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Iroquois County Public Health looks to restore programs

Three public health programs contracted out to Iroquois Memorial Hospital a few years ago may be returning to the Iroquois County Public Health Department.

ICPHD Administrator Dee Schippert told the Count Board she’s contacted the Department of Human Services to see if options are out there. Schippert said Family Care Management, Health Family Illinois, and the WIC programs (Women, Infants and Children) may be available thru the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

The local health department is unable to fund the programs.
IMH is ending the services June 30th, after taking over the programs from the Iroquois County Health Department a few years ago. Local office space would be made available, should the Champaign-Urbana Health District agree to provide the services.

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St. Joseph's College president resigns

The president of St. Joseph's College at Rensselaer, IN has submitted his letter of resignation. It comes before the closing of the catholic liberal arts school.

An email sent Tuesday to the campus community notified it of Robert Pastoor's departure.

The college board of trustees had voted in February to suspend operations at the end of this academic term.

Pastoor became president two years ago, but said he didn't learn of the college's financial problems until after his term started.

The college is $27,000,000 in debt and had been operating at a deficit for years.

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Iroquois County Board says ‘No’ to night meetings

It was a narrow 10-9 vote by the Iroquois County Board (Tuesday)... county board meetings will still be held on 9 am on the second Tuesday of the month.

The full Board followed a recommendation of the Policy & Procedure committee to keep the meetings as they are now.
Board member Vince LaMie had pushed for evening meetings to allow more working people and opportunity to run for office and other working -citizens to attend meetings.

Board member Chad McGinnis had also suggested maybe alternating a few meeting times to allow for a few certain evening meetings.

The Policy & Procedure committee members, after discussion, decided there was no need for night meetings.

Some county office-holders said night meetings would not guarantee attendance from the public. The agenda itself is what may spark attendance for a meeting.

Board Chairman John Shure said the county board meeting room doesn’t have enough seating to accommodate the public. He also said night meetings would inconvenience county officials who work during the day.

LaMie insists, the evening meetings are about accommodating the public...

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State’s Attorney moving back to Kankakee County Courthouse

The Kankakee County Board Tuesday voted to move the State’s Attorney’s office back the courthouse. It was talked about in committee over the last month.

State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said moving back to the courthouse would save over $100,000 annually. Board Chairman Andy Wheeler adds, “this is screaming of common sense” to make this move back to the courthouse.

The county has been paying for rental space on N. Schuyler Avenue.

The move could be completed by June 1.

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Will County traffic stop nets $1 Million Dollars in Cocaine

A traffic stop on the Manhattan-Monee Road in Will County (Monday) has landed three people in jail facing drug charges. Two Chicago men and a LaSalle woman face charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Will County Sheriff’s Office arrested all three individuals after uncovering over 20 kilos of cocaine in the trunk of their car.

The driver, 31-year-old Jorge Vargas-Moreno of Chicago, appeared nervous and was trembling as he was speaking with the deputies. He was asked to exit the vehicle, along with the other two passengers, 35-year-old Bulmaro Castelan-Diaz of Chicago and 22-year-old Yolanda Tavira-Berrum of LaSalle.

The Sheriff’s Department K-9 was called to the scene and conducted a sniff search of the vehicle and provided authorities with a positive hit for narcotics in the trunk of the car. A search of the trunk uncovered 20 kilos of wrapped bricks containing cocaine. The estimated street value of the cocaine was $1.125 million.

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