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Vermilion County Fire Displaces Nine >

A family of nine in rural Vermilion County lost its home to fire. It happened about 5:30 pm Wednesday in the 6900-block of 3800 North near Rankin.

The owner saw sparks coming from a wall and realized there was a fire. The blaze destroyed the home. Red Cross volunteers helped the family buy food and clothing.

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Vermilion Manor Sale Talks Continue

Vermilion County officials are moving closer to a decision on what company will take over operations of the Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.

Assistant State's Attorney Bill Donahue says two companies are being considered. Both have been interviewed about their vision of future operations of the nursing home.

Donahue identifies the companies. One is IMG, the IDE Management Group, headquartered in Greenfield, Indiana. The other is FNR Healthcare Group, headquartered in Skokie, Illinois. FNR would partner with Premier Healthcare Management to operate Vermilion Manor.

Premier Healthcare operates nursing homes in Gilman, Savoy and other locations. IMG operates nursing homes in Danville and Paris. Staff members from Vermilion Manor have visited those facilities as part of the selection process on making a final recommendation to the Vermilion County Board. The final decision on which company might purchase the Vermilion Manor Nursing Home rests with the County Board.

Donahue says a special meeting of the Nursing Home Committee of the County Board will be held in the near future. The county had earlier received bids from five companies that expressed an interest in purchasing the nursing home. The list has since been narrowed to the two finalists.

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Livingston County tattoo ban discussion

The Livingston County Board is considering a request to overturn the county's 16-year ban on tattoo businesses.

The ban was approved in November 1996 following a 1995 incident involving a Pontiac resident who tattooed three adolescents using the same needle.

A tattoo artist says "It's a form of art and tattoos are not frowned upon. It's a good way to attract business and bring in revenue to the county."

The tattooist wants to open a business in Pontiac. The city's zoning ordinances are also being reviewed.

The Livingston County Public Health Department recommends keeping the ban. The health department says it doesn't have trained personnel to do regular inspections and Any inspections would have to be conducted by a neighboring county or the state.

The county will notify all Livingston County villages and towns that the board will consider a related resolution next Thursday.

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Brosseau sentencing delayed in Kankakee Court >

Former Limestone Township Fire Chief Jeff Brosseau's sentencing has been delayed in Kankakee Circuit Court.

Brosseau pleaded guilty in March to stealing up to $55,000 from the fire district fund. He's agreed to repay $36,000.

State prosecutors claim Brosseau replaced $19,000 of the money he took over a two-year period just before he was indicted by a grand jury.

Brosseau faces up to seven years in prison. The judge can sentence him to probation. Sentencing is now scheduled for October.

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Kankakee man sentenced to 7 plus years for arsons

A 48-year-old Kankakee man will serve a seven-year prison term for arson. Umaran Talley was handed the prison time for a series of fires set last summer in Kankakee and Bradley.

Talley entered a plea deal to a single count of felony arson.

The Kankakee County State's Attorney office stated the defendant was eligible for a 30-year prison term.

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