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Day meetings vs Night meetings in Iroquois County

-County Board member wants public view-

It's about open government – giving the people the opportunity to have a voice and seek office.

That's the position of Iroquois County board member Vince LaMie. The Woodworth resident is appealing to the public to express their views on the subject of 'night meetings" rather than the long-standing tradition of 9 am meetings conducted by the County Board on the second Tuesday of each month.

LaMie says if this issue is going anywhere, "there needs to be a show of public involvement."

LaMie invites the public to a Town Hall meeting Monday (March 9). It's at 7 pm in the Board Room at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

So far, LaMie has little support from board members. Some opponents have said 'they want to be tending to family matters in the evenings,' which raises eyebrows from many others who point out all other government bodies conduct their business in the evenings.

A recent 16-1 vote by the County Board's Policy & Procedure committee was instead in favor leaving meetings at 9 am on the second Tuesday.

LaMie would hope the Town Hall meeting brings support for 'night meetings." LaMie welcomes input at his email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling him 815-471-2769.

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Governor Rauner visits St. Anne business site Monday

Hoekstra Transportation in rural St. Anne is a scheduled stop for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today (Monday 3/9). An announced 12 Noon visit will find the Governor talking about the Turnaround Agenda.

Rauner made a stop in Pontiac last week where he visited with Livingston County officials.

Today's public schedule for Rauner also includes a press conference in Chicago at St. Ignatius College Prep. There, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk will join the Governor and faith and business leaders in a roundtable discussion about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform for Illinois.

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Police arrest 4 in Pontiac drug case

Four people have been arrested on drug charges after Livingston County authorities reportedly found drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia at a Pontiac house.

Two men and two women, all from Pontiac,are jailed on preliminary charges. Sheriff Tony Childress said the investigation continues and more arrests are possible.
Police arrested four people at the house and found the drugs after they executed a search warrant just before 6 am. Thursday.

Sheriff Childress said officers found heroin, cocaine, marijuana, over $2,800 cash, and household items.

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Murder charge filed in Cedar Lake teen's death

The Prosecutor's office in Lake County, Indiana filed murder and aggravated battery charges over Tuesday's fatal stabbing of a Cedar Lake high school senior.

19-year-old Tyler McAfee of Lansing (IL) is named in the two felony counts filed alleging he killed 17-year-old Alton Bradley and wounding 18-year-old Matthew Smolek of Cedar Lake. McAfee is being held without bond in the Lake County Jail.

The prosecutor alleges McAfee committed an unprovoked attack on the victims and bragged he belonged to a Gary street gang. But McAfee told police he wielded the knife in self-defense.

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Rep. Anthony pushes legislation to fight heroin abuse

  Iroquois County officials agree 'heroin is a problem'

He's a relatively new, young state lawmaker, but Representative John Anthony is hoping his law enforcement background will help in a bi-partisan effort to combat a growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem.

Task Forces are being assembled around the state to gather testimony from people who matter – to find solutions to a big-time crisis.

Anthony is a Grundy County Republican from Morris. He says this proposal can bring results by having both parties work together...

Task Force testimony will bring doctors, pharmacists, public health officials, treatment centers and even judicial people and coroners to the table.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum is aware of the red flags.
"Iroquois County had six heroin overdoses in 2014. That's a lot considering how little population we have," Cheatum tells 94.1 WGFA News. "The problem is trying to get involved to say where it's coming from."

Cheatum and police investigators, like medical people, know all too well heroin is a high that takes control of people. And death investigations from overdoses is reason enuough to show the concern is real.

Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine and judges see cases find their way into the courtrooms. Devine said it's not an easy issue to address; there's no easy answer.

Heroin is a much cheaper drug than it used to be; and it's so addictive. He agrees with everything said by the professionals. DUI cases so often are heroin-related and it spreads to family matters like raising kids and it involves theft because individuals need their fix...so they'll do anything to get it.

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