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When lawmakers return to Springfield next week, at the center of discussions about the SAFE-T Act will be a key provision for ending cash bail — the longstanding process that ensures defendants return to court if they're set free before trial.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced recently that both directions of Interstate 57 through Kankakee will close overnight, weather permitting, Monday and Tuesday to accommodate construction of the north half of the Waldron Road-Maple Street bridge.

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When lawmakers return to Springfield next week, at the center of discussions about the SAFE-T Act will be a key provision for ending cash bail — the longstanding process that ensures defendants return to court if they're set free before trial.

Seven Illinois municipalities placed home rule referendums on the Nov. 8 ballot because of reported population drops, including Kankakee, Freeport, Carbondale, Harvey, Melrose Park, Collinsville and East St. Louis. Each voted to keep it.

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 A battleground race between newbies aiming to fill retiring U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos' seat in Illinois' 17th District tipped in Democrat Eric Sorensen's favor, representing a key win for the party as it tries to maintain control of Congress.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health is distributing 1 million over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to residents through a partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation’s public charity, RF Catalytic Capital and its Project ACT program.

Although Kankakee County’s fully vaccinated rate for the COVID-19 virus has hovered just under 52% for the past few months, it’s interesting to note that a substantial number of residents have gotten at least one jab.

John Wherry will wait until later in the fall to consider getting an updated COVID-19 booster. The University of Pennsylvania immunologist knows it's too soon after his shot late this summer, especially since he's not at high risk from the virus.