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State Police Posts Targeted for Closure, Ashkum, Pontiac Included

SPRINGFIELD - Despite getting a budget plan from the legislature last week that contains enough money to keep all 20 Illinois State Police communications centers open, Gov. Pat Quinn is still making plans to shutter 16 of the facilities.

In an email Thursday, state police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the consolidation effort is "moving forward" as part of a cost-savings effort.

In his February budget proposal, Quinn called for the closure of the communications centers, including those in Pontiac, Ashkum, East Moline, Carmi, Ullin, Metamora and Effingham.

Calls handled at those offices would instead by routed to dispatch centers in Du Quoin, Springfield, Sterling and Des Plaines. Officials say a new statewide radio system will allow them to cover the entire state without having to keep all 20 facilities open.

Quinn has not yet taken action on the General Assembly's spending plan. Bond said state police administrators have not established a timetable for the closures.

Opponents of the consolidation say workers in the four remaining offices won't have the detailed knowledge of all regions of the state that the current employees have.

"I've been traveling the state recently and haven't found one trooper who thinks this is a good idea," said Mike Powell, president of Illinois Troopers Lodge 41.

If Quinn ignores the General Assembly and moves forward with the closures, an estimated 40 employees will be laid off.   {Pantagraph}

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Divers find body of missing man in Lake Shafer

WHITE COUNTY, Ind.  -  Conservation officers said they recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from Lake Shafer in White County around 2:15 a.m. Thursday.

Dive teams found the body of Okeen Rashawn Daley in six feet of water near the area of  "green can," which is just feet from where witnesses said they last saw him. Conservation officers said Daley was from Jamaica, but was currently working at Indiana Beach.

Investigators said 13 people were on board a pontoon boat around 7 o'clock Wednesday evening when they stopped in a shallow area.  A few of them jumped into the lake, but Daley went off into deeper water without a life jacket on.

Authorities said that's the last time he was seen.

Divers from the Monticello and Buffalo Fire Departments, the White County Sheriff's Office, and the Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene.

Officers said no foul play was involved. The exact cause of death will be determined after an autopsy has been performed.

 

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Dozens of retirements could affect Illinois DNR

 


The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD — Dozens of pending retirements may leave some Illinois Department of Natural Resources facilities short of full-time employees, officials at the state agency said.

So far, 80 of the department's 1,100 employees have filed notice they intend to retire, The State Journal-Register in Springfield reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/LaS1sb). DNR spokesman Chris McCloud said the department has some sites with one or two employees. McCloud says if those employees decide to retire, "then there would be nobody there."

McCloud said the department is deciding what to do if that happens.

Read more: Dozens of retirements could affect Illinois DNR

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Teens Face Charges for Vandalism

A vandalism spree in Paxton and Loda finds three Paxton teenagers under arrest.  Police were still looking for a 4th suspect.  Several vehicles and homes were damaged last month in Paxton and Loda.

19-year-old Lyndsey Weber, 19-year-old Cassie Rogers, and 17-year-old Tyler Buyer were identified by the Ford County State’s Attorney’s Office.  The three are accused of breaking into a home, causing over $3,000 in damage.

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Vermilion County Closes Health Care Clinic

The Vermilion County Health Care Medical Clinic at 715 W. Fairchild in Danville has closed its doors.

The closing of the facility on W. Fairchild came with little or no warning.

The clinic had made a transition to becoming a not-for-profit group last spring. Thomas Pollock, chairman of the clinic's board of directors, tells the News-Gazette, the clinic was working towards a classification as a Federally Qualified Health Center "look-a-like" that had the same requirements as actual health centers while not receiving the same benefits.

 The news story raises a question as to whether patients have been told of the closing, and how they could get their medical records from the now-closed facility.

 

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