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State grants certification to Ford, Iroquois health departments

The Illinois Department of Public Health has said 'yes" to certification to the new health departments serving Ford and Iroquois counties.

The certification approval for both counties is for five years. The approval came from Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. notified the agencies that they have been granted their long-awaited certification.

The announcement was relayed to local officials by Steve Williams, interim director Ford-Iroquois Public health department. Williams is helping to dissolve the current two-county health department. The new health departments will begin serving their own jurisdictions July 1.

The official certifications of the two county health agencies was effective May 8th.

Hasbrouck cited the achievements of the two county staff members for their diligence in getting the certification.
As certified local health departments, the Ford and Iroquois agencies are now eligible for the Department's Local Health Protection Grant.

The certification also notes the counties IPLANs have been approved. The Plan is the Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs. Each IPLAN serves as a "road map" for addressing the health needs of each county over the next five years.

Steve Williams said the IPLAN success "was a great community effort."

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Watseka man arrested after shot fired at a residence

Watseka Police are investigating a Monday night incident in which a shot was allegedly fired at a residence. No one was injured.

Police Chief Roger Leback reports officers responded to a report of a shot fired at a residence in 200-block of N. 4th Street about 11:30 pm. The shot broke a window.

After an investigation, 23-year-old Alejandro Pimental of Watseka was arrested. He's charged with reckless discharge of a firearms aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and for being an armed habitual criminal.

Police say more arrests are pending.

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Kankakee police seek info about home invasion

Citizens with any information about a reported home invasion in Kankakee are asked to contact investigators.

Kankakee City police officers responded to a 500-block of S. Gordon Avenue just before 4 am last Friday concerning a home invasion. Police report the homeowner said a black male in his teens or early 20's forced his way into the residence and assaulted the homeowner. The suspect fled before police arrived.

Police advise residents of the area to be cautious and to call 911 with information about the incident or any possible suspect. Police also ask that citizens report any and all suspicious activity.

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Today's Illinois Crop Progress and Planting Report released from the Illinois Agricultural Statistics Services indicates that 78% of corn acreage is now planted in Illinois, a testament to the larger machinery, enhanced technology, and improved efficiencies of today's family farmers. Anecdotally, most in the corn industry believe a third of the corn crop can go in during a week's time with good weather conditions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Illinois Field Office report can be found here.

Key points from the report:

• Illinois corn acres are now 78% planted, compared to 43% last week and 16% last year at this same time.
• There were 5 days suitable for field work last week.
The West Southwest district has the most corn planted (92%) with the Southeast having the fewest acres planted (60%).

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Public Safety and First Responder Memorial Dedication

                                         Miner Charitable Foundation hosts event

An impressive-looking, granite monument now stands in the Crescent City park recognizing past and present first-responders from Iroquois County.

An appreciative audience gathered Saturday for what may become an annual event to recognize and remember the past, present and future first responders who serve Iroquois County. Included are county and municipal police, Illinois State Police, Firefighters, EMT's, Coroners, Department of Natural Resource officers, and Emergency Management.

Retired Iroquois County Sheriff Sgt. Robert Flesher read off a list of "End of Watch' officials who have given their lives in the line of duty over the years.

Among the more recent honorees include: Wellington-Greer Firefighter John Jeffers in 2009, Sheldon Firefighter Joseph Zumwalt in 2007, and Ashkum Firefighter / EMT Dana Schoolman in 1988.

Dana Schoolman's widow, Ann Schoolman, was among those who appreciates what this Miner Charitable Foundation is all about.

Mrs. Schoolman was joined by her daughter and three grandchildren.

Mike Miner, son of the last harold and Jean Miner, said the Miner Charitable Foundation had been in the works for a  while.  he said his parents had quite an interest in public service and safety. 

The First-Responder memorial pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Included are police and firefighters, EMT's, coroners, emergency management, state police, dispatchers, and also conservation police.

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