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PHOTO GALLERY: Bourbonnais parish celebrates 175 years

More than 100 people gathered for the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church’s 175th anniversary Mass on Sunday in Bourbonnais.

Hymnals filled the air of the outdoor grotto as parishioners, with lawn chairs in tow, sang, prayed and listened as Bishop Ronald Hicks, of the Diocese of Joliet, led the Mass.

The anniversary celebration began earlier this year with two events in April, including a concert at the church and a dueling pianos event at Quality Inn & Suites.

The celebration was planned to continue Saturday, but storms forced the cancelation of the Taste of BVM event and the rescheduling of BVM’s Family, Food & Fun event, with the date to be determined. Sunday’s Mass was followed by a reception and history tours of the church and grounds around Olivet Nazarene University.

A special blessing of the grotto concluded the anniversary events Sunday.


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U.S. court upholds decision on state's ICE detainee law

CHICAGO — Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit upheld an Illinois law prohibiting Kankakee and McHenry county jails from holding federal immigrant detainees.

The counties sued, arguing the state’s Illinois Way Forward Act was preempted and prohibited by the U.S. Constitution under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune Aug. 19.

But the three-judge appellate panel found that the state law didn’t conflict with federal law, according to the story.

“It would make no sense to hold that a federal statute premised on State cooperation preempts a State law withholding that cooperation,” U.S. Judge David Hamilton wrote in the opinion. “The Act directly regulates only State and local entities and law enforcement — not the federal government.”

McHenry County officials said they did not anticipate appealing the ruling, the Tribune story said.

Both counties had contracts with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to jail people detained while awaiting a hearing on alleged immigration violations.

In August 2021, Gov. JB Pritzker signed the Way Forward Act into law. It prohibits local governments from contracting with ICE.

LAWSUIT FILED

The counties sued in September 2021, but the case was dismissed by a federal judge on Dec. 6.

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the plaintiffs [Kankakee and McHenry counties] “have not demonstrated a likelihood that the district court erred in holding that the Illinois Act is not preempted by federal law because the Act does not attempt to prevent or govern existing contracts between the federal government and private entities.”

Also, the federal court concluded “that the counties have not shown that they are threatened with imminent irreparable harm or that the balance of harms or the public interest favors an injunction pending appeal. The counties have not shown that they will lose substantial revenue absent an injunction or that this loss of revenue is permanent. Illinois’s public interest in enforcing its statute weighs against an injunction pending appeal.”

For fiscal years 2016 through 2020, Kankakee County averaged 122 ICE detainees per day. At those rates, according to the lawsuit, the county would lose nearly $4 million in revenue annually.

McHenry County officials said they would lose $6 million in revenue annually.

Detainees were moved to facilities outside of Illinois or released in February.


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Trooper, 1 other person injured when squad struck by driver

OTTO TOWNSHIP — Two people, including an Illinois State Police trooper, were injured when the trooper’s vehicle was struck by a driver charged with driving under the influence of alcohol early Saturday morning.

Illinois State Police District 21 at Ashkum said in a release the trooper was investigating an accident on U.S. Route 45-52 near East 5000S Road, five miles south of Kankakee, at 2:34 a.m.

The trooper and driver of the vehicle from the previous crash were standing in front of the squad car. The squad’s emergency lights were activated, ISP said.

A Chevrolet Trail Blazer traveling south on U.S. Route 45-52 failed to yield and struck the rear of the squad car, ISP said.

The trooper and the driver of the previous crash sustained non-threatening-injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment, ISP said.

The driver of the Trail Blazer, 24-year-old Austin M. Gray of Chebanse, was uninjured, ISP said.

Gray was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and a violation of Scott’s Law — improper passing of an emergency vehicle causing injury to another — ISP said.

So far this year, ISP said there have been 16 squad cars struck in relation to the Move Over Law and seven troopers have sustained injuries from Move Over Law-related crashes.

According to news reports, the most recent occurred Aug. 12 when an ISP squad car with a trooper inside was struck while on a traffic stop.

The crash happened on Interstate 355 northbound near the Boughton Road Exit near Lemont.

Scott’s Law

Scott’s Law states when approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their emergency or hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down and move over.

A person who violates Scott’s Law faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense.

If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between six months and two years.


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Flu shots available in Kankakee County

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness where most symptoms are mild, like coughing and body aches, but generally worse than the common cold. It can trigger serious complications, worsen chronic conditions and cause death.

People most at risk to have serious complications from the flu are the immunocompromised, pregnant, older than 65 and infants.

Flu season typically lasts from October to May and varies in severity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 3 and 11 percent of the U.S. population gets symptomatic flu each year.

Find out where to locally get a flu shot.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Catholic Charities is offering drive-through clinics for people age 60 and over to get flu shots as flu season approaches.

Pre-registration is required for this event. To pre-register at a location near you, please contact Kelli Coy at 815-933-7791 ext: 9910.

Flu shots are free with Medicare Part B. Vaccines will be administered by a Jewel-Osco pharmacist. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and look for the purple signs. An insurance card is needed.

Pneumonia and shingles vaccines are also available by request with registration.

PHARMACIES AND HEALTH DEPT.

Walgreens and CVS pharmacies are also now offering flu vaccinations at most pharmacy locations.

The Kankakee County Health Department is scheduled to get flu vaccine in the upcoming weeks.


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