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Sheriff Childress names new chief deputy in Livingston County

Livingston County's new sheriff has a new chief deputy. Lt. Earl Dutko has been named the chief deputy. Sheriff Tony Childress made the announcement.

Dutko, who began his career with the county as a jail dispatcher 24 years ago, has worked his way up through the ranks at the department.

"It was a surprise until the end," Dutko admitted. "I'm honored Sheriff Childress chose me for the position. I know he had good choices."

Dutko is currently is the commander of our investigations unit. Sheriff Childress said Dutko will continue there for awhile, even as chief deputy, because Childress said that's a unit that needs somebody that really knows the job and knows what's needed to bring investigations to a positive closure.

Sgt. John Mitchell and deputies Tom Hardyman and Brad DeMoss were recognized for 20, 20 and five years of service, respectively. They were given a certificate and a plaque.

94.1 WGFA

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Congresswomen already eyeing Senate runs in 2016

The November election now behind us, and U-S Congresswomen are considering Senate runs in 2016.

Democrats Robin Kelly of Matteson, Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, Bill Foster of Naperville, and Cheri Bustos of East Moline are toying with the idea of challenging U-S Senator mark Kirk, who says he's running for re-election.

The congressional publication Roll Call says U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) is one name being thrown around to vie for U.S. Senate in 2016.

Bustos, though, says she doesn't yet know what she'll do. "I think it's very early. We just got done with a pretty tough campaign. My focus is on the 17th District of Illinois and just making sure that I serve the people here the best I possibly can," she said at an appearance in Galesburg.

Bustos says if it were to make sense for her to run, she'd do it, but she has no timeline.

U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is the incumbent, and he says he's running for re-election, but national Democrats see him as vulnerable and the seat as a pickup opportunity.
Robin Kelly said Kirk's moderate stand on issues are questionable.

Also considering a run are U.S. Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) and Bill Foster (D-Naperville).

94.1 WGFA / IRN

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Coroner’s Office Looking For Next of Kin in Natural Death Case

Newton County (Indiana) Coroner's Office investigators are seeking the public's help in locating family members of a 65-year-old Kentland (Indiana) man who died of natural causes last week in his Kentland apartment.

On Wednesday, January 21st at approximately 6:00 p.m., EMS and police officers responded to the Hillside Apartments, 204 N. 1st St. in Kentland for the report of a deceased male in apartment 207.
Coroner Scott McCord said investigators have identified the deceased male as Joseph O. Horn. It was determined that he died of natural causes.
Investigators have made numerous attempts to locate family members. They have not been able to locate anyone.

Joseph O. Horn is described as a white male, 6'4" tall, weighing 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Coroner's Investigators are asking anyone who can provide information concerning Mr. Horn's family member(s) to call the Newton County Coroner's Office at (219) 285-2515.

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Rain & Snow in Central Illinois; Massive storm bears down out east

The National Weather Service is calling for a storm system moving across Illinois today (Sunday), bringing rain first, then mixing with snow.

Once turning to all snow, accumulations of about 2 inches, or more are likely in an area north of Interstate 74 by Sunday evening. Lighter accumulations are expected in other parts of the region.

Road crews have been prepping for the slushy and slick conditions.

Weather conditions here however, are nothing compared to what the weather services says will hit the northeast.
Coastal regions from New York to Boston are bracing for a whopper of a snowstorm that could bring up to 2 feet of snow.

NWS meteorologists say the storm will start edging into the region overnight Sunday then turn up the coast.
In New York City, the massive storm is expected to leave up to a foot of snow by Tuesday, followed by 8 inches or so more before Wednesday.

94.1 WGFA

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Red Cross calls for blood donors as unique as the patients they help

In honor of Black History Month this February, and in the spirit of Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American surgeon who was the first medical director of the American Red Cross and a modern blood-banking pioneer, eligible donors as diverse as the patients who need their blood donations are encouraged to give blood to ensure a sufficient blood supply.

Blood from a donor with a similar ethnic background as that of the patient is less likely to cause complications, particularly for those patients whose chronic conditions require repeated transfusions. Sickle cell disease is one such chronic condition affecting as many as 100,000 people in the United States.

Prior to transfusion, blood type and Rh factor are matched between donated blood and the patient in need. In some cases, additional red cell markers in donated blood must be matched, as well. These markers are best found in blood from donors of a similar ethnicity.

With seasonal flu and inclement winter weather preventing many regular donors from giving, the Red Cross urges healthy, eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood in the coming days and weeks. All blood types are currently needed to help maintain a diverse and sufficient blood supply, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities...

2/10/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., University of Illinois YMCA, 1001 South Wright Street
2/11/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., University of Illinois Alpha Kappa Lambda, 401 E. Daniel St.

2/13/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Champaign/Urbana U of I Townsend Hall,

Iroquois County >

2/2/2015: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sheldon Community Center, 104 S.Fourth

Kankakee County >

2/5/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
2/12/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive

Livingston County >

2/2/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 320 S. Oak

Vermilion County >

2/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Church of God, 535 S Bowman Ave

How to donate blood:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.