building will contain classrooms, labs, offices and support spaces for hands-on training. This will include training for jobs in the fields of wind generation, solar thermal, and electrical instruction.

KCC already trains wind and solar technicians and hosts information sessions for the community. It's part of a grant received from the National Science Foundation. The ATEC center will also be home for continuing training for technicians and electricians already in the profession.

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Kankakee house fire does $40,000 damage

A house fire, believed to have started in a bedroom, did about $40,000 damage to a house in Kankakee. Firemen answered the call to the 600-block of Dearborn Avenue.

The occupants were not at home. No injury was reported.

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Inmate escape at Kankakee County Detention Center

Sherriff's Police in Kankakee County are investigating an inmate escape from the Jerome Combs Detention Center. It happened at around 3 am this (Wed) morning when the inmate overpowered a correctional officer, took the officer's keys and uniform then stole the officer's vehicle.

The inmate is 23-year-old Kamron Taylor, who should be considered armed and dangerous. Taylor is a black male, 5-9, 170 pounds. He was recently convicted of murder and was awaiting sentencing.

Authorities report Taylor may be in the stolen vehicle, a 2012 Brown Chevy Equinox with an Illinois registration P 5 0 6 6 6 0.

Anyone observing Taylor or the vehicle should call 9-1-1.

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Braidwood Nuclear Plant idled for Scheduled Work

Operators removed Braidwood Nuclear Power Station Unit One from service early Monday morning for a planned refueling outage. While the unit is offline, technicians will be replacing nearly one-third of the reactor's fuel, as well as performing thousands of inspections and maintenance activities to keep the unit running safely and effectively for another two years.

Refueling outages usually happen every 18 months, with the work being completed by more than 12-hundred supplemental workers and 800 permanent employees.

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Fire officials advise public to be alert for brush fires

The dry, warmer weather, coupled with windy conditions has fire department officials asking the public to be aware of the potential of brush fires. Rural departments have been busy with field fires the last several days in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties. Fires have also been reported in Newton, Jasper and Carroll counties in Indiana.

A home was destroyed after a trash fire got out of control in Carroll County, IN.

It happened Monday afternoon on County Road 600 South.
Burlington firefighters said a trash fire got out of control. By the time they arrived, it had already spread to the second floor of the house.

All of the residents and their pets made it out safely.

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