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No quorum, no action at F-I Public Health meeting >

An audience of people, including state officials from the Illinois Department of Health were in attendance at the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department meeting in Gilman Monday night. But a quorum of the health board wasn’t there. So, there was no official meeting.

But there was plenty said by those in attendance.

Notably absent from the meeting were the three Iroquois County members of the health board—Michelle Fairley, Lauren Luecke and County Board Chairman Rod Copas.

Fairley and Luecke are newcomers to the health board; both appointed by Chairman Copas and approved by the Iroquois County Board after past members were dismissed from their positions.

Ford County State’s Attorney Matt Fitton recommended the health board not get involved in any binding action, since there’s question about a legal quorum due to the absent Iroquois County membership.

The printed agenda for the meeting included obvious controversy in light of the fact, that the Iroquois and Ford County Boards have differing opinions on how matters involving health department administrator Doug Corbett. The two boards are at a stalemate regarding Corbett’s position.

One agenda item for Monday’s meeting dealt with the ‘lifting of Corbett’s temporary suspension to hire, fire, re-assign or discipline health department employees.

Another agenda matter was the ‘appointment of a Board of Health Treasurer to sign checks; an alleged conflict with the Illinois state statutes and the board of health by-laws.

Also on the agenda was discussion and opinion of legal counsel to impartially represent the health department due to conflict of interest.

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New Fair Queen crowned in Newton County

Twenty-year-old Karlie Brianne Drinski of Kentland is the 2013 fair queen in Newton County, Indiana.

The daughter of Jeff Drinski and Sharon Lowe was crowned Monday night.  She bested a field of seven contestants at the fairgrounds north of Kentland.  (WGFA radio aired the live broadcast).

Karlie attends Ivy tech Community College and plans to major in criminal justice.

Andrea Kelly of Lake Village was 1st runner-up. 

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Lisa Madigan not running for Governor

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for Illinois governor next year. 
 
In a Monday statement, the Chicago Democrat said she's been considering the decision for months but she enjoys her current job.  She mulled the gubernatorial run because of the ``need for effective management.''
 
However, she said one factor is in her decision is that her father is House Speaker Michael Madigan. She said the state wouldn't be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family.  
 
Lisa Madigan hadn't given any hints about her decision, telling reporters earlier Monday that she was still thinking it over. But over the months she'd raised big money and been vague on her plans, fueling talk that she would challenge Gov. Pat Quinn next year.

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Heat Index Reaching Triple-Digits

Doctors are encouraging people to take it easy now that the heat index is reaching triple-digits.  Experts recommend staying out of the sun as much as you can and if you do have to be out, drink lots of water, wear a hat and sunscreen.  People are also encouraged to check on their neighbors to make sure they're okay.

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Loaded Hand Guns Found in Vehicle Possible Connection with Hopkins Park Shooting

Illinois State Police District 21 is reporting the arrest of 34-year-old Lamar V. Lillard of St. Anne for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and 27-year-old Vernon M. Griffith of St. Anne Wanted on a Warrant.   

 

A trooper conducted a traffic stop Friday and spoke with the driver, Lillard. The odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath led to a field sobriety test which Lillard failed. Lillard was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The front seat passenger, Griffith was taken into custody on a Kankakee County Warrant for Aggravated Battery/Discharge of a Firearm, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of a Weapon in connection with a recent shooting that took place in Hopkins Park.

A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol under the front passenger seat and a loaded .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol under the driver’s seat. The gun's serial number had been defaced.

Lillard and Griffith were jailed in Kankakee County. Charges range from alcohol violations to weapons possession without valid FOID cards.

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