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Governor Quinn Announces $11.6 Million for Construction Projects in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties

Projects Will Improve State's Infrastructure and Create Construction Jobs

KANKAKEE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $11.6 million in capital investments for construction projects in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties. The upgrades are part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward.

"These construction projects will improve transportation safety and efficiency in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties," Governor Quinn said. "Additionally, they will employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy, as well."

The projects will be administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Iroquois County...

The bridges carrying Interstate 57 over the Illinois Central Railroad south of Clifton will be upgraded for $5,977,777 by Dunnet Bay Construction of Glendale Heights, the lowest of three bidders.

Pavement patching will be done along Interstate 57 from the Ford County line to north of Gilman for $618,830 by Iroquois Paving Corporation of Watseka, the lowest of two bidders.

Interstate 57 will have about four miles of microsurfacing from 1.2 miles north of Illinois Route 54 in Onarga to 2.4 miles north of U.S. Route 24.
Microsurfacing Contractors, LLC, a Division of Byrne & Jones Enterprise, Inc. of St. Louis will do the work for $236,238.

Kankakee County...

Drainage improvements, parking lot resurfacing and sidewalk repairs will be made at the Kankakee River State Park by D Construction, Inc. of Coal City for $2,798,149, the lowest of four bids submitted.

Roadway cross- overs for the Interstate 57 bridges across the Kankakee River south of Illinois Route 17 will be built for $1,286,770 by Gallagher Asphalt Corporation of Thornton, the lowest of two bidders.

Patching and striping will be done on Illinois Route 1 from the Will County line to east of Grant Park for $377,543 by Gallagher Asphalt Corporation of Thornton, the lowest of four bidders.

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Iroquois County crowns new Fair Queen >

Twenty-year-old Kymber Nakearts of Clifton is the new fair queen in Iroquois County. She was crowned Wednesday night to open the 2013 fair at Crescent City.

The daughter of Kim and Pam Nakaerts, Kymber was the judges’ selection among a field of five candidates.

Kymber is a 2011 graduate of Central High School at Clifton and 2013 Kankakee Community College grad. She’ll attend Illinois State University and major in Agri-Business.

First runner-up and Miss Congeniality was Kendra Marquis of Donovan. Second runner-up was Taylor Redeker of Crescent City.

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Kankakee shooters found guilty, face life in prison

Prosecutors said an unarmed man was shot when the Wade cousins were out looking for revenge.

A Kankakee County jury agreed, finding Jerrell and Jonathan Wade guilty of the attempted murder of another Kankakee man.

The jury took about two hours before finding the Wades guilty of all charges.

They face 31 years to life in prison. A sentencing date is yet to set.

The defense tried to present a case that 26-year-oldJerrell Wade was acting in self-defense when he shot 25-year-old Gregory Dismuke. The March 8th shooting took place outside a barber shop.

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Chain-reaction crash kills woman near Wilmington

A 68-year-old female was killed late Wednesday afternoon in a six-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on Interstate 55 near Wilmington.

Illinois State police report the crash happened about 4:30 pm north of North River Road, in a construction area where traffic had slowed.

A semi truck ran into the vehicle ahead of it, causing a chain-reaction collision that involved a total of three semi trucks and three cars.

The female driver of the first passenger vehicle that was struck was pronounced dead at the scene.

The northbound lanes of I-55 were closed for almost five hours as police investigated.

The Will County Coroner’s office was holding information pending family notification.

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Five young men face charges in school break-in >

Felony theft and burglary charges have been filed against Piper City teenagers for their roles in a school break-in IN Piper City. All are charged with felonies for allegedly breaking into Tri-Point Junior High School and stealing computers and other related equipment.

All five face charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage to state-supported property. The break-in occurred this month at the Tri-Point Junior High School in Piper City.

The suspects include 18-year-old Edward R. King, 18-year-old Colin Movern, 19-year-old Pedro Ramirez; 18-year-old Jeremiah Woodworth, and 20-year-old Nicholas Raimondo.

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