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Harold & Jean Miner Festival Square home to MSMF >

Kankakee’s historic railroad depot provides the quaint, ideal setting for the city’s Merchant Street MusicFest . Now named the Harold & Jean Miner Festival Park, thanks to the generosity of the Miner Foundation in Watseka, a permanent stage on the hill (just off Court Street) was built last year.

Volunteer organizer Allison Beasley marvels at the setting for this great MSMF ........

“It’s an electric feeling here, it’s a quirky, exciting setting and brings so many people together,” Beasely said. “We like that we’re not spread out; it’s a unique setting with so much personality and ambiance.”

Kankakee Police Lt. Donell Austin says law enforcement presence also includes kids activites in a designated Kids Zone, with a dunk tank to raise money for a great cause..........
Special Olympics will benefit from the dunk tank and Austin said several officers will be involved.

“We want interaction in the community and this festival will encourage that,” Austin says. “We’ll be out in force and keeping a close eye on all the activities.”
Austin said community-policing is part of what Police Chief Price Dumas is striving to achieve. .....

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Jasper County: Man injured by explosive device

A 28-year-old man is recovering from an incident with an explosive device in Jasper County. Remington Police report it happened Sunday night at a home in the 300 block of South Maine Street. He said the device exploded while the man was holding it.

First responders found the man in the backyard, with extensive injuries to his hand and minor injuries to his head and body. The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Roselawn, Illinois.

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Ford County collision injures six people

Two-vehicle crash Wednesday on Route 45 in Ford County resulted in charges against a 22-year-old Rankin woman. Heather Claeys was cited by Illinois State Police for failing to yield, failure to secure two children in child restraints and driving with no insurance.

Police report Claeys stopped at the intersection of Route 45 and County Road 500N. She then crossed Route 45 in a pickup truck and was hit by the southbound car driven by 80-yr-old Gordon Seggebruch of Onarga. The truck had six occupants, two of which were in the bed of the pickup. They were ejected from the truck. All six in the pickup were taken to Carle Hospital in Urbana with non-life threatening injuries.

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MSMF unifies Kankakee

Food and music --- brings people together. It’s a common bond. And -- this weekend’s Merchant Street Music Fest in Kankakee takes another step at building a positive image.
The annual music gathering in Kankakee’s ‘Harold & Jean Miner Festival Square’ is Friday and Saturday, featuring music for all generations. It’s just a $5-dollar admission.

Allison Beasley and a host of volunteers have assembled a musical groups entertaining from three stages.

Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong is excited in her new role to help bring the community together.

And the musical line-up includes local-talent like Watseka-native Nick Lynch, Lupe Carroll, and Leigh Evin & the Low Down.

The Claudettes, Ebony Stone, Anthony Orio, Tony Holiday & the Velvetones, and Color Me Badd are in the line-up to share the three stages.

There’s also plenty of vendors, There’s Arts & Crafts. Security and emergency medical responders will be on the grounds, courtesy of the Kankakee Police and Fire Departments.

94.1 WGFA WILL B-CAST “live” FRIDAY 5-7 pm to help kick-off the popular MSMF.

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Update: Another victim from Beecher crash dies

The 4-year-old boy involved in Monday's fatal two-vehicle crash in rural Beecher is the latest fatality, the Will County Sheriff's Department reported today.

Weston Schmidt died from his injuries at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday at Comers Children's Hospital in Chicago, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Weston's mother, 29-yr-old Lindsey Schmidt and his 2-year-old brother, Kaleb, were pronounced dead at the scene Monday morning. The fourth passenger in the family's vehicle, their 6-year-old son, Owen, remains on life support.

Police3 reported Lindsey, who was four-months pregnant, was only about a block from her Beecher home when her northbound vehicle on South Yates Avenue, was broadsided by an eastbound pick-up truck driven by a 25-year-old Manteno man who failed to stop at a stop sign on East Corning Road.
The identity of the driver has not been made public.

Lindsey was taking her children to a summer Bible school at the time of accident.

A fundraising account... “Schmidt Family Fund”.... has been set up at First Community Bank branches in Beecher and Peotone.

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