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Illiana Expressway recommendation OK with Kankakee County

Construction of the proposed Illiana Expressway got a positive shot in the arm Friday. The Transportation Committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency (CMAP) for Planning offered a recommended first step for the project..

The 47-mile expressway, which would connect Interstate 55 at Wilmington to Interstate 65 near Cedar Lake, Ind., still needs approval by the region's Metropolitan Planning Board next week and the full CMAP board on Oct. 17.

Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert said Friday's meeting was "a key first step." He said he's pleased with the outcome.

Mike Van Mill, Kankakee County planner and executive director of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, also attended the meeting. Van Mill tells the Daily-Journal "I didn't know what to expect going into the meeting. Let's just say I was pleasantly surprised," he said.

A significant portion of the $1.3 billion project would run through southern Will County, about two miles north of the Kankakee County line.

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Kankakee County records 1st human West Nile case

The Kankakee County Health Department reported the first human case of the West Nile virus this year. The victim was a man in his 50s from Manteno. Last year, a total of 5 cases were reported.

The case was reported Friday.

The West Nile virus is spread to humans by mosquitoes and there are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent an infection. Approximately one in five people infected with West Nile will develop symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. People over the age of 50 or with certain medical conditions are at higher risk for serious illness.

A health department statement included a reminder to county residents that West Nile activity is widespread and advised residents to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

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Trial delay for woman accused in 4-year-old's death

PONTIAC —Ford County judge Stephen Pacey has delayed the murder trial for a former Cullom woman accused in the death of a 4-year-old girl.

Heather Lamie's trial date is now January 6th, moved from October 21st. The judge's ruling came after Lamie's attorney said there were complications regarding a computer seized at the woman's home.

The attorney also is trying to secure a forensic pathologist to testify in the case.

The 30-year-old now-Kankakee County woman was arrested in June for the 2011 death. Kianna Rudisill died at a Peoria hospital. Her death was later ruled a homicide. She had blunt force trauma and brain injuries.

The girl was a foster child in Lamie's Cullom home.

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ATV crash kills Philo teenager

An autopsy is planned today (Mon) after a Sunday morning ATV crash left a Philo teen dead in Champaign County.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup reported 19-year-old Annie Daly was a passenger on an ATV that crashed at a rural intersection about 2 miles south of Philo.

A Champaign County sheriff's report stated 24-year-old Katheryn Daly of Philo was driving the ATV southbound on County Road 1700 E through the intersection and was attempting to turn east onto County Road 600 N when the ATV overturned, throwing Annie Daly from the vehicle.

Annie Daly was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was pronounced dead at 6:24 am Sunday.

Katheryn Daly was not hurt.

The death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner's Office and sheriff's office.

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Special Ford-Iroquois health board meeting in Watseka

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department board meets today (Monday) in special session. The 7 pm meeting has a different location. The meeting will be held at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

A scheduling conflict at the Gilman-Danforth Library forced the meeting to find an alternative location.

The meeting agenda is likely to find members discussing the advantages and drawbacks of dissolving the two-county health agency.

The meeting is open to the public.

A committee comprising members of the Ford and Iroquois county boards agreed in September to send a recommendation to both county boards, plus the bi-county board of health, to look into the advantages and drawbacks of dissolving the health department. Action to dissolve the agency could take place in November.

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