An August 15th structure fire in Beaverville now finds a 15-year-old teen facing an arson charge. Iroquois County Sheriff's police arrested the boy Wednesday.
Up to a dozen area fire departments and 70 firemen responded to the call on St. Charles Street. The vacant building had been abandoned for about 8 years. The building had been used most recently as a residence. It was also a restaurant, a nursing home and provided housing for Catholic nuns years ago.
The State Fire Marshal's Office ruled the fire intentional. Police say they followed up on numerous leads before questioning and identifying the teen as a suspect.
A 47 year old Beecher man has died after an accident along Illinois Route 1. Michael R Hurling was pronounced deceased at 2:50 PM Tuesday, after a multi-vehicle accident in Beecher Township, about one mile north of Eagle Lake Drive.
Barickman appointed Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee
Replaces departed Senator Kirk Dillard
SPRINGFIELD — Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, has appointed Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, to take the top Republican spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barickman's appointment, effective immediately, fills a vacancy created by the departing Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, who is leaving the Senate to chair the Regional Transportation Authority. "Sen. Dillard has been a strong voice for all Illinois residents on this committee," Barickman said in a news release. "I hope to continue his record of working in bipartisan fashion to develop real solutions to the major issues facing our state." "Senator Barickman has proven his leadership abilities through his work on this and other committees, including as co-chair of the Legislative Audit Commission," Radogno said in a news release. "I look forward to having him take the lead for our caucus on the very important legislation that comes before this committee."
Grant Park police officer fired for sexual assault
A former Grant Park police officer has been fired from the department. Police Lt. Stephen Nardi of Steger faces charges of criminal sexual assault. He was in Will County circuit court Wednesday where bond was set at $250,000.
The Will County State's Attorney's Office has not released all the details about the case. State police investigators revealed the alleged victim is a family member.
The 45-year-old Nardi was on unpaid administrative leave prior to his arrest Tuesday. He was ordered to surrender all his weapons.
Area residents will no longer wonder where to turn for information about human services, healthcare and local government.
A 2-1-1 phone service is coming to the local area. The program was unveiled last year, introduced to the Red Cross and emergency managers.
The United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties and Riverside HealthCare, along with other partners, are funding a 211 service, which is a free nonemergency number that can be accessed by landlines and cell phones. The service will be run by PATH Crisis, a Bloomington-based call center.
United Way Executive Director Nick Allen tells the Daily-Journal, "211 will put an end to all the questions and uncertainty. This will really change how people seek information in Kankakee County."
The system is free to use, confidential and can translate in nearly 160 languages. Operators can actually schedule a follow-up phone call with users to make sure the information they provided was accurate and to answer any additional questions.
Currently, 211 is available to 90 percent of residents in the United States.
The need for increased access to services and comprehensive information referral was identified during the last community-wide needs assessment conducted in 2011.