The Livingston County Health Department is confirming two residents have tested positive for West Nile virus. It brings to 57 the number of Illinoisans who have had confirmed cases of the potentially deadly disease this year.
"We have had two positive West Nile cases in Livingston County," MaLinda Hillman, Livingston County Health Department administrator said Wednesday. Both received medical treatment.
Statewide, five of the 57 people with confirmed cases of West Nile have died.
A police pursuit in Newton County, Indiana finds a Lake Village (IN) man facing charges. Brian Clark was apprehended (last Friday) after fleeing from an officer during a traffic stop for speeding.
Police report the vehicle failed to stop and the officer was engaged in a short vehicle pursuit. The vehicle pursuit ended when the suspect bailed from his moving vehicle and ran on foot. The vehicle struck a tree and stopped. The Officer gave chase on foot. The suspect was hiding in a wooded area and apprehended by K9 Deputy Hoaks and his partner Razor.
The Newton County Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Jasper County Sheriff's Department and the Indiana State Police.
Clark was taken into custody, charged with OWI and resisting law enforcement.
Van Mill Awarded Certified Economic Developer Recertification
Michael Van Mill, President/CEO of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, has been awarded recertification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) effective October 1, 2015. Van Mill first achieved the designation in 2102. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Van Mill for meeting the demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession.
With more than 20 years of economic development experience, Van Mill has served as director of the Kankakee County Planning Department since 1997. In that time, he has led the county's economic development programs and initiatives, including the administration of two enterprise zones and the county revolving fund program, local coordination of several corridor planning projects, and municipal partnership on economic development and land use matters.
Prior to his current positions, Van Mill was with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Village of Manteno.
The CEcD designation is a national recognition that indicates a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth. Awardees first earn certification by completing relevant coursework as well as passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination testing knowledge, proficiency and judgement in the key areas of economic development.
Among economic developers working nationwide, approximately 1,000 have earned CEcD status.