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Kankakee County Sheriff deputy dies of heart attack

Condolences are being received at the Kankakee County Sheriff department after a veteran deputy died unexpectedly Wednesday. 35-year-old Zeb Pheiffer suffered a heart attack while working out at his home. He was a 17-year veteran of the department. Pheiffer first joined the department as a correctional officer in 1998. He also worked in the Violent Crimes Task Force.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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KCC President Dr. John Avendano to Chair Coalition for Hope & Excellence in Education (CHEE) Board of Directors

KANKAKEE – The Coalition for Hope & Excellence in Education (CHEE) – Kankakee County's workforce development collaborative – has announced its board of directors. Members of the executive committee include Dr. John Avendano, Kankakee Community College President, Board Chairman; Matt McBurnie, Riverside Healthcare Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Vice Chairman; Matt Olszewski, People's Bank Chief Credit Officer, Treasurer; and Judy Brinkman, BASF Kankakee Site Manager, Secretary.

Rounding out the board as of this date are Amy LaFine, Presence St. Mary's Hospital; Theodis Pace, NAACP; Dr. Genevra Walters, Superintendent Kankakee District 111; Dr. Gregg Murphy, Regional Superintendent of Schools; and Dr. Jeff Williamson, Olivet Nazarene University.
CHEE Executive Director is Dr. Susan Emmerich.

The mission of the CHEE is to prepare a college- and career-ready and skilled workforce and increase student persistence and graduation rates in Kankakee County. {submitted info}

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DOWNERS GROVE, IL ? The Illinois AMBER Alert Task Force today welcomed Alert GPS as a partner of its AMBER Alert notification system. For over a decade the Illinois AMBER Alert Task Force has worked to create new partnerships and strengthen its capabilities. With this in mind, the Task Force is pleased to announce the addition of Alert GPS? enhanced notification platform.

Alert GPS provides the alerting technology that allows the Illinois State Police to distribute the notification message in a much quicker and more efficient manner. This free technology is utilized by other state AMBER Alert systems and can easily be shared across state lines.

The Illinois AMBER Alert Task Force is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, the Press Association, the Illinois Tollway, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Lottery, and the National Weather Service to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases. The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe return of the child.

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Iroquois County Board supports ‘Turnaround Agenda”

There's been a lot of opposition voiced in recent weeks, but the Iroquois County Board voted 12-5 Tuesday to approve a resolution in favor of Governor Bruce Rauner's 'Turnaround Agenda.'

The Local Government Empowerment & Reform Resolution has stirred a lot of controversial remarks since the governor first proposed the concept.

Union workers, and others, argue getting rid of unions in favor of right-to-work zones will hurt the economy. Opposing comments aired Tuesday morning at the County Board meeting. During the public comment section of the meeting, P.J. McCullough told members he begs to differ with the statement that 'Illinois has a one size fits all" approach when it comes to collective bargaining. Added costs, he said, are passed on to local taxpayers.

McCullough also doesn't agree with the 'Turnaround' language which states repealing the prevailing wage law and requirements for labor agreements would be good for local governments. McCullough said when lowering employee wages, it hurts the economy because people have less money to spend.

Regarding the claim that the 'Turnaround' plan helps create jobs, McCullough points to government decisions, like the Iroquois County Board itself, that's defeated work opportunities. Examples, he points to, are votes against wind farm development and an ethanol plant.

Board members voting against the Turnaround resolution were Vince Lamie, Larry Hasbargen, Ernie Curtis, Brett Schmid and Jed Whitlow.

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Kankakee County Board votes No to AFSCME contract

Some unhappy union employees in Kankakee County are commenting about their disappointment about an earlier-agreed-on contract that the county board reneged on.

Kankakee County Board members (Tuesday) turned down the contract for clerks in the Circuit Clerk's Office. The employees in questions have been without a contract since 2013. And although a union ratification vote was accepted, it's now back to negotiations.

Board Chairman Mike Bossert said the county's in no financial position, right now, to hand out raises.

The County Board also voted No to spending money for additional security at the county jail. There was a committee recommendation last week to suggest a fingerprint security system at the jail to prevent a jail escape like the one involving convicted-killer Kamron Taylor. Again, lack of money was the reason.

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