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WHPO Blog Archives for 2019-10

Hoopeston Trick or Treat Exceptions 10/31/19

Some local businesses are willing to fight the cold weather tonight for Trick or Treat hours. Be sure to stop by and fill up your bucket!


Heritage Health - 5:30-7pm


Anderson Funeral Home - 5:30-8pm


Chestnut Street Church of Christ - 5:30-7pm


Stay safe and warm this Halloween! 



Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/31/19

Traffic Accident                                         H19-5911

Time:          5:12PM

Location:    200 Block of East Main St

Unit 1:         2012 Ford 350 driven by Richard J. Fry (81) (M) of Boswell IN

Unit 2:         1999 Ford driven by Linden L. Coffey (32) (M) of Hoopeston IL

Details:       Unit 1 backed from a parking space on the north side of Main St striking

                   Unit 2 that was parked in the parking space on the south side of Main St.

                   No injuries, no citations and both units were insured.




Burglary to Auto                                        H19-5912

Time:            5:32 PM

Location:      700 Block of Wilson Ave.

Complainant: 26 year old Hoopeston male

Details:         Several items were taken from a vehicle in the above location. Report was

                     taken and an investigation continues



Theft                                                                                                 H19-5914

Time:          9:04PM

Location:    415 S. Dixie Highway Dollar General

Arrested:     Kristy Powers (40) (F) of Hoopeston

Details:       HPD was dispatched to Dollar General for a report of theft.  After an

                   investigation, Ms. Powers was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed.

                   She was later released with a city citation and city court date.




The Danville Public Library, in partnership with Mad Goat Coffee, will present a series of local author discussions throughout the month of November in celebration of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.)


As stated on its website, National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.” On November 1, participants begin working toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. To become a participant, register at


Local authors will be discussing the art and process of writing, editing and publishing on select dates throughout November to assist and inspire NaNoWriMo participants—or anyone interested in the writing process. Topics covered include historical research, finding motivation, submitting manuscripts to publishers and “showing, not telling.” These events will take place at Mad Goat Coffee’s new location at 701 S. Gilbert and the Library.


This is the second year the Library has actively participated in NaNoWriMo events. Last year’s events were so popular that participants requested the organization of a group of writers that could continue to meet to share works and ideas. The DPL Writers’ Group began in January of this year and continues to meet on a monthly basis.


Brian K. Morris, a featured local author returning for another talk this year, encourages those new to writing to join in the fun. “Is your head filled with the next Harry Potter or the 51st Shade of Gray? NaNoWriMo can help you get that story into print with all the support you could ever want or need.”

For a complete listing of dates, times and particpants, please visit the Library’s website.


Event listings may also be found on the Library’s Facebook page

(, Mad Goat South’s Facebook page (, or by calling or stopping by the Library.


The Library is located at 319 N. Vermilion St. in Danville.  Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The library website address is: 

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/30/19



Burglary to Auto                              H19-5893

Time:                    3:34PM

Location:              800 block of E Washington St.

Details:                 Several items were taken from a vehicle in the above location. A report was

                             taken and investigation continues.


Burglary to Auto                              H19-5896

Time:                    6:27PM

Location:              700 E Washington St

Details:                 Several items were taken from a vehicle in the above location. A report was

                             taken and investigation continues.


Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Violation of Traffic Laws on a Bicycle, Improper Equipment     H19-5900

Time:          10:25pm

Location:    100 blk W Main St

Arrested:     Andrew Cordova (25) (M) of Hoopeston

Details:       HPD officers stopped Mr. Cordova for no stopping at a stop sign and improper

                   lighting while riding his bike.  After an investigation, subject was arrested and

                   taken to HPD to be processed.  He was later transported to the PSB in Danville

                    to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/29/19

Warrant Arrest                                          H19-5872               V19-9275

Time:                    1:56 PM

Location:              600 block of E Maple St

Arrested:              Curtis Miller (47) (M) of Rossville

Details:                 HPD was dispatched to investigate and illegally parked vehicle. Mr. Miller

                             was there and a computer check revealed that he had an outstanding  

                             Vermilion County warrant. Mr. Miller was arrested and taken to HPD to

                             be processed. He was later taken to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.


Breach of the Peace Constituting Disorderly Conduct           H19-5879

Time:                    6:42 PM

Location:              400 block of W Maple St

Arrested:              Kenneth Dale (39) (M) of Hoopeston

Details:                 HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a verbal altercation.

HPD officers separated the two Mr. Dale was then arrested and

taken to HPD to be processed and later was released with a Notice to Appear

in Hoopeston City Court.


Fire Call

Time:                    9:33PM

Location:              800 block of E Wyman

Details:                 HFD was dispatched to the above location for smell of natural gas.


Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of

          Cannabis Prohibited (city)                         H19-5882    V19-9298

Time:          7:48pm

Location:    100 blk E Main St

Arrested:     Danyel Fink (23) (F) of Hoopeston

                   Joshua Sadler (24) (M) of Hoopeston

Details:       HPD officers stopped the vehicle subjects were in for a traffic violation.  After an

                   investigation, both subjects were arrested and taken to HPD to be processed.  Ms.

                   Fink was given a city citation for possession of cannabis and released with a city

                   court date.  Mr. Sadler was taken to the PSB after being charged with possession of

                   methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia to await arraignment.



Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/27/19

Criminal Damage to Property H19-5863

Time:    11:39 am

Location:    500 Blk S 6th Ave

Complainant:  36 year old Hoopeston female

Details:    HPD officers responded in reference to criminal damage to the complainant’s

   vehicle.  An investigation continues.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/26/19

Warrant Arrest                       H19-5834                      V19-9199

Time:                    6:09 PM

Location:              800 block of W Main St.

Arrested:              Alexander J. Napier(24)of Hoopeston

Details:                 HPD Officers were dispatch to the above location in reference to subject

wanted on a warrant. A computer check of Mr. Napier revealed that he had an outstanding Vermilion County warrant for failure to appear. He was arrested, taken to HPD and processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.



Warrant Arrest                       H19-5843             V19-9206

Time:                    10:31PM

Location:              500 block of E Young Ave.

Arrested:                Titus Barber(41)of Hoopeston

Details:                 HPD officers located Mr. Barber at the location above. A computer

                               check revealed that Mr. Barber was wanted on a Vermilion County warrant.

He was arrested, taken to HPD and processed. He was later transported to PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.

DACC Calendar of Events

Friday, October 25, 2019

Pick up a FREE pumpkin from the Information Office in Vermilion Hall from October 23-25 (while supplies last or use your own pumpkin) for the DACC Spirit Week Pumpkin Decorating Contest on Tuesday, October 29. Entries due by noon on Tuesday, October 29 and will be on display in the Student Union with pumpkin flavored treats provided. Winners announced by 5PM. 
First Day of Spring/Winter Online Registration
DACC Cross Country at Region 24 Championships; 8AM; Charleston, Illinois; Tom Woodall Panther Trail

Saturday, October 26, 2019

SCARY MOVIE NIGHT sponsored by the DACC Gaming Club & eSports Association Scary Movie Night on Saturday, October 26 from 5:00-10:00 PM in the Bremer Theater. $5 Entry. No outside food or drink! Costume contest with a cash prize!

DACC Women's Basketball Join Walk for Breast Cancer. Join us as we walk October 26th in the Campaign and raise money to help the fight against breast cancer! They have formed a team because this cause is important to them and they want to help. And walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is the best way we can do that. We all have different reasons for participating but we share a determination to help save lives from breast cancer. Any and funds raised will go directly to the American cancer Society. There are so many ways that the money our team raises helps. It's helping fund innovative research. It's providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It's providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives. Consider donating to our team and helping advance the cause. If you would like to participate and walk with us in the event we would love to have you! Visit the Danville Area Community College WBB Facebook page for more information. Link available on DACC Women's Basketball Facebook page.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Intramural Soccer; 1PM; Winter Park. For more information contact Wesley Brown at or 443-8876.

Monday, October 28, 2019

First Day of Face-to-Face Spring/Winter Registration
DACC Spirit Week Activities Monday, October 28 - Chili Cook-off in Student Union - Sample FREE chili and vote for your favorite from 11:00 a.m. until gone (Employee/Employee-Sponsored Chili Recipes only)

DACC Spirit Week Activities Monday, October 28 - JAGUAR SPIRIT DAY - Wear DACC colors or your favorite Jaguar shirt and show your JAGUAR PRIDE!
Tuesday, October 29, 2019


DACC Spirit Week Activities Tuesday, October 29 - PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST - Pick up a FREE pumpkin from the Information Office in Vermilion Hall from October 23-25 (while supplies last or use your own pumpkin). Entries due by noon on Tuesday, October 29 and will be on display in the Student Union with pumpkin flavored treats provided. Winners announced by 5PM. 
PTK Membership Meeting; 3PM; CT-011. For more information contact Ronnie Johnson 443-8869 or

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

PTK BAKE SALE; 9AM-12PM; Clock Tower Center and 9:30AM-12:30PM; Mary Miller Complex. For more information contact Ronnie Johnson 443-8869 or
DACC Spirit Week Activities Wednesday, October 30 - FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM DAY - Wear your favorite sports team apparel and join us on the Quad for a TAIL GATE PARTY! 

DACC Spirit Week Activities Wednesday, October 30 - TAIL GATE PARTY!  Tail Gate Decorating Contest with PRIZES to be awarded, meet your DACC athletes, games and food will be provided from 11AM-1PM


NEW THIS YEAR - TAIL GATE PARTY with a TAIL GATE DECORATING CONTEST. A portion of the parking lot south of Prairie Hall will be reserved for contestants’ vehicles. Hot Dogs to be served on the Quad with DACC Athletes and games from 11AM-1PM. Prizes will be awarded for best decorations.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

PTK BAKE SALE; 9AM-12PM; Clock Tower Center and 9:30AM-12:30PM; Mary Miller Complex. For more information contact Ronnie Johnson 443-8869 or

DACC Spirit Week Activities Thursday, October 31 - CDC Spirit Parade & Costume Contest. Children from the DACC Child Development Center will parade through the offices starting at 9:15 am

DACC Spirit Week Activities Thursday, October 31 - Students & Employee Costume Contest (11AM-1PM in Student Union) - Get in the spirit and dress up.  Students and Staff will vote online. Prizes awarded for best costumes for Students & Staff (individual and group)
Friday, November 1, 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Financial Aid 101 - Financial Aid Workshop; Sat., Nov. 2; 9AM-12PM; LH-205. Come and let us help you get your FAFSA filled out for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 school year. What to bring: 2018 tax information and GSA ID information for student and parent! Don’t wait! A waste of time could be a waste of money!

DACC Women's Basketball vs Kaskaskia College; 1PM; Danville, Illinois; Mary Miller Gymnasium
Pink Breast Cancer Game. Proceeds will be donated to The American Cancer Society Making Strides against Breast Cancer.

DACC Men's Basketball vs Lakeland Community College; 3PM; Danville, Illinois; Mary Miller Gymnasium
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Intramural Soccer; 1PM; Winter Park. For more information contact Wesley Brown at or 443-8876.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Eastern Illinois University Rep. Ryan Howard; 10AM-1PM; Lincoln Hall hallway outside Student Union

DACC Cheerleaders Middle School Stunt Clinic for cheerleaders in 5th-8th grades. Registration dates: Mon., Nov. 4; Wed., Nov. 6; or Thurs., Nov. 7 from 6:00-7:00PM. CLINIC DATE: Sun., Nov. 10; 2-4PM. GAME DATE: Sun., Nov. 24; 3PM. All event held at the DACC Mary Miller Gymnasium. Visit the DACC Cheerleading Facebook Page for more information on the Stunt Clinic and registration form.

DACC Men's Basketball at Vincennes University; 6PM; Vincennes, Indiana

AUDITIONS FOR DACC'S GOT TALENT SHOW; 3-5PM; Bremer Theater. The contest is open to current DACC students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Acts should be 5 minutes or less. Must have own accompaniment. Auditions held in front of live selection panel. Acts selected will perform at the DACC’s Got Talent Show on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7:30PM in the Bremer Theater. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. For more information contact Jeanne Dunn at or 443-8724.

ISP Will Welcome 57 New Cadets

WHO: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker  

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton

Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly    

Illinois State Police Command Staff   


WHAT: Illinois State Police Cadet Class 129 Graduation 


WHEN: Bell Ringing Ceremony- Friday, October 25, 9:00 a.m.    


  Graduation Ceremony-Friday, October 25, 1:30 p.m.   


WHERE: Bell Ringing Ceremony   Illinois State Police Academy   3700 East Lake Shore Drive   Springfield, Illinois 62712


                Graduation Ceremony Hope Church   3000 Lenhart Road  Springfield, Illinois  62711


Governor J.B. Pritzker, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton and Illinois State Police (ISP) Officials will welcome 57 cadets to the ranks of the ISP.  Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly will formally address Cadet Class 129, followed by the oath of an officer ceremony.  The new Troopers will be assigned to districts throughout the state beginning Monday, October 28, 2019.


The Academy’s formal “Bell Ringing Ceremony” will take place at 9:00 a.m., which provides families and Troopers with a glimpse into the tradition and honor of an ISP Trooper.   


NB:  Media is advised to arrive by 8:45 a.m. for Bell Ringing Ceremony at ISP Academy, or 1:15 p.m. at Hope Church for graduation.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/25/19

Driving While License Suspended             H19-5814

Time:          4:10pm

Location:    300 block of S. 1st Ave

Arrested:     Terry Williams (30) of Hoopeston

Details:       Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle who failed to use its turn signal.

A computer check revealed Williams to have a suspended license. Williams was taken to HPD, processed and later released with a Noticed to Appear in traffic court.




Residential Burglary; Resisting/Obstructing

Time:          5:10pm

Location:    900 block of E. Young Ave

Arrested:     Scott Gillispie (43) of Hoopeston

Details:       Officers were called to the above in reference to items missing from a residence.

After an investigation Mr. Gillispie was charged with the above, transported to HPD, processed and later transported to the PSB.  


USDA Opens Registration for the 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2019 – Registration is now open for the 96th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), the largest annual meeting and premiere event of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The two-day Forum will take place on Feb. 20-21, 2020, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.


The 2020 Forum, themed “The Innovation Imperative: Shaping the Future of Agriculture”, will feature more than 30 sessions covering topics such as innovations in agriculture, global trade trends, food loss and waste, frontiers in conservation, and the science of food safety. In addition, USDA Chief Economist will unveil the Department’s outlook for U.S. commodity markets and trade in 2020 and discuss the U.S. farm income situation.


An exhibit hall will showcase resources from USDA agencies and private organizations.

The 2020 Forum’s program will be announced at the beginning of November.

About USDA’s Outlook Forum


USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum began in 1923 to distribute and interpret national forecasts to farmers in the field. The goal was to provide the information developed through economic forecasting to farmers so they had the tools to read market signals and avoid producing beyond demand.


Since then, the Forum has developed into a unique platform where key stakeholders from the agricultural sector in the United States and around the world come together every year to discuss current and emerging topics and trends in the sector. On average, 1,600 people attend the Forum each year.


The Agricultural Outlook Forum, which is organized by USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist together with other USDA agencies, is independent of commercial interests and aims to facilitate information sharing among stakeholders and generate the transparency that leads to well-functioning open markets.


Future Leaders in Agriculture Program

The USDA Future Leaders in Agriculture Program selects undergraduate and graduate students in agriculture-related studies for a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. During their visit, students will attend the Outlook Forum and take part in a USDA briefing, discuss career opportunities with agriculture leaders in academia, government, and industry, and tour the nation’s capital. Winners receive free registration, transportation, and lodging.


For more information about this real-world training experience in agribusiness, scientific research, and agricultural policy, you may apply for the Future Leaders in Agriculture Program (PDF, 131 KB).


Pre-Forum Field Trip

As part of the Agricultural Outlook Forum, USDA offers a pre-forum field trip for early arrivals. The 2020 pre-forum trip will focus on urban agriculture. It will feature a local urban farm enterprise and a visit with scientists who conduct research on microgreens, locally adapted fruit varieties and other urban farming topics at USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. A nominal fee covers transportation and a boxed lunch.


Visit the Agricultural Outlook Forum website to register, reserve discounted room rates, join the pre-forum field trip, or apply for the USDA Future Leaders in Agriculture Program. Follow the conversation at #AgOutlook on USDA’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

USDA Issues Safety-Net and Conservation Payments to Illinois Farmers

(SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS) -- Oct. 23, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Illinois is processing $12,913,760 in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments for the 2018 crop year.  Additionally, Illinois FSA will distribute $158,417,417 in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to landowners to support voluntary conservation efforts on private lands. 


“Our safety net programs help provide certainty and stability to Illinois farm families affected by fluctuating market prices,” William Graff, State Executive Director in Illinois said. “When reviewing payments, it’s important to remember that ARC and PLC payments by county can vary because average county yields will differ.” 


FSA began processing payments for 2018 ARC-County (ARC-CO) or PLC on covered commodities that triggered payments on enrolled farms in the 2018 crop year. FSA anticipates issuing more payments in November once USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service publishes additional commodity prices for the 2018 crop. 


In Illinois, 102 counties have experienced a drop in price or revenues below the benchmark price established by the ARC or PLC programs and will receive payments. 


Producers who had 2018 covered commodities enrolled in ARC-CO can visit for payment rates applicable to their county and each covered commodity.  For farms and covered commodities enrolled in 2018 PLC, the following crops met payment triggers: wheat, barley, peanuts, corn, grain sorghum, dry peas, lentils and canola.  Oats and soybeans did not meet 2018 PLC payment triggers.

2018 PLC payment rates for the following covered commodities have not been determined: large chickpeas, small chickpeas, sunflower seed, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower, crambe, sesame seed, seed cotton, long grain rice, medium grain rice and temperate Japonica rice.

Also, this week, USDA began issuing 2019 CRP payments to support voluntary conservation efforts on private lands.  In Illinois, 64,753 landowners will receive compensation for their efforts to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion and improve wildlife habitat on 812,675.03 acres enrolled in CRP throughout the state.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/24/19

Burglary to Auto                              H19-5789

Time:             8:31am

Location:       500 S 6th Av, Parkview Court

Complainant:  45 year old Hoopeston male

Details:          HPD officers were called in reference to a burglary report.  Complainant advised

                      unknown subject(s) stole items from his vehicle.  An investigation continues.

single vehicle fatal crash in Ford County

WHAT:  Single Vehicle Fatal Crash 
WHERE:   I-57 Northbound at Milepost 258.5 (Ford County) 
WHEN:  Thursday, October 23, 2019, 8:49 a.m. 
VEHICLE:  Unit One:  Black 1999 Mazda Convertible    
DRIVER:  Unit One:  Male, 72, Copperas Cove, TX (Deceased)     PRELIMINARY:  Preliminary investigation has indicated the Mazda was traveling northbound on I-57 at milepost 258.5.  The vehicle went off the roadway striking a guardrail.  The driver of the Mazda was pronounced deceased on scene by the Ford County Coroner’s Office. 

2019 Jaycees' Toys for Kids Registration

Christmas is coming!  The Hoopeston Jaycees will independently host registration for their annual Toys for Kids Project, which allows qualifying families to select new toys and stocking stuffers for children ages 0-10.  Participation will be open to all residences within the Hoopeston Area School District, including Ranking, East Lynn, Wellington, and Cheneyville.  Income qualification will be based on the book waiver through the school district.  Applicants must be parents and/or guardians, and are asked to bring proof of residency and children. 
Registration will take place at the Hoopeston First United Methodist Church (403 E. Main St.) on the following dates: 
Monday, November 11: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 12: 9:00-11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 13: 9:00-11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 14: 9:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 16: 8:00-10:00 a.m. 
Please direct any questions to or our Facebook page at “Hoopeston Jaycees”

Little Lorraine Theater Movies/Events

Little Lorraine November Movies

The Lion King - Oct. 25-26-27, Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m


Yesterday - Nov. 1-2-3, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


The Art of Racing in the Rain- Nov. 8-9-10, Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m


The Angry Birds 2 - Nov. 15-16-17, Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 4 p.m.(notice time change), Sunday-3 p.m


The Peanut Butter Falcon - Nov. 22 and 24, No Saturday movie on 23rd, Friday, 7 p.m, Sunday, 3 p.m.


Dora and the Lost City of Gold - Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


Lorraine Theatre Events

Beach Boys Tribute - Sounds of Summer - Saturday, October 26, 7 p.m.


Christopher Columbus: The Shame in Glory - Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Stage Play


Neil Diamond Tribute - Doug Allen Nash - Saturday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.


Movie Trivia - Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m. 

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/22/19

Domestic Violence, Aggravated Assault H19-5778

Time:   12:23pm

Location:   500 E Honeywell Av

Complainant: 44 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested:        Scott Gillispie (43) (M) of Hoopeston

Details:   HPD officers were called to the above location for the report of a domestic

  issue.  Upon arrival, Mr. Gillispie had left the area.  Later that evening, subject

  was located and arrested for the above charges.  He was processed and released

  with a court date. 



Driving While License Suspended H19-5781

Time: 6:58pm

Location: 300 W Chestnut St

Arrested: Terrance Irvin (26) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle Mr. Irvin was driving for a traffic violation.

A computer check revealed that he had a suspended driver’s license. Subject

was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed.  He was later released with a

citation and traffic court date. 

New Area Code 447

The Illinois Commerce Commission has announced a new area code is coming to central Illinois. The new 447 area code will “overlay” the existing 217 area code to address the depletion of prefixes available for assignment within the region. The first prefix in the new area code will not be introduced until after March 29, 2021.

The 217 area code covers 36 counties in Illinois and includes communities such as Springfield, Champaign, Urbana, Decatur, Danville, Quincy, and Rantoul. The 217 area code is one of the original, eighty-six area codes in the United States, assigned by Bell Laboratories in 1947. It has not undergone any substantive changes to its boundaries nor its dialing patterns since 1951.
447 Area Code, 18 Years in the Making
NeuStar (now Somos) under contract by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to administer the nation’s telephone numbering resources, originally filed a petition on behalf of the Illinois Telecommunications Industry seeking a new area code for 217 in June of 2001. On March 6, 2007, in Docket No. 01-0656, the ICC approved the addition of area code 447, to be deployed in the geographic area now served by area code 217. The Commission sought to delay implementation for as long as possible. Ongoing conservation efforts have forestalled the need for the new 447 area code until now.

While many individual 217 telephone numbers remain unassigned, an area code is deemed to be “exhausted” when the last available prefix has been assigned.  While 447 telephone numbers will begin to appear in 2021, there will continue to be an ongoing supply of available 217 telephone numbers in most areas.
What Consumers Can Expect Upon Implementation

Current phone customers will retain the original area code. New telephone customers for local phone service, cellular, paging services, and alarms, assigned in the same area may receive telephone numbers in the new overlay area code.

The FCC requires all calls made in the overlay area to be completed by dialing the full, 10-digit number (area code + seven-digit number).  This includes calls currently dialed with seven digits in the existing area code. This requirement does not affect the cost of the call. A local call will remain a local call, and a toll call will remain a toll call, regardless of the number of digits that are dialed to complete it.

Prior to the assignment of numbers in the new area code, customers in the 217 area code will have a six-month period time, between August 29, 2020 and February 27, 2021, to adjust to dialing the additional digits to complete their calls, prior to it becoming mandatory. During this period, consumers are encouraged to update their contact lists and auto dialers to include the 10-digit number. After February 27, 2021, all calls must be dialed with the Area Code + Telephone number.


Pritzker Administration Announces $10.1 Million in Park and Recreational Facility Grants

State funding helps local communities build, improve and renovate recreational buildings or acquire land for recreational purposes


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced that more than $10.1 million in state grant funding has been approved for local governments to construct, renovate and improve buildings or purchase land to be used for public access and recreation. The funding is made available through the Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act (PARC) grant program.


“Our public lands allow people from all walks of life to experience the natural beauty our state has to offer — but more than that, these shared spaces often serve as a foundation for strong communities,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “From expanded green space to fresh recreational facilities, this grant money gives Illinoisans more reason to go out and explore with their neighbors. My administration is proud to help local governments build the public spaces our families deserve.”
“Providing funding for local governments to construct and renovate facilities where families and individuals can enjoy recreation opportunities is a win-win for local governments and the citizens living in those communities,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan.
The PARC grant program, which is administered by the IDNR, provides up to 90 percent of project costs to help build, renovate and improve recreational buildings used by the public or purchase land to be used for public access and recreational purposes, with local governments matching the value of the grants awarded.
The PARC grant recipients and information on the projects announced today are listed below:
Chicago Park District – Pulaski Park
Renovate/rehabilitate the Field House and Pool House at Pulaski Park in Chicago. Improvements include facility layout reconfiguration, new plumbing, electrical and signage. Field House improvements are accessible washrooms, locker rooms, interior access ramps and mechanicals. Pool House renovations include new accessible washrooms, locker rooms and showers. New lifeguard room with toilet, accessible drinking fountains, ramped entrance to the pool house, new walls, finishes, plumbing, electrical, ventilation and signage throughout. Exterior improvements to the Field House include masonry restoration and foundation stabilization. Pool House exterior improvements include restoration of the roof/windows with exterior masonry rehabilitation. Grant amount:  $1,137,500


Chicago Park District – Ridge Park
Renovate/rehabilitate the historic Ridge Park Fieldhouse in Chicago. The renovation includes new roofing, new windows and doors, masonry improvements and new HVAC energy management systems and components. Grant amount:  $602,165
Chicago Park District – River Park
Renovate/rehabilitate the historic building at River Park in Chicago. The renovation includes slate roof replacement, masonry restoration, restoration of prior water damages, clearing of roof drain tiles and the excavation and rehabilitation of collapsed underground drain lines.
Grant amount:  $600,000


Chicago Park District – Tuley Park
Restoration of facilities at Tuley Park in Chicago will ensure recreational programming can continue. Improvements include a new roof, gutters, downspouts and drainage, exterior concrete, foundation repair and waterproofing. First floor interior improvement to finish the ceiling, floors, concrete walls, doors and interior. Second floor renovations include gym floors, bathrooms, and lighting. Grant amount:  $602,165


City of Edwardsville – Indoor Recreation Center
Construction of the City of Edwardsville’s first indoor recreation facility located near the MCT Bike Trail and Governor’s Parkway. The facility will feature and indoor ice-skating rink, an elevated 175-meter, four-lane track with a 3,000 square foot physical fitness center with related support facilities. Included at this facility will be a new entrance road and a parking lot.
Grant amount:  $2,500,000


Oswegoland Park District – Addition to the Boulder Point Recreation Center
Construction of a 5,600-square foot addition to the existing Boulder Point Recreation Center in Montgomery. Exterior items include new windows and side vestibule for energy savings, a new reflective roof on the new and existing facility with site work to place the new addition. Interior improvements include a new lobby and community room, new parent viewing area, new gymnasium with additional storage, new office addition with a kitchenette and the remodeling of the restrooms to provide accessibility and meet ADA requirements. Further improvements include a new high efficiency HVAC unit with new/improved fire suppression systems.
Grant amount:  $1,835,997


Village of Rantoul – Renovate and Expand the Forum Fitness Center
Renovate/expand the Forum Fitness Center located in Rantoul. Improvements to the exterior of the building include installation of new windows and double doors. Building expansion will feature a 3,000-square foot group fitness addition. Interior improvements include installation of drop ceilings, flooring and installation of new electrical services in the cardio room.  Renovations include the installation of a new HVAC system for the gymnasium and the locker rooms. Grant amount:  $750,000


Village of Villa Grove – Construct a New Community Center (Phase 1)
Construction of a new community center in Villa Grove. Phase 1 of this project includes a new gymnasium with a full basketball court, locker rooms, seating for observers and an elevated mezzanine/walking track area for recreational activities such as yoga, aerobics, gaming and crafting activities. Also included in Phase 1 will be a kitchen area, concessions area, restrooms, and storage area. Grant amount:  $2,140,300

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/19/19

Criminal Damage to Property H19-5732

Time:    10:28 am

Location:    700 Blk S 1st Ave

Complainant:  23 year old Hoopeston female

Details:    HPD officers responded in reference to criminal damage to the complainant’s

   vehicle.  An investigation continues.


Criminal Trespass to Residence, Battery, Criminal Damage to Property over $500

   H19-5741     V19-9012

Time:    9:00pm

Location:    300 blk W Chestnut

Complainant:  53 year old Hoopeston male

Arrested:    Joshua Edwards (41) (M) Hoopeston male

Details:    HPD officers responded to the for the report of criminal damage to 

   property.  After an investigation, officers located Mr. Edwards and arrested

   him for the above charges.  He was taken to HPD, processed and later 

   transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.


Residential Burglary H19-5744

Time:    11:10pm

Location:    800 blk W Washington

Complainant:  34 year old Hoopeston female

Details:    HPD officers responded to the report of residential burglary.  Unknown 

   subject(s) came into the complainant’s residence and stole several items.

   An investigation continues.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/18/19

Fire Call

Time:          08:17am

Location:    State Route 9 at State Line Rd

Details:       HFD ISP Arrow all dispatched to report single vehicle accident in the ditch with injuries.    ISP was dispatched to handle the accident.



Disorderly Conduct                                  H19-5694

Time:            1:57 pm

Location:       200 block of W Lincoln St

Citied:            Mark Glenn(54)of Hoopeston

Details:          Glenn was written a city citation for Disorderly Conduct after he was found

  urinating in a front yard. He was given a Notice to appear in City Court.


Fire Call

Time:               3:02 pm

Location:         39000 N 1830 E Road

Details:            HFD dispatched for field on fire.



Fire Call

Time:               4:54 pm

Location:          S 5th Street/E maple Street

Details:             HFD and HPD were dispatched for a vehicle that was smoking.


Driving while license suspended                H19-5705

Time:                7:10pm

Location:           200 block of West Maple

Arrested:           Angelo Zamora (34) of Hoopeston

Details:              HPD officers stopped the vehicle that Mr. Zamora was driving for a traffic

                          violation. A computer check revealed that the subject had a suspended driver’s

                          license. He was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later 

                          released with a Notice to appear in Vermilion County Court.


Criminal Damage to Property (Under); Criminal Trespass to Property; Assault


Time: 12:58am

Location: 200 block of W. Maple St

Arrested: Joshua Edwards (41) of Hoopeston

Details: Officers were called to the above in reference to the above subject damaging property. After an investigation Edwards was charged with the above, and taken to HPD, where he was processed and later released with a Notice to Appear.




Battery                  H19-5717

Time:          3:10pm

Location:    318 E. Washington

Cited: 17 yr old Hoopeston Juvenile

Details:         HPD officers were dispatched to the above in reference to a battery that occurred on 10/16/2019. After an investigation the above Juvenile was cited with a Hoopeston City Court Notice to appear.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/17/19

Hit & Run Solved                   H19-4433

Date & Time:                August 18, 2019  04:45 am

Location:              McFerren Park Hoopeston

Cited:                   15 year old Hoopeston Male

Traffic Citations Issued:           1.  No Valid Driver’s License

                                                2.  Leaving Scene of an Accident

                                                3.  Failure to Reduce Speed to avoid an Accident

Details:       This incident occurred in August.  Suspect was notified to report to HPD.

                   Citation were issued for Vermilion County Court Appearance in Traffic Division. 




Possession of Methamphetamines                 H19-5686                       V19-0916

Time:                 7:44pm

Location:            200 block of S Market St

Arrested:             Duane Wishba (54) of Hoopeston

Details:               Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Wishba was driving. While on

                            the stop he was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine. Wishba was

                            charged with the above, taken to HPD where he was processed and later

                            transported to the PSB.




Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/16/19

Traffic Accident (PD)                       H19-5646

Time:          08:12 AM

Location:    E Orange Street/S Market Street

Unit 1:         2005 Pontiac GP driven by Kiara N Colunga (F) (18) of Hoopeston

Unit 2:         2012 Chrysler TC Van driven by Ashley N Pierce (F) (28) of Hoopeston

Details:  HPD was request to respond to scene of a property damage traffic accident.  No report of injuries at the time of incident.  Both Units insured.   Both Units drivable.



Possession of Cannabis (City Ord)             H19-5651

Time:          10:50 AM

Location:    426 E Honeywell Ave Hoopeston,   Centennial Manor

Arrested:     Frazier, Kyle A (M) (18) of Hoopeston

Details:       HPD was requested to respond and assist Vermilion County Housing with an issue at the Manor.   Upon arrival officer encountered an unauthorized person to be in the building.  Subject was taken into custody transported to HPD processed and released.  

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/13/19

Criminal Damage to Property H19-5611

Time:    5:14pm

Location:    700 blk S 2nd Av

Complainant:  54 year old Hoopeston male

Details:    HPD officers responded in reference to criminal damage to the complainant’s

   vehicle.  An investigation continues.


Vehicle Accident H19-5616

Time: 6:03pm

Location: 800 blk S 4th St

Unit #1: 2006 Jeep Utility driven by Dennis Thomas (M) (68) of Hoopeston

Unit #2: Garage owned by Larry Foley of Hoopeston

Details: Driver of Unit #1 advised that as he entered the alleyway, he swerved to miss another vehicle and may have struck the garage.  No injuries were reported, no tickets were issued and Unit #1 was insured.


Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/12/19

Criminal Damage to Property

Time: 9:30am

Location: 324 W Main Street      Silgan Containers

Arrested: Kyle A Frazier (18) Male of Hoopeston

Details: On October 11th 2019, HPD officers were dispatched for a report of criminal damage. After an investigation, Mr. Frazier was arrested, taken to HPD and processed.  He was later released with a city citation and court date.


Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/11/19

Warrant Arrest H19-5570               V19-8749

Time: 12:05am

Location: 300 blk S 4th St

Arrested: Tammy Deaton (37) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the location for a report of a domestic issue.  A 

computer check of Ms. Deaton revealed that she had an outstanding Vermilion

County warrant for failure to appear.  She was arrested, taken to HPD and 

processed.  She was later transported to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.




Recovered Bicycle

Details:         Children’s Purple BMX bike was recovered. The owner may identify and claim at HPD


Possession of cannabis, Possession of drug paraphernalia            H19-5587

Time:             8:09pm

Location:       S 4th ave/W Penn st

Arrested:        Kelly L. Gomez(36) of Hume IL

Details:          Officers conducted a traffic stope on the vehicle Gomez was driving. While on the stop she was found to be in possession of Cannabis and Drug Paraphernalia. Gomez was charged with the above, and taken to HPD where she was processed and later released with a Notice to appear.

Hectic Harvest can be a Dangerous Time

Illinois Department of Labor Urges Farmers to Make Safety a Top Concern


SPRINGFIELD – Harvest season is always hectic, but late spring planting this year will mean an especially busy time for farmers over the next few weeks. The Illinois Department of Labor urges farmers not to forsake safety as they race to bring in the 2019 crop.


“Harvest season reminds us how important farmers are to Illinois’ economy and our way of life. But this busy time also brings additional risks to agriculture workers,” said Michael Kleinik, director of the Illinois Department of Labor. “We want farmers to head home to their families safe and sound at the end of each day.”


Vehicle safety is an especially important focus this time of year. Tractor overturns are the leading cause of fatalities in the agriculture industry, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These accidents result in about 130 deaths each year nationwide.


“The roll overs and left-hand turns by farm vehicles on roadways seem to be the top two safety issues,” said Dave Newcomb, Ag Rescue Program Manager with the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

While tractor roll-over accidents most often occur on the farm, roadways also pose a major safety hazard. Too often a vehicle attempting to pass causes a collision before the tractor or farm implement can finish a left-hand turn. Some collisions occur simply because the driver fails to reduce speed for the slower moving farm implement.


Newcomb says impatience and speed are a deadly combination on rural roads this time of year. Sadly, a farm vehicle/car collision this month near Sterling resulted in the death of a 9-year-old girl. The child was a passenger in a vehicle attempting to pass a farm implement. The car struck a grain cart.


“Please, be patient. Please, slow down,” said Newcomb.

Visibility is also a key to safety on the roads. All agricultural vehicles using the public roadways must display the fluorescent orange Slow Moving Vehicle triangle. Additionally, tractors and other self-powered farm vehicles must have proper lighting

. According to Illinois law:

• Lighting is required from 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise.
• There should be two white lamps on the front of the vehicle, visible from at least 1000 feet to the front of the vehicle.
• There should be two red lamps on the rear of the vehicle, visible from at least 1000 feet to the rear of the vehicle.
• There should be at least one flashing amber signal lamp on the rear of the vehicle, mounted as high as possible and visible from at least 500 feet, which can be used during daylight as well.

Drivers should remember that farm vehicle operators have limited visibility to the rear. Anyone passing such a vehicle needs to use extreme caution.


Modern farm equipment provides effective safety devices if they are used properly. Death and serious injury from tractor roll overs can be prevented by roll-over protective structures – a roll bar or cage designed to provide a safe space around the driver.


But too often workers fail to use a vital part of this safety device – a safety belt.

“We have had fatalities where the people were thrown from the tractor and the roll-over protection pinned them to the ground and in one situation actually drowned the person because they were not buckled in,” said Newcomb. “You need to use all of the components.”


Newcomb offers three more words of advice to help avoid making dangerous mistakes this harvest season. Rest. Nutrition. Hydration. He knows of one farm operation this year that has decided to not work on Sundays during harvest to give its employees needed rest.


“And they determined it only added one day to the overall length of harvest,” said Newcomb, noting that it paid other benefits as well. “He told me, ‘We weren’t tired, so we caught little (maintenance) things before they became a real problem.’”


Farmers may not be convinced to take a whole day off during harvest, but at a minimum, Newcomb urges them to take a break every couple of hours – you can use it not only to stretch your legs but to make a quick inspection of your tractor or combine. Also, your tractor isn’t the only thing that needs fuel. Make sure to eat and drink fluids to stay alert.


“It really doesn’t have to be non-stop. Take a few minutes for yourself for safety’s sake,” said Newcomb.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/10/2019

Warrant Arrest H19-5549       V19-8709

Time: 1:56am

Location: 400 blk E Seminary Av

Arrested: Blake Meehan (19) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: While investigating another incident, HPD officers checked out with Mr. Meehan.

A computer check revealed that he had outstanding failure to appear warrants through Vermilion and Edgar Counties.  Subject was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed.  He was later transported to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.  


Traffic Accident                   H19-5552

Time:        8:09am

Location:    Hoopeston Middle School

Unit 1:        96 Jeep Cherokee driven by Elijah Wisdom (M) (18) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 15 Hyundai Utility driven by Lynn M. Labarbara (F) (46) of Hoopeston

Details:      Unit 1 and Unit 2 were traveling east bound in the school zone of Hoopeston 

Area Middle School. Both vehicles approached the west drive of the parking lot. Unit 2 was in front of Unit 1, when Unit2 stopped for traffic. Unit 1 was not able to stop in time and struck Unit 2 in the rear. No injuries, no citations and both units 

                  are insured.


Burglary to Auto H19-5563

Time:     4:36pm

Location:     Parkview Court

Complainant:   31 year old Hoopeston male

Details:            HPD took a report of a possible burglary to auto where a cell phone may have                   been taken. The victim advised he wasn’t sure if it was lost or stolen. The incident has been turned over to the investigations.


Driving While License Suspended H19-5561

Time:          4:03pm

Location:     S Dixie Hwy/W Orange St

Arrested:     Jason Wright (39) (M) of Hoopeston

Details:        HPD officers stopped the vehicle Mr. Wright was driving for a traffic violation.

A computer check revealed that subject had a suspended driver’s license.  He was

arrested and taken to HPD to be processed.  He was later released with traffic citations for Driving While License Suspended, Disobeying Traffic Control Device, and Failure to Signal.



Possession of Cannabis Prohibited H19-5564

Time: 5:00pm

Location: 300 blk W Main St

Arrested: 13 year old male juvenile

15 year old male juvenile

Details: While pulling into HPD, officer noticed the  juveniles exchange a small canister.

After speaking with juveniles, one produced the canister which contained 

cannabis.  Both juveniles were arrested and taken to HPD to be processed.  They 

were both given city citations and city court date. 15 year old juvenile was released

to a parent.


Warrant Arrest H19-5565   V19-8740

Time: 5:00pm

Location: 301 W Main St, Hoopeston Police Dept

Arrested: 13 year old male juvenile

Details: While dealing with a separate issue, a computer check revealed that the juvenile

had an outstanding warrant out of Vermilion County.  Subject was arrested and 

later transported to the Vermilion County Juvenile Detention Center.


Driving While License Suspended H19-5568

Time: 8:28pm

Location: 100 blk E Main St

Arrested: Timothy Bryan (M) (24) of Ambia, IN

Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle Mr. Bryan was driving for a traffic violation.

A computer check revealed that he had a suspended driver’s license.  Subject

was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed.  He was later released with a

traffic citation and traffic court date.





Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/9/19

Fire Call Rossville

Time: 9:16 AM

Location: 211 Henderson Street Rossville 

Details: HFD Responded to mutual aid call to residence reported as smoke showing from the roof of the house.   






Pedestrian in Roadway                              H19-5519

Time: 5:00PM

Location: Cornjerker way

Arrest: James A. Brayboy (M) (21) of Hoopeston

Details: The above subject was walking in the middle of roadway. When advised that he could not be in the middle of the roadway Brayboy refused to move. Brayboy was arrested and taken to HPD, where he was processed and later released with a notice to appear in City Court.




Possession of Drug Paraphernalia H19-5521

Time: 6:53pm

Location: 500 block of E. Young

Arrested: Titus Barber (41) (M) of Hoopeston

Arrested: Megan Lane (32) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: While speaking to the above subjects they were found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Subjects were brought to HPD, processed and later released with a notice to appear in Hoopeston City Court.



Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia H19-5544

Time: 7:52pm

Location: 100 blk E Washington St

Arrested: Michael Cox (43) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers stopped Mr. Cox for walking down the middle of the road.  

After an investigation, subject was arrested for the above charges.  He was 

taken to HPD, processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville to await


Modernizing the Cattle Market

National Farmers Organization Says Cattle Pricing System Needs Modernization


(AMES, Iowa) October 8, 2019 — National Farmers Organization says the country’s cattle producers deserve a more modern and competitive cattle pricing system. In mid-July, prices cattlemen receive for their animals dropped dramatically after a fire at a Tyson meat processing facility in Holcomb, Kan., while packer profits skyrocketed.


“The fact that cattle prices dropped so dramatically and packer profits soared is a wake- up call that America’s cattle pricing system needs to change,” said National Farmers Director of Livestock Marketing Pat Lampert. “We as an industry need to move toward a value-based price discovery system.


About 15 percent of cattle nationally are sold in the cash market, making it very difficult to establish accurate and fair pricing. The remaining 85 percent are sold under some form of captive supply.


“Today’s cattle markets are very different from those of twenty years ago,” Lampert said. “Because everyone deals within a system of shrinking cash cattle markets, it’s very difficult to arrive at a fair price.”


National Farmers Organization officials suggest an alternate pricing approach could be based on a blend of average spot cash prices, nearby weekly cattle futures and the weekly beef cutout value.


Cattle pricing frustration was at the forefront during a cattle producer meeting in Omaha, Neb., last week, hosted by the Organization for Competitive Markets. At the meeting, producers said they were losing more than $200.00 per head, while packer margins were more than $400.00 in August.


“We are ready to work with others vested in the cattle industry to help find a solution to these thinly-traded markets,” said Lampert. The most logical way to a fair and honest cattle market would be to base the system on a cattle producers’ actual production costs.


National Farmers markets milk, livestock and crops for thousands of American agricultural producers. We offer six decades of experience representing farmers and ranchers, and grouping production from many ag operations. We help producers market together. National Farmers’ experienced marketing professionals negotiate on conventional and certified organic farmers’ behalf in cash and contract sales, establishing commodity sales terms with the farmers’ interests in mind.

Briggs announces her run for Vermilion County Auditor

Today, I am announcing my candidacy for Vermilion County Auditor.  I feel that it is the right time for people of my generation to step up into leadership roles in our County, working for a bright future.  The Auditor’s position is an exciting opportunity and my professional credentials are well suited to taking on this role.   
I have a strong background in Accounting, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Major in Accounting and a Minor in Forensic Accounting from Indiana State University in 2016.  In the private sector, I have work experience in the Accounting Department at Fiberteq Industries.  In 2017, I was hired as the County’s Financial Resources Director.  For over the last 2 and a half years, I’ve acquired an intimate knowledge of the County’s financial system, providing detailed revenue and expenditure reports to the County Board on a monthly basis.  I have been the County Board Chairman’s chief advisor on County fiscal policy.  I have, additionally, through helping formulate department budgets, formed a strong working relationship with all the department heads and elected officials in the County which would benefit anyone taking on this role.  Finally, I played a key role in selecting and implementing the County’s new financial system software.  
I am a lifelong resident of Vermilion County.  I have a strong love and attachment for Vermilion County and want to see it flourish.  I believe in community service and have had the opportunity to serve on the Danville Library Foundation’s Board of Directors.  I was a participant in the Vermilion Advantage Leadership Tomorrow Program.  I am excited for the future and I am ready to take on this leadership role.  That is why today, I am announcing my candidacy for Vermilion County Auditor. 

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/8/19

Arrested Charge FOID Required                        H19-5481

Time:                    11:53 pm

Date of Arrest:      10-06-2019

Location:              800 E Seminary Ave

Arrested:              Terry L Williams (37) (M) of Hoopeston

Details:                 At the above time and date, in the area of the above location, HPD was called for a disturbance in the area.   After an investigation the above subject was found to be in possession of ammunition.  He was transported and processed at HPD later released after being bonded. 


Burglary to Residence                                         H19-5485

Time:                    08:37 AM

Location:              400 E Seminary Ave

Complainant:        57 year old Hoopeston Man

Details:                 At the above time complainant reported to HPD that person(s) unknown and without permission entered the residence and removed items. 



Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle                 H19-5502   V19-8629

Time:                    8:34pm

Location:              6th Ave/Chestnut St

Arrested:              Jessica Wilson (36) (F) of Attica Indiana

Details:                 Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Wilson was driving. While on the stop she was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. Wilson was charged with the above, and taken to HPD, where she was processed and later transported to the PSB.



Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/7/19

FIRE CALL                                                        H19-0107

Time:          5:48pm

Location:    700 Blk E Main Street

Details:        HFD was dispatched to above for an electrical box on fire in the garage. HPD assisted with blocking off the roadway while the HFD worked on the scene.

No Charges filed in Vermilion County Courthouse Shooting

October 1 , 2019, I received the Illinois State Police investigative file regarding the officer involved shooting of Daryl Perkins which occurred on August 23, 2019 at the Rita B. Garman Vermilion County Courthouse, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. I have conducted a review of the events and circumstances which ultimately lead to the shooting death of Daryl Perkins. My review was to determine if Deputy Kyle Janesky's actions, which resulted in the death of Daryl Perkins, warranted criminal charges. I have reviewed all the police reports, witness statements, courthouse security video, 911 recordings, autopsy report, as well as all photographs of the scene and autopsy. After a review of all the materials provided, and in discussions with Illinois State Police investigator assigned to the investigation, I have concluded that no criminal charges are warranted in this matter.
The following is a summary of the investigation from which I based my opinion. The investigation Shows that Daryl Perkins (hereinafter Perkins) was an inmate in the custody of the Vermilion County Sheriffs Department. Perkins was transported from the Public Safety Building to the Courthouse for a court appearance in a felony case. During the time prior to his court appearance and after his court appearance Perkins was held in a holding cell on the first floor of the courthouse. Perkins while in the holding cell was not handcuffed. The width of the hallway outside the holding cells is approximately four feet and the length of the hallway is about twenty feet.
As seen on the security video in summary, at approximately 10:05 a.m. Perkins requested to use the bathroom in the holding cell area. The bathroom cell is separated from all of the holding cells, but in the same hallway. The bathroom cell has no window. The holding cells do have Daryl Perkins Officer Involved Shooting— #19-39121300020, page two
windows for inmate checks. Deputy Janesky (hereinafter Janesky) was alone in the security office just across the hallway from the holding cells. Other Deputies were at the front door and escorting other defendants to their court appearances. Janesky granted Perkins' request to use the bathroom and escorted Perkins from the holding cell to the bathroom cell and locked the door.
Just after 10:06 a.m., Janesky can hear that Perkins is done using the restroom and opens the cell door. Perkins immediately begins stabbing Janesky with several Bic pens. Janesky then fell on his back on the floor using his legs to kick Perkins and knock the pens out of Perkins' right hand. Perkins continues to fight Janesky and attempts to reach Janesky's firearm and/or taser.
Janesky's jail key and other items fall to the floor. Perkins continues to fight Janesky reaching for his firearm, while he has his full body weight on Janesky and has his left knee holding Janesky down by his neck. Janesky continues to protect his firearm and taser while also fighting off Perkins. Perkins grabs Janesky's letterman multi-tool and begins to stab Janesky in the face and neck area. Janesky continues to defend himself using his hands to avoid being stabbed and fighting for control of the multi-tool. Both Perkins and Janesky are now in a semi-standing position with Perkins having his arms wrapped around Janesky and they continue to wrestle. Perkins again reaches for Janesky's firearm and is able to remove Janesky's taser. Perkins aims the taser at Janesky while facing Janesky and attempts to pull the trigger. Janeksy then unholsters and fires his service weapon at Perkins. The entire physical struggle lasted over 70 seconds.
Deputy Jeff Bozarth (hereinafter Bozarth) was the first to arrive after shots are fired from the interior of the courthouse and notifies communications. Other Deputies, members of courthouse security, and Danville Police Officers arrive on scene. The scene is secured and Bozarth and other members of courthouse security begin chest compressions on Perkins until OSF Healthcare (a.k.a. Sacred Heart Medical Center) ambulance personal and the Danville Fire Department arrive on scene. Perkins was transported by ambulance to OSF Healthcare emergency room and was pronounced dead at 10:34 a.m. Janesky was transported to OSF Heath Care to treat his injuries. Janesky suffered stab wounds to the eye, face, and neck. Janesky also suffered defensive wounds to his hands.
It was determined that Perkins was shot four times by Janesky. Perkins suffered multiple gunshot wounds of the right and left chest, mid abdomen, and right hand. All gunshot wound trajectories were front to back.
Based on the totality of the circumstances, deadly force was justified. The entire encounter was captured on security video. As soon as Perkins was let out of the bathroom he began his attack on Janesky. Perkins continued to physically fight with Janesky and used several different weapons to stab Janesky in the eye, face and neck. Additionally, Perkins removed Janesky's taser and pointed it at Janesky. At that point it was reasonable for Janeksy to believe Perkins was armed and was attempting to cause his death or cause great bodily harm. Under Illinois law, found at 720 ILCS 5/7-1 and 5/7-5, Deputy Kyle Janesky was justified in the use of deadly force based upon a reasonable belief that it was necessary to prevent death or geat bodily harm to Daryl Perkins Officer Involved Shooting— #19-39121300020, page three
himself or other deputies, courthouse employees, and the public. The actions by Deputy Kyle Janesky in using deadly force were therefore justified in response to the actions of Perkins on August 23, 2019.
Therefore, the based upon all the information contained in the investigation, I consider the matter to be closed and no charges will be filed.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/4-10/5


FIRE CALL                                                                 

Time:          9:59am

Location:    Maple Grade School  500 4th Street

Details:       HFD was dispatched for a fire alarm activation. HFD located a faulty heat detector.                The children was moved to St Anthony’s. There was no injuries.


Found Bicycle

Location:    300 blk N 3rd St

Details:       A red girl’s bike was found in the area of the above.  The owner can identify and

                   claim at HPD.



Warrant Arrest             H19-5466

Time:          11:35pm

Location:    301 W. Main St

Arrested:     George K. Carswell (54) of Hoopeston

Details:       Carswell came to HPD to turn himself in on his active Vermilion County Warrant.

                   Carswell posted the appropriate bond and was released with a new court date. 

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/4/19

Traffic Accident                    H19-5414

Time:           16:01

Location:     Hoopeston High School

Unit 1:         2007 Hummer driven by Maurcio Gonzalez (M)(18) of Hoopeston

Unit 2:         2012 Chevy Malibu driven by Madalyne Goble(F)(18) of Hoopeston

Details:        Unit 2 was driving west on the parking lot of Hoopeston High School. Unit 1 backed out of a parking spot striking the front driver’s side of Unit 2 at the rear passenger side of vehicle. All parties insured no tow required.

USDA Invests 11 Million to Research for Specialty Crop Farmers

USDA Invests $11M In Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced today that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers.


“This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty crop farmers,” said Hutchins, who leads USDA’s Research, Education and Economics (REE) mission area. “Practical and economic crop management solutions may make all the difference between thriving and just surviving financially during the growing season.”


This investment is made through the Minor Crop Pest Management Program (known as the Interregional Research Project, IR-4). The IR-4 program enables crop protection technology often designed for field crops, but equally safe, effective and economical for growers of minor/specialty crops—including fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture) – to be evaluated and registered for use.


As part of this funding investment, four universities across different U.S. growing regions will lead regional IR-4 programs that will generate additional data for registration of conventional and bio-based crop protection technology for specialty and minor crops in the United States. These efforts require effective collaborations among grower organizations, federal agencies, the private sector, and land-grant colleges and universities.


NIFA’s Pest Management Programs invest in research that supports integrated pest management strategies, including coordinating the use of pest biology, environmental information, and available technology to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means, while minimizing risk to people, property, resources, and the environment.


A 2017 Michigan State University Center for Economic Analysis study (PDF, 640 KB) concluded that “IR-4’s partnership with agriculture has contributed to 95,261 jobs with a total labor income of $5.6 billion, and annual contributions to the gross domestic product totaling about $9.4 billion.”


A list of the four universities (five awards total) and their research projects is available on the NIFA website.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/3/19


Time:          12:36pm

Location:    600 Blk East McNeil

Details:       HPD was dispatched on October 1st to the above location after the resident found damage to his garage entry door. At this time, nothing was taken. HPD continues to investigate.





Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Battery to Police Officer                 H19-5402

Time:                 6:15 pm

Location:            Hoopeston Police Department

Arrested:            Katelynn Drake (F) (24) of Rossville

Details:              Officers responded to a call at HPD about the above female causing

problems. During that time the above became unruly. She was arrested and                later taken to Public Safety Building to await arraignment.




Traffic Accident                                 H19-5375

Date and Time:         10/01/2019 5:57pm

Location:   200 block of E Main St.

Unit 1:       2010 Hyundai driven by Esther Kacmas (F) (39)of Lebanon, IN

Unit 2:       2014 Dodge Pickup parked and owned by Michael Webb (M) (56) of Hoopeston

Details:      Unit 2 was parked on the south side of Main St. Unit 1 was backing out of the parking spots on the north side of the street and struck unit 2. No injuries, no tickets and both units had insurance.                                                         

OSF HealthCare and Health Alliance join forces

(Champaign, Ill. | Oct. 1, 2019) — OSF HealthCare and Health Alliance are entering a unique partnership to offer new Medicare Advantage health plans for Medicare beneficiaries in 17 central and northern Illinois counties. These plans are designed to further elevate health care and coverage, while serving the specific needs of patients throughout the state.


These OSF MedAdvantage plans will offer benefits such as free virtual visits, wellness benefits and no- or low-cost medications. The benefits are intended to serve the whole person, and also include dental, hearing and vision.


“To best serve Health Alliance communities, we continually evaluate partnerships and relationships with other organizations focused on the right care at the right time for patients. The partnership between OSF HealthCare and Health Alliance Medicare means our members will have even more options for receiving trusted care from the doctors and care teams they know,” said Jana Perry, Health Alliance vice president of Strategy and Marketing.


As Health Alliance grows, it remains committed to providing consumer-focused and integrated care by ensuring alignment with best practice. Affiliation with a provider-led health plan gives patients a simpler, more coordinated health care experience.


“The elevated arrangement between OSF HealthCare and Health Alliance Medicare is good for patients and their families, and good for both organizations,” said Bob Sehring, CEO, OSF HealthCare. “The 142 years of experience at OSF HealthCare fits well with the coverage expertise of member-focused Health Alliance. Together we will keep our communities healthy.”


The new partnership impacts 2020 coverage options for Medicare beneficiaries in Boone, Bureau, De Witt, Henderson, Henry, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, McLean, Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Winnebago and Woodford counties. Medicare beneficiaries in these counties will be eligible to sign up for one of four new Medicare Advantage health plans through OSF MedAdvantage beginning October 15, 2019.


Medicare beneficiaries who wish to learn more about new coverage options may attend a free learning event at the location of their choosing. Numerous events will be held across impacted communities throughout October, November, and December. A complete schedule of free learning events, along with plan details is available now at

College Changes Everything Month


ISAC and Statewide Partners to Offer Free Support Throughout the Fall to Students and Families Navigating the College Application and Financial Aid Process


CHICAGO – Students and families are encouraged to take full advantage of the free financial aid and postsecondary planning resources available in their communities as part of College Changes Everything® (CCE) Month this October.  Launched by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) four years ago to support students and families who are completing their college applications and financial aid forms at the same time, ISAC is extending support for the CCE campaign to provide, with its partners, free workshops and activities throughout the entire fall.


“The fall is a busy and stressful time for students and families as they embark on a new school year, explore options for education and training after high school, and navigate the financial aid process all at once,” said Eric Zarnikow, executive director of ISAC. “What many families might not know is that there is free, expert support available throughout the state from high schools, ISAC, and community partners to help students make more informed postsecondary choices and access the financial aid for which they might be eligible. Whether a student is considering vocational training or is interested in a two or a four-year degree, there is free assistance available to help them.”

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), the form that determines eligibility for federal and some state and institutional financial aid, becomes available on October 1st for the 2020-21 school year. Because some state aid, such as the Monetary Award Program (MAP grant) is awarded on a first come, first-served basis, students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to have the opportunity to receive all the financial aid for which they might be eligible.


Between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, CCE activities will include free FAFSA completion and college application workshops, where students and families can fill out college applications and/or complete their FAFSAs right then and there, with direct assistance from college and financial aid experts. Almost 300 high schools in 215 towns and cities in Illinois have scheduled a college application and/or FAFSA Completion Workshop this fall, with more being scheduled every week. Students and parents can check directly with their high schools for events within their own school. Workshops will also be offered at public locations throughout Illinois, supported by the college and financial aid experts at ISAC and their partners.  Visit studentportal/ to search by zip code for a free public event near you.


Those planning to attend a FAFSA Completion Workshop can check out this handy list of what to bring to the event

Many statewide workshops are hosted or supported by the ISACorps, recent college graduates who are extensively trained to serve as near peer mentors to high school students navigating the college and financial aid process. The ISACorps also provide free one-on-one assistance to students and families. To find your local ISACorps member, visit


Additionally, ISAC will be hosting and providing answers to college-going and financial aid questions during Facebook Live (@ILStudentAssistance) events every Wednesday from Sept. 11 - Oct. 9 and every Thursday from Oct. 3 - Nov. 21 from 7-7:30 pm CST. Personalized assistance is also available through ISAC College Q&A (, a free text messaging service where students can get answers to their college and financial aid questions sent directly to their phones. The award-winning ISAC Student Portal ( offers free online tools and resources for students, as well as short videos about college and financial aid. ISAC also offers assistance through the agency’s call center, 1-800-899-4722 (ISAC), and its Online Chat service.


ISAC supports high schools and counselors who would like to participate in CCE fall activities with a downloadable toolkit, materials and event support. Find out more at


About ISAC
The mission of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is to help make college accessible and affordable for students throughout Illinois. ISAC provides comprehensive, objective, and timely information on education and financial aid for students and their families—giving them access to the tools they need to make the educational choices that are right for them. Then, through the state scholarship and grant programs ISAC administers, ISAC can help students make those choices a reality. Find us at and follow us on Facebook @ILStudentAssistance, Twitter and on Instagram @ISACfinaid.


About College Changes Everything
College Changes Everything® (CCE) is a college access movement that recognizes that college can be a life changing experience not only for students, but also for families and communities. In Illinois and across the nation, those who obtain education beyond high school not only see a significant impact on their potential career prospects and future salary, but also change levels of poverty, life expectancy, crime and obesity rates in their communities. CCE is an essential part of helping Illinois reach its goal of increasing the proportion of adults in the state with high quality degrees or credentials to 60% by 2025. Find out more and join the conversation at


Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/1/19

On September 27th, 2019 Iroqious County Sheriff's Police arrested Dale T. Mullins, age 38, of Ashkum. According to police reports, Dale was arrested for Aggrevated Domestic Battery. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.  


On September 29th, 2019 Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Travis H. Creveling, age 27, of Buckley. According to poilice reports, Travis was arrested for Fleeing and driving while license revoked. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.


On September 30th, 2019 Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Savannah Bell, age 19, of Kankakee. According to police reports, Savannah was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant, charging her with contempt of court. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.


On September 30th, 2019 Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Juan Perez, age 22, of Gilman. According to police reports, Juan was arrested for Theft between $10,000-$100,000. Juan was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

Hoopeston Police Department Report 10/1/19

Time:          12:11 pm

Location:    300 block W Maple Street

Details:       Resident came home to a strong odor of natural gas in the home.  After shutting off the cook stove they called HPD to have HFD respond to the scene. 



Possession of Cannabis and Drug Paraphernalia                H19-5357

Time:            6:03 pm

Location:      800 block of S Dixie Hwy.

Arrested:       Kayla Petty (F)(25) from Hoopeston

Details:         HPD responded to the above location for a retail theft report. Officers made contact with Petty once on scene. Petty was found to be in possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. She was transported to HPD, proceed and later released on an NTA for the above charges.


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