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23-year prison term for Kankakee mother

In Kankakee Circuit Court... 29-year-old Gregoria Perez was sentenced Tuesday to 23 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to killing her 13-month-old daughter in February 2010.

A lesser charge of aggravated battery to a child was the result of a plea agreement. The original charge was murder.
Her daughter, Alma Perez, was discovered unresponsive in her crib by police in a home in the 500 block of South Chicago Avenue Feb. 19, 2010.

Alma was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. An autopsy determined she was hit in the head and was suffocated.

Perez must serve 85 percent of the sentence and will get credit for the six-plus years she has been jailed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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Fire at senior living facility in Newton County

Officials in Goodland, IN say one man was injured when a recliner fire damaged an apartment at a senior-living facility Thursday.

The un-identified man suffered burns when he tried to put the fire out himself. The fire was at the Ashland Place Senior Homes on North Iroquois Street.

The injured person was airlifted to a hospital. His condition wasn’t known. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Goodland Fire Chief Jeff Miiller said the man who lived in the apartment was away shopping. He returned home to find the apartment on fire. He was injured trying to put the flames out.

The fire was contained to the living room of the apartment.

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KCC Business Center closes

Kankakee Community College is closing its Business Center.  It's another casualty of the state of Illinois' budget mess.  Funding isn't available to sustain operations.

The center provides support for businesses looking to expand.  The school reports up to 180 customers are affected by the closing.  Similiar operations at Joliet junior-college and Governors

State University are also being forced to close foir lack of state support.

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RVM bus service scaled back due to lack of funding

State Senator Toi Hutchinson says “it’s a violation of state law” and people of the state shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of funding not being channeled to the right source.
Hutchinson was at a press conference in Bourbonnais (Tuesday) to get the word out that the governor and comptroller need to be held accountable for transportations funds not being paid to transit districts.........

Hutchinson invited riders of the River Valley Metro Transit District to share their stories about the effects of the transit lines being shut down because funds are not being paid........
RVM suspended services (Tuesday) . RVM CEO Rob Hoffman said everything is being done to keep buses rolling. Two service routes were eliminated to try to remedy the fact that funding from the state hasn’t been received since last year. Hoffman said it’s hoped that funding will be flowing by year’s end or the transit could be forced to shut down.

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First female to serve as dean for College of ACES at U of I

URBANA – The University of Illinois is making history today (Tuesday) as Dr. Kimberlee Kidwell begins her role as the first female
dean in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). Kidwell, a nationally respected
scholar and award­winning teacher and administrator, holds the inaugural Robert A. Easter Chair.

“It is surreal to have an opportunity to co­create the next era of excellence in the college with the ACES community at
my alma mater,” said Kidwell, who received her bachelor’s degrees from the College of ACES in genetics and
development and agriculture science. “It is a privilege to be able to create opportunities of a lifetime for people at the
university that provided those types of opportunities for me.”

Kidwell is an accomplished wheat breeder and geneticist with multiple patented discoveries addressing basic questions
involving gene discovery, genetic characterization, and genetic mapping of important traits for wheat improvement. She
also released more than 20 wheat varieties for commercial production.

In her previous role as executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
at Washington State University, Kidwell spearheaded the development of the new Center for Transformational Learning
and Leadership, a student, faculty, alumni, and industry partner collaboration which provides beyond­the­classroom
experiences for students and leadership development for graduate students, faculty, staff, and professionals.

She grew up in Danville, Illinois. After graduating from the U of I, she went on to obtain her master’s and Ph.D. degrees
in plant breeding and plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin­Madison.

Kidwell will succeed ACES Dean Robert Hauser, who has served in that role since 2010.

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