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'Name the Plaza' in Manteno

Manteno officials are asking for the public's help in naming a new plaza.  A contest will review suggestions submitted between now and September 1st.  The hope is to have the 2nd Street plaza ready for the Oktoberfest celebration.

Sarah Marion, Manteno's event coordinator, said the public input will be important and the hope suggested names will be community-focused. The village has launched its "Name the Plaza Contest" and already has received several recommendations from the public.

"We figured we would extend the offer to members of the community rather than just come up with a random name," Marion said. "It's a plaza for the community, and we want the community's input."

Those interested in submitting a name must complete an application that can be found on the village's website or village hall, 93 E. Third St. Entries can be delivered to village hall or emailed to Marion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for entries is Sept. 1. The winner will be invited to participate in the the plaza's ribbon-cutting ceremony and will be recognized at a village board meeting.

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Newton County

An Indiana woman was a killed (Saturday) in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash near Lake Village, IN. 54-year-old Tammy Johnson was a passenger on a Harley-Davidson driven by 56-yr-old man Richard Neese of Wilmington (IL), according to Newton County Sheriff’s Police.

Emergency responders answered the call just before 4:30 pm on State Road 10 near 1050 N. Police reported alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The Harley driver was westbound (SR 10) when the bike left the roadway. The female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was in critical condition at Riverside Medical Center.

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4 injured, 2 children, in Cissna Park area crash

Two adults and two children were injured in a one-car crash Saturday in Iroquois County. Sheriff’s Police investigated on County Road 600N near 1300E in Ash Grove Township.

37-yr-old Elisabeth Bretveld of Cissna Park was eastbound on 600N. Her vehicle left the road, then hit a drainage ditch embankment head-on.

Bretveld was treated and released for minor injuries at Carle Hospital in Urbana. A front-seat passenger, Jennifer Eckhoff, was in stable condition at Carle. Her injuries were not life threatening.

Two back-seat passengers were an 11 and 12-yr-old. The 11-yr-old was reported in stable condition, having been air-lifted to the University of Chicago Hospital. The 12-yr-old was air-lifted to Carle in Urbana for serious injuries.

All four were initially treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Cissna Park Fire & EMS, Milford Fire & EMS, and IMH Ambulance personnel all assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

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Storm damage in Iroquois County

The NWS spent the weekend assessing damage reports in Iroquois, parts of Kankakee and Will County after T-storms, high winds and hail were reported early Saturday. Funnel clouds were reported northwest of Clifton. The front moved across the northern parts of Iroquois County.

Martinton had at least three homes damaged, according the Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency.. There were reports of downed trees and utility poles. No injuries were reported.

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Rowe: ‘Time for gangs to go”

The K3 County State’s Attorney’s Office filed civil charges against 67 members of the Gangster Disciples and Latin Kings in Kankakee County.

The charges come under the Illinois Street Gang Terrorism Omnibus Protection Act ---recognizing the fact that street gangs are operating and presenting a clear danger to the public and creating havoc in too many neighborhoods.

S-A Jim Rowe says “enough is enough.” He says every law abiding citizen is sick and tired of the shootings and criminal activity plaguing our communities. In short, he says, it’s time for the gangs to go.

Rowe explains rather than just relying on the prosecution of gang members after a crime is committed – when a victim has already suffered the effects of a gunshot wound or armed robbery – Rowe is seeking long-term prosecution of the entire gang to prevent crime and dismantle the gang networks.

Rowe said we’ll first go after the gang members and then go after their assets...their cars and houses from which they commit these crimes.

The complaint names the Latin Kings and Gangster Disciples as defendants along with 67 known gang members in the City of Kankakee and Kankakee County.

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