Sheriff/Coroner Screen Visitors to Public Safety Building Amid Pandemic

In an effort to limit exposures to the COVID-19 virus, Sheriff Mike Downey and Coroner Bob Gessner are screening visitors to the Timothy F. Bukowski Public Safety Center (administrative offices for both the Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office) until further notice. The building, located at 3000 South Justice Way, Kankakee, IL, will still be available to the public during regular business…

First Positive Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Kankakee County Confirmed

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
has confirmed the first positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in
Kankakee County.

It is important to remember that even
though there has been a confirmed case this is not cause for panic.

The Kankakee County Health Department is working
closely with IDPH, AMITA St. Mary’s Hospital and Riverside Medical Center to
prevent further…

Sheriff Downey Closes Detention Facilities to Public

March 13, 2020- Kankakee, IL- In an effort to protect inmates in the Jerome Combs Detention Center & Kankakee County Detention Center, as well as staff and the general public from the current COVID 19 pandemic, Sheriff Mike Downey has announced the following changes in operations at both Kankakee County correctional facilities. Effective at 5:00 p.m. today, there will be no more in-hous…

Illinois Trust Act is Invalid and Unenforceable, Sheriffs Allege in Lawsuit

March 9, 2020‐ Kankakee, IL‐ A group of four elected Illinois sheriffs Monday filed a joint lawsuit in U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois seeking a preliminary and eventually a permanent injunction against the Illinois Trust Act, a 2017 state statute that restricts the ability of law enforcement officers to coordinate with federal officials regarding the custody of illega…

New State Policy Allows Convicted Felons Evade Federal Authorities

KANKAKEE, Ill. — Illinois Sheriffs are raising alarms that a recent policy change by the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) allows dangerous felons to be released back into Illinois communities. This is occurring despite valid requests by federal immigration authorities to transfer the convicted felons to a designated holding facility while the individual’s immigration case is…

Rural Chebanse Resident Arrested for Multiple Sex Crimes

Kankakee, IL- Yesterday afternoon (2/19/20), sheriff’s deputies arrested 19 year-old Adrienne Adams, of rural Chebanse, on several sexual-related crimes that occurred in the rural St. Anne area to multiple victims over several months. 

“A credit to sheriff’s investigators who have spent a great
deal of time working on this complex case to gather the necessary evidence,”

15 Arrests Made in FBI Operation Over The Weekend

February 18, 2020- Kankakee, IL- The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Bradley Police Department and KAMEG agents, assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI – Springfield Division) and the Central District of IL U.S. Attorney’s Office in an operation over the weekend that resulted in 15 arrests. The 15 arrests, all of which were men, were charged in separat…

Now Accepting New Applicants for Deputy Sheriff

Sheriff Mike Downey announced
earlier today that his office has begun accepting applications for the position
of Deputy Sheriff.  Applicants must be:

U.S. citizenship;No felony convictions;Valid state-issued driver’s license;Must be at least 20 years of age at the time of
application and 21 years of age at time of appointment, unless otherwise
exempt per state statute;Be a…

Man Found Guilty For 2017 Attempted Murder

Yesterday afternoon, a jury found 31 year-old Darrin D. Reed
Jr. guilty of all charges stemming from a July 2017 Attempted Murder in rural
Aroma Park.  Reed, of unincorporated St. Anne, has remained incarcerated
since his arrest on July 13, 2017, the day of the attack.  In the early
morning hours of that day, deputies were dispatched the Waldron Arboretum (2755
Waldron Road,…

Illinois Sheriff’s Association and Sheriff Mike Downey Announce Scholarships

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $58,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2020-2021 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of…

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