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Lay-offs in Kankakee County kick in today

                          Patrol officers, jail staff let go

Last month's failed public safety referendum, coupled with the huge loss in sales tax revenue has led to a blow to law enforcement in Kankakee County.

It's the unincorporated areas of the county that will notice the reduced police effectiveness more so than those people in municipalities.

Seventeen patrol officers and 20 correctional officers are off the job, beginning today (Monday). Half of the county sheriff deputies and about one-quarter of the jailers are turning in uniforms and equipment. The Daily-Journal reports the lay-offs are the result of a $3-million cut in the county's operating budget.

Emergency 9-1-1 calls will remain intact, but administrators say many general calls from the public will be handled by automation rather than a live person. Many administrative personnel will be handling general police work.

A meeting last week with area law enforcement will find municipal police helping out when possible, but their local calls come before assisting in unincorporated areas.

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Santa Train scheduled for next weekend

                         Stops planned December 13-14th

The annual Santa Claus Train schedule along the Canadian National /Illinois Central railroad line is set for December 13 and 14th. Santa has planned stops in communities in Ford and Iroquois Counties.

The popular Santa Train continues to be a tradition. Children can visit with Santa during scheduled stops in Gibson City, Melvin, Roberts, Thawville and Gilman on Saturday, December 13th. Sunday's stops are in Onarga, Danforth, Ashkum and Clifton.

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Junior Marshals help lead Bradley Christmas parade

The 29th annual Bradley Lighted Christmas Parade this (Friday) evening features a brother-sister team serving as junior marshals. The 6:30 pm event along W. Broadway Street will include seven-year-old Laura Moore and her 10-year-old brother, Brennan.

Laura will serve as Miss Merry Christmas while Brennan is Master Jack Frost. Their parents are Dale and Michelle Moore.

The parade marshals ride in a horse-drawn carriage with Mrs. Claus. They will lead the way for Santa's sleigh. Laura and Brennan also help Santa Claus distribute toys and other goodies to children at the Village Hall after the parade.

The Village of Manteno also welcomes Santa Claus later today. The parade and other activities are scheduled to step-off at 5:45 pm from the Leo Hasset Center.

Activities from 6 – 8 pm include performances by the Manteno High School Madigrals at the Community Center. A business walk thru downtown is also part of the holiday fun.

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Kankakee welcomes Santa Claus

Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein invites citizens to share in the Christmas during the holiday season. The city's annual tree lighting was held at the downtown railroad depot Thursday evening. The Kankakee Fire Department delivered Santa Claus for the event.

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Benton County, IN crash kills Fowler man

Sheriff's Police in Benton County, Indiana report a Fowler man was found dead after a rollover crash Thursday.
Sheriff Butch Pritchett said a local farmer found 22-year-old Dylan Treadway in a field at County Road 300 N. It's about 10 miles north of Fowler. Treadway had been ejected from the vehicle.

Police said it's believed the car was traveling too fast when the driver lost control and rolled multiple times into the field. Pritchett said Treadway was not wearing a seatbelt. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor.


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