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Foster-child death trial postponed

It'll be September at the earliest when Heather Lamie stands trial for the 2011 death of a foster-child who was in her care. A court proceeding in Pontiac postponed a trial date for the Cullom woman. The court action marks the 4th time the trial date has been changed.


Heather Lamie is charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life or health of a child in the death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill. The trial was originally to start in October, but was moved to January, then to April, then to June 23 in part because an expert was unavailable.


A Livingston County Judge (Mark Fellheimer) Friday granted a defense motion to continue the trial again. Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff still has not received a report from the defense's expert witness. It is expected to be completed in late June, giving both sides time to prepare for a September court date.


The 30-year-old Lamie, now living in Kankakee County, was indicted on murder charges in June 2013. If convicted, she faces mandatory life imprisonment. A conviction on endangering the life and health of a child could bring probation or two to 10 years in prison.


Kianna Rudesill was a foster child in the Lamie home when she died of head injuries the day after rescue personnel were called to the home.


A Peoria County Coroner's jury ruled the death a homicide.


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KCC shows-off new tech center

The public had a chance to tour Kankakee Community College's new $5.2 million dollar North Extension Center Thursday. The 18,000 square foot facility on Kenzie Avenue in Bradley was featured during an Open House.

KCC President Dr. John Avendano said this facility opens new opportunities.

The North Extension Center is along Illinois Route 50.

Residents can use the computer lab and resource center to where they can receive help applying for jobs.

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Kankakee awarded federal funds

                                                    --clean-up of waste sites --

Kankakee will share in a federal grant to clean-up industrial waste sites. Kankakee is one of seven Illinois communities to share $2.3 million of federal funding earmarked to "clean and redevelop" contaminated waste sites.
Kankakee received $400,000, the second-largest grant awarded.


Senator Dick Durbin announced the grants this week. He said the monies are for local, under-served and economically-disadvantaged areas.


Since 1995, more than 20,000 properties nationwide have been assessed and more than 850 of them have been cleaned through this program.


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Same-Sex Marriage law in Illinois begins

The same-sex marriage law takes effect across Illinois Sunday. Since offices are closed on Sunday, marriages are likely to begin Monday, June 2nd.

In Vermilion County, Clerk Lynn Foster says several people have already contacted her office. Foster notes some of those people currently have civil unions.

Other neighboring counties where licenses have been issued include: Champaign, Grundy, McLean and Woodford.

The effective date of the law is June 1, although 16 counties have been allowing same-sex couples to marry already, relying on a court order and the advice of the attorney general.

The group, Equality Illinois, expects a busy day Monday, because people have been waiting for this moment for a very long time, and they don't want to wait any longer.

Illinois has had civil unions for three years, affecting only state law, but after the Supreme Court ruling in the Windsor case last year, married same-sex couples count as married under federal law.

June 1 is Sunday; some county clerks will open their offices to accommodate applicants; others will start issuing licenses Monday.

Counties where county clerks have already issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples are Clinton, Cook, DeKalb, Greene, Hardin, Jackson, Macon, Ogle, Perry, Saint Clair and Wabash.


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ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU® TO HOST ANNUAL COMMODITIES CONFERENCE

— Illinois Farm Bureau members, staff, farmers and agriculture industry professionals are invited to attend the 2014 Illinois Farm Bureau Commodities Conference, titled "Modern Agriculture: Connecting to the Digital Future." The conference, scheduled for July 30, will be held at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

This year's conference will feature two general sessions and multiple breakouts that focus on digital communications and tools, farm policy, market and weather trends, drone technology, trade and infrastructure priorities, farmland and crop prices and much more. First General Session speaker Matt Bechdol will cover "big data" while the second General Session speaker Greg Peterson of the Peterson Brothers will talk about advocating for agriculture.

"We will have the latest information on digital-driven technology issues, such as Big Data, drones and cyber-security, as well as our perennial outlooks," said Mike Doherty, senior economist, Illinois Farm Bureau. "Additionally, we have some hot topic workshops on nutrient management, global meat markets, and value added production."
Those wishing to attend the conference may pre-register online (June 9 – July 21) at www.ilfb.org/commoditiesconference, or by contacting their local County Farm Bureau. Registration materials also may be requested by calling Nicole Moore at 309-557-3343 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch. Registration the day of the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Marriott.

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