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Illiana Expressway foes say process is flawed; file lawsuit >

Three conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago that says the Illiana Expressway approval process has been flawed and the road shouldn't be built.

Lawyers say the Federal Highway Administration should not have approved an environmental study that paves the way for the 47-mile road because the study was based on flawed population and employment projections.

The lawsuit also states the route is contrary to land-use plans developed by regional planning groups in each state.

The proposed Illiana route would stretch from Interstate 55 near Wilmington to Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind.

Also, the lawsuit contends that the Illinois and Indiana departments of transportation " ... failed to establish the need for the road and properly evaluate alternatives to the proposed tollway route.

Illinois Department of Transportation officials, who recently fast-tracked the $1.3 billion Illiana and recommended it be a tollway constructed through a public-private partnership, were reviewing the lawsuit Thursday and declined comment.

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Meeting planned for Dwight Correctional Center

Livingston County Sheriff marty Meredith is hoping a meeting next week with state officials will kick-start his plan to reopen  a part of the women's prison at Dwight. 

The sheriff's plan is to use a portion of the prison grounds to house county jail inmates from neighboring counties and federal inmates.  Meredith says up to 40 jobs could be created.

A July 18th meeting is scheduled with state officials and members of the Livingston County Board.

 

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Rep. Pam Roth stepping down from Illinois House seat

Another political figure is stepping aside. State Representative Pam Roth announced today (Wed) she's resigning from the state legislature.

The Morris Republican is moving to Texas with her family.

Roth said her husband has been offered an employment transfer that's too good to pass up.

The Republican party will choose a successor.

Roth was appointed to her seat in January 2011 after state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, moved to the Senate shortly after defeating former state Rep. Careen Gordon.

Roth won re-election in November of 2012.

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Arrest made in beating death at Manteno veterans home

Authorities in Kankakee County confirm an arrest has been made in connection with a reported beating death of a resident at the Manteno Veterans' Home.

65-year-old Manteno veteran home resident Kenneth Laura was arrested by Illinois State Police. Preliminary charges are Involuntary Manslaughter and Aggravated Battery.

The charges are for the death of 68-year-old Charles Berry of Chicago. Berry was also a resident at the veterans home.

A press release from the Illinois Department of Veterans Office states a weekend altercation was "an isolated incident between two residents."

Charles Berry was pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center shortly after 5 a.m. Monday after suffering head injuries at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno on Saturday.

Laura also was hospitalized.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said said police are still investigating. The Kankakee County State's Attorney's office is also reviewing the case.

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Iroquois Board Chairman Copas details platform calling for health department administrator’s ouster >

A five-hour Iroquois County Board meeting (Tuesday) included a range of newsy matters of interest, none of which lacked comment from board members and the public.

The brunt of the meeting centered, again, on the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department and its administrator Doug Corbett.

Board Chairman Rod Copas presented a laundry list of allegations against Corbett, listing and explaining why he thinks Corbett should be removed from his position. Copas reiterated earlier allegations ranging from unprofessional behavior, awarding of contracts, distribution of prescription medications, and unlawful use of grant money.

Copas also questions favored treatment toward some health employees, FOIA violations, and even using work-related email accounts for personal/private business.

And Copas goes so far to refer to official misconduct allegations.

Copas said more specific direction the county may be taking will announced later this week. The county, he said, has contacted the Illinois Department of Public Health for some direction on helping to resolve a stalemate between the Iroquois and Ford County boards.

Ford County has stood firm in not taking any action against Corbett. The Iroquois County board has voted to remove Corbett from his position "in the most expedient way possible."

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