The Iroquois Sexual Assault Services office is hosting an Open House at its new location in Watseka next Tuesday. The event is from 3 - 6 pm at the ISAS new office on Route 1 South in the Jefferson Plaza. Visitors are welcome and asked to bring A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM to support the local food pantry.
Kankakee County Sexual Assault Services (KC-CASA) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. A charity dinner and auction is today (Friday) at the Kankakee Country Club. Dinner is at 6 pm. Guest Speaker is Erin Merryn, an advocate, activist, survivor and the force behind "Erin's Law."
The annual Cissna Park FFA Scholarship Auction is scheduled Saturday. It's at Cissna Park High School. Dinner is at 3:30 p,. The auction goes at 5 pm. Proceeds support academic scholarships given to graduating seniors to promote continuing education.
The Unit 9 Academic Foundation welcomes the public to Pride Night today. Academic awards will recognizes students in grades 5 - 12 and will include special performances from the students. It begins at 5:30 pm until 8 pm. A silent auction and refreshments are available. All proceeds benefit the Unit 9 schools.
Forty new lawyers took the attorneys’ oath yesterday (Thursday) at the Kankakee Community College campus. The program was held in the Auditorium. A reception followed hosted by the Illinois Bar Association.
Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court, A Kankakee native and grad of Bishop McNamara High School, presided over the ceremony. And his daughter Mary Colleen Kilbride was among the candidates sworn in.
The group is amongst 1,335 individuals sworn in and admitted to the practice of law in Illinois during bar admission ceremonies held in the state's five Supreme Court judicial districts.
All of the candidates have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness.
The new attorneys sworn in at bar admission ceremonies brings the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 98,000. In addition to Kankakee, ceremonies were held Thursday in Chicago, Elgin, Springfield and Carbondale.
Also giving remarks were KCC President John Avendano, Justice William E. Holdridge of the Third District Appellate Court, Chief Judge Michael D. Kramer of the 21st Judicial Circuit, and James F. McCluskey, President-Elect of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Judges of the 21st Circuit in attendance will include Chief Judge Michael D. Kramer, Circuit Judges Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott, Michael J. Kick, Susan Sumner Tungate, James Kinzer, and Associate Judges Kenneth Leshen, Ronald Gerts, Thomas Cunnington, J. Imani Drew, and Michael Sabol. Also attending is Retired Circuit Judge J. Gregory Householter.
Third District Appellate Justices in attendance will include Justice Holdridge, Justice Mary K. O'Brien, and Justice Robert L. Carter.
The Third Judicial District includes the following counties: Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Kankakee, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, McDonough, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Whiteside and Will.
An Iroquois County jury (Wednesday) returned a guilty verdict against 23-year-old Romer Gillespie for 2-counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.
The jury deliberated just 90 minutes before finding the Watseka man guilty for the 2015 crime. Gillespie faces a minimum 12 years in prison when he’s sentenced December 12th. He was taken into custody by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police.
The then-12-year-old victim testified in the trial of the sexual encounter. Gillespie was 21-years-old at the time.