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Mother, boyfriend sentenced to 7 years for breaking bones in 5-week-old boy

In Jasper Superior Court in Indiana Friday, a Jasper County mother and her boyfriend were handed seven-year prison terms for breaking multiple bones in the body of her infant son. Prosecutors said the baby boy was just five weeks old at the time.

20-year-old Faith McDaniel and her 24-year-old boyfriend, Robert Rumback, broke several of the infant's ribs, as well as bones in his arms and legs, accordint to the prosecution.

On the night of Jan. 3, McDaniel's son was crying, while the two were trying to sleep. Rumback yanked the child by his arms and handed him to McDaniel. She grabbed her son by the ribs and squeezed the baby before setting the child down. Then while changing her son, McDaniel grabbed the infant's legs and jerked them.

The child did not receive treatment for the injuries until nearly two weeks later.

Rumback and McDaniel pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of child neglect. Charges of battery with bodily injury were later dropped.


The seven-year prison sentence imposed by the judge is a year longer than what the plea called for. The child has since recovered.

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EIU student dead, another injured in weekend crash

Authorities in the journalism department at Eastern Illinois University confirm a student is dead and another is injured after a pickup truck crash this past weekend.

The students worked for the EIU campus newspaper. Both had gone to dinner that evening, according to Sally Renaud, interim chairwoman of EIU's journalism department.

Illinois State Police said the accident occurred Saturday evening near the U.S. Route 45 interchange of Interstate 57 south of Mattoon. The pickup truck was heading northbound when it went off the road and overturned.

The driver was ejected from the truck and hospitalized for injuries in Urbana. The passenger was partially ejected and later died from injuries.

Authorities say neither was wearing a seatbelt.


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One-year Anniversary today: Tornados ripped up Illinois…

              ...Coal City, Diamond, Washington hard-hit


It's been a full year, but people across Illinois are still trying to piece their lives back together after a deadly tornado outbreak roared through 25 communities across the state. Eight people were killed and nearly 200 others injured.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed with property damage topping more than a-billion-dollars statewide. More than 800-million of that was in the Tazewell County town of Washington, just outside of Peoria. Debris from that twister was found as far as 150-miles away, in Chicago.

Recovery efforts continue to this day.


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Cissna Park volleyball falls to top-ranked Rockford Keith Country Day

               Will play Saturday for 3rd place in 1A

The T'wolves of Cissna Park high school ran into the Cougars of Keith Country Day at the IHSA state volleyball tournament this (Fri) morning at ISU's Redbird Arena.

Coach Josh Landon's club closed out a 33-5 season, losing in three sets 22-25, 25-22 and 15-25.

The match was heard on 94.1 WGFA's with Tom Conn.

Cissna Park pressed the Cougars. It was first time in 25 matches Keith Country Day had to go three sets to get the win.

Cissna Park will play for 3rd place tomorrow (Sat).

In 2A --  Watseka battles Dakota at 1:30 pm today at Redbird Arena.

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Firefighters union joins effort to oust Kankakee County Board Chairman

Manteno Firefighters Union Local 4042 has issued a press release wanting Mike Bossert out as Kankakee County Board Chairman.

The firefighters go further than the FOP and AFSCME unions did earlier this week. County deputies are in favor of county board member Andy Weilert replacing Bossert when the board re-organizes next month.

Manteno firefighters are calling for Bossert to resign.

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