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Former Fire Chief Faces Sentencing for Theft >

Former Limestone Township Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Brosseau has pleaded guilty to felony theft charges.

The 56-year-old wrote himself checks totaling $55,000 between December 2006 and February 2009, according to prosecutors. At the time, Brosseau served as treasurer for the Kankakee Valley Firemen's Association.

When sentenced, he could get Probation or up to seven years in prison.

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Bourbonnais Rapist gets 18 years in Prison

31-year-old Brandon Irvin of Bourbonnais has been sentenced to 18-years in prison for sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s daughter.

Irvin pleaded guilty. The victim was younger than 13 at the time. Irvin will have to serve at least 85% of the sentence

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Chebanse man sentenced to 8 years for burglary

Larry Collins of Chebanse has been sentenced to eight-years in prison for a Class 2 felony charge of burglary. Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott imposed the sentence after Collins pleaded guilty in Kankakee Circuit Court.

A Kankakee man was sentenced to three-years in prison. Steven Evans entered a guilty plea to burglary. He was sentenced by Judge Clark Erickson.

Judge Erickson also ordered Timothy Lane of Kankakee to eight-years in prison. Lane pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and court fees.

A Class 4 felony conviction for Possession of Cannabis sends a Kankakee man to prison for three-years. Jonathan Rowe entered a guilty plea before Judge Erickson.

A Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine conviction also sends Demetrius Wells to prison for seven-years. Wells pleaded guilty to the Class X felony (last week) in Kankakee Circuit Court. Judge Erickson also ordered a $3,000 drug assessment fine.

A Three Rivers, Michigan man has been sentenced to four-years in prison for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Taries (Tuh-Reese) King had a previous conviction for the Class 2 felony. Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott sentenced King after he plead guilty in Kankakee Circuit Court.

 

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U of I plans Assembly Hall work starting in 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas says construction should begin in March 2014 on the long-planned renovation of Assembly Hall.

Thomas said Thursday that the $160 million project still needs university trustees' approval but would modernize the 50-year-old saucer-shaped building. Air conditioning would be added and concourses widened. Courtside student seating would be increased and suites added.

The athletic director said the arena's capacity would drop from 17,200 to about 15,200.

The work would be done in phases so the school's basketball teams aren't forced to play away games elsewhere. Work would end in 2016.

Thomas said about three-quarters of the money would come from donations. He said a plan to sell naming rights is still being worked on.

Thomas hopes to take the plan to trustees in May.

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State Trooper Killed in I-94 Accident


NORTHBROOK, Ill.— A semi-truck has slammed into an Illinois State Police squad car in Chicago's northern suburbs, killing a state trooper.

The Illinois State Police says Trooper James Sauter was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place late Thursday on Interstate 294 on the edge of Northbrook.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The 28-year-old trooper joined the Illinois State Police in June 2008.

In a statement released Friday, State Police Director Hiram Grau expressed his "deep sadness" over the trooper's death and offered condolences to his family.

He said Sauter left a "legacy of courage, honor and duty."