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New trial date for foster-mom, Lamie

Another new trial date for a former Cullom woman charged in the death of a 4-year-old foster-child who was in the care of Heather Lamie back in 2011. For a 4th time, the court has reset the trial of the 30-yr-old Lamie, who now lives in rural Kankakee.

Lamie is charged with 2 counts of murder and also endangering the life/health of a child for the death of Kianna Rudesill. The girl was in Lamie's care when emergency responders answered a call to a residence where the young girl suffered head injuries. Kianna died the next day at a Peoria hospital. A Peoria County Coroner's jury ruled the death a homicide.

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Judge says “No” to attorney's request to withdraw from Condon murder case

An Iroquois County judge last week denied a request by a murder suspect's attorney to allow him to withdraw from the case because he has not been paid for services provided.
After denying the motion, Judge Gordon Lustfeldt scheduled a hearing for June 18 to set a trial date and deadlines for any pretrial motions.

Attorney Ed Glazar Jr. of Kankakee said in his motion that his client, 34-year-old Andrew M. Condon of rural Ashkum, "has failed to pay the contracted attorney's fees." Glazar asked to be allowed to withdraw from representing Condon. The defendant remains at the Iroquois County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Condon has pleaded innocent to two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2012 fatal shooting of 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin of Danforth, at the Shell gas station in Gilman where Rubin worked.

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Kinzinger talking about Bergdahl Issue

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger is talking about the recent release of Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in June of 2009, until his release over the weekend.

Kinzinger makes it clear that while he is happy that Bergdahl is going home, he does not like that he was exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, saying that a move like this puts American lives at risk. He says the presidential administration can say over and over that this was not negotiating with terrorists, but that does not make it so.

Kinzinger also spoke about the possibility of an investigation into Bergdahl abandoning his troops and whether or not AWOL charges could be filed against him.

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Man dies in Kankakee River

Rescue crews in Wilmington pulled a man's body from the Kankakee River late Tuesday.

A fire official told (NBC Chicago) the man was boating with three other people when their crafts tipped over and everyone ended up in the water.

Two people were on shore when rescue personnel arrived and a third was safe on an island.

The man's body was found in the water just before midnight.
His identity was not released by 6 a.m. Wednesday

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Construction season hampers businesses

Blocked streets, lack of available parking, and noise are all signs the summer construction season is underway. It's an annual nuisance that drivers don't like. And local businesses can feel the impact.

In Watseka, construction barriers have North 3rd and North 4th Streets closed to traffic. Before this, it was North 2nd Street.

Add to the frustration the huge pot-holes yet to repaired. And dwindling funds at the local and state level mean quick-fixes aren't likely.

Despite the grumbling citizens and motorists now, it'll be all smiles when the routes are back open and smoother travels – because pot-holes are patched.

Downtown friendly Main streets aren't so friendly at the present. Business owners tell you traffic is slow. But in time, that frustration will be all good again.

{several municipal routes are also construction in area communities}.

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