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November Unemployment Falls to 6.4 Percent

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 18, 2014
  • city: November Unemployment Falls to 6.4 Percent

CHICAGO – Illinois employers added +2,300 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent despite more people looking for work, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The data is seasonally adjusted.

The last time the rate was lower was June 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. It was 9 percent in November 2013.

“Key economic points in November show our economy continues to move forward. More people are working and re-energizing their job search and employers say they have vacancies to fill,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “We must continue to match the unemployed with current opportunities and identify the barriers that prevent workers from being hired.”

Employers added +298,700 private sector jobs since job creation returned to Illinois in February 2010. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+127,200); Education and Health Services (+65,800); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+42,900); and Leisure and Hospitality (+38,500). Government remains the job loss leader, shedding -24,700 positions during the same period.

November job growth was led by Manufacturing (+3,600); Construction (+2,100) and Leisure and Hospitality (+1,900). Retail Trade declined -8,700. In November, the number of unemployed individuals declined -7,900 (1.8 percent) to 421,000. Total unemployed has fallen -332,500 (-44.1 percent) since the unemployment rate peaked at 11.4 percent in January 2010. The labor force grew by +16,500 (0.3 percent) to 6,547,000.

Unemployment data are from a survey of households. Jobs data are from a survey of employers.

Other economic indicators show labor market improvement. The independent Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Index reports that Illinois employers advertised for 214,000 jobs in November and 85 percent sought full-time work. Employers consistently have advertised for more than 200,000 positions each month in 2014.

To apply for these jobs, go to Illinoisjoblink.com, the state’s help wanted internet job board managed by IDES. Illinoisjoblink.com features Resume Builder and Resunate. Resume Builder provides step-by-step instructions to create an effective resume which is immediately matched to existing help wanted ads seeking those skills. Resunate scores the resume against a specific help wanted ad and offers suggestions to improve the resume before applying for the job.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits. Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the national rate only six times since January 2000. This includes periods of economic expansion and contraction.
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates


Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry

Notes:

• Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2009-2013 have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In February of each year, monthly labor force data for all states are revised to reflect updated sum-of-states controls, Census population controls, seasonal factors, non-farm jobs and unemployment insurance claims inputs. Data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey. Comments and tables distributed in prior Illinois unemployment rate news release materials should be discarded because any analysis, including records, previously cited might no longer be valid.
• Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available.  For not seasonally adjusted jobs data with greater industry detail, go to http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/CurrentEmploymentStatstics/I_SA_CES_Illinois_Jobs_2000_to_Current.xls “Other Services” includes a wide range of activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.
• Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Illnois_Chicago_Metropolitan_Area_Unemployment_Rates.aspx

Woman who tripped on sidewalk suing City of Paxton

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 18, 2014
  • city: Woman who tripped on sidewalk suing City of Paxton

According to the Paxton Record, A Paxton woman who tripped on a piece of strap material that was frozen to a public sidewalk is suing the city, along with the contractors who left the material on the sidewalk while renovating a downtown building last winter.

Christine Crosby and her husband, Allen, filed an eight-count lawsuit on Dec. 15 in Ford County Circuit Court, seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages for each count.

Named as defendants are the City of Paxton, Scaggs Properties LLC, Bickers Construction Inc. of Champaign and contractor Eric Lyons.

Christine Crosby claimed in the lawsuit that she has sustained “significant injuries,” for which she continues to receive medical treatment, as a result of the defendants’ negligence. She claimed she has also suffered “physical and emotional pain,” “loss of enjoyment of life,” lost earnings and a diminished earning capacity and disfigurement.

The lawsuit alleges the incident occurred on Jan. 30, 2014, when Christine Crosby was walking on the sidewalk next to a building at 102 S. Market St. The lawsuit says Scaggs Properties, which owns the building, was the general contractor in charge of renovating it; Scaggs Properties had hired Bickers Construction Inc. and Lyons as subcontractors.

The lawsuit alleged that pieces of “white strap material used to strap bricks, cabinets or other construction materials” were present around the building. The ends of one of the pieces of strap material were frozen to the sidewalk adjacent to the building, forming a loop in the middle. Christine Crosby alleged that her left foot became caught in the loop, causing her to trip and fall into the crosswalk at the intersection of Pells and Market streets.

The suit claimed Scaggs Properties, Bickers Construction and Lyons were negligent in that they “permitted construction debris to be present at and around the worksite.” The general contractor and its subcontractors also failed to “prevent construction debris from spreading beyond the worksite and onto the public walkways around the worksite,” among other negligent acts, the lawsuit claims.

The suit claims the City of Paxton failed to “exercise ordinary care with respect to maintaining its sidewalks and crosswalks in a reasonably safe condition for use by pedestrians.” The suit claims the city failed to require the contractors to properly maintain their worksite, failed to remove construction debris and failed to put up guards or barriers to prevent pedestrians from encountering such debris, among other allegations.

Allen Crosby, meanwhile, claimed that as a direct result of the injuries to his wife, he has suffered “a loss of consortium from his wife, including the love, guidance, companionship and other services that he had received from her before the occurrence.”

The Crosbys, represented by the Frederick & Hagle law firm of Urbana, have requested a jury trial. A court date had not been scheduled as of Dec. 17.

Dr. Thomas R. Scaggs of Champaign, who owns Scaggs Properties, had no comment on the lawsuit. Also declining comment, due to the ongoing nature of the litigation, were the city’s mayor, Bill Ingold, and attorney, Ross Sorensen. A message left with Bickers Construction was not immediately returned.

Hoopeston City Council approves putting city sales tax on April 2015 ballot

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 18, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston City Council approves putting city sales tax on April 2015 ballot

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council voted 6-1 to put a one percent sales tax on the April 2015 ballot.  A similar referendum was defeated in November 596-572.  Alderman Randy Carter said that many people who supported the sales tax felt it was not clearly communicated to residents what the money would be used for, including curbs, streets, water lines, money to attract new businesses and a dentist.  He also talked about area towns which each have city sales tax, including Watseka, Danville, Mahomet and Rantoul.

Mayor Bill Crusinberry said water projects are the main reason he favors the tax, explaining that $5000 was budgeted this year for a feasibility study of flooding, which didn’t pay for very much. 
Other projects are the objectives from mapping strategies sessions.  To pursue them, we have to fund them, said Bill Crusinberry.
In other business, the board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Vermilion Advantage to spend $10, 702 on a shared resource person.  Vermilion Advantage will pick up the bulk of the salary of the as-yet-unhired person, who will be used by Vermilion County communities for various functions, including grant writing, economic development and others, Crusinberry said.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 18, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
December 18, 2014

12-16 Sheriff’s Police returned from Tippecanoe County Jail in Lafayette, IN with Scott R. Bedfrod, 46 of Lafayette, IN.  According to police reports, Bedford was wanted on two Iroquois County warrants charging him with failure to appear on a prior theft over $500 charge and driving while license is suspended charge and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond the following day and was released

12-17 Sheriff’s Police arrested James G. Leclair, 40 Crescent City.  According to police reports, a Deputy observed LeClair’s vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Rt. 24 near River Valley Recycling Center.  After conducting a traffic stop on Leclair’s vehicle, the Deputy made contact with Leclair, knowing he possessed a revoked driver’s license.  Upon searching the vehicle incident to arrest and inventorying for the tow, Deputies discovered hypodermic syringes hidden inside the vehicle’s air vents.  Leclair was taken into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail.  He was charged with speeding at or above 35 mph over the posted limit,driving while license evoked and possession of hypodermic needles/syringes and posted the required bond and was released

Hoopeston Police Department Report

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  • on: December 18, 2014
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Wednesday, December 18, 2014

Warrant Arrest H14-6369
Date & Time: December 17, 2014   6:41pm
Location: 300 blk W Penn
Arrested: Maggie S Avelar (26) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody on outstanding Douglas county warrant
12TR1895 for Contempt.  She was transported to HPD where she
was released after posting bond and given a new court date.

Women Making a Difference Winners

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 17, 2014
  • city: Women Making a Difference Winners

December
50/50 Winners

Bill Nicholls $50
Mary Bertram $30
Janna Hodge $20

Prosecutor: Decision on whether to charge official coming this week

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 17, 2014
  • city: Prosecutor: Decision on whether to charge official coming this week

According to the Paxton Record, PAXTON — Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak said Monday that he hoped to decide sometime this week whether to criminally charge a longtime Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board member and Button Township supervisor

Illinois State Police said they consulted Yedinak before arrested Dean A. Swan, 52, at his rural Paxton home last month.

Swan was booked at the Ford County Jail on a preliminary charge of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony; and violating the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act, a Class 4 felony.

But Yedinak had not filed formal charges against Swan as of late Tuesday morning. Yedinak said he is reviewing “all investigative materials to determine what, if any, criminal charges may be filed.”

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jeff Padilla said that at the request of Button Township officials, state police investigated Swan for more than a year.

Padilla said state police determined through their investigation that “from 2012 and on,” Swan allegedly was “funneling” township and school district contracts to a trucking firm he owned. Padilla said “multiple” contracts were awarded to Swan’s company over the course of two years, but Swan never disclosed his ownership interest in the firm.

“There were multiple contracts for a variety of different work for the township and school district that he had done,” Padilla said.

If convicted of official misconduct, Swan could face a sentence ranging from probation to up to five years in prison.

Tom Kacich: Candidates for Frerichs seat include minister

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 17, 2014
  • city: Tom Kacich: Candidates for Frerichs seat include minister

According to the News-Gazette, An update on the process to replace Mike Frerichs in the state Senate: Naomi Jakobsson doesn’t want the position but several other people do.

Jakobsson’s name has been floated as a possible contender to fill the remaining two years on the Champaign Democrat’s state Senate term, once he moves up to the office of state treasurer next month.

“You know what?” she said Tuesday. “If it were a two-year term without having to run (in 2016) I would do it.”

But the Champaign and Vermilion County Democratic Party chairmen who will name Frerichs’ successor — Al Klein and Frank Wright — want someone who not only will move into the 52nd District Senate seat for two years, but will run for election in 2016.

“Beyond those two years I don’t really have it in me,” Jakobsson said.

But she said she has encouraged an Urbana minister, the Rev. Robert Rasmus, to join the 10 or so Democrats already in the mix.

“He’s very interested,” she said of the senior pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Urbana. “He’s got a nice background of doing things and here he’s done political things because of his church.”

Rasmus, 60, has an intriguing background: former political reporter in Iowa, former congressional press secretary, served as an Army medic, a Lutheran minister for 20 years, 14 years at St. Matthew, past chair of the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois board, and a husband and father to a seventh-grade daughter.

“One of the talents I think I bring is the ability to build coalitions and partnerships,” he said.

Rasmus said he has talked to Wright and has contacted Klein about his interest in the position.

“I am very interested,” he said. “I’ve been encouraged to look at it and I am doing that.”

Meanwhile, last weekend’s Vermilion County Democratic Party Christmas party gave some Democrats the opportunity to introduce themselves and state their case to be the successor to Frerichs.

Among those who attended the party, some of whom spoke to the gathering about their interest in the Senate seat, were former Vermilion County Clerk Lynn Foster, Danville businessman Don Crist, Champaign County Board member James Quisenberry, Champaign school board member Jamar Brown, Champaign County assistant state’s attorney Scott Bennett, former state representative candidate Michael Langendorf of Urbana, past Champaign County Board candidate Brent West of Champaign, and Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing. Those Democrats, along with Champaign County Board member C. Pius Weibel and Danville City Council member Michael Puhr, are known candidates to replace Frerichs.

Langendorf, now retired, worked at the Vermilion Association for Special Education from 1991 to this summer, a point he said he stressed to Wright during an interview earlier this month.

“I made it clear to Frank that I had worked there for 23 years, that I knew the people there pretty well, that I had run against Chad (Hays) and that I had gotten on the ballot on my own,” Langendorf said. “I spent about 45 minutes with Frank and I have spoken to Al (Klein).”

Quisenberry, of Urbana, said he hadn’t had detailed interviews with either Wright or Klein.

Several others, including former state representative candidate Lori DeYoung, Frerichs aide Laurie Bonnett and Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, say they’re not interested.

During the holiday party Klein and Wright said that the Senate appointment process would present the two organizations with the opportunity to build a better relationship and to work together. They also said that they weren’t in a hurry to name Frerichs’ replacement, although they have to act before Frerichs is sworn in on Jan. 12.

Frerichs as treasurer and comptroller?

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, in an op-ed piece in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune, suggested that following last week’s death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, state officials should appoint Frerichs as both state treasurer and comptroller, in what she called “an informal consolidation.”

Simon noted that both she and Topinka favored combining the offices, and estimated that it would save about $12 million a year.

“Having one person hold both offices would require some changes to our current statutes, including processes for transparency and separations of functions within the office,” wrote Simon, who was defeated by Topinka in the Nov. 4 election. “Those safeguards would help prevent the kind of corruption the state experienced under our previous constitution prior to 1972.

“And it gives the Legislature time to continue work on a constitutional amendment that would turn this informal consolidation into a real consolidation.”

A spokesman for Frerichs said, however, that although the treasurer-elect favors merging the offices he doesn’t favor the “informal consolidation,” and would not accept what he called “a dual appointment.”

“On Wednesday, Illinoisans will come together to celebrate the life of Judy Baar Topinka. We are all united today in mourning the loss of a great leader and friend,” said spokesman Dave Clarkin.

“Serious discussions will begin Thursday on the best path forward to reunite the operations of the two offices. Treasurer-elect Frerichs supports reuniting the offices and hopes to be a part of those discussions at the appropriate time. Although many have made the suggestion, Frerichs is not seeking, nor would he accept, a dual appointment to both constitutional offices.”


Frerichs festivities

The website for next month’s state inauguration festivities — http://illinoisinauguration.com/ — lists a few events where Frerichs will be a participant.

He’s scheduled to be at an inaugural reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The website does not list ticket prices and says more information will be forthcoming.

There also will be an open house at his new office on the second floor of the Capitol from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on inauguration day. The inaugural ceremonies for all the statewide officials, including Frerichs, will be at 11 a.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield.

An inaugural concert, which replaces the traditional inaugural ball, also will be at the convention center from 9 p.m. to midnight on the 12th. General admission tickets are $125. “A famous musical act” will be announced at a later date, says the website.

Topinka funds

It was a little odd to peer at the State Board of Elections website the other day and see $54,000 in contributions to the Citizens for Judy Baar Topinka campaign fund.

The donations were dated Dec. 8, however, two days before the comptroller unexpectedly passed away.

Among the contributions was $45,000 from Local 150 International of the Union of Operating Engineers in Countryside, the same place where Topinka’s memorial service is being held this morning.

Incidentally, in her last campaign Topinka raised a relatively thrifty $1.1 million (between Jan. 1, 2013 and Election Day this year) while Simon raised $1.9 million. Topinka won the race, 49.5 percent to 45.6 percent.

Topinka collected $2,750 from Champaign, $500 from Urbana and $225 from Danville (from her old friend, former state Rep. Bill Black) in that race.

Tom Kacich is a News-Gazette editor and columnist. His column appears on Wednesdays and Sundays. He can be reached at 351-5221 or at kacich@news-gazette.com.

Iroquois County files no charges in Sheldon Shooting

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 17, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County files no charges in Sheldon Shooting

News Release
December 16, 2014

On Monday afternoon, December 15, 2014, the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office responded to 2701 E Township Road 121, rural Sheldon, IL, after the homeowner, 68 year-old Thomas F. Salustro, called 911 reporting that he had shot a male subject whom he had asked to leave his property.  Upon the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies it was learned that a confrontation had taken place between Mr. Salustro and an individual who had come to the property to pick up free firewood.  According to Mr. Salustro, the individual in question, later identified as Michael P. Williams, 61 Sheldon was intoxicated and become belligerent after being asked to leave.  After initially leaving, Mr. Williams returned and began banging on Mr. Salustro’s garage door.  Mr. Salustro then armed himself and advisted Mr. Williams of such, at which time he again asked Mr. Williams to leave.  Mr. Williams then approached Mr. Salustro in an aggressive manner, at which time he was shot.  Mr. Williams then fled the residence with a second individual, identified as Darrin E. Lambert, 46 Sheldon and was taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital.  Following the shooting, Detectives conducted interviews with both Mr. Salustro and Mr. Lambert, who provided similar accounts of the afternoon’s events.  The facts of the case have been turned over to the Iroquois County States Attorney’s Office, a review of which resulted in no charges being filed against Mr. Salustro.

Iroquois County Man Shot Over Firewood

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 16, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

On Monday, Dec. 15, the Iroquios County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rural Sheldon address in reference to an individual who had been shot.


Upon their arrival, deputies learned that a confrontation had taken place between the homeowner and an individual who had come to the property to retrieve what had been publicly advertised as free firewood. After being asked to leave several times by the homeowner, the individual became belligerent and approached the homeowner in an aggressive manner, at which time he was shot.

The subject then fled the residence with a second individual and was taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Following the shooting, detectives conducted interviews with both the homeowner and the witness who accompanied the shooting victim.

At this time, no arrests have been made and the investigation continues.

The shooting victim remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

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  • on: December 16, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Monday, December 15, 2014

Warrant Arrest H14-6340
Date & Time: December 15, 2014   4:36pm
Location: 600 blk E Thompson
Arrested: Jessica T Hardy (27) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody on outstanding Vermilion County warrant
13CM392 FTA/Theft Under $300. She posted bond and was released
with new court date.

Fire Call
Date & Time: December 15, 2014   9:09 pm
Location: 600 blk W Washington
Details: Fire department was dispatched for smell of gas inside the residence

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

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  • on: December 15, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
December 15, 2014

12-10 Gilman Police arrested David A. Deaton, 37 Gilman.  He was wanted on a Iroquois County warrant fro Writ of Attachment and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

12-11 Sheriff’s Police arrested Michael Sokolinski, 36 Rankin.  He was wanted on a Grundy County warrant for driving while license was suspended and no valid drivers license.  He was transported tot he Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

12-12 Sheriff’s Police arrested William Clingenpeel, 37 Milford.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for theft and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

Accidents
12-11 Sheriff’s Police investigated a car vs deer accident on Co Rd 200 N near 070 E Rd.  According tot he report, Sandra A. Price, 36 Roberts was traveling West bound on Co Rd 200 N near 070 E when a deer ran into the roadway and she was unable to avoid the deer.  Her vehicle sustained over $1500 in damages.  No citations were issued and no injuries were reported

12-13 Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident in Milford.  According to the report, Brian A. Sinn, 38 Cissna Park was traveling south on Grant St. and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Grant and Irving St.  Sinn’s vehicle struck a vehicle that was traveling westbound driven by Justin Rutledge, 30 Milford.  No injuries were reported.  Both vehicles sustained over $1500 in damage and no citations were issued.

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

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  • on: December 15, 2014
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Friday, December 12 - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014


Lost & Found
Date & Time: December 12, 2014 4:00pm
Location: Casey’s General Store 1022 W. Penn
Details: A single key was found at the above location.  Owner may identify and claim at
HPD.

Warrant Arrest H14-6302
Date & Time: December 12, 2014   6:30pm
Location: 600 blk S Seventh Street
Arrested: Sasha R Lanham (40) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject taken into custody for outstanding Vermilion county warrant
12TR1115 FTA/Driving While Suspended.  Posted bond and released
with new court date

Saturday, December 13, 2014
NOTHING TO REPORT

Sunday, December 14, 2014

 

Aggravated Assault H14-6331
Date & Time: December 14, 2014   6:28pm
Location: 400 blk E Washington
Complainant: 34 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested #1: Roel Acosta (25) of Hoopeston
Arrested #2: Ricardo Acosta ((29) of Hoopeston
Details: Both subjects were charged after an altercation at the above location.
They were both transported to HPD where they were released with
a Notice To Appear in Vermilion County Court.

 


Hit & Run Car Accident       H14-6329
Date & Time: December 14, 2014   4:42pm
Location: Hoopeston Marathon parking lot
Unit #1: 2007 Dodge Utility driven by Debra Burton of Wellington
Unit #2: 2008 Chevy owned by Peggy Justice, parked and unoccupied
Details: Owner of Unit 2 reported that Unit 1 hit her vehicle while it was parked and
left the scene.  Unit 1 was located after license plate was given to
the police.  Insurance was provided for both vehicles.

Domestic Battery, Criminal Trespass H14-6333   V14-12132
Date & Time: December 14, 2014 10:35pm
Location: 200 blk E Main St
Complainant: 30 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Chad Hardison (29) Hoopeston male
Details: HPD was called to the above location for a domestic dispute.  Mr. Hardison was
arrested and taken to Hoopeston Police Department to be processed.  He was
later transported to the PSB to await arraignment. 

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 13, 2014
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Hoopeston Police Department Report

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  • on: December 12, 2014
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Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Criminal Damage To Property H14-6293
Date & Time: December 11, 2014 5:05pm
Location: 700 block E. Lincoln St.
Victim: 30 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Victim advised unknown subject(s) slashed a tire on her vehicle while it was
parked at her residence.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

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  • on: December 11, 2014
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Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Traffic Accident H14-6283
Date & Time: December 10, 2014 11:20am
Location: 702 W. Main St.
Unit 1: 2008 Chrysler driven by Joetta L. Hufford of Rossville
Property: The Flower Shop
Details: Driver of Unit 1 was attempting to park at the southeast corner of the building
and stated her foot slipped from the brake to the accelerator and she crashed
into the corner of the building.  No injuries, no citations, Unit 1 insured.

Criminal Damage to Vehicle H14-6285
Date & Time: December 10, 2014   3:39pm
Location: 400 blk N Market
Complainant: 35 year old Hoopeston female
Details: Female reported that her vehicle was keyed

 

 

Battery (2 counts), Criminal Trespass To State Supported Property H14-6288
Date & Time: December 10, 2014   8pm
Location: Parkview Court
Complainant: 15 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Autumn J Robinson (21) of Rossville
Details: Police responded to the above for a disturbance.  Offender left the area later
located by Rossville police in Rossville where she was detained then
arrested and transported back to HPD.  She was charges with the above.
Released after posting bond.

 

Paxton City Council may vote on bedbug regulations in January

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 11, 2014
  • city: Paxton, IL. According to the Paxton Record www.paxtonrecord.net

The Paxton City Council may approve an ordinance in January that would require landlords to keep their rental units free of bedbugs.

The Paxton City Council may approve an ordinance in January that would require landlords to keep their rental units free of bedbugs.

Josh Wright, who lives in an apartment at 105 E. State St., complained to aldermen Monday night that his apartment building is infested with bedbugs, but his landlord refuses to address the problem.

Unlike Champaign and Urbana — which require landlords to exterminate bedbugs before leasing an apartment and to eliminate an infestation if it is in more than one apartment — Paxton does not have any ordinance regulating bedbug problems.

Wright requested the council approve an ordinance to help renters like himself, who are “not wealthy enough to hire a professional exterminator.”

“I’m just trying to get something done so other people don’t have to deal with this problem like I’m having to deal with it,” Wright said.

Alderman Marc Amore, who happens to own and operate a pest-control business in Paxton, said bedbugs are a “huge problem” both statewide and nationwide. However, no local or state government entity has jurisdiction over the issue.

“There’s no state law regarding whose responsibility it is to treat in a situation like this. If somebody moves into an apartment that’s already infested, the person basically has no recourse,” Amore said. “And the Department of Public Health doesn’t have any jurisdiction over it either, and that’s mainly because bedbugs aren’t found to be a vector for any type of disease. So, it’s really a tough thing.”

Amore said that when he was serving as regional vice president of the state pest control association from 2007 to 2010, legislators had been discussing a proposed bill that would require landlords in Illinois to pay for the extermination of bedbugs. But the bill never was signed into law, Amore said.

Under the proposed legislation, “when people moved in, they’d pay a security fee — almost like they’d do for a damage (deposit), except it’s a bedbug fee. And then if you move out and (bedbugs) are not found in there, you’d get your money back.”

Amore said bedbugs can be “volatile” and “move around a lot,” meaning that an infestation in one apartment can easily lead to an infestation in another.

“If you have a situation where you have an apartment building above a business, eventually there’s a very good chance those bedbugs are going to trickle down into that business and spread around,” Amore said. “Same with schools. I did a job in Bloomington last winter where there were five kids who had to come home from school and could not return to school until they had proof that the place (where they were living) had been professionally treated.”

Alderman Alan Meyer expressed concerns about bedbugs potentially moving into businesses in downtown Paxton, several of which have apartments above them.

“If they spread like you say, then our buildings will be worth nothing,” Meyer said.

The council made plans to discuss the bedbug issue further during a Jan. 12 meeting of the city property, parks and forestry committee, chaired by Amore. In the meantime, City Attorney Ross Sorensen plans to draft a proposed ordinance to protect renters from bedbug infestations. The ordinance will be up for approval at the full council’s next regular meeting, also on Jan. 12.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 11, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

On December 10th, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police

arrested Roy M. Tykol 27 of Watseka. According to police reports Tykol was wanted on a warrant charging him with writ of body on a civil law warrant. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remained in Lieu of bond.

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner Statement on Passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 10, 2014
  • city: Springfield, IL.

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner Statement on Passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

“Early this morning, Illinois lost one of its all-time greats. Comptroller Topinka’s magnetic, one-of-a-kind personality brought a smile to everyone she met, and she had a servant’s heart, always only caring about what was best for the people of our state. Judy was a tremendous friend, and Diana and I will miss her deeply. We offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers to her family, including son Joseph, as well as her talented and loyal team in the Comptroller’s office.”

Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away at age 70

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 10, 2014
  • city: Springfield, IL.

Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away at age 70

llinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, long one of the state’s most colorful and outspoken elected officials, died early this morning from complications of a stroke she suffered early Tuesday, her chief of staff said. Ms. Topinka was 70..

Ms. Topinka was preparing next month to be inaugurated for her second four-year term as comptroller following her successful re-election in November. Nancy Kimme, her long time chief of staff, said Ms. Topinka died shortly after 1 a.m. Topinka was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn Tuesday morning after feeling discomfort. She was undergoing testing and observation when she lost consciousness early Wednesday morning, according to an official statement.

In a public career that spanned more than three decades, Ms. Topinka was known for an eclectic persona that coupled her preferences for clothes shopping at resale stores and fondness for dogs with a blunt speak-her-mind attitude largely missing in today’s politics.


Ms. Topinka played the piano, guitar and the accordion and once said she would “polka with anyone, anytime.” A video of Topinka doing the polka with former Gov. George Ryan, who was later imprisoned for corruption, was used against her in the 2006 primary, and then-Vice President Dick Cheney was less than enthused when she grabbed him for a dance.

Far from being a politician packaged and presented like a commodity, Topinka displayed an impulsive, candid style. During one of her campaigns, her fliers called it “common sense, straight talk, hard work”—that either drew people in or droves them away.

During the 2006 GOP governor primary, she dubbed her Republican opponents “morons” and proclaimed that Blagojevich has “little weasel eyes.” Her joke about flatulence at her first inauguration is now a part of Springfield lore.

In many respects, Ms. Topinka could be considered the matriarch of the moderate wing of the state Republican Party. A fiscal conservative, she was an early advocate of abortion and gay rights, positions which often put her at odds with members of the socially conservative wing of the GOP.

In 2006, she became the state Republican Party’s first woman nominee for governor, but was defeated by now imprisoned former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich. She made the bid for the state’s top post after having served as state treasurer for three terms, since 1994.

“I don’t know that I was ever the choice of the party regulars,” Topinka said during her 2006 run for governor. “One fellow told me, ‘You are never going to get anywhere. You don’t run with the big dogs.’ Ok, well, you know, now, the big dogs are either retired, dead or in prison. So here I am.”

Her political comeback in winning the state comptroller’s office in 2010 made her the first woman in state history to hold two statewide elected constitutional offices.

Ms. Topinka graduated from Ferry Hall High School in Lake Forest in 1962 and went on to earn a bachelors of science degree four years later from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. After graduating, she worked for several suburban newspapers, eventually becoming an editor. She later served in public affairs for the American Medical Association and also provided public relations advice to local political candidates.

She began her own political career with election to the Illinois House in 1980 and moved to the Illinois Senate in 1984, where she served for a decade until her election as state treasurer. She also was a previous chair of the Illinois Republican Party.

“You can have all the vision in the world, but if you can’t pay for it, what good is it?” she once said, adding, “I am more meat and potatoes, sorry. You want a good-running, functioning state that you can depend on—I am just dependable.”

Ms. Topinka is survived by her son, Joseph.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 10, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

On Tuesday December 9th

Iroquois County Police arrested Travis M. Dickinson, 22 of Danforth. According to police reports, Dickinson was wanted on a warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior charge of a controlled substance Charge. He was taken to the Iroquois County jail where he posted bond and was released.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 10, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston, IL.

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Hit and Run H14-6275
Date & Time: December 9, 2014   5:19pm
Location: Sixth ave and Route 9
Unit #1: 2012 kenworth semi truck owned by Swift Transportation from Gary Indiana
Damaged Property: Stop sign owned by State of Illinois
Details: While Unit 1 was attempting to turn around at the above location, it hit
and damaged the stop sign on the corner.  Witness followed vehicle out of
town which was going at a high rate of speed.  Witness provided
law enforcement with the license plate.  At this time, Unit 1 has not
been located.

‘Considerable Interest’ in Rankin water-tower project expected

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 08, 2014
  • city: 'Considerable Interest' in Rankin water-tower project expected

According to the Paxton Record, An engineer told the village board Thursday that he is expecting “a considerable amount of interest” from contractors in the restoration of Rankin’s water tower next year.

Greg Gustafson, an engineer for Urbana-based Berns, Clancy & Associates, said nine contractors had already picked up or been sent bid specifications for the work the project will entail. Gustafson said he also had spoken about the project with two others, including one that has assured him it would be submitting a bid.

Gustafson distributed to board members a project schedule that shows a pre-bid meeting on Jan. 15 and bid opening on Feb. 24, followed by a 10-day bid-review period. The project will be awarded during the board’s March 5 meeting.

The work is expected to be completed over a 60-day period, starting either in April or September and finishing either by June 1 or Nov. 1.

“Seasonally, they’ve got all of next year to do the work,” Gustafson said.

The village has budgeted $165,000 for the project, to be paid out of the water fund, Board President Aaron Warren said. Whether the village will need to raise water rates to cover the cost has not been determined, but that likely will be considered, Warren said.

The project will involve power-washing the water tower’s exterior, then spot-painting it. It will also involve some repainting on the interior of the “non-water-bearing” portion of the tower and doing a “full blast and paint job” to the “water-bearing” portion of the tower’s inside, Gustafson said. Warren said the work is being done to address surface rust discovered during a recent inspection.

The project also will involve repainting the letters that spell out “Rankin” on the exterior of the tower’s elevated tank.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 08, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
December 8, 2014

12-4 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on 400N Rd near State Rt 49.  According to the report, Jared M. Kaeb, 17, was traveling westbound on 400N Rd when he lost control on a patch of ice in the roadway.  Kaeb’s vehicle entered thenorth ditch and overturned an estimated 3 times before coming to a rest.  Kaeb was transported to Hoopeston Area Hospital by Cissna Park EMS for treatment of minor injuries.  No citations were issued and damages were estimated at more than $1500.

12-6 Sheriff’s Police arrested Brandon M. Ulitzsch, 30 of rural Watseka.  He was charged with Domestic Battery, Interfering with the report of Domestic Battery and Criminal Damage to Property after he was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend that turned physical.  Ulitzsch was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 08, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 7, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014


Fire Call
Date & Time: December 5, 2014 11:25am
Location: 800 block S. Market
Details: HFD responded to a private residence for a possible natural gas leak.  No reported
injuries.

Traffic Accident H14-6209
Date & Time: December 5, 2014 2:27pm
Location: 200 blk E Main
Unit #1: ’95 Ford wagon driven by Kenneth Goodrum of Hoopeston
Unit #2: ’02 Chevrolet truck parked and owned by Lloyd Smith of Hoopeston
Details: Unit # 1 was traveling eastbound on Main St and struck and parked Unit # 2
at the above location.  Both units were insured and no one was injured.

Warrant Arrest H14-6213
Date & Time: December 5, 2014 5:05pm
Location: 301 W Main St   Hoopeston Police Dept
Arrested: Joseph Cannon (42) of Potomac
Details: At above date and time, Mr. Cannon turned himself into the Hoopeston Police
Department.  He was arrested on 2 outstanding Vermilion County warrants for
Domestic Battery and Failure to Appear.  Subject was processed, he posted
bond and was released with a new court date.

Saturday, December 6th
NOTHING TO REPORT

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Purchase/Acceptance of Alcohol by Minor H14-6233
Date & Time: December 7, 2014 12:29am
Location: Elm/Fourth St
Arrested: Jonathan Martin (19) of Hoopeston
Details: After being dispatched to the above area for a loud noise complaint, HPD officers checked out with Mr. Martin.  He was arrested on city ordinance violation of
Purchase/Acceptance of Alcohol by Minor and brought to HPD.  He was processed
and released with a city citation and given a court date.

Criminal Damage To Auto over $500                   H14-6236
Date & Time: December 7, 2014     10:!4am
Location: 400 blk N Market
Complainant: 18 year old Hoopeston female
Details: Complainant made a report when she heard that all four tires on her vehicle
were slashed after she left vehicle at the above location overnight


 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 05, 2014
  • city: Watseka, IL.

Iroquois County Police News

Police arrested Eric S. Deaton 34, of Hoopeston. Deaton was wanted on a warrant for escape. He was aware of his warrant and turned himself in to police. He remains in custody in lieu of bond.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 05, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Report

Criminal Damage To Property H14-6193
Date & Time: December 4, 2014 4:57am
Location: 826 S Dixie Hwy
Victim: Cell One
Details: A plate glass panel of a door to the business was broken out.

 

 

Domestic Battery H14-6203   V14-11864
Date & Time: December 4, 2014   11:45pm
Location: 100 blk McKinley
Complainant: 21 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Eric A Smith (25) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody after a physical altercation at the above
address.  He was taken to PSB for arraignment

 

Former Hoopeston woman lost her battle with Cancer, Area people stepping up to help her family

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 04, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston, IL.

Former Hoopeston woman lost her battle with Cancer, Area people stepping up to help her family

Donations of gift cards and checks are being collected
for the family of former Hoopeston resident Amber Garrison
Naughton.
Gift cards or checks made out to Don Naughton may
be dropped off or mailed to the store, 516 N. Dixie
Hwy., Hoopeston IL 60942. Gifts will be taken to the
family on Friday and Saturday. Those that come in after
that will be packaged and sent to them.
Mrs. Naughton, 35-year-old daughter of Stan and
Marge Garrison, died Monday, after battling cancer. She
is survived by her husband, Donald; two sons, Justin and
Ryan; her parents; and sisters Jessica Wilhelm and
Whitney Garrison.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 04, 2014
  • city: Watseka, IL.

Iroquois Co. Police News

Jessie D. Wilson, 31 of Kankakee was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a prior DUI charge. He remains in Lieu of bond at the Iroquois County Jail

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 04, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston, IL.

HPD

Domestic Battery & Interference With Reporting of Domestic Violence  
Date & Time: December 3, 2014 10:37am H14-6184 V14-11804
Location: Parkview Court
Victim: 33 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Zachariah L Smith (36) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on the above listed charges following a domestic
altercation.  Subject was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await
arraignment in court.

Holiday Weekend in Rossville

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 03, 2014
  • city: Rossville, Ready for the holidays!

Make plans to spend this Saturday in Rossville!

Rossville Methodist Men invite you out to their Pancake day, This Saturday from 7am to 11am At the Rossville United Methodist Churches Fellowship Hall.


Saturday, is going to be a fun-filled day getting you in that holdiay spirit! Starting with the UGLY SWEATER FUN RUN at 9am at Christman Park (registration from 7:45-8:45am). At 6pm, the CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE LIGHTS PARADE begins along Chicago St. ending in the park (where it will be displayed 5:30-9pm daily until Jan. 1st), then the R-A CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL follows the parade in the RAGS Gymnasium craft items will be available for purchase as well,  Bring the kids and make Rossville’s Christmas in the Village a holiday tradition!

Hoopeston City Council Gives Loan For Flower Shop

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 03, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston City Council

Hoopeston City Council Members voted 7-0 Tuesday Night to grant a $20,000 loan from the city’s revolving loan program to Brandon and Elaine Tyler to Purchase Flowers And Gifts By Molly Culbert.

The loan is payable over 10 years at 4.25%. Tyler’s said they plan to take ownership next week the new name will be “The Flower Shop”

Illinois State Police Traffic Incident

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 03, 2014
  • city: Thomasbro

ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State
Police District 10:

WHAT:        Traffic Crash (Property Damage) with lane blockage

WHERE:      US 45 southbound approximately 280 feet south of Church
Street (Thomasboro)

WHEN:        Wednesday, 12/03/14, at approximately 5:51 am

VEHICLES:          Black 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck
                Blue 2006 Volvo truck tractor pulling White 1994
Wabash semi trailer

DRIVERS:          1) Robert J. Dailey, 44, Rantoul
                2) Male, 57, Thomasboro


PASSENGERS:    N/A

PRELIMINARY:  The driver of a Volo truck tractor semi-trailer had
recently turned south onto US Route 45 from Church Street (Thomasboro) and
was traveling in the right lane of traffic.  The semi had got
approximately 280 feet south of the intersection when the driver of a
Chevrolet Silverado, who was also southbound in the right lane behind the
semi, failed to see that the semi was traveling slower and ran into the
back of the trailer.  After striking the rear of the semi-trailer the
Chevrolet pick-up burst into flames.  The driver of the pick-up was able
to immediately unbuckle himself and exited the pick-up avoiding further
injury.

                Traffic on southbound US 45 was re-routed on
Church Street until crews could clean up the crash scene and I-DOT could
treat ice on the roadway.  An area of ice was caused when water froze on
the roadway as fire fighters were extinguishing the fire.  The roadway was
reopened at approximately 8:00 AM.


TRANSPORTS:    The driver of the pick-up refused medical treatment for
minor injuries.

SEATBELTS:          Seatbelts were worn


CHARGES:          Robert J. Dailey - Failure to Reduce Speed to
Avoid an Accident

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 03, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston, IL.

Hoopeston Police Report

Aggravated Domestic Battery, Unlawful Restraint H14-6174 V14-11794
Date & Time: December 2, 2014 7:45pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Complainant: (26) Hoopeston female
Arrested: Donald Underwood (30) Hoopeston male
Details: HPD was called to the above location for a domestic disturbance.  Complainant
told officers that Mr. Underwood battered her and left the area.  Later subject
was located and arrested on above charges.  He was processed at HPD and
taken to the PSB to await arraignment.

Local Obituaries

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 02, 2014
  • city: Obits

Laurie Ann Wisdom, 52, of Hoopeston, IL

, passed away at 7:40 A.M. Friday November 28, 2014 at her home in Hoopeston, IL.  She was born January 16, 1962, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Donald and June (Pentecost) Coon.  She married James Wisdom on May 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV.  He survives in Hoopeston.
She is survived by her mother, June; one sister, Mychelle Coon of Waianae, HI; two brothers, Steven Coon of Hoopeston, IL and Timothy (Darlene) Coon of Hoopeston, IL; four step-daughters, Vera, Jamee, Tammy and Niki: two sister-in-laws, Shirley (Stan) Wagner of Hoopeston and Pam Crawford of Newarle, Ohio and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.
Laurie worked as the head pharmacy tech at CVS Pharmacy in Hoopeston, before becoming a homemaker.  She volunteered at the Hoopeston Animal Shelter.  Laurie enjoyed playing golf, bowling in her bowling leagues and spending time with her friends and family.
A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Thursday December 4, 2014 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will begin at 1:00 P.M. Thursday December 4, 2014 at the funeral home, with Steve Unger officiating.  Burial will follow in the Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.
Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston Animal Shelter 901 W. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Laurie’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is in charge of the arrangements.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 02, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston, IL

Vehicle Accident

Date & Time: December 1, 2014   2:37pm
Location: 300 blk E Lincoln
Unit #1: 2008 Chrysler 4d driven by Amelia N Young (18) of Hoopeston
Damaged Property: Speed limit sign owned by the City of Hoopeston
Details: While traveling EB on Lincoln, driver lost control of her vehicle and struck
the street sign. No injuries reported.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 02, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston, IL.

Traffic Accident/Hit & Run

Date & Time: December 1, 2014 1:03pm
Location: Hoopeston Carle Hospital 701 E. Orange St.
Unit 1: Unknown – left scene
Unit 2: 2011 Ford Fusion owned by Aleta Cable of Lafayette, IN
Details: Unit 2 was parked in the parking lot and was struck by unknown Unit 1 who
left the scene.  No injuries.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 01, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

Police in Iroquois County arrested 49 year old Daniel Fleming of Milford Friday November 28th after Fleming was traveling north on 1800 E. Road near 1130 N. When he rammed his vehicle into another vehicle driven by 22 year old Aaron Warner of Goodwine. Fleming then chased Warner’s vehicle reaching speeds up to 100 MPH. Warner pulled into Casey’s in Crescent City where Fleming then confronted him about allegedly cutting him off, Fleming then allegedly struck Warner in the face several times. Fleming was booked at the Iroquois County jail for the following charges: Reckless Driving, reckless conduct, aggravated battery, and illegal transportation of Alcohol. He later posted bond and was released.

Travis Creveling 22 of Buckley turned himself in after being sentenced to serve 6 weekends for driving while license suspended.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: December 01, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston, IL

Domestic Battery (2 counts) & Battery   H14-6096 & H14-6097     V14-11652 & V14-11653
Time & Date: November 28, 2014 12:50pm
Location: 100 block E. Lincoln
Victims: 19 year old Hoopeston woman and a 38 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Ruben J Espinoza (27) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on Domestic Battery and Battery charges stemming from an incident that occurred in the 800 block of E. Seminary and the 300 block
of E Washington on November 26, 2014.  He was later transported to the PSB to await arraignment in court.

Disorderly Conduct H14-6132
Date & Time: November 30, 2014 7:40am
Location: 800 block E. Elm
Arrested: Zacaria C. Sage (26) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on the above charge.  He was later released
after being issued a Notice To Appear in city court.

Foster says her farewells

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 28, 2014
  • city: Foster says her farewells

According to the Commercial News, Before her 24-year tenure at Vermilion County Clerk, Lynn Foster had managed a small business. Looking back now, she said the business and some aspects of her clerk’s office weren’t all that different.
“It’s just selling a different product,” said Foster, sitting in her office. “We’re selling service here instead of a product. And that’s kind of been our mantra here. We’ve got service, it’s our only product and that’s what were selling And we’re taking care of the people that pay our salaries.”
Business experience, however, didn’t prepare Foster for everything she would encounter as a new county clerk. The office handles a number of responsibilities from the more public elections and voter registration to lesser-known duties ranging from marriage licenses and vital records to computing tax rates.

It made for a difficult transition period at times from the business sector to public service.
“At first, it was a little crazy,” she said. “Everyone knows what a voter is, but no one knows that a equalized assessed valuation is unless you’ve worked with it. So that was a little humbling.”
According to Foster, the public service is an area she has been “addicted” to all of her life.
“That how we were raised to give back and that’s kind of how I thought about it,” she said. “And I was fascinated by the electoral process.”
Foster’s run of almost a quarter century as Vermilion County Clerk is coming to an end this month following her defeat in general election. County board member Kathy Jenkins of Georgetown will be sworn in as the new county clerk on Dec. 1.
Despite running an office with such varied responsibilities, Foster feels her greatest accomplishment came in the most public of areas: elections. She takes pride in the transition the county made from the traditional punch card voting still being used at the turn of the century to the current optical scan voting system used in recent elections.

Foster says her farewells

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 28, 2014
  • city: Foster says her farewells

According to the Commercial News, Before her 24-year tenure at Vermilion County Clerk, Lynn Foster had managed a small business. Looking back now, she said the business and some aspects of her clerk’s office weren’t all that different.
“It’s just selling a different product,” said Foster, sitting in her office. “We’re selling service here instead of a product. And that’s kind of been our mantra here. We’ve got service, it’s our only product and that’s what were selling And we’re taking care of the people that pay our salaries.”
Business experience, however, didn’t prepare Foster for everything she would encounter as a new county clerk. The office handles a number of responsibilities from the more public elections and voter registration to lesser-known duties ranging from marriage licenses and vital records to computing tax rates.

It made for a difficult transition period at times from the business sector to public service.
“At first, it was a little crazy,” she said. “Everyone knows what a voter is, but no one knows that a equalized assessed valuation is unless you’ve worked with it. So that was a little humbling.”
According to Foster, the public service is an area she has been “addicted” to all of her life.
“That how we were raised to give back and that’s kind of how I thought about it,” she said. “And I was fascinated by the electoral process.”
Foster’s run of almost a quarter century as Vermilion County Clerk is coming to an end this month following her defeat in general election. County board member Kathy Jenkins of Georgetown will be sworn in as the new county clerk on Dec. 1.
Despite running an office with such varied responsibilities, Foster feels her greatest accomplishment came in the most public of areas: elections. She takes pride in the transition the county made from the traditional punch card voting still being used at the turn of the century to the current optical scan voting system used in recent elections.

County board to see new faces

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 28, 2014
  • city: County board to see new faces

According to the Commercial News, It’s a major changing of the guard for the Vermilion County Board as several members with a combined seven decades of experience are leaving.
A total of six members will be gone after the board’s reorganization meeting on Monday, beginning with current chairman Gary Weinard.
Weinard, who was first elected in 1994, is the longest-running board member who will not return for another term. Chris Leigh of District 1, 14 years on the board; Richard Knight of District 3, 16 years; Terry Stal of District 4, 14 years; and John Alexander of District 6, 13 years, also are ending their terms.
Overall, the group touts a total 77 years of experience on the county board.
Sixteen years on the board weren’t in the plans for Knight, who remembers running for the county board amid talk and hearings about zoning — an issue he remains staunchly against. Being on the board, however, he learned members sometimes have to bend on some issues.
“You learn that there 26 other opinions on the board,” he said. “You learn to deal with that and accept it. You’re not always going to get your way.”
In the end, Knight admits he’s of two minds about leaving the board.
“I’m glad it’s over, yet I wish it wasn’t,” he said. “I enjoyed it. I met a lot of interesting people in 16 years.”

Despite the loss of experience, the two longest-serving members will remain on the board through the upcoming year: Robert Fox of District 6, who was first elected in 1992, and District 8’s Ivadale Foster who was elected in 1980. After that, the most senior member is District 7’s John Dreher, who was first elected in 2000.
Weinard, who announced his decision not to return at this month’s county board meeting, is leaving in part as a result of health issues. Alexander, Knight and Leigh did not run for re-election while Stal was defeated in the November general election. Mike Dodge of District 7, who served on the board for five years, also was defeated in the election and is not returning.
For Leigh, not returning for another term was rooted in bringing some fresh blood to the board.
“I’ve done it long enough,” he said. “It’s time for someone else to do it.”
Still a precinct committeemen, Leigh said it was his enjoyment of politics that first pushed him to run for the county board. He sat on the board with view true goals in mind, but says he takes pride in the work done in the sale of the former Vermilion Manor Nursing Home last year.
“That was a positive for sure,” he said, noting he won’t miss the constant debate regarding wind turbines in Vermilion County.
“It was fun for the most part,” Leigh said of his time on the board.
This is actually the second time that Alexander has said he was leaving the board.
The first came in 2011 when he moved out of his former district to District 6.
But the death of then-board member Russ Pollitt of District 6 kept Alexander on the board as he was selected and approved to take Pollitt’s seat.
Despite more than a decade as a school board member, Alexander still describes his time on the county board was a learning experience.
“I t’s gives you a better understanding of government,” he said. “You have a better appreciation for the workings and challenges these bodies face.
“When sitting outside the body, you have a different view point,” he added. “It’s not that easy. I wish could snap my fingers and make all problems go away.”
A point of pride for Alexander’s tenure was the board’s work in trying to stimulate the local economy.
“It’s hard for some to believe, but the situation” was not good when I came on the board, he said. “We were less than 10 years out from GM closing. We were also starting with the Hyster situation and General Electric.
“Overall, the economy has rebounded,” he added. “It’s not perfect, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

Coroner: Danville man died from ‘multiple gunshot wounds’

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 28, 2014
  • city: Coroner: Danville man died from 'multiple gunshot wounds'

According to the News-Gazette, An autopsy has revealed that a Danville man found dead in a yard Tuesday morning died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.

Johnson’s office released the result of Wednesday’s autopsy of William Newbern, 42, of Danville.

Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said that police, as of Tuesday night, were already conducting their investigation as a potential homicide, because they had been able to determine prior to the autopsy that the victim may have suffered a gunshot wound.

Thomason said Danville detectives continue to interview people who might have information about the case and are still asking anyone with information they believe may be important to call the Danville Police Division at 217-431-2250 or Crimestoppers at 446-TIPS.

Mr. Newburn was found lying in the yard of a residence in the 500 block of North Griffin Street on Tuesday morning and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Thomason, at about 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to reports of a man lying in a yard and not moving. When they arrived, they found him unresponsive.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 28, 2014
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NEWS RELEASE
November 28, 2014

11-25 Sheriff’s Police investigated a car vs. deer accident, which occurred on Co. Rd. 200N near Co. Rd. 070E, rural Loda.  According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Kurt E. Edwards, 53 Paxton was traveling west on Co. Rd. 200n when he struck a deer which ran into the path of his vehicle.  Edwards reported no injuries and no citations were issued.  The collision resulted in damages over $1500.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

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  • on: November 28, 2014
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wallet Found
Time & Date:    November 27, 2014 07:45
Location: Hoopeston Police Department
Details: Black Wallet belonging to Scott J Howe, was found laying in the street.
The Owner may claim at Hoopeston Police Department


Fire Call
Time & Date:  November 27, 2014 10:44am
Location: Centennial Manor 426 E Honeywell Av
Details: On the first floor, smoke from an oven spill,  smoke spilled out into the hallway
causing the fire alarm to activate.  No injuries or damage.

Theft of Gasoline H14-6111
Date & Time: November 27,2014     10:30pm
Location: 115 E Orange
Complainant: Casey’s General Store
Details: Blue van left without paying for $30 in fuel.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

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  • on: November 28, 2014
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Possession of Stolen Property Over $500 H14-6060 V14-11607
Date & Time: November 26, 2014 11:30am
Location: HPD 301 W. Main St.
Arrested: Jordan K. Finazzi (23) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on the above charge in connection with the
ladders and antique water pump that were stolen from 309 N. Market on
November 24, 2014.  He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await
arraignment in court.


Obstructing Justice & Warrant Arrest H14-6083
Date & Time: November 26, 2014 12:30pm
Location: HPD 301 W. Main St.
Arrested: Jeremy L. Bruens (35) of Donovan, IL
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on two outstanding arrest warrants, 13TR4213
for Failure To Appear out of Iroquois County and 14TR1523 for Failure To Appear
out of Coles County.  Subject was later transported to the PSB in Danville in
lieu of $375 bond for each warrant or a total of $750.  Subject was also charged
with Obstructing Justice from an incident that occurred in Hoopeston on June 9,
2014 with HPD officers.


Domestic Battery, Unlawful Restraint, Interference with Report,  H14-6091     V14-11618
Time & Date: November 26, 2014     6:41pm
Location: 100 block E Lincoln St
Complainant: 50 year old Hoopeston Woman
Arrested: Guajardo, Santos   (M) of Hoopeston (50)
Details: Hoopeston Police received a call of battery in progress. Officers arrested Mr.
Guajardo and he was taken to HPD for processing.  Subject was later transported to PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

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  • on: November 26, 2014
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NEWS RELEASE
November 25, 2014

11-25 Sheriff’s Police returned from Bureau County Jail in Princeton, IL with Keith J. Walesa, 43 of Oak Forest.  Walesa was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with felony theft and was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

11-25 Sheriff’s Police arrested Lawrence F. Crawford, 24 Kentland, IN.  Crawford was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on prior felony Illinois Vehicle Code violations.  He was aware of his outstanding warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office and posted the required bond and was released

11-25 Sheriff’s Police arrested Terry L. Blair, 20 Gilman.  Blair turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office to begin his sentence after being convicted for committing the offense of burglary and criminal damage to property over $500.  He will remain at Iroquois County Jail until his sentence is served

Hoopeston Police Department Report

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  • on: November 26, 2014
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Theft H14-6060
Date & Time: November 24, 2014 1:20pm
Location: 300 block N. Market St.
Victim: 83 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) stole two ladders and an antique
water pump from his property.

 

Danville man’s death is being treated as suspicious

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 26, 2014
  • city: Danville man's death is being treated as suspicious

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office and the Danville Police Department are investigating the death of a man found outside on the ground in the 500 block of North Griffin Street in Danville.  42 year old William Newbern, of Danville, previously from Decatur, was pronounced dead by the Coroner’s Office at 6:51 am at the scene.  An Autopsy is scheduled for 9 am tomorrow.  This investigation is ongoing and is being treated as suspicious.

Danville man’s death is being treated as suspicious

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 26, 2014
  • city: Danville man's death is being treated as suspicious

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office and the Danville Police Department are investigating the death of a man found outside on the ground in the 500 block of North Griffin Street in Danville.  42 year old William Newbern, of Danville, previously from Decatur, was pronounced dead by the Coroner’s Office at 6:51 am at the scene.  An Autopsy is scheduled for 9 am tomorrow.  This investigation is ongoing and is being treated as suspicious.

Official misconduct charge vs. road commissioner dismissed

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 25, 2014
  • city: Official misconduct charge vs. road commissioner dismissed

According to the Paxton Record, WATSEKA — Iroquois County prosecutors have decided not to proceed with the prosecution of a township road commissioner who was charged with official misconduct in February.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine dismissed the case against Daniel L. Bauer, 55, of Cissna Park, during a Nov. 14 hearing in Iroquois County Circuit Court.

A grand jury’s indictment had alleged that Bauer used Pigeon Grove Township’s tax-exempt status to receive a $1,100 discount on a riding lawnmower he bought for his personal use. Bauer serves as a road commissioner for the township.

Devine said he decided to dismiss the case after learning that “material witnesses” planned to testify that the mower was “partly used for township purposes.”

“The mower in question that he bought in his name ... was also used to mow township property,” Devine said. “That was unknown to me at the time this prosecution commenced and we went to the grand jury. So, since the mower was partly used for township purposes, we no longer had a viable case.”

Bauer, who has served as a road commissioner since 1993, bought the mower in April 2011 and saved $1,100 on the purchase price by using the township’s tax identification number. Bauer also was not charged any sales tax.

Watseka attorney Ronald Boyer had filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against Bauer in April. In his written motion, Boyer argued that “the facts alleged in the indictment as to the defendant’s conduct do not demonstrate how the defendant exceeded his lawful authority.”

In August, a grand jury returned an amended indictment, and Bauer pleaded not guilty.

Iroquois County to fund handwriting expert in murder case

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 25, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County to fund handwriting expert in murder case

According to the Paxton Record, WATSEKA — Two handwriting experts are working independently to determine whether murder suspect Andrew M. Condon wrote a letter from jail to one of the prosecution’s witnesses, asking him to change his testimony.

Judge Gordon Lustfeldt entered an order in Iroquois County Circuit Court last week, appointing Warren Spencer to analyze the letter on behalf of the defense. Spencer will be paid a fee of up to $1,125, to be paid for by Iroquois County. Lustfeldt ordered that Spencer deliver his findings to the court in “a timely fashion.”

Meanwhile, State’s Attorney Jim Devine said Monday that he and Assistant State’s Attorney Alex O’Brien have hired their own independent handwriting expert.

“We’ve contacted the FBI to do an analysis of the handwriting on our behalf,” Devine said. “We’re still waiting on the results of that analysis.”

Condon, 35, of rural Ashkum, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2012 fatal shooting of Jonathan D. Rubin, 27, of Danforth, at the Shell gas station in Gilman where Mr. Rubin worked.

Devine said in court last month that Condon wrote a letter from jail to one of the state’s witnesses, trying to persuade the witness to change his story. Condon has denied writing the letter.

Iroquois County will pay for the defense’s handwriting expert because Condon cannot afford to pay for one himself, according to court records. The county also will pay up to $5,000 for the defense to hire a video expert, who will compare the suspect seen on surveillance footage at the gas station to Condon.

Condon’s trial is set to begin on Feb. 2.

Judge declines to issue no-contact orders vs. Loda trustee

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 25, 2014
  • city: Judge declines to issue no-contact orders vs. Loda trustee

According to the Paxton Record, WATSEKA — An Iroquois County judge declined Monday to issue no-contact orders against a Loda village trustee.

Loda residents Richard and Sandy Coffey and J.R. and Regina Ptacek filed petitions on Nov. 14 seeking no-contact orders against Loda Trustee John Zalaker.

Judge James Kinzer dismissed the petitions Monday in Iroquois County Circuit Court after hearing arguments and witness statements.

The Coffeys and Ptaceks, who regularly attend the village board’s monthly meetings, claimed in their petitions that Zalaker threatened them in recent weeks, including during the Nov. 12 village board meeting.

Zalaker was charged with disorderly conduct for his involvement in a melee at the end of the meeting and has publicly apologized for losing his temper. Zalaker has been issued a Dec. 15 court date.

Frerichs replacement could be decided by next week

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 25, 2014
  • city: Frerichs replacement could be decided by next week

According to the News-Gazette, We may know by next week who will replace Mike Frerichs in the Illinois Senate.

The Champaign Democrat was recently elected state treasurer, and the Democratic party chairmen in Champaign and Vermilion Counties have been working to appoint his replacement.

Vermilion County Democratic Party Chairman Frank Wright said around a dozen people have approached him about the job, and he’s since narrowed that list down to six.  He said Champaign County Democratic Party chairman Al Klein has a list of his own.

Wright said he may have some news about finalists or the selection itself on Dec. 2.  He declined to mention names of people who are being considered.

Frerichs continues transition from senator to treasurer

Democratic State Senator Mike Frerichs of Champaign said he has met with the Governor-elect as he gears up for his new duties as state Treasurer.     

Frerichs described the meeting with Republican Bruce Rauner as cordial. Frerichs said he doesn’t know what to expect from Rauner once he is sworn in as governor.  He said Rauner was highly critical of the way the state was run during his campaign.  And Frerichs added that now, Rauner said he wants to work together and hear from all sides to solve the state’s problems.

Kearney resigns after fives seasons as Cornjerker head coach

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 25, 2014
  • city: Kearney resigns after five seasons as Cornjerker head coach

According to Just the Facts,  at Thursday’s school board meeting they accepted the resignation of head coach Michl Kearney effective, November 7th.  Kearney has been with the district for six years and head coach for five.  The program has seen major changes since he has been head coach including no Varsity team in 2012.  In 2013, they finished 0-7 and after co-op with Schlarman Academy in 2014 finished 1-7 overall.  Kearney put a lot of work into building the program.  At the time of print, Kearney nor administrators would comment on the resignation.

Hoopeston Area board approves levy, 2014 audit was clean

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 25, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Area board approves levy, 2014 audit was clean

According to Just the Facts, Finances were a major topic of discussion at Thursday evening’s Hoopeston Area Board meeting.  The board unanimously approved a $3.1 million tax levy, up from $2.8 million last year, after a short public hearing on the issue.  Whether HA will actually receive that much will depend on the equalized assessed value (EAV) of the district, which, after dropping from $66 million to $61 million a couple years ago, has held steady, said Supt. Hank Hornbeck.  Next year’s EAV may give the levy a boost, Hornbeck said, since area wind farms will be included for the first time.  “Maybe we’ll have a different story then,” Hornbeck said.

In other financial business, Russ Leigh, of Russ Leigh and Associates, presented the districts’s annual audit which showed no problems.  While no problems were found in the district’s finances, Leigh told the board that the state likes districts to have enough money on hand for six months of expenses, which HA does not.  The key is cutting expenses and in that area Hoopeston Area shines.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 25, 2014
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Bicycle Found
Date & Time: November 24, 2014
Location: 200 block N. Third St.
Details: A purple and chrome Next Shimano mountain bike was found abandoned.  Owner
may identify and claim at HPD.


Theft & Criminal Damage To Property H14-6056
Date & Time: November 24, 2014 9:15am
Location: 700 block E. Elm
Victim: 70 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) cut the battery cables and removed
a battery from his camper.


Warrant Arrest
Date & Time: November 24, 2014 12:30pm
Location: HPD 301 W. Main St
Arrested: Kelley R. Vogel (34) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect turned himself in on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant (14TR6186)
for Failure To Appear.  He was later released after posting $275 cash bond.

 

Grand Jury didn’t indict Police Office Darren Wilson

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 25, 2014
  • city: Grand Jury didn't indict Police Office Darren Wilson

According to the News-Gazette, — A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.
Moments after the announcement by St. Louis County’s top prosecutor, crowds began pouring into Ferguson streets to protest the decision. Some taunted police, broke windows and vandalized cars. Within a few hours, several buildings were ablaze, and frequent gunfire was heard. Officers used tear gas to try to disperse some of the gatherings.
Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said the jury of nine whites and three blacks met on 25 separate days, hearing more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners and experts on blood, toxicology and firearms.

“They are the only people that have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence,” he said, adding that the jurors “poured their hearts and soul into this process.”
As McCulloch read his statement, Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, was sitting atop a vehicle listening to a broadcast of the announcement. When she heard the decision, she burst into tears and began screaming before being whisked away by supporters.
The crowd with her erupted in anger, converging on the barricade where police in riot gear were standing. They pushed down the barricade and began pelting police with objects, including a bullhorn. Officers stood their ground.
At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson. The grand jury met in secret, a standard practice for such proceedings.

Ford County Board to discuss ‘personnel issues’ Tuesday

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 24, 2014
  • city: Ford County Board to discuss 'personnel issues' Tuesday

According to the Paxton Record, The Ford County Board has called a special meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 25th, to discuss “personnel issues.”

The includes an executive session that will not be open to the public.
The meeting will be held in the board room in the basement of the Ford County Jail in Paxton.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 24, 2014
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News Release
November 21, 2014

On Friday morning, November 21st, the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office and the Gilman Police Department responded to a robbery at the Wasmer’s 66 gas station in Gilman, at approximately 5:00 a.m. an unidentified white male, described as approximately 5’4” tall and weighing 130 pounds, entered the station and demanded money from the clerk.  The subject subsequently fled the station on foot with an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency.  No weapon was displayed and the clerk was unharmed.  Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to call the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office at 815-432-4918 or Gilman Police Department at 815-265-4213.

ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 24, 2014
  • city: ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 10:

WHAT: Traffic Crash (Personal injury) with lane blockage

WHERE: I-57 Northbound 605 feet south milepost 231

WHEN: 11/23/2014 at 6:17 pm

VEHICLES: Black 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

DRIVERS: Barnette, Jamon, S., age 20 from Chicago
                         

PASSENGERS: Female 20 years old from Rockford
                          Female 19 years old from Chicago

PRELIMINARY: The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling on I-57 northbound in the left lane at milepost 231.  At the time, the Monte Carlo was passing a truck tractor semitrailer and the roads were wet from rain.  The driver lost control of the Monte Carlo. The Monte Carlo traveled off the roadway in the right ditch, overturned, and came to rest on the roof (wheels up).

TRANSPORTS: Driver and one passenger were transported to an area hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

SEATBELTS: Seatbelts were worn

CHARGES: Barnette - Too Fast for Conditions

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 24, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, November 21st - Sunday, November 23rd

Friday, November 21, 2014

 

Fire Call
Date & Time: November 21, 2014     6:18pm
Location: 1130 East rd & Route 9
Details: Hoopeston Fire Department was dispatched to a field fire at the above location

Saturday, November 22, 2014

 

Warrant Arrest H14-6031
Date & Time: November 22, 2014   4:11pm
Location: 800 blk S Third Street
Arrested: Dale E Simpson (26) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was located at above and taken into custody on 2 outstanding
Vermilion County warrants 1) 13TR8040 FTA/Traffic
2) 14CM0067 FTA/Domestic Battery.  He was unable to post bond and
was transported to PSB to see a judge

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Theft Over H14-6042
Date & Time: November 23, 2014 10:40am
Location: 400 block W. Lincoln
Victim: 54 year old Hoopeston woman
Detail: Victim advised that unknown subject(s) stole a motorized medical scooter from
the residence.


Criminal Damage To Property H14-6043
Date & Time: November 23, 2014 11:04am
Location: 300 block S. Second Ave
Victim: 62 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised that unknown subject(s) damaged her property by shattering a
window and damaging a door.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 21, 2014
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NEWS RELEASE
November 21, 2014

11-19 Sheriff’s Police returned from Kankakee County Jail with Lucas J. Zimmerman, 26 Kankakee.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with knowingly damaging property.  He posted the required bond and was released.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 21, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fire Call
Date & Time: November 19, 2014 7:15am
Location: Birkey’s Farm Store 1037 S Dixie Highway
Details: HFD was dispatched to a furnace fire at the business.  No reported injuries.


Attempted Burglary to Garage & Criminal Damage H14-5980
Date & Time: November 19, 2014 7:42am
Location: 600 block E. Honeywell Ave
Victim: 65 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Victim advised unknown subject(s) attempted to gain entry to her garage and
failed, but damaged the door in the process.


Elevator Malfunction
Date & Time: November 19, 2014 11:58am
Location: Centennial Manor 426 E. Honeywell Ave
Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for people trapped on a malfunctioning
elevator.  Subjects rescued and elevator taken out of service for repairs.

Winners Women Making a Difference

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 19, 2014
  • city: Winners Women Making a Difference

November
50/50 Winners

Cory Chestnut $50
EMA Nicholls $30
Yvonne Layden $20

Hoopeston Public Library has new Director

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 19, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Public Library has new Director

According to Just the Facts, Tricia Freeland is excited to be the new Director of the Hoopeston Public Library taking over for Linda Mitchell, who retired.  Freeland says she doesn’t want to change anything until she has a chance to get her feet wet.  One thing on her list is to get local youth more involved, but the book sales will continue on.

Tom Kacich: Dem leaders ponder successor for Frerichs in Senate

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 19, 2014
  • city: Tom Kacich: Dem leaders ponder successor for Frerichs in Senate

According to the News-Gazette,The “race” nobody wants to talk about — who might replace state Sen. Mike Frerichs in the Illinois Senate — is taking on new urgency.

With the tabulating of thousands of provisional and absentee ballots this week by election authorities all over Illinois, the state treasurer’s race between Champaign Democrat Frerichs and Republican Tom Cross of Oswego really is too close to call. And it may be a while before the race — in which Cross on Tuesday gave up the lead he had held since election night two weeks ago — is officially decided.

In the meantime, though, two local Democratic officials — party chairmen Frank Wright in Vermilion County and Al Klein in Champaign County — at least have to think about the possibility of appointing someone to serve the remaining two years of Frerichs’ term in the state Senate.

Wright said Tuesday that “about a dozen Democrats are interested” in completing Frerichs’ Senate term. He declined to mention any names.

“We’ve met with Al Klein three or four times over the course of the summer and we’re looking forward to a Frerichs win and then we’ll make an announcement as to who we’ve chosen,” Wright said Tuesday. “We knew that Frerichs was a likely candidate to win and we knew it would be close, but who ever knew it would be this close?”

Wright said “we’ve got a handful of great candidates, it’s going to be a hard choice. We’ve got to see who’s the best fit to do the job that Mike did.”

“Those are big shoes to fill, in two different senses,” Wright joked about the 6 foot 8 inch Frerichs. “That’s a tall order, we’ll say.”

Wright said he and Klein have 30 days to fill the position after the election results are certified, although there’s the possibility that the timeline could be affected by a recount, if that becomes necessary.

“It won’t take us near that time,” Wright said of the 30-day deadline. “We’ve got it narrowed down and Mike is definitely a part of the decision-making. We know that we need someone who will work well with Mike in the transition. We’re definitely looking for input from Mike. He’s done such a good job that we would hate to put someone in there who wouldn’t do the job up to par.”

Champaign County has more votes in the appointment process, Wright acknowledged, “but Al and I have had a good discussion about that and he pretty well wants it to be someone who we both agree on. We both have such a big stake in the game. What we do should be best for both counties. Al is a very reasonable man. He’s being very much a gentleman about it and looking at what’s best for Champaign County and Vermilion County.”

Wright said he didn’t want to mention any of the names under consideration “because there’s still the possibility that Mike won’t win and we don’t want to give somebody false hope.

“It’s a life-changing decision for someone. Someone’s going to have to totally change the way that they live, to be able to do the job as Mike’s done,” he said.

A few local Democrats — Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, Champaign Mayor Don Gerard and former congressional candidate George Gollin of Champaign — have ruled themselves out of the running. But several other Democrats never returned phone calls about their interest.

Frerichs, who was elected to the Senate in 2006 and reelected in 2010 and 2012, could become the first Democrat from Champaign County to be elected to a statewide constitutional office, and the first Champaign County resident of either party to win a statewide office since Vernon L. Nickell of Champaign was state superintendent of public instruction (formerly an elective office) from 1943 to 1959.

Champaign filings

So far three people have filed statements of candidacy for mayor of Champaign — Joe Petry, Deborah Frank Feinen and Karen Foster — and three have filed for the three available at-large council seats — incumbent Tom Bruno and newcomers Sam Shore and Matt Gladney.

Feinen and Foster are the other two current at-large council members.

Mayor Gerard says he will be filing to run again.

The filing period for the April general election ends next Monday.

The mayor’s position pays $35,000 annually. The four-year at-large council member positions each pay $5,000 a year.

Order of Protection Sought

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 19, 2014
  • city: Order of Protection Sought

According to the News-Gazette, LODA — Trustee John Zalaker said he is talking with his attorney to see if he legally will be able to participate in upcoming Loda village board meetings if no-contact orders are granted against him.

Loda residents Richard and Sandy Coffey and J.R. and Regina Ptacek filed petitions for orders of protection against Zalaker in Iroquois County Circuit Court on Friday. Their cases were set for a hearing before Judge James Kinzer at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 24.

The Coffeys and Ptaceks, who regularly attend the village board’s monthly meetings, claimed Zalaker threatened them in recent weeks, including during last week’s board meeting. Zalaker was charged with disorderly conduct for his involvement in a melee at the end of last week’s meeting and has publicly apologized for losing his temper.

In their petition for a no-contact order, the Ptaceks alleged that Zalaker came onto their property about three weeks ago and threatened to do bodily harm to J.R. Ptacek. They said the incident was witnessed by Darrell Templeton, a former Loda trustee.

Then, at the board meeting last week, Zalaker “went off with personal threats” against J.R. Ptacek, as well as his employer, John McBride. McBride owns ERH Enterprises Inc., a Westville-based company that operates Loda’s water-treatment plant.

In their petition, the Ptaceks requested that Zalaker be barred from having contact with them and their children, as well as that Zalaker not be allowed at their home or the water-treatment plant where J.R. Ptacek works.

The Coffeys, meanwhile, alleged in their petition that Zalaker has “threatened to bring (their business) down” within the past six months. The Coffeys, who manage a mobile-home park in Loda, said Zalaker has driven by the trailer park and spoken with some of its tenants. At last week’s board meeting, the Coffeys said that Richard Coffey stepped between Zalaker and McBride after Zalaker threatened McBride and “went after him.” They said Zalaker then called Richard Coffey names and threatened him, as well.

“After the meeting, we were standing outside, and Zalaker came out, walked by us, and then he got in Richard’s face and told him, ‘You do that again, I will kick your (expletive),’” Sandy Coffey wrote in the petition. “I moved toward Zalaker and told him to just leave. He shoved me away. I already have a work-related injury, which this has aggravated. Then, (Trustee) Rhonda Breeden stepped up to him, and he shoved her. Richard came toward him, and he shoved him and threatened to shove a pipe up his (expletive). He left still hollering at us.”

Eisenhauer, McMahon file for Danville mayor’s race

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 18, 2014
  • city: Eisenhauer, McMahon file for Danville mayor's race

According to the News-Gazette, so far a rematch of the 2011 race for mayor is shaping up in Danville.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer and former Vermilion County board Chairman Jim McMahon both filed paperwork Monday in the Danville Election Commission office to run for mayor next year.

It was a four-way race in April 2011, but Eisenhauer and McMahon were the front-runners with Eisenhauer winning by 490 votes over second-place McMahon.

On Monday, they were the only two to file for the mayor’s office, but candidates have until Nov. 24 to turn in their petitions for city offices up for election in April 2015. A primary would be in February.,

Illinois Treasurer Race Could Lead to Recount

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 18, 2014
  • city: Illinois Treasurer Race Could Lead to Recount

According to the News-Gazette, the race for Illinois treasurer could be decided by fewer than 400 votes and lead to the first recount request in three decades.

The contest between Republican Tom Cross and Democrat Mike Frerichs has tightened as officials count mail-in and provisional ballots.

Frerichs spokesman Dave Clarkin says the state senator is within 312 votes of Cross. Cross spokesman Kevin Artl said the former House Minority Leader leads by 381 votes.

An Associated Press analysis of election results since 1900 found no other race that close.

The next closest was the 1982 contest for governor.

A recount isn’t automatic. The Illinois Supreme Court must OK a request from a candidate or voter.

Election authorities have until Tuesday to report results. The state Board of Elections plans to certify results Nov. 30.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 18, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 18, 2014

11-15 Milford Police arrested Joshua J. Ferguson, 24 Milford.  He was wanted on a Vermilion County warrant for failure to appear on charges of Arson and was transferred to the Vermilion County Jail

11-15 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Co. Rd. 2000 E and 1400 N Rd.  According to the report Matthew Hernandez, 26 Onarga was traveling south bond on Co. Rd. 2000 E when he failed to stop at the stop sign.  His vehicle left the roadway entering the road ditch, striking an electric fence and coming to rest in a field.  No injuries were reported and his vehicle sustained over $1,500 in damage.  Hernandez received a citation for disobeying a stop sign

11-16 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on 2200 N Co. Rd near 1920 N.  According to police report Ashley R. Wells, 29 of Danville was traveling south on 2200 E when her vehicle hit a patch of ice on a bridge.  She lost control of her vehicle and struck a guardrail and came to rest in a ditch.  No injuries were reported and her vehicle sustained over $1,500 in damage.  No citations were issued.

Weekly Crop Report

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  • on: November 18, 2014
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Corn and soybean harvest is nearing completion in Illinois.  With nearly six days suitable for fieldwork this past week farming is winding up for the season, according to State Crop Statistician Todd Ballard.

95% of soybeans have been harvested, which compares to 97% for the five year average and 92% of sorghum has been harvested and 90% of the winter wheat crop has been planted.  Average statewide topsoil moisture now stands at 8% short, 78% adequate and 14% surplus.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

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  • on: November 17, 2014
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NEWS RELEASE
November 16, 2014

11-15 Sheriff’s Police investigated an attempted armed robbery that occurred Saturday, November 15th at the Loda Big Mart located in Loda Illinois.  Deputies were called to the business after a male subject dressed in a black jacket, black pants and wearing a ski mask came into the store, armed with a screw driver, and told the clerk he was robbing the store.  The clerk and suspect had a brief altercation which ended when the suspect ran from the store.  The clerk was not injured and the suspect did not take anything from the store.

A similar incident occurred in Roberts, Illinois (Ford County) last week.  Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen has been in contact with the Ford County Sheriff’s Office as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about the incidents should call the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office at 815-432-4918 or 815-432-6992

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 17, 2014
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Saturday, November 15th & Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Warrant Arrest H14-5942
Date & Time: November 15, 2014   8:30pm
Location: HPD
Arrested: Thomas J Slaughter (34) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject turned himself in on outstanding Vermilion county Warrant
# 13TR6506   FTA/Traffic case.  He posted bond and was released with
a new court date.

Domestic Battery H14-5943 V14-11291 DeWitt
Date & Time: November 15, 2015     9:25pm
Location: 700 blk S Fourth St
Complainant: 36 Hoopeston female
Arrested: Kip Menschel (29) of Hoopeston
Details: After an incident at the above location, Mr. Menschel was arrested and charged
with domestic battery.  He was taken to HPD, processed and then later
transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


3 Cts Possession Controlled Substance, Possession
Hypodermic Needle & Syringe. H14-5954     V14-11308
Time & Date:    November 16, 2014     1:21 pm
Location:    800 E Young Ave Hoopeston
Arrested: Sanford, Sonya L (45) of Tucson AZ (F)
Details: Officers responded to a call of a Female not responding,  discovered that it
was possible Overdosed on a controlled Substance,  Female was taken to the hospital for treatment.  Female was later transported to HPD processed on the above
charges, and later taken to Danville PSB to await arraignment. 

No Valid Driver’s License H14-5960 Welch
Date & Time: November 16, 2014     8:42pm
Location: 600 blk W Main
Arrested: Ramirez, Roberto (43) Hoopeston male
Details: During a traffic stop, a computer check revealed that Mr. Ramirez had No Valid
Driver’s License.  Subject was arrested and brought to HPD.  He was processed
and then later released with a notice to appear in traffic court.

 

 

 

County board chairman to exit

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 14, 2014
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According to the Commercial News,After two years as chairman of the Vermilion County Board, longtime member Gary Weinard is stepping down.
Weinard, who spoke about his pride during the meeting, confirmed following Wednesday night’s meeting that he will not return to the county board following the reorganizational meeting on Dec. 1.

For Weinard, it brings to a close two decades of service on the board that culminated with his two-year term as chairman. He took the post after Republicans gained a majority of the board after the 2012 election.
Health problems, which forced Weinard to leave the office for a few weeks last month, are the reason behind the decision. He called considering the move an “emotional roller coaster” following surgery he had six weeks ago. But has time has passed, he indicated the decision was clear.
“It’s obvious in my mind that this is not a job that I would feel comfortable in doing because of the time it takes and the energy it takes,” he said following the meeting. “Once you realize that, it’s a pretty easy decision.
Weinard said he is proud of the transition the board has made in his time both as a board member and most recently as chairman. He told members that “several significant achievements have been accomplished” by the board in the last two years.
Since his start as a new board member beginning in 1994, Weinard said the members are “courteous and humble” and credited cooperation for the accomplishments.
“We don’t see Republicans and Democrats up here,” he said. “When they come through that door we see county board members.
“We still have some partisan issues but their very few and their usually small,” Weinard added.

ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

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  • on: November 14, 2014
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The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 10:

WHAT: Traffic Crash (Personal injury) with lane blockage

WHERE: I-74 W/B at M. P. 199 (Vermilion)

WHEN: Thursday, 11/13/14, at approximately 6:11 pm

VEHICLES: Black 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck

DRIVERS: 1) Male, 64, Fithian
                           

PASSENGERS: Male, 11, Fithian

PRELIMINARY: The Chevrolet Silverado was westbound on I-74 at milepost 199.  The driver lost control of the vehicle on a patch of ice on the roadway. Chevrolet Silverado traveled off the roadway and into the median.  The front fender of the vehicle struck the median wires and came to rest partially in the left lane. Recent snow flurries created icy conditions on the roadway.

TRANSPORTS: The driver and passenger were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

SEATBELTS: Seatbelts were worn

CHARGES: None

Meet the Cornjerkers

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  • on: November 13, 2014
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Come meet the Cornjerkers on Saturday, November 15th starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Middle School Gym.  Including, wrestling, girls basketball, cheerleading and boys basketball teams.

Hoopeston Music Programs host Benefit Auction

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  • on: November 13, 2014
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Join the Hoopeston Music programs at a Benefit Auction on Saturday, November 15th at 1:00 p.m. at the McFerren Park Civic Center in Hoopeston.

Featuring performances from the Hoopeston Area Bands and Choirs, Activities for kids, including a cake walk and photo booth.  Come hungry because there will be a bake sale and concession stand.
Several items to be auctioned off including music shopped guitar, voice lessons, country workshop season passes, gift baskets, handmade items, cee lee photography package, hair salon certificates, lee cox engraved rock, terminix, mystery boxes, lorraine theater, pink poodle, thirty-one, scentsy and much much more!!!

Iroquois County former employees used work computers for personal use

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  • on: November 13, 2014
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According to the Paxton Record, Three former top-ranking officials in the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department used their work computers for “personal use and personal gain” at least 70 percent of the time they were on them, a computer forensic expert revealed Wednesday, adding to the list of questionable conduct by ex-employees of the recently dissolved agency.

“These computers were rarely used, less than 30 percent of the time, for county business. They were used for personal business,” said Andrew R. Garrett of Decatur-based Garrett Discovery Inc.

Garrett delivered a report to the Iroquois County Board on Wednesday morning, detailing the findings of his examination of five computers used by former health department managers who, according to Chairman Rod Copas, resigned “under suspicious circumstances.”

Garrett said he was asked by Copas to examine copies of each computer’s hard drive for Internet usage, emails and deleted and overwritten files that showed “evidence of waste, fraud and abuse.”

Garrett said the computers he examined were those used by Doug Corbett, the agency’s administrator; Julie Clark, the health department’s public information/Freedom of Information Act officer; Cary Hagen, the agency’s financial coordinator; and Mary Cahoe, the home-health care program coordinator.

“Based on the evidence we reviewed, it appears as if Clark, Hagen and Corbett were using the government-owned computers for personal use and gain and possibly illegal and unethical activities,” Garrett wrote in a four-page report he prepared for the board.

Forensic audit’s findings
Garrett said Corbett used his government-owned computer for, among other activities: “inappropriate” Web searches; downloading hundreds of pornography files;  paying personal bills and managing his personal life; and “excessive” visits to sports-related sites.

Garrett said that Clark used her computer to, among other activities: organize church functions; recruit staff for a church; manage a Kiwanis Club (there were more than 1,000 emails and Web hits related to this type of work); fundraise and campaign for the re-election campaign of the mayor of Maryville, where she lived; plan wedding and baby showers for multiple people in the St. Louis area, including booking hotels, sending invitations, and shopping for dresses and photography services; and to send emails to change the health department’s procurement policies to enable her and her husband to bid on a health department contract.

Both Clark and Corbett also used their computers to create a nonprofit foundation using health department funds, Garrett said, and to loan money to a private business, with a promissory note to the county, without communicating that to the board of health.

Garrett said Hagen used her computer to do 3,011 searches for classified ads on websites such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist; 1,465 searches on dating sites; 7,688 Facebook posts and comments; and more than 10,000 Web searches for keywords such as “cars,” “makeup,” “apartments,” “sports,” “Disney” and “clothes.” Hagen also used a county credit card to buy gifts for others immediately prior to the Christmas holiday, Garrett said.

Meanwhile, Garrett said that Cahoe used her computer to establish a home-health business in Indiana using health department funds. In one email, Cahoe noted that the proposed home-health branch in Indiana “can stay independent of (the) health department,” Garrett said. The home-health branch proposal was later nixed after the legality of spending local tax dollars to offer services in another state was questioned by Copas and Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine.

More questionable actions
Garrett’s forensic audit, which he said was completed at no cost to the county, was the second forensic audit done on the health department in the past year.

The board of health last year paid $50,000 to have a forensic audit done of the agency’s finances for fiscal year 2012, and among the findings were the violation of bid procurement rules, the misuse of grant money, inaccurate budgeting and the revision of policies by management without the board’s approval.

In reviewing some of the information uncovered, Copas read a list of “confirmed transactions” made on health department computers that showed purchases were made at places like Dick’s Sporting Goods, J.C. Penney, Dress Barn, Victoria’s Secret, Finishline, Pampered Chef, Liquor Mania, and Bath & Bodyworks. The transactions were not made using health department credit cards, but they were made on health department time and equipment, Copas noted.

Copas then read an email that Julie Clark sent to her husband, Stan, prior to Stan’s company being awarded a $124,000 contract to install solar panels on the health department’s offices in Paxton and Watseka. In the email, Julie Clark tells her husband that she is working to get the health department’s bid procurement policy changed so that his company could get the contract without having to bid on it.

According to Copas, Julie Clark’s email said: “Yes, Cary (Hagen) and I discussed this earlier this morning. We are going to change the policy to read so we do not have to get sealed bids.”

‘Overwhelming’ evidence
Copas said he feels the actions uncovered constitute a charge of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony. Copas urged Devine to prosecute those employees who “robbed” taxpayers by using public assets for private gain.

The evidence of wrongdoing, Copas said, is “overwhelming,” yet no one has been held accountable.

“If you think this is acceptable, OK. I don’t,” Copas said. “I wish I could put into words my disgust of what I have seen in the lack of prosecution for blatant criminal acts that have cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. It seems, justice is for some, but not for others. It depends on who you are, what you have and who you know.”

Barb Offill of Gilman, the coordinator of the Iroquois County tea party, joined Copas in asking Devine to take action.

“We don’t want it just forgotten. We want something done,” Offill said.

Kirk Allen of Kansas, Ill., who co-owns the Edgar County Watchdogs website, said that if Devine declines to prosecute, the county board should stand united in asking him to.

“This county board needs to stand up for justice and bring this matter to a vote ... to bring these criminal acts to the state’s attorney for him to prosecute,” Allen said. “Staying silent on this matter indicates to the people you support these criminals and confirms there is no justice for all. We, the people, deserve justice when people steal from us — whether in the public sector or the private sector. Set a positive example for others to follow and hold these criminals accountable.”
Devine said after the meeting that he would be willing to review the latest forensic audit report to determine whether criminal charges are warranted. Devine said, however, that he had yet to receive it.

Strict policies urged
To avoid these issues in the future, Garrett recommended that the Iroquois County Board — which now oversees a public health department independent of Ford County — immediately adopt a policy for Internet, computer and equipment usage by employees, with violations of such a policy warranting immediate termination.

Garrett also suggested that a forensic auditor be assigned to conduct a forensic examination of employees’ computers two or more times a year to ensure the policy is being adhered to.

Copas called adopting such a policy a “no-brainer” to “ensure that this conduct never happens again.”

Calls not returned
Julie Clark did not immediately return messages left on her cell phone seeking comment Wednesday, while Cary Hagen did not immediately return a message left with her brother, Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen. Meanwhile, attempts to reach Cahoe at her workplace were unsuccessful, and Corbett had no listed telephone number and could not be reached.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

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  • on: November 13, 2014
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NEWS RELEASE
November 13, 2014

11-12 Sheriff’s Police arrested John Zalaker, 54 Loda.  According to the police reports, police were called to the Loda town board meeting after an altercation broke out during a discussion.  After an investigation conducted on scene and witness statements collected, Zalaker was placed into custody for disorderly conduct.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

11-12 Sheriff’s Police arrested Antonio J. Martinez, 23 Chicago.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior speeding charge.  Martinez was aware of his active warrant and turned himself into the Sheriff’s Department.  He remains in custody awaiting a court appearance

Hoopeston Police Department Report

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  • on: November 13, 2014
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Traffic Accident (PD) H14-5899
Time & Date:    November 12, 2014   3:07pm
Location:   Third Street & E Maple St Hoopeston
Unit 1: 2005 Ford driven by Kenneth D Dale II (M) of Hoopeston (34)
Unit 2: 2005 Pontiac driven by Ashley M Linares (F) of Hoopeston (29)
Details: At the above time and date, officers called out with an accident that occurred
on the above location.  No Injuries reported at the time of report Unit 2 insured.
  No Proof of Insurance citation issued to Kenneth D Dale II

PUSMC Foundation Proudly Presents Merry & Bright 2014 Festival of Trees

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 12, 2014
  • city: PUSMC Foundation Proudly Presents Merry & Bright 2014 Festival of Trees

The 2014 Merry & Bright Festival kicks off on Saturday, November 15th with a Children’s Day Extravaganza 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Night of Lights Parade from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. with a non-perishable food donation.
For more details go to www.presencehealth.org/festivaloftrees.

Community Health Fair

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  • on: November 12, 2014
  • city: Community Health Fair

Hoopeston Multi Agency will host a Community Health Fair from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.  The event will feature Carle’s Mills Breast Cancer Institute and Stroke and Spine Center, Myers Pharmacy for flu vaccines, Crosspoint Human Services, Aunt Martha, Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center, Hoopeston Breast Cancer Group, along with support groups for grief and loss, addictions and military families, University of Illinois Extension, DACC, and East Central Illinois Food Bank.

Gifford Village Board should have new home by middle of next year

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 12, 2014
  • city: Gifford Village Board should have new home by middle of next year

Almost one year after a tornado ripped through Gifford, the village board has made formal plans for a new home.  If all goes to plan, Gifford should have a new village hall and maintenance building by the middle of next year.  The board approved an agreement to purchase the Spreader building off U.S. 136 for $175,000, with a plan to renovate the building to house administration.

Resident and contractor Eldon Hesterberg is selling the building and running the renovation effort.  A preliminary estimate for the job is $149,000.  If everything gets lined up, Hesterburg said he hopes to start on the construction in the first week of January and complete it by the end of April.
The former village hall was badly damaged by the tornado last Nov. 17th.  The village has been using the Hicksgas building for its office and maintenance building and holding meetings at Gifford State Bank

Copas:  Public will be ‘astounded’ by results of forensic audit of health department

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  • on: November 12, 2014
  • city: Copas: Public will be 'astounded' by results of forensic audit of health department

According to the Paxton Record,  Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas told board members last week that they will be “astounded” by the results of a recent forensic audit of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, which will be revealed at Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting.

“A forensic expert will be here at the full board meeting, and he will give you the rest of what you need to know,” Copas told the board’s policy and procedure committee Thursday. “Certainly, you will be astounded at what’s on your government computers, and you’re going to be astounded at where your money went, who did what with it, and how it worked.

“There needs to be some people held accountable.”

Copas, who in October said he believes the forensic audit will show evidence of a felony crime by former employees of the dissolved health department, said the forensic audit results will be announced in open session at Wednesday’s meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

“It will be up for review by the general public, to let them understand what they’re paying for government service,” Copas said.

This latest forensic audit was requested by Copas as a follow-up to the one done last year, which confirmed the agency’s management had committed several illegal acts using taxpayers’ money.

“For those who have said, ‘You know, there’s nothing wrong; there never was nothing wrong,’ yeah, we’re going to show you what does go on in your government, so the community understands,” Copas said.

Iroquois County’s recent denial of a Freedom of Information Act request from the Paxton Record indicates there may be an ongoing federal investigation into the health department, which was dissolved July 1 after more than a year of turmoil.

The newspaper sought the disclosure of any federal subpoenas for records that Iroquois County had received relating to the bi-county health department. In denying the request, Iroquois County’s FOIA officer, Amanda Longfellow, said that providing the information requested would “interfere with pending or actually and reasonably contemplated law enforcement proceedings ...”

Copas alleged a number of illegal actions last year by public health officials, including its administrator at the time, Doug Corbett.  After the county board asked the board of health to remove Corbett from his position “in the most expedient way possible,” the board of health voted to buy out the remainder of his contract last summer.

Iroquois County dispatchers file intent to unionize

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  • on: November 12, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County dispatchers file intent to unionize

According to the Paxton Record, roquois County’s dispatchers have filed their intent to unionize, but they did so without notifying the county board.

County Board Chairman Rod Copas said that Naperville attorney John H. Kelly, who purports to represent the county’s 911 board, also known as the Emergency Telephone System Board, did send the state a letter saying that both the 911 board and the county’s dispatch board, or ICOM board, had no objections to the dispatchers’ plans to form a labor union.

“But they did not notify the county board in any way, shape or form,” Copas said during Thursday’s meeting of the county board’s policy and procedure committee. “So we have filed an objection to that with the state. We’re waiting on a response.”

This is just the latest issue in the ongoing saga surrounding the county board, 911 board and ICOM board.

Last month, the county board voted 14-5 in favor of downsizing the 911 board from 12 members to six. The measure was prompted by the 911 board’s lack of willingness to work with the county board in recent months, county board members said, as well as what Copas termed “mismanagement” by the 911 board.

Earlier, the county board voted to withdraw from its participation in ICOM, a combined dispatch service that was formed 12 years ago through an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Watseka and Iroquois County.

With the dissolution of ICOM — and its six-member board — the county board is planning to take over the oversight of dispatchers starting Dec. 1. Earlier, the board had considered instead having the dispatch center’s operations under the oversight of the 911 board, but that option was nixed.

Last week, Copas told his board that the plan should remain the same.

“The largest issue that we have in putting dispatch under 911 would be that you’d have two boards (the county board and 911 board) that would have to try to negotiate a contract with a union,” Copas said. “But we struggle doing it with one board. I talked to our labor attorney, who said it is a very murky, muddy mess. He would not suggest we do that in any way, shape or form.”

Dispatch coordinator sought
The county board also made plans last week to hire a dispatch coordinator before Dec. 1 to oversee the day-to-day operations of the dispatch center in Watseka.

Applications were due Nov. 10. A committee comprising county board members Kyle Anderson, Marvin Stichnoth and Kevin Hansen will review applications and interview candidates.

Copas said the dispatch coordinator would be employed by the county. Nita Dubble, the county’s 911 coordinator, meanwhile, would remain employed by the 911 board, and her salary would continue to be funded through the 911 board. But Dubble would no longer manage dispatchers after ICOM is dissolved.

Sheriff Derek Hagen urged the county board last week to not hire a separate dispatch coordinator.

“The best thing to do is use one person for both spots,” Hagen said. “I’ve had fire chiefs, police chiefs talk to me, wondering what’s going to happen. And they’re concerned about it, rightfully so, because the people who are answering the phone and doing the dispatching from the center have those first responders’ best interests at hand. They have to be reliable, feel confident using the system. They have to know that whoever’s going to supervise it is going to be competent and be able to get that job done.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and it’s almost like (the county board is) trying to reinvent the wheel when the wheel is already there. Let’s take a step back, and let’s look at what we have going.

“Allow the supervisor of dispatch to also be the supervisor of 911. We’ve got a 911 coordinator who does a fantastic job. She received statewide recognition because of it. She’s got 30-plus years in the dispatch service, and my opinion as sheriff is we need to keep the same course on who’s supervising both 911 and the dispatch center.”

Fees approved for 2 years
The county board’s policy and procedure committee last week approved entering into intergovernmental agreements with first-responder agencies in the county, requiring the county to provide dispatch services to those agencies for the next two years in return for the payment of the same fees those agencies had been paying under ICOM.

Watseka is the only municipality that has not finalized its agreement with the county, Copas said. Copas has said that Watseka is expected to contribute the same amount as Iroquois County to support the dispatch center’s operations.

Both the county and Watseka are expected to pay $30,000 more per year than they had been. Whatever ICOM funds are left when ICOM is dissolved on Dec. 1 will be used to offset those costs for Iroquois County and Watseka over the next two years, Copas said.

Once that ICOM money is spent, however, the fee structure may need to be changed, Copas warned.

“Starting the third year, if there’s no changes, Iroquois County general fund taxpayers are going to be charged additional money,” Copas said. “Our costs will go up substantially from where we were a year ago. We’re looking at somewhere between a $100,000 and $170,000 increase in costs in that third year if the county does nothing.

“Going forward, we’ve got two years to get this right. We need to look at the longterm effects and work with the state to figure out what they may do or may not do (to help fund 911).”

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

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  • on: November 12, 2014
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NEWS RELEASE
November 12, 2014

Sheriff’s Police arrested Cathy S. Smith, 41 Crescent City.  According to the police reports, Sheriff’s Police observed Smith’s vehicle disobey a stop sign near Crescent City and pursued the vehicle for a traffic stop.  The Deputy witnessed Smith’s vehicle cross the center line of the road several times and initiated a stop.  Upon contact with Smith, the Deputy observed open containers of alcohol and detected an odor of alcohol coming from Smith’s person.  She was offered to perform the standard field sobriety testing but refused twice.  She was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with blood alcohol content over .08, disobeying a stop sign, improper lane usage, and illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver.  Smith was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond

Hoopeston Police Department Report

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  • on: November 12, 2014
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Theft H14-5868
Date & Time: November 10, 2014 12:38pm
Location: Dollar General 415 S. Dixie Hwy
Arrested: Michael Scott Winland (28) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody after attempting to take merchandise from the
store without paying for it.  Subject was given a Notice To Appear in city court.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE & DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 15 OPEN RANGE PROGRAM

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  • on: November 10, 2014
  • city: ILLINOIS STATE POLICE & DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 15 OPEN RANGE PROGRAM

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP), in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced the date for the annual Open Range Program. Hunters and observers can visit ISP Ranges beginning on November 15, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The Open Range Program is offered in an effort to promote hunting safety by giving hunters access to ISP ranges for the purpose of sighting in their shotguns.  Shotguns will be checked in a controlled environment with firearms experts present to ensure the safe and appropriate use of the shotgun.

“Hunting is a longstanding tradition shared throughout Illinois and we want to ensure hunters take every safety precaution and are prepared during this hunting season,” said Director Hiram Grau. “Hunting accidents are preventable which is why it’s important to take advantage of this opportunity to practice safe marksmanship,” he stressed.

The Open Range Program is a collaborative effort organized annually by the Illinois State Police and the Department of Natural Resources.

“This is an invaluable opportunity for hunters to be sure their firearms are accurately sighted-in prior to opening day,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “I encourage sportsmen and women to practice their skills and test their equipment on a range to ensure they can take clean, ethical shots during our firearm deer seasons.”

Anyone interested in visiting a range is advised to make reservations in advance of November 15.  Targets will be provided, and there is no charge for use of the range.  Participants must possess a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card, provide their own ammunition and transport the firearm legally by having it unloaded and enclosed in a case. 


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The Open Range Program is not part of the Concealed Carry License program.  Handguns will not be permitted at the ISP Ranges.

Advanced reservations will be accepted at the following ISP Ranges which will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 15, in Effingham, Joliet, Macomb, Pawnee, and Pittsfield:

District 5
Joliet
(815) 726-6377, ext. 255
Trooper Keith Malek District 9
Academy
(217) 625-2131
Pawnee Staff District 12
Effingham
(217) 342-7814
M/Sgt. Shad Payne

District 14
Macomb
(309) 833-4046, ext. 242
Trooper Neal Merry District 20
Pittsfield
(217) 285-2034, ext. 225
Trooper Andrew Stambaugh

Rossville American Legion conduct Veteran’s Day Services

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 10, 2014
  • city: Rossville American Legion conduct Veteran's Day Services

Rossville American Legion Veteran’s Day Services will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Memorial on Route 1 at the corner of Chicago and Dale Streets.

If it is raining the service will be at the post home.  A Luncheon will follow at the Legion with meat and cheese trays provided.  Carry in of side dishes are welcome.

Hoopeston American Legion and VFW conduct Veteran’s Day Program

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 10, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston American Legion and VFW conduct Veteran's Day Program

The Hoopeston American Legion and VFW will be conducting their annual Veteran’s Day Program on Tuesday, November 11th at the Hoopeston Area Middle School gymnasium.  The public is encouraged to attend these services, which will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Hoopeston Area Band and Chorus will provide entertainment.  Fred Tabor will be providing the keynote presentation.  After the services everyone is invited to the Hoopeston American Legion for complementary chili and potato soup.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 10, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 9, 2014

11-7 Dakota T. Papineau, 18 Bourbonnais turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Reckless Homicide.  Papineau posted the required bond and was released

11-7 Sheriff’s Police arrested a 15 year-old juvenile from Beaverville.  The juvenile was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Arson.  The juvenile was transported to the Iroquois County Jail and later transferred to the Danville Juvenile Dentention Center where he remains awaiting a court appearance

11-7 Sheriff’s Police investigated a car vs deer accident on County Rd. 9 near 1900 E Rd.  According to the report, William R. Decker, 66 of rural Milford was traveling eastbound on County Rd. 9 when a deer entered the roadway and he was unable to avoid striking the deer, which caused more than $1500 in damages to his vehicle.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 10, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, November 7th - Sunday, November 9th

Friday, November 7, 2014


Residential Burglary H14-5836
Date & Time: November 7, 2014 9:55am
Location: 300 block N. Market St.
Victim: 83 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) broke into a residence he owns
and stole several items.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis
  with Intent to Deliver H14-5855 V14-11084   Linares
Date & Time: November 8, 2014 10:48pm
Location: Fifth Av/Washington
Arrested: Christopher Billingsley (19) of Hoopeston
Macalie Martinez (20) of Hoopeston
Details: While on a traffic stop, both subjects were arrested after a search revealed that
they were in possession of drugs.  Subjects were brought to HPD, processed and
then later transported to the PSB in Danville.  Ms. Martinez was charged with
Poss of Meth and poss of cannabis.  Mr. Billingsley was charged with poss of
cannabis with intent to deliver.  Subject will stay in the PSB to await arraignment.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

NOTHING TO REPORT

Volunteers Needed

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 07, 2014
  • city: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are still needed for Christmas display installation.  Meet at McFerren Park Civic Center at 8 a.m. on Saturday for job requirements.  Dress warmly and bring 9/16 or 1/2” ratchets and mallets.  Lunch will be served.  Park will be closed on Saturday and volunteers should use Elm St. gate to enter and exit.

Iroquois County settles federal lawsuit filed by ex-inmate

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 07, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County settles federal lawsuit filed by ex-inmate

According to the Paxton Record, Iroquois County’s insurance carrier will pay $2,000 to an Onarga man to settle his lawsuit against the county sheriff and jail administrator.

Nicholas L. Hollingsworth, 27, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Urbana after he was sent to state prison for a burglary conviction he received in Iroquois County in 2012.

In his lawsuit, Hollingsworth alleged that while he was awaiting trial at the Iroquois County Jail in Watseka in 2012, his religious freedoms were inhibited by not being permitted to worship as he wanted, according to State’s Attorney Jim Devine.

Also, Devine said, Hollingsworth claimed he was denied appropriate psychotropic medications for which he had a prescription.

Hollingworth’s lawsuit sought in excess of $50,000 in damages against Sheriff Derek Hagen and the jail administrator, Devine said.

Iroquois County’s insurance carrier — Bloomington-based Governmental Interinsurance Exchange, or GIE — recently settled the lawsuit for $2,000 — a settlement that, Devine presumed, was only agreed to in order to “save time, costs and attorneys fees and to make this nuisance go away.”

Hollingsworth has been incarcerated at the Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro since November 2012, when he was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary and four other felony charges. He will be eligible for parole as early as August 2017.

Hollingsworth, who moved from Las Vegas to Onarga an estimated three or four years ago, received the sentence for stealing a safe that contained cash, jewelry and car titles from an Onarga residence in 2012, Devine said. Hollingsworth was arrested after he tried to pawn some of the items at a jewelry store in Kankakee. The safe, along with most of the items, were recovered by police, Devine said.

Rankin board moving forward with repainting of water tower

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 07, 2014
  • city: Rankin board moving forward with repainting of water tower

According to the Paxton Record, The village board is moving forward with an expensive project involving its water tower — one that could cost as much as $165,000.

The project would involve repainting the tower’s interior to address surface rust discovered during a recent inspection, according to Board President Aaron Warren. It also would involve repainting the letters that spell out “Rankin” on the exterior of the tower’s elevated tank, Warren said.

The board Thursday night discussed plans for an upcoming bid opening for the project.  Greg Gustafson, an engineer for Urbana-based Berns, Clancy & Associates, was scheduled to hold a pre-bid meeting with interested contractors on Nov. 18.

The village has budgeted $165,000 for the project, to be paid out of the water fund, Warren said. Whether the village will need to raise water rates to cover the cost has not been determined, but that likely will be considered, Warren said.

Also at Thursday’s board meeting:

— Justin Grabow of Clarence, who serves as president of the Illinois Miniature Horse Club, requested the use of the village park for an event his club is planning. The board had no objection but asked that he provide proof of his club’s insurance coverage.

— The board made plans to pay a one-time $400 Breathalyzer certification fee to the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS), of which Rankin’s police department is a member. The fee will cover the initial certification of a portable Breathalyzer machine that was donated to the village by the ILEAS. The police department’s budget for supplies contained enough money to cover the certification cost.

— The board authorized Warren, who works as a real estate agent, to acquire an appraisal for a property at 215 S. Dixon St. that was recently donated to the village by Wells Fargo, which had acquired it through foreclosure. Warren will draft a resolution for the board to vote on in December that will allow the village to sell the property. The board will then publish notices in local newspapers seeking bids for its purchase.

— The board agreed to not increase any figures in the village’s property tax levy for 2014 — keeping the levy unchanged from 2013. The board plans to approve the levy in December.

— Trustee Lynn Ingold suggested that the board make a decision in December about which road projects the board wishes to pursue using motor fuel tax (MFT) revenue. Ingold said she believes the village must submit paperwork in January to the Illinois Department of Transportation if it plans to pursue any MFT work in fiscal year 2015. The village has a $9,700 balance in its MFT fund.

— It was announced that four trustees’ seats are up for election in April 2015 — those held by Alyssa Duncan, Roxanne Hasting, Joey Mason and Ingold. All new terms will be for four years, expect for Mason’s seat, which will be for a two-year, unexpired term.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 06, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Deceptive Practice H14-5813
Date & Time: November 5, 2014   1:36pm
Location: 1002 W Chestnut
Complainant: Pizza Hut Restaurant
Arrested: Kelly J Barnard (35) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody and charged when a complaint was made
after she wrote a check on a closed account.  She was transported to HPD
where she was booked and released after posting bond.

Hoopeston City Council receive water update

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 05, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston City Council receive water update

The Hoopeston City Council met on Monday, November 3rd and learned in the meeting from Mike Streff, of Farnsworth Group, that a second sand filter is now online, helping clean Hoopeston water, while a third is set to be updated and returned to service.

The second filter returned to service Friday, after it had been cleaned, refilled, backwashed and tested.  The third filter, which is currently out of service for repairs, was opened Monday.  Streff asked Steve Baker, water superintendent, if it was bad and Baker responded with “It was real bad”.  Testing on iron in the water, which causes the rust that residents have complained about for years showed iron levels around .1 milligrams/liter when they had tested as high as 1.5 milligrams/liter.  Despite the much lower readings, Baker said rust is still in the system and will probably remain there until the city’s hydrant flushing program starts in the spring.
Streff also reported that about 75% of the sandblastings and priming done on both the interior and exterior was completed.

Challenger unseats longtime county clerk

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 05, 2014
  • city: Challenger unseats longtime county clerk

According to the Commercial News,  Longtime Vermilion County Clerk Lynn Foster turned in her final election results on Tuesday, falling to newcomer Cathy Jenkins in the General Election.

The defeat ends a run of almost a quarter century in the office for Foster, who was elected to her first term as county clerk in 1990.
“I honestly have appreciated the opportunity I’ve had for the last 24 years to serve the people in this county,” she said late Tuesday night. “I have enjoyed it. I’m very proud of the job we’ve done.”
Voters actually turned out in favor of Foster in Danville city limits, a total of 3,538 votes, 54 percent, cast in her favor. That’s compared to 3,009 votes, 45 percent, for Jenkins.
Ballots cast by county residents told a different story, however, as Jenkins racked up a 7,121 votes, 53 percent, compared to Foster’s 6,241 votes, 46 percent.
For Jenkins, a member of the Vermilion County Board from District 4, the electoral win is a first. Jenkins could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
Foster, after adding up the figures, said she didn’t think the vote totals would be that far apart.
“I’m disappointed about the results tonight,” she said.
Foster noted that voter turnouts in the city of Danville — usually a strong area for her — were lower than expected while other county areas that have not showed large support in the past had higher turnout totals. 
“That’s the way it worked out,” she said.
Overall, a total of 6,672 votes were cast in Danville — or 39 percent of the 16,933 registered voters. In the county, the turnout was higher with 13,600 ballots cast, or 45 percent of the 30,115 registered voters.
Tuesday’s defeat comes after Foster won a new term as county clerk in 2010 by the slimmest of margins over another county board challenger, District 6’s Dennis Miller.
In the end, however, Foster said she is happy for the quarter-century of work she has put in to the county clerk’s office.
“I’m grateful,” she said, “grateful to the people of this county for letting me serve them all of these years.”
Also on Tuesday night, Vermilion County lost its current Recorder of Deeds but is gaining a new circuit judge.
Thomas O’Shaughnessy, elected county recorder in 2012, successfully defeated current Associate Judge Karen Wall for a seat on the bench in Vermilion County.
Support inside Danville city limits made the race close with O’Shaughnessy receiving 3,338 votes, 50 percent — just edging the 3,242 votes, 49 percent, cast for Wall.
It was among voters in the county that O’Shaughnessy, a resident of Catlin, widened the margin. There, Wall received 5,541 votes, or 41 percent, while O’Shaughnessy earned 7,877 votes, or 58 percent of the ballots cast.
O’Shaughnessy, speaking soon after the polls closed, said there was definitely a different level of intensity for the circuit judge’s race compared to his campaign for recorder two years ago.
That race, he said, was a learning experience as he tried to combine more social media to reach voters, combining it with the more traditional strategies.
“A key component in the campaign was to make sure we extended a hand and talked to people in a comfortable setting,” O’Shaughnessy said, adding he finished going door to door in Rabbittown on Monday.
Wall said she was “definitely disappointed” by the election outcome. But she congratulated O’Shaughnessy on the election race, saying he ran a good campaign.
“I would like to thank all of my supporters, voters, friends and family who believed in me and stuck with me throughout this process,” Wall said. “I’m happy for the experience.”
Wall said she learned a lot and “looks forward to moving forward after this evening.”

Election 2014 Results

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 05, 2014
  • city: Election 2014 Results

As residents of the state of Illinois you are waking up to a newly elected Governor, Bruce Rauner, it was a close race but, Rauner has ended the Democrat’s 12 year grip on the office in President Barack Obama’s home state and handing the GOP one of the Midwest last remaining Democratic strongholds.

In Other Statewide races:
D- Lisa Madigan keeps the Attorney General seat defeating R-Paul Shimpf
Illinois voters keep D-Jesse White in office as Secretary of State
R-Judy Baar Topinka pulled out a Win as Comptroller in a tight race against D-Sheila Simon
And another tight race for Treasurer put R-Tom Cross in office over D-Michael Frerichs
Republicans ride wave of discontent with Obama to flip 7 seats and take control of Senate for first time in 8 years
In Congress
In the Senate Race, D-Dick Durban held onto his seat
In the House, R-Rodney Davis defeated D-Ann Callis in District 13, R-John Shimkus defeated D-Eric Thorsland in District 15, R-Adam Kinzinger defeated D-Randall Olsen in District 16 and R-Aaron Shock defeated D-Darrel Miller in District 18
In the General Assembly in 4 uncontested races
Senate District 51 R-Chapin Rose, House District 101 R-Bill Mitchell, House District 104 R-Chad Hays & House District 110 R-Reginald Phillips
In contested races, R-Adam Brown defeated D-Matt Forcum in District 102, in 103 D-Carol Ammons defeated R-Kristin Williamson, making Ammons the first African-American to represent C-U in the state House & R-Tom Bennett defeated D-William Nutter in District 106
Referendums for the City of Hoopeston to increase sales tax by 1% loss with 550-No votes versus 521-yes votes