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Emergency Medical Services Week in Illinois

                    -- Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Gets Award—


CHICAGO – It’s Emergency Medical Services Week in Illinois.

Gov. Pat Quinn proclaimed the week to honor more than 18,000 first responders in the state and those who support them.

To coincide with the week, the Illinois Departmentof Public Health has announced that the Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in LaSalle County is the winnerof the department’s annual Emergency Medical Services Award.

Illinoisofficials say that during the massive 2011 blizzard in Illinois volunteers at the department put together multiple rescue teams. Some went out on snowmobiles, plows and trucks to assist people trapped in the snow.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck congratulated the Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire members for acting swiftly and selflessly by offering assistance and compassion to people faced with life-threatening situations.

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Chicago braces for final day of NATO protests

CHICAGO (AP) -- Demonstrators prepared Monday to launch another day of major protests in Chicago as world leaders met at the NATO summit, while commuters heading into the city found themselves navigating extra security and revised train and bus routes designed to dodge the summit zone.

Many downtown businesses told their employees to stay home during the second and final day of the summit - where world leaders are discussing the war in Afghanistan, European missile defense and other security issues - because of traffic snarls and the possibility of more protests.

The weekend's protests drew thousands and called attention to everything from foreign policy to the economy, but were mainly peaceful. The biggest conflict came late Sunday, when a group of protesters clashed with police at the end of a march.


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A St. Anne man was handed an eight-year prison term in Kankakee Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – with intent to Deliver.   Heural Griffith was also ordered by Judge Clark Erickson to serve an additional year in the department of Corrections for an unrelated Class X felony.

Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott imposed a one-year prison term to Sabas Hernandez of Bradley for a Class 4 felony of Domestic Battery – causing bodily harm.  Hernandez entered a guilty plea.

Judge Elliott also handed a Chicago woman a three-year prison term.  Mariah Herns was also ordered to pay court fees for Receiving and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. She plead guilty.

Judge Elliott imposed a four-year prison term for Residential Burglary.  Brent Houston of Kankakee was ordered to also pay court fees following a plea of guilty.

Davet Moore of Kankakee entered guilty plea to Unlawful Possession of Cannabis – with intent to Deliver.  Judge Erickson imposed a sentence of four and a-half years.  Moore was also sentenced to five years in prison for another class 3 felony for a total of nine and a-half years.


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45 arrested, 4 officers hurt in NATO protests

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the protests of the NATO Summit resulted in 45 people being arrested and four officers suffering injuries - one from a stab wound in the leg.

McCarthy talked about the arrests and injuries at a press briefing Sunday night, hours after officers and protesters clashed near McCormick Place, the site of the summit.

No details on the arrests were immediately available, but it appeared from the clashes that played out in front of television cameras that many of those arrested were taken into custody after refusing a police order to disperse.

Several exhausted officers could be seen pouring water over their heads, but it was also not immediately clear if any of the injuries were related to what was a blistering hot day.


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Bourbonnais Man Escapes Jail for Fatal DUI Accidentl

WATSEKA -- The end result for a Bourbonnais man convicted of a fatal DUI crash in Iroquois County leaves the family and friends of the victim angry.

Jordan Jackson died in a November 2010 crash.  The driver of the car that slammed into a tree around 4 am recorded a blood-alcohol level more than two times the legal limit.  Yet, Jarrad Cox received four years probation when he was sentenced this week by Judge Gordan Lustfeldt in Iroquois Circuit Court.

Onlookers can blame a lenient judge or a law that cites “extraordinary conditions” that allows the court to look past a required 3-14 year prison sentence for a DUI conviction that led to a death.

The family of Jordan Jackson is expressing anger over what they call a “sentence that’s far too lenient,” and they also question “extraordinary conditions” the judge referred to during sentencing Tuesday.

Illinois law mandates a 3-14 prison sentence for a DUI conviction in which a person died.  But the law also allows for exceptions, which Lustfeldt talked about….according to attorneys involved in the case.

Court records showed Jarrad Cox performed public service and attended counseling for alcohol abuse after his friend was killed in the accident.  The prosecution contends the 10 hours of counseling, just weeks before the sentencing, was far from enough to warrant “extraordinary conditions.”  Cox also had his driver’s license suspended following the DUI arrest..

Records also reveal Cox had been sentenced to court supervision in Kankakee County for underage drinking and had at least three speeding tickets.

Cox still faces a wrongful death civil lawsuit for the death of Jordan Jackson.


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