Iroquois County zoning officials have started the process of coming up with an ordinance for solar farms. There’s been some interest; Zoning Administrator Bob Yergler reporting last month that his office has received calls from solar farm companies.
Board member Chad McGinnis put in some time developing a rough draft of a solar farm ordinance.
The draft will be subject for review in the months ahead.
Bond was set at $5 million (Thursday) for Willie E. Nichols Jr., who’s accused of shooting and killing his stepfather Tuesday morning. 63-year-old Clarence Riley died of gunshot wounds in what police called a domestic argument in Pembroke Township.
Judge Clark Erickson set bond for the 43-year-old Nichols. Erickson told the court the higher than normal bond was set due to Nichols awaiting trial for sexually assaulting and impregnating an underage relative in 2013. He was out on a $150,000 bond for that case.
Nichols allegedly confessed to Kankakee County Sheriff's investigators for the shooting of Riley at a residence near the Illinois-Indiana state line.
A 25-year-old man wanted on a Kankakee County warrant for drug-induced homicide was arrested by police in Hopkins Park.
The warrant named Javonta L. Davis for outstanding charges that allege he sold fentanyl-laced heroin that killed at least one person in Bradley in November 2016.
The Kankakee County Sheriff's police and Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group arrested Davis Thursday. Davis was also charged with being in possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $100,000.
A former Paxton resident has learned his drug-trafficking trial is scheduled for this summer in Macon County. A June 12th date is on the calendar for 35-year-old Eddi “Migo” Ramirez.
Ramirez failed to have his criminal drug case thrown out of court based on grounds of double-jeopardy.
A state appellate court ruling upheld a judge’s decision to reject Ramirez’s claim that his felony drug-trafficking case in Macon County should be thrown out. Ramirez had claimed he was being subjected to double jeopardy by being charged in Macon County with drug-trafficking crimes for which he already had been charged in federal court.
Ramirez is charged in Macon County with unlawful criminal drug conspiracy, a Class X felony. He’s jailed on a $500,000 bond. A conviction could bring 5 to 120 year prison term.