Former Sheriff will run again in Livingston County
Former Livingston County Sheriff Marvin Rutledge is running for the job again.
Rutledge announced Monday his intention to challenge the incumbent and another announced-candidate in 2014. Rutledge served two terms as sheriff but did not seek re-election in 2002.
He said in a statement Monday "I would best serve this county as your sheriff."
Rutledge was serving the Livingston County department as chief deputy. That was until his resignation Monday morning. Current Sheriff Marty Meredith has not yet said if he'll seek re-election for a second term next year. Rutledge joins Mark Scott, an officer with the Dwight Police Department, as a candidate for the sheriff's post. Scott announced his candidacy on Sunday.
Both candidates and Meredith are Republicans. 94.1 FM, WGFA
The death of 44-year-old Timothy Robertson of Gibson City may lead to new charges against another man.
Robertson died Monday at Carle Hospital in Urbana. He had suffered severe head injuries eight days ago in a fight with another man outside an apartment building in Gibson City. Robertson had been in a coma since July 28th.
The man who allegedly punched Robertson causing the injury is jailed in Paxton on a charge of aggravated battery. 34-year-old Ryan Nibbe of Gibson City now has his case under review for possible new charges following Robertson's death.
Nibbe served prison time in the Illinois Department of Corrections for an aggravated battery conviction in Macon County.
Kankakee County Fair benefits from great weather >
The 49th Kankakee County Fair closed for 2013 Sunday. And officials say it was a great run.
Pleasant weather conditions and a few new attractions pulled in good crowds, according to Fair Manager Tammy Focken. Rain Friday held things up for a while, but other than that, the nice temps in the 80s kept the audience and exhibitors happy.
The truck pull, demolition derby, and car races were the usual attractions. .
Focken said the motorcycle extreme shows and the bus races were popular.
The Wild World of Animals Show also drew a crowd on Sunday. The animals also were on display when shows weren't going on.
It's been a popular program at the Perry Farm in Bourbonnais. And organizers are hopeful the rainy forecast will let the event happen without problems.
The National Night Out is Tuesday, August 6th beginning g at 4 pm.
The program promotes a partnership between police and community, fighting crime with a fun, family event. Bradley Police and other area law enforcement agencies will host the event for a 7th consectutive year.
Former State Representative Lisa Dugan says current Rep. Kate Cloonen and Senator Toi Hutchinson will provide free school bags with supplies on a first-come, first-served basis.
Family games, musical entertainment, and hot dogs prepared by the Homestead Restaurant will be served. Other prize give-aways are included. A fireworks show will wrap up the evening at dusk.
Carle Hospital Celebrates 25 Years as Level I Trauma Center
Carle Foundation Hospital is celebrating its 25th year serving east-central Illinois as a Level I Trauma Center. Carle is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the immediate region and one of three downstate Illinois.
Carle was first designated Level 1 Trauma by the Illinois Department of Public Health in August 1988 and has continuously held that designation since that time.
Dr. Henry Moore, MD and Trauma Surgeon at Carle, says "Our Level I designation means we have the experienced staff, facilities and equipment to provide specialized care to all patients, regardless of the extent or type of trauma." Dr. Moore adds, "Our team treats patients with the most serious injuries and illnesses, and includes those from virtually every discipline at Carle working together."
The need for trauma services in the surrounding communities has steadily increased with Carle seeing more than 1,500 trauma patients in 2012. In 1988, the patient volume was just over 450 people. To treat these patients the Trauma Center is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week by a team of specialists including the Emergency Department (ED) and OR staff, Trauma Surgery, Anesthesiology, Radiology, ICU medicine, Laboratory, Pharmacy, AirLife, and Arrow Ambulance, among others.
To help meet that growing demand, Carle will nearly double the space of the Emergency Department adding 14,000 square feet and 17 additional acute care beds. It will include renovating existing space and adding a one-story structure connecting to the current ED and Carle Tower and Heart and Vascular Institute. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2014. Carle saw more than 70,000 people in the ED in 2012.
Carle is the region's only Level I Trauma Center, as well as a Primary Stroke Center, accredited Chest Pain Center and Level III Perinatal services. Carle Foundation Hospital has one of the best Emergency Departments in the nation, ranked in the top 5% by HealthGrades for a second year in a row.