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Kankakee’s new mayor has focus on budget, personnel matters

Chasity Wells-Armstrong is off and running as Kankakee’s new Mayor. She was sworn-in Monday night before an overflow crowd at the Kankakee City Chambers.

Mrs. Wells-Armstrong made history last month, winning election to become the city’s first-ever African-American Mayor. She told the crowd, she’s the city mayor, not an African-American Mayor or a Democrat Mayor. She insisted, “we’re all in this together, for the good of Kankakee.”
And that drew thunderous applause.

She said she has to get a budget in place. She’s reaching out to people with experience and still looking for key people for the administration.

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Indiana Governor kicks off I-65 expansion project

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb visited Lowell (IN) Friday to get a major Interstate 65 expansion project underway. The groundbreaking event was for the Northwest Indiana Expansion Project.

The plan is to improve the traffic flow and capacity to the interstate in the state’s northwest region.

The 13-mile stretch of I-65 runs from State Road 2 to U.S. 30, spanning from Newton to Lake counties.

Construction is scheduled to begin June 1. It should be completed by the fall of 2018.

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Construction coming to US 52 in Benton County

A resurfacing project in Benton County will close a part of U.S. 52 through Fowler.

Work is scheduled to start Monday.

The road will be closed for resurfacing, curb work and patching.

That project should be finished in October.

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Milford man killed in Vermilion County crash

A 51-year-old Milford man died in a single-car crash early Saturday. Kevin Perkins was found unresponsive in his overturned car in northwestern Vermilion County.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup pronounced Perkins dead at 6:15 am at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum report Perkins was southbound on Illinois 49, about five miles north of Armstrong, just after 4 a.m. when his car left the road.

Police said he overcorrected and went off the road again and into the opposite ditch. The car overturned and came to rest on its side.

Police said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

The death is being investigated by the Coroner’s office and state police.

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Livingston County bracing for heavy rains, flooding

Livingston County residents should prepare to batten down the hatches and expect quite a bit of the wet stuff this weekend. Multiple agencies, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service and Pontiac’s own sewer department have issued warnings concerning the expected heavy rains.

Citing the United States Geological Survey website, Jacob Kinkade, superintendent of the wastewater plant, said Pontiac could be at a major flood stage beginning Sunday.

The NWS Lincoln office said that the heaviest rains were expected to hit Saturday night between I-55 and I-57, with some areas predicted to receive nearly seven inches of waterfall. Pontiac and its environs were pegged for 4.57 inches of rain.

With severe weather and flash flooding predicted for large portions of Illinois through the weekend, the IEMA encouraged people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if weather warnings are issued.

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