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Meeting rules force postponement in replacing F-I Health Board members

The Iroquois County Board’s proposed plan to replace three of the county's four appointees on the Ford-Iroquois Board of Health was postponed Tuesday. The county board’s meeting agenda did not list the action on the agenda.

Board Chairman Rod Copas had called for ‘resignations of the health board or members would be replaced.’ Copas announced an executive session Tuesday.

After the closed-door meeting, State’s attorney Jim Devine explained that the removal of board of health members was not listed on the agenda…

Devine said, an item that was listed on the agenda — "a motion to ask for the resignation of three existing Iroquois County members of the Ford-Iroquois Board of Health" — appears to be the action that was intended to occur, as decided at a committee meeting last week.

The board then voted 11-3 to approve asking for the resignations of health board members Diane Clatterbuck, a registered nurse from Donovan; Jill Kaeb, a registered nurse from Cissna Park; and Dr. Alexander Michalow, a Bradley resident who has an orthopedic practice at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Voting to approve the call for resignations were: John Schure, Marvin Stichnoth, Russell Bills, Troy Krumweide, Earnier Curtis, Charlie Ault, Adam Zumwalt, Dan Raymon, Brett Schmid, and Kyle Anderson.

Voting "no" were Donna Crow, Jean Hiles, and Dale Schultz..

Abstaining were Jed Whitlow of Gilman and Susan Wynn Bence of Watseka. Three members were absent. (Scott Watts, Donna Wasmer and Kevin Hansen)

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Watseka woman's death ruled accidental

DANVILLE -- Autopsy results in the death of Amanda Walters-Pentecost are complete. Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson states in a press release that toxicology results show the Watseka woman had a non-fatal dose of methamphetamine in her system.

It also showed no evidence of injury and her death was the result of exposure. The coroner said the death was ruled "accidental."

 

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Dropped cigarette triggered fiery crash on I-57 at Buckley

An Illinois State Police report states the driver of a semi dropped his cigarette, causing him to hit a guardrail and led to the two-semi crash near Buckley Monday night.

The crash closed I-57 between Onarga and Paxton for about five hours. The drivers of the semis were treated and released.

Charges are pending against one of the drivers, 56-year-old Ricky Hall of Cleveland, TN. The other driver was identified as 55-year-old David Horosz of Amherst, Ohio.

The police report stated Hall’s freightliner was southbound. So was the semi-trailer driven by Horosz. When Hall dropped his cigarette, he was trying to retrieve it when he hit the guardrail. The rig ran off the road, came back onto the roadway, overturned and then hit the other semi. One vehicle started on fire and ignited the other unit.

Buckley, Loda and Onarga fire answered the call. Onarga and Gilman Police, State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation also assisted.

 

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Will County crash kills 4 Teens

Will County authorities confirm four Wilmington teenagers died Monday night in a traffic accident.  The teens ranged in age from 14-17.

The accident scene was discovered this morning southeast of Wilmington at the Forked Creek Bridge in Wesley Township.

Sheriff's Police report two boys and two girls were in a car found submerged in a swollen creek.  Motorist found the car west of Warner Bridge Road.

Autopsies are planned.

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County Board’s meet in regular session today

The proposed re-appointments of three of the four Iroquois County representatives who serve the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department is a hot topic on today’s agenda for the Iroquois County Board meeting.

The meeting is at the Administrative Center in Watseka at 9 am.

The Policy & Procedure committee voted last week to send the matter to the full Board today. County Board Chairman Rod Copas called for the current members of the Health Board to resign or be replaced.

Board of Health members say “there’s been nothing done wrong and they won’t resign..”

Other Board of Health members are calling for the Iroquois County Board members to account for their own actions.


Kankakee County Board considers hike in Hotel-Motel Tax

 

 

Vermilion County Board tonight is expected to consider two bids for a new roof on the Vermilion County Courthouse.