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Openness in Government Required under New Illinois Law

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law requiring municipalities to reveal all details concerning special sales tax deals.

The law HB 3859, which takes effect January 1, 2013, will reveal what’s been confidential information when it comes to contracts set up by companies and a municipality to protect businesses from their competitors.

The Daily-Journal reports the city of Kankakee and other local government has guarded the companies’ identities.  Kankakee is currently in a lawsuit with the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) over what’s called secret deals to keep quiet the tax revenues the RTA claims belongs to the city of Chicago.

The D-J reports Kankakee benefits by reaping the benefits of sales taxes the company generates.

Supporters of the law say it’s another step toward transparency in government.

Area lawmakers voting FOR the measure include Senators Shane Cultra and Sue Rezin, also Rep Lisa Dugan and Senator Toi Hutchinson.  Voting AGAINST were Reps Jason Barickman and Pam Roth.

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DACC Budget under review

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College would be able to boost staff in three programs with continual high enrollments, renovate DACC's new extension site in Hoopeston and complete the Mary Miller Center expansion and renovation under a proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year.

DACC trustees will review the proposal at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 21) and vote on whether to put it on display. 

President Alice Jacobs said "I'm certainly pleased we have a balanced budget."

Read more: DACC Budget under review

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Attempted Child Abduction Reported in Paxton

Ford County Crimestoppers welcomes any information concerning reports of an attempted child abduction in Paxton.  It happened over the weekend, according Paxton Police.

The incident occurred at 2:45 pm Sunday near Washington and Prospect streets, near Glen Cemetery on the city’s southeast side.

Police reports stated a young girl on her way home from the city swimming pool was told to get into the car by a man driving what was described as ‘an older model, rough-looking darker, possibly a blue 4-door.  The driver was described as an older white man with gray hair and a long gray beard who was wearing a gray Bud Light T-shirt. The vehicle was last seen headed west on Summer Street.

The girl ran away.  The child's mother called police.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Ford County Crimestoppers at 217-784-4173 or Paxton police at 217-379-4315.

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Will County Murder Trial Begins

JOLIET, Ill. | Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the trial of an Illinois man accused of fatally shooting his wife and their three children.

A jury of four women and eight men will decide the fate of Christopher Vaughn, who's on trial in Will County. The jury was picked last week, and prosecutors and the defense will begin making their cases today.

Vaughn is accused in the June 14, 2007, killings of his wife, Kimberly, and their three children — 12-year-old Abigayle, 11-year-old Cassandra and 8-year-old Blake.

Prosecutors contend Vaughn was driving his family in their SUV when he pulled onto a frontage road and shot them near Channahon, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago.

Vaughn has pleaded not guilty and contends his wife killed the children and then herself.

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State Police DUI Arrests

            PERSONAL INJURY CRASH RESULTS IN DUI ARREST                                                          

 Ashkum, IL – An Illinois State Trooper responded to a traffic crash on IL Route 113 near 3000 West Road on 8/16/12 at 10:22 p.m.  The trooper observed a green Honda off the roadway in the ditch.  The trooper spoke to the driver, Jason Sean Powell, 38, of Kankakee about the crash.  While speaking with Powell the trooper observed that Powell had consumed alcoholic beverages.  Powell admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages that night.  Powell was transported to Riverside Hospital for minor injuries.  While at the hospital Powell failed the standard field sobriety tests that were offered by the trooper.  After being released from Riverside Hospital, Powell was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence.  Powell was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center for processing.   

On Sunday, August 19, 2012 at approximately 7:27 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Sophia D. Crumbley, age 33 of 884 Gettysburg Drive, Apt. #4, Bourbonnais, Illinois.  KAMEG served a search warrant at Crumbley’s home after receiving a citizen’s complaint about drug dealing at that location.  Agents seized eleven bags of cannabis packaged for sale and a digital scale.  Crumbley was charged with Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver and was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where she posted a $1,000 bond.

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