An Iroquois County jury Thursday convicted a Chebanse man for residential Burlgary and Criminal trespass to property. 19-year-old Dillon Palenik faces 4-15 years in prison when he’s sentenced in August.
The jury took just an hour and 15 minutes to return its verdict in the 2-day trial in Watseka. Judge Gordon Lustfeldt heard the case.
Palenik, according to testimony, was caught trying to steal a TV from the home of Daniel and Shannon Booi on March 28, 2011.
Cautious optimism is the word from Illinois officials as the state’s unemployment rate fell in May. It’s the fourth consecutive drop this year.
According to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Iroquois, Ford and Livingston county numbers all dropped. IDES spokesman Greg Rivara says “it’s not surprising when you look at the trend, (which) has shown steady, consistent improvements.”
Statewide, the year-over-year unemployment rate has fallen every month of 2012. Illinois’ jobless rate for May was 8.4 percent.
McLean County had no change in its overall number of non-farm jobs, which totaled 91,400 in May. Job declines occurred in retail, which lost 400 jobs. Meanwhile, the government sector added 400 jobs and the leisure and hospitality sector added 300 jobs.
Rivara said the monthly fluctuations for jobs within specific industries such as retail could be a result of various factors, including the end of the school year. The increase in jobs in leisure and hospitality is indicative of graduations that took place at area schools, he added.
Other Central Illinois counties and their May (May 2011) rates are: DeWitt, 7.1 percent (7.6 percent); Ford, 7.5 percent (8.5 percent); Iroquois, 7.2 percent (7.9 percent); LaSalle, 9.8 percent (10.1 percent); Livingston, 7.2 percent (8.1 percent); Logan, 7.1 percent (7.2 percent); Tazewell, 6.6 percent (7.1 percent); and Woodford 5.8 percent (6.4 percent).
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University officials plan to vote on a candidate for the school’s next president this week – and WISH-TV has learned Gov. Mitch Daniels is the candidate in question.
The Purdue Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m.today ( Thursday) in Steward Center’s Loeb Playhouse to vote on a nominee to be the school’s 12th president. Several sources close to the proceedings tells WISH-TV that the nominee is Daniels. After the vote, the president-elect will be introduced, the school said in a news release.
Daniels' office had no comment Tuesday afternoon. However, sources with connections to both Purdue and the governor said it's a done deal.
It will be one more title for Daniels to add to a varied career that has included such posts as president of the Hudson Institute and vice president of Eli Lilly and Co., as well as White House political director and White House budget director.
Daniels is likely to complete his term as governor, while Purdue appoints an interim president WISH-TV political reporter Jim Shella said.
Settlers Trail Wind Turbine Damaged in Iroquois County
SHELDON — E.On Climate & Renewables North America is investigating a weekend damage report to a wind turbine near Sheldon in Iroquois County.
The damaged turbine was found at the Settlers Trail wind farm operation, just off Route 24. What happened is unclear, but a company spokesman said “it’s a rare incident for us.” Matt Tulis said the lone turbine had a blade that seems to have peeled back and bent over. Part of the balde and other debris was laying in the field.
No other turbines were damaged. There was heavy rain and wind reported overnight Saturday, but no other weather-related damage was reported and no other turbines were affected.
There are just under 100 turbines that make up the Settlers Trail wind farm operation near Sheldon.
The Settlers Trail Wind Farm was built last spring and is the second operational wind farm in Illinois for E.On. The firm also completed its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton last fall.
Kankakee Police report a 21-year-old man was in serious condition at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood after being shot in neck early Monday morning. It happened in the in the 500 block of South Poplar Avenue in Kankakee..
A press release indicated the shooting was sparked by a dispute in the backyard of the Poplar Avenue residence.
Police said they have a "person of interest" and are attempting to locate this individual for questioning.