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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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Graduates set at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais

There’s 1,428 graduates getting their degrees today (Sat) at Olivet Nazarene University. It’s a historic graduation at the Bourbonnais school, the 100th graduating class.

The community’s expected 5,000 visitors for weekend commencement activities.

Social workers and nurses earned their pins Friday. The university reports 624 traditional students and 804 graduate-students are accepting diplomas today.

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Danville’s Lakeview College of Nursing Graduation Saturday

The Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville is holding its graduation ceremony  (Saturday).  There are sixty-seven candidates for graduation in Lakeview’s Class of 2013.

The Commencement Ceremony is being held in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School starting at 10:30 this (Saturday) morning.

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Dr. Gill accepts job at state health department

SPRINGFIELD - Dr. David Gill has opted for a leadership job in state government rather than make another run for elected office.

He was named Friday as assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, a $127,800-per-year job.

The 53-year-old Gill is an emergency room physician from Bloomington. He was named  to the job six months after narrowly losing a race to represent Illinois' 13th Congressional District. It was Gill's fourth failed bid to represent a part of central Illinois in the nation's capital.

He said he will focus his efforts on trying to address the issue of access to health care, as well as the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.

In addition to losing to Republican Rodney Davis in November, Gill also lost three prior bids for Congress to former U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson of Urbana.

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