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Arrest made in beating death at Manteno veterans home

Authorities in Kankakee County confirm an arrest has been made in connection with a reported beating death of a resident at the Manteno Veterans' Home.

65-year-old Manteno veteran home resident Kenneth Laura was arrested by Illinois State Police. Preliminary charges are Involuntary Manslaughter and Aggravated Battery.

The charges are for the death of 68-year-old Charles Berry of Chicago. Berry was also a resident at the veterans home.

A press release from the Illinois Department of Veterans Office states a weekend altercation was "an isolated incident between two residents."

Charles Berry was pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center shortly after 5 a.m. Monday after suffering head injuries at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno on Saturday.

Laura also was hospitalized.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said said police are still investigating. The Kankakee County State's Attorney's office is also reviewing the case.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Iroquois Board Chairman Copas details platform calling for health department administrator’s ouster >

A five-hour Iroquois County Board meeting (Tuesday) included a range of newsy matters of interest, none of which lacked comment from board members and the public.

The brunt of the meeting centered, again, on the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department and its administrator Doug Corbett.

Board Chairman Rod Copas presented a laundry list of allegations against Corbett, listing and explaining why he thinks Corbett should be removed from his position. Copas reiterated earlier allegations ranging from unprofessional behavior, awarding of contracts, distribution of prescription medications, and unlawful use of grant money.

Copas also questions favored treatment toward some health employees, FOIA violations, and even using work-related email accounts for personal/private business.

And Copas goes so far to refer to official misconduct allegations.

Copas said more specific direction the county may be taking will announced later this week. The county, he said, has contacted the Illinois Department of Public Health for some direction on helping to resolve a stalemate between the Iroquois and Ford County boards.

Ford County has stood firm in not taking any action against Corbett. The Iroquois County board has voted to remove Corbett from his position "in the most expedient way possible."

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Vermilion County Board District 7 seat will remain vacant

It'll be a few months, at least, before a county board seat is filled in Vermilion County.

The District 7 seat of the late-Larry Mills won't be filled until September at earliest. That's from officials in Vermilion County.

The death of Larry Mills the night of July 4th stunned the county board and many others. The vacancy was not addressed at Tuesday's board meeting in Danville.

Mills was elected as a Democrat, so his seat will fall to the Vermilion County Democratic party to select an appropriate replacement on the board.

That choice will then be presented to the full board. It may be settled in September.

The appointee will be expected to fill out the remainder of Mills' two-year term.

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Kankakee County Board vacancies; Arseneau, Miller resign>

The Kankakee County Board has to fill two vacancies. Tuesday, two Republicans resigned because they moved from thee districts they were representing.

Chad Miller, a newcomer to the board, and former Vice-Chairman Todd Arseneau stepped down.

Board Chairman Mike Bossert will have to appoint new members.

Miller is a Bradley resident. He moved just outside the District 22 boundary. Arseneau was serving as Vice-Chair. He moved from District 11 in Herscher to a new district in Bourbonnais.

Miller was just elected to the board last November and Arseneau was in his fifth year.

Chairman Bossert said the Board also elected Roger Hess, of Momence, as vice chairman.

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>>People Must Be Trained Before Carrying A Gun In Public

(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois now has a concealed carry law on the books, but state Rep Brandon Phelps says that doesn't mean everyone will be allowed to carry a gun in public.

People must be trained and licensed before they can conceal a gun. There are also provisions in the law that prevent people with mental health issues and a criminal background from carrying a gun. The new law is effective immediately, but people won't actually be allowed to carry for at least six months. That's because State Police need to implement the carry program and put the training system in place. They have 180 days to do that, and then people can start applying for a carry license.

(Metro News)