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Dwight Prison site might serve local counties

DWIGHT — Livingston County Sheriff Marty Meredith is getting positive response from lawmakers and the state in an effort to utilize the recently closed women’s correctional center at Dwight.

Over-crowded conditions at county jails could find a portion of the Dwight facility opened for spill-over prisoners.

Livingston County officials are discussing future plans and a potential lease of a portion of the recently closed Dwight facility.

Local state representatives Josh Harms and Senator Jason Barickman recently met with Sheriff  Meredith, three Livingston County Board members and Department of Central Management Services Director Malcolm Weems. 

Rep. Harms called it a “very productive meeting.”  He’s optimistic about chances for getting the project approved.  Harms said “It’s not every day that we see efficiency in government, but Sheriff Meredith has done an outstanding job and has found a way to benefit the state and the local communities.”

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department currently houses inmates from other counties suffering from an overcrowded county jail, and the county charges a fee for housing those inmates. Some local officials hope to lease a portion of the Dwight Correctional Facility to allow the county to expand these services and bring additional revenue into the county.

Barickman too, called it a productive discussion of the issues related to the county’s use of the facility.  Barickman said “If the Livingston County elected officials decide this is the proper course of action,” he’ll  his best to continue to assist their efforts.”

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Fugitive arrested by State Police in Iroquois County

ASHKUM – Illinois State Police arrested an Illinois Department of Corrections fugitive Tuesday afternoon following a foot chase in Onarga.          

            18-year-old Michael Martinez was arrested on a DOC parole violation, a Ford County warrant for contempt of court on a residential burglary charge, escape from a police officer and obstructing justice.

            A state police special agent had stopped at an Onarga gas station when he spotted a teen who matched Martinez’ description. He approached the teen and asked for identification but Martinez gave the agent a different name. As the officer was attempting to verify information, Martinez bolted from the officer. A several block foot pursuit ensued, and Martinez was taken into custody after several good Samaritans assisted and blocked his way. He refused to admit he was indeed Martinez.

            After being transported to the Iroquois County Jail, a fingerprint check confirmed his identity.

            The DOC violation stemmed from Martinez cutting off his DOC ankle bracelet.

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Deere cuts 2013 sales growth guidance

(AP) -- Deere & Co. said on Wednesday that bad weather and weak economies will hinder sales growth this year.

The company reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings and maintained its full-year profit prediction, but the outlook lowered Deere's stock price in premarket trading.

Deere makes farm and construction equipment, and said sales of that gear would rise 5 percent during the current fiscal year, which is now half over. It had previously predicted growth of 6 percent.

The reduced sales expectation came after a long, cold winter in North America delayed the planting of this year's seeds. It also slowed construction work and reduced demand for turf-care equipment, the company said.

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Energy Assistance Funds Still Available

Area residents needing help paying their utility bills can still get it through the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.  Mike Young, Assistant Director of the agency, says apply whether your home uses electric, gas, oil or propane because there is assistance available.


Contact the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency for help.  Call or stop by the office at 56 N. Vermilion in Danville for your appointment.
          
All persons applying must have certain information with them at the time of application including:

  • Proof of the past 30-day income for all household members 18 years of age or older;
  • A copy of your rental lease or receipt;
  • A copy of your most recent utility bill; and
  • Social Security cards/or print outs for all household members.

For additional information contact the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency at (217) 443-2705.

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Ford County real estate tax bills in mail

The Ford County collector’s office has issued notice that real estate tax bills have been mailed to property owners.

The bills were in the mail Monday, May 13. The first installment is due June 14; the second installment comes due September 6th

Taxes may be paid by mail, at any Ford County bank or in the treasurer’s office at the courthouse on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is also a drop box located in front of the courthouse.

Property owners who do not receive a tax bill by May 20 are asked to call the treasurer’s office.

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