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Law allows for ambulance transport for police dogs

A new state law aimed at getting police dogs faster emergency treatment is now on the books.

Carfentanil. The powerful opioid addition, is the first thing that pops to mind when the Illinois State Police talk about a new law that will allow ambulances to rush police dogs to emergency treatment.

Governor Rauner signed the new law at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield with a State Police K9 at his side.

Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz says there are times when a State Trooper doesn't have everything they need to save their K9 partner.

Schmitz says State Police K9's are legally treated just the same as human troopers.

Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz says there are times when a State Trooper doesn't have everything they need to save their K9 partner.

Schmitz says State Police K9's are legally treated just the same as human troopers.

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Milford man to be sentenced for involuntary manslaughter

The beating death of a Milford man two years ago now finds another Milford man facing sentencing for involuntary manslaughter. 54-year-old Danny Murphy remains jailed in Watseka on a $1-million bond.

Murphy pleaded guilty to the Class 3 felony of manslaughter. He was originally charged with 2-counts of murder in the death of 48-yr-old David Garrett. The victim died of injuries after an altercation at Milford residence in April of 2015.

Murphy is scheduled to be sentenced for involuntary manslaughter by Judge James Kinzer Wednesday, Aug. 23.

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Rosendahl selected Gibson City's new police chief

Gibson City has a new police chief. Adam Rosendahl was sworn in at the city council meeting Monday night.

City aldermen unanimously approved Mayor Dan Dickey’s appointment of Rosendahl, who is already a member of the Gibson City Police Department. Rosendahl will be paid $75,000 annually in his new position, with full benefits.

Rosendahl replaces Eric Hyatt as police chief. Mr. Hyatt died in July after a lengthy battle with colon cancer.

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Congresswoman Kelly hosts Bi-Partisan Congressional Field Hearing on Health Care

Congresswoman Robin Kelly hosted a Solutions Only Congressional Field Inquiry on health care at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago.

"The goal of today's inquiry is to move beyond the partisan rhetoric and get to solutions that will make health care affordable and accessible for all Illinois families," said Congresswoman Kelly. "Families are tired of the name-calling and finger pointing; they want solutions and it's our obligation to find them."

A panel of six experts, representing a range of providers and advocates, provided evidence and answered questions from policymakers and attendees.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) joined the inquiry, as did staff from the offices of Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Tammy Duckworth and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi.

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Hoekstra Transportation moving to Kankakee

Hoekstra Transportation of St. Anne is moving to the Eastgate Industrail Park in Kankakee. The move happens Thursday. The business will be open and rolling Friday.

The Daily-Journal reports after 25 years at its current location at the intersection of Illinois Route 1 and 17 north of St. Anne, Hoekstra Transportation’s growth is forcing a move. Company president Steve Hoekstra said "We're going from 15,000 square feet to about 32,000 square feet."

The move will allow the company to better serve its employees and its customers.

Hoekstra operates a regional fleet of Peterbilt and International tractors and has built its trailer pool to about 700, according to the company's website.

The company is growing and it has increased its number of drivers, including women, and the new facility will help accommodate their needs.

Hoekstra has 120 full-time employees. The new location is at 613 Eastgate Industrial Parkway.

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