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Sheldon Township – Settlers Trail settle lawsuit

A 2013 lawsuit between Sheldon Township and the Settlers Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois County has been settled out of court. Both parties have stated 'they're satisfied' with the agreement.

The suit was asking for more than $1.8 million in damages, Sheldon Township alleging that the wind farm company failed to adequately restore township roads used to build the 94-turbine wind farm in 2011.

The defendant was E.On Climate & Renewables North America LLC, doing business as Settlers Trail Wind Farm LLC.

The lawsuit had claimed that the road-restoration work, which was required to be done by E.On as part of a "road upgrade and maintenance agreement," remained "deficient over an approximately five-mile radius." The agreement required E.On to repair all roads damaged during construction to their "preconstruction condition" or better, and the $1.8 million sought by the township reflected the cost for having the work done by a "third party."

Court records show a motion filed has "The parties have resolved all issues pending with this court."

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Milford school construction cost under review

Milford School District #124 may be taking a closer look at its construction project.  The $17.5 million budget for the building project may exceed projections. The board did not accept any construction bids Monday. 

The architectural firm, Prather Tucker Associates, informed the school board other options can be looked at or the specs can be re-worked for an adjusted  design. New bids will be considered at a meeting later this month.  

The delay in the bidding process may lead to a later date for completion of the project.  The current completion date is the fall of 2017.  

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Iroquois County forensic audit findings may be directed to State’s Attorney

The true findings of a forensic audit of computers in the former Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department are very likely to become open for public review, despite preliminary findings only referring to code numbers as to which employee's computers were reviewed.

Decatur-based Garrett Discovery Incorporated was paid $5,650 to examine health department computers for evidence of misuse. A September report to the Board's policy & procedure committee identified alleged misuse and also showed anti-forensic software was used by some in an attempt to delete the computer's history.

Andrew Garrett's report only used code numbers and did not disclose which employee's computers were examined. Garrett alluded to privacy in regards to not identifying the employees' computer.

Illinois' Freedom of Information Act opens the door to the fact that taxpayers dollars paid for the audit, and the privacy issue won't protect employees the audit may not have targeted.

Some board members have pointed out an initial examination of just five computers, by the past County Board, targeted specific past employees while ignoring other alleged wrong-doers. Now, the examination of 18 computers may be revealing embarrassing information against other employees not targeted in the probe.

Meanwhile – Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine has repeatedly said 'poor office management does not dictate what can be prosecuted as a crime.'

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Manteno crash leaves 3 in critical condition

A two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on 9000N Road west of Manteno critically injured three people.

A semi carrying supplies for a pipeline project collided with an SUV at 5000W Road around 2 pm.

All three people were in critical condition and had to be extricated from their vehicles, including a man and a woman in the SUV.

Manteno Fire Chief Scott O'Brien said the semi was flipped upside down. O'Brien reported a ComEd crew arrived within 15 minutes to cut the power to a pole that was snapped and hanging over the truck.

Emergency personnel from WIlmington, Bourbonnais and Peotone assisted Manteno.

According to O'Brien, it was the second two-vehicle accident at the intersection in 24 hours.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Bradley officer injured, dragged during traffic stop

Kankakee County law enforcement officials were searching for a couple that fled from the scene of a routine traffic stop Saturday afternoon. In the process, the officer was dragged several feet before falling from the moving car.

Sgt. Philip Trudeau suffered a fractured elbow and cuts and bruises.

The suspect is 21-year-old Aaron J. Harris was wanted on a gun charge in DeKalb County. Harris' pregnant girlfriend, Tenesha McCrary, is also wanted on an outstanding DeKalb County warrant.

Several police agencies joined in a high-speed chase that carried over into Pembroke Township. Police reported Harris ditched the vehicle and escaped along with McCrary.

Police later found the vehicle.

The officer pulled Harris over for a simple seatbelt violation along North Kinzie Avenue around 2:30 pm Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bradley police (815-933-3315).

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