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106 MPH IN CONSTRUCTION ZONE

                                                  Excessive Speed lands Bourbonnais Man in Jail

A Bourbonnais man was arrested by Illinois State Police (ISP) for speeding 106 mph in a construction zone. District 21 at Ashkum reports 25year-old Mark McKune faces charges of Excessive Speed and Reckless Driving.

On Monday, just before 4 pm, a trooper was on patrol in the construction zone on Interstate 57 in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle in traveling 106 mph in the 45 mph construction zone. McKune was cited for excessive speed, reckless driving, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and illegal registration plate cover.

Captain Bridget Bertrand advises the public, "The Illinois State Police is diligently enforcing speed and distracted driving within construction zones. The public is encouraged to use caution and to slow down as posted in the construction zones."

The Illinois State Police has deployed additional tools to help with the enforcement of the "Fatal Four" Violations in the construction zones. The photo enforcement van is being deployed in the construction zones in Kankakee County. The photo enforcement van will prove to be a vital tool in encouraging motorist to slow down and drive the posted speed limit in the construction zones.

The Illinois state Police wants to remind drivers of the "Fatal Four" Violations:
• Speeding
• Driving Under the Influence
• Seatbelts
• Distracted Driving

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Traffic fatality in Jasper County, Indiana

One man is dead after a one-car accident today in Jasper County, Indiana. 36-year-old Jason Hopkins of Goodland (IN) was driving on County Road 700 S when his vehicle left the road and hit a tree. The vehicle then rolled on to its top. Hopkins was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Route 17 crash still under investigation >

An update on that fiery crash on Route 17 near Momence.

The Kankakee County Coroner's office now reports one person is believed dead after a car, a dump truck and a semi truck collided this morning.

The accident happened on Route 17 at County Road 9500 E...southwest of Momence.

Emergency crews are still on the scene. Route 17 was closed. A detour was set up.

One fireman at the scene said it appeared the car and dump truck were stopped in a construction zone. The semi though, failed to stop and pushed the car into the rear of the dump truck. A fire erupted.

The fire official said no hazardous material was involved. The investigation continues.

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George Ryan Jr. guilty of drunk driving

The son of former Governor George Ryan faces a November 7th sentencing date after being found guilty of drunken driving.

George "Homer" Ryan Jr. was found guilty Wednesday of DUI. He was arrested last November in Bradley when police found him asleep in his vehicle, with the engine running, at a fast-food parking lot.

Police said Ryan failed a field sobriety test and declined chemical testing.

At the sentencing, Ryan faces up to a year in jail, a $2,500 fine and a one-year suspension of his license. But Ryan, who has no criminal record, can also receive court supervision, which would give him a chance to avoid a DUI conviction.

Kankakee County Circuit Court Judge Susan Tungate issued the DUI ruling after a bench trial.

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St. Anne Pumpkin Festival, Oktoberfest in Manteno

Weekend events in Kankakee County include the annual Pumpkin Festival at St. Anne and the Manteno Oktoberfest.

Manteno's four-day event runs today (Thurs) through the weekend.

St. Anne's Pumpkin Festival Friday through Sunday included a "live" broadcast Saturday on 94.1 WGFA. The radio fun starts at 8 am. It's the 25th anniversary of the pumpkin festival. A grand parade steps off at 2:20 Saturday afternoon. There's several forms of entertainment.

The Manteno Chamber of Commerce's 16th annual Oktoberfest Celebration offers a wide range of entertainment. It begins tonight (Thurs).

Bike Night on the village's main street is tonight. The event coordinator Staci Wilken says a lot of volunteers are making it happen.

A pet parade, a showcase of bands, volleyball,car show, and carnival are all included.

Former Bears quarterback Bobby Douglas is scheduled for an appearance Sunday at 1 p.m.

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