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Indiana man’s body identified in Kankakee County

A Newton County, Indiana man has been identified by Kankakee County authorities. The body of a man found burned beyond recognition inside a flaming vehicle earlier this month is that of 28-year-old John McEloroy of Brook.

McEloroy had been reported missing out of Newton County, Ind.
County Coroner Bob Gessner said McEloroy was identified by using police tips and DNA.

Police are still investigating why McEloroy's vehicle was found burning in a roadside ditch near Pembroke Township. Foul play is not suspected.

McEloroy and a dog were found dead in a car at 16321 E 5480S Road on December 7th after firefighters extinguished the burning vehicle.

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Presence Health, Iroquois Memorial Hospital form partnership

WATSEKA — Iroquois Memorial Hospital has agreed to be managed by Presence Health, marking the first step in the partnership between the state's largest Catholic health system and the Watseka hospital.

Presence Health announced Monday that its board of directors and the IMH board signed an agreement for Presence Health to manage the hospital. Presence Health had announced in June that the two parties intended to form an affiliation.

"Partnering under this management agreement creates a strong and mutually beneficial presence in this region for both Presence Health and IMH," said Sandra Bruce, president and chief executive officer of Presence Health. "We are confident that this agreement is the beginning of a partnership between IMH and Presence Health that will strengthen over time."

Iroquois Memorial Hospital is a 49-bed hospital and 35-bed skilled nursing facility. The hospital also operates four primary care clinics in the surrounding area.

A news release from Presence Health said the management agreement will strengthen administrative support for the hospital in areas such as human resources, finance and information technology.

As part of the management agreement, the 300 hospital employees will continue under the employment of Iroquois Memorial Hospital and the hospital's key administrators will be under the leadership of Mike Brown, Presence Health's Central Region CEO.

Brown will lead the coordination of services between Iroquois Memorial and neighboring Presence Health hospitals — as well as Presence Medical Group, Presence Health's physician practice network and Presence Life Connections, the senior services arm of Presence Health — in the management of IMH resident, hospice and home health care.

"Our hospital has been seeking a partner to ensure continued access to high-quality health care for our patients and the communities we serve," said Chuck Bohlmann, chief executive officer of Iroquois Memorial Hospital. "This agreement not only strengthens our commitment to patient care but allows us to maintain jobs at our facility. Together, we will advance our shared focus on delivering the best patient, resident and family experience and providing high-quality care and value to all." {article submitted}

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7-year-old killed in snowmobile accident

A seven-year-old Kankakee boy was killed in a weekend snowmobile accident in Kankakee County. The boy is identified as Cale Osterhoff, the son of Chad and Jennifer Osterhoff.

Cale was first-grade student at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradley where counselors are available today.

Illinois State Police and the County Coroner's office are investigating. The accident happened Saturday night near 2000 E and 4000 S Road. Coroner Bob Gessner said the boy's father was driving the snowmobile when it ran into a ditch and flipped. The boy was riding on the back. The victim was wearing a protective helmet.

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State Police report weekend DUI arrests

                                              District 21 Weekend Arrests

ASHKUM, IL- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of: Antoine L. Crockett, 38, of Kankakee; Nathan C. Brantley, 53, of Kankakee; and Eli J. Welch, 27, of Kankakee all for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

An Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County Sunday morning observed a vehicle speeding and crossing the center line. The driver, Antoine Crockett, failed a Field Sobriety Test. Crockett was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. He was also issued a citation for speeding, improper lane usage, failure to wear seatbelt, and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Also on Sunday morning, a Trooper observed a vehicle cross the center line multiple times. The trooper stopped the vehicle and the driver, Nathan Brantley, admitted to drinking and then failed a Standardized Field Sobriety Test. Brantley was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and also cited for improper lane usage.

Eli Welch was also arrested for DUI after a traffic stop for speeding in Kankakee County. The trooper had Welch perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests which he failed.

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Illinois Chief Justice Garman wants more public education

Illinois Chief Justice Rita Garman wants to focus on education in her three-year term.

Chief Justice Garman took the post in October and on Thursday she laid out her agenda before members of the Chicago Bar Association. Supreme Court Director of Communications Joseph Tybor said she is asking lawyers to make public education efforts part of their work, especially if members of the media report case information incorrectly or get terminology wrong.

Chief Justice Garman also wants improved educational programs for judges.

Chief Justice Garman also cited a need to continue emphasizing civility and professionalism in the legal profession, improved technology, continuing to with the cameras and microphones in the courtroom trial, and prompt judicial decision-making.

Chief Justice Garman also quoted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor who said, "We don't accomplish anything in this world alone. Whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something."

Chief Justice Garman said improvement in the system is going to take the work and cooperation of everyone. {article submitted}