Kankakee sheriff: Violent crime spreading to affluent suburbs

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KANKAKEE COUNTY, Ill. — Summer has brought a sharp increase in violent crime — and not just in Chicago.

The sheriff of Kankakee County says, many of his county’s local police departments are reporting a troubling increase in robberies.

Car thefts and home burglaries are also up.

The sheriff blames much of the increase on an organized crime ring involving at least one local gang.