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Scam or Not, be cautious

If you get a call from an unknown number claiming to be a COVID-19 contact tracer, it could be a scam, or it could be legit. Public health officials say state contact tracers will be making calls to people it believes have come in contact with someone who’s been exposed to COVID. But officials also say scammers are expected to take advantage of what they called the “new normal.” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said legitimate tracers won’t ask for money.

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2nd fisherman's body found

Kankakee Fire Chief Damon Schuldt reports the body of a second fisherman who fell into the Kankakee River last month has been found…. 70 MILES AWAY….in the Illinois River at Ottawa. Chief Schuldt said he was notified Saturday by the Illinois Department of Natural resources that the body of Nicholas Williams of Matteson was found. The other man who drowned was 42-yr-old William Veasley, also of Matteson. His body was recovered last Tuesday in Grundy County – also in the Illinois River at the Dresden Lock & Dam. The men disappeared while fishing in the Kankakee River May 7.

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Kankakee County unemployment jumps

 A big-time hit on unemployment reported in Kankakee County. The continuing pandemic took another bite in the local area, like many other communities in the state and across the U.S. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) reported the jobless rate in the county soared to 15.9 percent in April. Last year’s number was at 4.4%. Officials report nearly 4,000 jobs have been lost in the area.

Bloomington, as always, records the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 12.8 percent. Rockford has the highest at 22.4 percent.

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Peaceful protests in Kankakee Monday

Kennedy Drive in Kankakee was where more protests were conducted Monday. They were peaceful, but people stopped traffic by laying down on the streets. It marked a third day of protesting locally, individuals responding to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Police have tried to accommodate the protestors by stopping traffic and blocking certain intersections when possible. Authorities recommend a peaceful approach and common sense to any protest.

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Gunfire in Kankakee Monday and over the weekend

Kankakee police responded to a report of shots fired in the 300-block N. Evergreen Avenue Monday morning. No one was injured, but a house was damaged by bullets. Three people were being questioned.

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