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Prosecutor O’Brien addresses ‘Take Back the Night’ audience

"It's as much a problem here as anywhere else...sexual assaults happen everywhere."

That was Wednesday's message from Iroquois County Assistant State's Attorney Alex O'Brien. He talked about sexual assault cases in Iroquois County, saying there were 45 people, including 27 children and 18 adults, that were assisted by the local ISAS office this last year.

Iroquois Sexual Assault Services hosted its 3rd annual 'Take Back the Night" event in Watseka. The First United Methodist Church was the setting for the education and awareness program. Two clients of ISAS bravely talked about their experiences, telling their own stories how ISAS, family and friends helped them cope.

O'Brien said sexual assault cases need to be talked about; it's about awareness. He said victims have to know the community supports them.

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Will County closes doors on health programs

Illinois's budget impasse is forcing the Will County Health Department's decision to lay off 53 employees. And the lay-offs will have an impact on some 52-thousand clients, many of them children.

The layoffs follow a $2.1 million-dollar shortfall because of the state budget impasse. Nine health department programs are being suspended. Programs affected include adult psychiatric services, school vision and hearing tests, HIV prevention services and behavioral health services.

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Stormy weather possible Wednesday

A Low pressure moving across the central Plains will continue to bring storm chances across central Illinois today.

Some of the storms could be strong to severe with gusty winds, heavy rain and some hail. A frontal boundary moving northward will be the focus for the storms, especially later in the afternoon and evening.

By Thursday, the forecast has most of the rain out of our area and to the north before some sunshine returns Friday.
More storms are expected into the weekend.

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Dog shot, found tied to Illinois bridge

A dog found shot and left tied to a bridge in Ford County is showing signs of improving. The News-Gazette reports the dog was discovered last week (April 20) near Sibley.

Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran reported a man walking his own dog found the dog. Doran said the Labrador mix (known as Bear) was tied to a high spot on the bridge so he could just touch his paws to the ground. The dog's mouth was duct-taped closed. He had been shot with a shot gun and had a broken jaw. Reports indicated neighbors know who the dog belonged to and an investigation continues.

A Gibson City Veterinarian Clinic helped treat Bear. A spokesperson said Bear's jaw is too badly broken for surgery and he needs a feeding tube. But Bear is expected to recover.                                                                      {Reprinted from Champaign News-Gazette}

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‘Take Back the Night’ in Watseka tonight

It's time again to take a stand against sexual violence. The 3rd annual 'Take Back the Night" event this (Wed) evening Watseka is asking advocates, survivors and supporters to come together.

ISAS – Iroquois Sexual Assault Services welcomes the public at the First United Methodist Church at 6 pm.

Kami Garrison is ISAS Prevention Coordinator. She tells 94.1 WGFA "this part of a nationwide initiative to show support of victims and survivors. The hope is that people come together to show support and understanding."

ISAS clients, bravely, share their stories to kick-off a short walk to promote the educational initiative.

ISAS Legal Advocate Joelle Connor-Nelson says 'Take Back the Night" includes brave survivors who are not afraid to share their experience.

"A short walk in downtown Watseka to let the community know we are taking a stand against sexual assault," Conner-Nelson said.

Additional info is always available, as are Crisis Hotline Volunteers. Contact the ISAS office in Watseka at 815-432-2779 OR the KC-CASA office in Kankakee at 815-932-7273.

ISAS also promoted Sexual Assault Awareness Month with its Clothesline Display Project. Laundry items have been on display outside the Courthouse in Watseka. T-shirts on display represent healing for some – MESSAGES REPRESENT THE IMPACT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ON THE COMMUNITY.

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