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Judge reduces bond for woman charged in foster child’s death

In Livingston County court (Thursday), a judge agreed to reduce the bond for a former Cullom woman facing murder charges in the 2011 death of a foster child.

29-year-old Heather Lamie, who now lives in Kankakee County, still needs to post 10% of $100,000 to be released. Lamie is charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life and health of a child in the May 2011 death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill.
Ford Count y Judge Stephen Pacey agreed to lower the $2 million bond.

Pacey is hearing the case after Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff requested a change of judge.
If convicted of murder, Lamie faces mandatory life in prison.

Uphoff again argued the $2 million bond was appropriate due to the nature and circumstances of the child's death. After Pacey agreed to lower the bond, Uphoff asked that Lamie be required to wear an electronic monitoring device. That too, was denied.

A jury trial has been set for Oct. 21.

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August likely to be cooler than normal

State climatologist Jim Angel says it's shaping up to be a cooler than normal August. Angel said in the first week of the month, the statewide average temperature was 72 degrees. That's 1.5 degrees below normal. This follows a July where Angel said the state was two degrees below average.

Angel said it'll be tough, though, to reach the coolest August on record. That was in 1915 when the average temperature was 67.2 degrees.

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IMH, Gibson Area, Presence St. Mary’s, Riverside … amonf area hospitals sharing $70 million in grant monies >

Hundreds of hospitals are getting millions of dollars from the state.

As a part of the Illinois Jobs Now program, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $71.3 million in grants to hospitals.

"These investments create hundreds of good construction jobs while helping these hospitals provide better service to the thousands of patients they serve every single day," Quinn said.

After first stopping at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Quinn visited Presence Covenant Hospital in Urbana and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon to announce to grants.

Hospitals will use the funds for building renovations, as well as to upgrade equipment and technology.

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Governor Quinn Announces $4.7 Million Investment in Central and Eastern Illinois Hospitals

Investment to Create Jobs and Improve Local Health Care; Includes $641,000 to Two Urbana Hospitals for Emergency Room Expansions

URBANA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $4.7 million in investments to hospitals in central and eastern Illinois, part of $24.3 million in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to address the critical needs of downstate health care institutions. The investments will create jobs and include $641,307 to Presence Covenant Medical Center and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for emergency room expansions. Today's announcement follows Governor Quinn's recent signing of a law that enacted the largest increase in health insurance coverage in state history, one of the Governor's 2013 legislative priorities.

"It is crucial that hospitals have the most modern facilities and equipment to serve the health care needs of Illinois residents," Governor Quinn said. "These investments will create good construction jobs while helping central and eastern Illinois hospitals provide better service and treatment to their patients."

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IEMA Encourages Parents to Include Emergency Preparedness in Back-to-School Plans

                                     August is School Preparedness Month in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Students soon will be heading back to school and parents across Illinois are busy getting their children ready for the new school year. As part of School Preparedness Month during August, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) encourages parents to include emergency preparedness in those back-to-school plans.

"For many parents, back-to-school planning usually means picking up notebooks, pencils, crayons and other school supplies," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "But the new school year is also a good time to make sure you know your school's plans for keeping kids safe during an emergency and for providing your current emergency contact information to school officials."

Monken said no one likes to think about an emergency happening while children are in school or at daycare. However, the tornado that struck two schools in Moore, Okla., in May serves as a reminder that emergency situations can arise during the school day.

Back-to-school planning tips include:
• Know your child's school or day care emergency plan.
• Find out where children will be taken in the event of an evacuation during school hours.
• Ensure your emergency contact information is up-to-date at your child's school.
• Pre-authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that designated person is.
• Have a family communications plan and review the plan periodically with your child. The plan should include contact information for an out-of-area family member or friend, since local telephone networks may not work during a major disaster.

Many college campuses offer email and text messages to alert students of potential dangers, such as severe weather and other threats. Encourage your college student to sign-up for such alerts. Some colleges also provide alert messages for parents so they also are aware of potential dangers at their child's school.

Additional preparedness information is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.