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Pvt. Jack Redman laid to rest in Watseka

On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, with a sprinkle of rain and before a crowd of solemn, but proud American citizens looking on...Marine Pvt. Jack Redman was laid to rest.

The WWII Marine veteran gained his final resting place back on American soil, in his hometown, some 72 years after giving his life in battle. A full military funeral service included immediate family, military family, local police and fire, and in a patriotic show of support – so many citizens. And that support, so, so appreciated by surviving brother Merrill Redman, who never knew if he'd ever witness this day.

"I worried it wouldn't happen in my lifetime, even though I knew in my heart this day would happen...," Merrill said.

An emotional Merrill Redman, who at age 13, witnessed that day in 1943 when the government messenger delivered the news to their Watseka home that brother Jack had been killed at war.

Saturday, as war hero Jack Redman was laid to rest at Watseka's G.A.R. Cemetery, Merrill can say Thank You to the wonderful people for all the support.

The Chicago-based Canaryville Veteran Riders Association spokesman Tommy Russell, who along with so many motorcyclists, were on hand to show support.

"This is unbelievable, such an honor...to bring a WWII hero back home. My father was in WW!!," an emotional Russell told WGFA News. "Almost 72 years later, we still didn't leave anybody behind."

The bagpipes sounded once more, the 21-gun salute, and the Taps....a military war hero is back home. U.S. Marine Pvt. Jack Redman is at rest, home on American soil, in Watseka's G.A.R. Cemetery.

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Riverside Healthcare Announces Vice President of Institutional Advancement

KANKAKEE, IL -- Riverside Healthcare has named Matthew McBurnie, vice president of institutional advancement. In this role, McBurnie will continue to guide the Riverside foundation as well as oversee marketing and public relations, government relations and volunteer services. He had previously served as executive director of the Riverside Healthcare Foundation.

"Matt has done an outstanding job connecting Riverside and the work of the foundation to the community," said Riverside President and CEO Phil Kambic. "In this new role, he will continue to find ways to further the mission of the organization throughout our growing service area."

McBurnie joined Riverside in the fall of 2007 as the Executive Director of the Riverside Healthcare Foundation. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Olivet Nazarene University and his Master of Business Administration from University of Illinois Chicago. In 2014, he became a Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning.

He serves on the Advisory Board for Olivet Nazarene University's Social Work program and a board member of the Kiwanis Club of Kankakee and in 2014, began a two-year term as chair of the board of directors for the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as the vice chair of the Coalition for Hope and Excellence in Education.

In 2006, McBurnie was chosen Kankakee County's "Young Citizen of the Year." {info submitted}

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Coal City man arrested in Missouri kidnapping, assault case

An Illinois man is in custody after an abduction in Cape Girardeau last week that got several Illinois police departments involved. Forty-three-year-old Jeffery Lazier of Coal City was arrested in Yorkville, near Chicago, Friday afternoon on a slew of charges, including sexual abuse, kidnapping and robbery. A woman was reportedly kidnapped Tuesday by a man believed to be Lazier and was eventually able to escape from the suspect's vehicle in Effingham on Interstate 57. Lazier is in custody on 250-thousand-dollars bond.

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Milford man pleads not guilty to murder

In Iroquois Circuit Court, 52-year-old Danny Murphy pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in connection with the beating death of another Milford man.

Murphy remains jailed on a $1 million bond. He's charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Murphy was indicted by an Iroquois County grand jury on May 6.

Court records show Murphy is alleged to have caused fatal injuries to 48-year-old David Garrett during an altercation at a Milford home April 7. Murphy allegedly beat Garrett in the head and face, causing his death. At the time, Murphy was on parole for robbery and false impersonation of a police officer.

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Braceville man dies in house fire

A weekend fire claimed the life of an 80 year old Braceville man. Raymond Jones was pronounced dead a little past midnight at Presence St Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. The residential fire broke on in the 200 block of South Mitchell in Braceville.

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