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Funeral Services Set for Former Indiana Governor Otis Bowen

Flags are half-staff in Indiana this week to honor a former governor. A funeral service for former Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Otis "Doc" Bowen will be held Friday. The service will be in his hometown of Bremen.

The Mishler Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul‘s Lutheran Church in Bremen. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Otis "Doc" Bowen died Saturday night in Donaldson, IN. He was 95.

Gov.Mike Pence called Bowen‘s service to the state and the nation incalculable. He was the first Indiana governor in modern day to serve 2 consecutive terms following a state constitutional amendment in 1972.
Following his service in the statehouse, Bowen was asked by President Ronald Reagan to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, a position he held from 1985 to 1989.

As governor, Bowen was credited with overhauling Indiana‘s tax structure and creating a state-wide emergency medical services system. As Health Secretary, Bowen promoted safe sex practices as AIDS began to spread across the country.


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Kankakee Police investigate gunshots

Police detectives in Kankakee are investigating reports of gunshots fired Saturday in the 1500-block of E. Chestnut Street. No injury was reported. At least five rounds were fired at a residence.

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Chief Swanson files lawsuit against Chicago Tribune, reporter, suburb

Momence Police Chief Tim Swanson is suing the Tribune, one of the newspaper’s reporters, and the community of Countryside.

The suit names the defendants at having made defamatory comments about Swanson and stating he allegedly used a helicopter program to his personal benefit.

The suit names all three in response to stories the Tribune published in October 2012. Reporter Joe Marr and the city of Countryside are named as defendants. Countryside is Swanson’s former employer.

 

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Appeals court rejects bid by former Momence police chief


A federal appeals court ruled that the city of Momence did not break the law when it fired former police chief Steven Cromwell — and owes the longtime police officer no money.

In an April 12 decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision that the city council did no wrong when it voted in 2010 to fire Cromwell following a four-month investigation into drunk-driving allegations.

Cromwell was never charged but ultimately lost his job after serving on the force since 1975.

The Daily-Journal reported In a lawsuit filed shortly after his dismissal, Cromwell alleged that he was never given a fair hearing and that his firing caused "continuing mental and emotional pain, anguish and distress and severe humiliation; the lowering of his reputation; economic loss of employment benefits; loss of future pay."

He sought an unspecified amount of money.

In 2009, Cromwell resigned as chief but stayed on in the department as a lieutenant. In April 2010, police responded to a 911 call of a drunken driver and found Cromwell sitting in his vehicle at a gas station on North Dixie Highway. They did not arrest Cromwell and issued no citations.

Four months later the city council fired Cromwell for what it called "official misconduct."

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Senator Barickman Statement on Right to Carry Court Ruling

BLOOMINGTON- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement Friday following a Supreme Court ruling on the right to carry:


"The Supreme Court gave the Attorney General more time to appeal the Appellate Court Right-to-Carry ruling. However, the Court did not change the original June 9 deadline for Illinois to join 49 other states and enact legislation giving law abiding citizens the right to carry. I will continue to work with my colleagues to enact a meaningful, fair, and safe Right-to-Carry bill."

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