A not guilty plea was entered in Kankakee Circuit Court in the case of Heidi Jones. She’s the second worker from the Good Shepherd Manor in Momence accused in the death of resident Charles McLaughlin.
The 48-year-old Jones and her co-worker, Elizabeth Cook, were accused of leaving the victim in a hot van June 11, when temps exceeded 90 degrees inside the vehicle. The 69-yr-old McLaughlin was a long-term resident of the facility for men with developmental disabilities.
Both Cook and Jones have been charged with two counts of Class 3 felony counts of criminal neglect of a long-term care facility resident resulting in death.
Cook pled not guilty to the charges against her earlier this month.
Cook and Jones will next appear in court the morning of Nov. 17.
KANKAKEE — A judge set bond at one million dollars (Thursday) for Father Richard E. Jacklin, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Goodrich. He was arrested by Illinois State Police Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting a resident at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee.
Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe said the investigation is ongoing.
The Joliet Diocese is cooperating with the investigation. Jacklin previously had served a number of area Catholic churches as an assistant or substitute priest, according to the Diocese.
— The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.
A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30
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Milford 11/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fire Station, 301 S. Chicago _______________
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Aroma Park 11/11/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, 3rd and Division
Bourbonnais 11/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 11/4/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friends and Family of Jace Lillis-Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center, 200 West John Casey Road 11/9/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 11/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 11/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 11/27/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., GatheringPoint Church, 897 W. Bourbonnais Pkwy. 11/28/2017: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 1560 Career Center Rd. 11/30/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 12/1/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.
– Farmers in Illinois are asking Gov. Bruce Rauner for a little help as they try to quickly wrap up this fall’s harvest.
Because of a rainy spring and late rain this fall, there are still farmers in some parts of Illinois with acres and acres of corn and beans in their fields, and they are running out of time to harvest it.
The Illinois Farm Bureau asked Rauner for a Harvest Season Emergency declaration about two weeks ago.
Kevin Rund with the Farm Bureau said a declaration will allow farmers to add 10 percent more grain to the trucks taking their crops to storage.
“It would allow farmers to get permits to haul a load that exceeded the typical wight limits that apply to trucks,” Rund said.
But farmers have not yet heard back from the governor’s office. Rauner himself is in Israel this week on a weeklong trade mission.
Even if the governor approves the declaration, Rund said farmers shouldn’t rush to overload their grain trucks. “If farmers hear of a governor’s declaration, they need to remember that there is more to it than that,” Rund said. “They need to check whether or not a local permit is required. If so, they’ll need that permit in hand before they can take advantage of the additional weight.”
Rund said that could mean a permit from the county, township, city, and the state.
Illinois has had a harvest emergency provision since the 1980s but has never used it. Rund says a new tweak to the law makes it more user friendly.
Farmers in northern and northwestern Illinois are still behind in the harvest, and they’d benefit the most from an emergency declaration.