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Kankakee Community College names new associate dean

Frederick Cooper is the newest member of the staff of Kankakee Community College. He'll serve as associate dean of the Math, Science & Engineering Division.

Cooper oversees the division's operation, including transfer-level courses in subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. Cooper assists in course and curriculum development.

Previously, Cooper was the academic director of the mathematics department at Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Cooper has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Clemson University; a master's in mathematics from College of Charleston; and a doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education from Clemson University.

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Manteno man killed in Will County car crash

A traffic crash in Will County this (Fri) morning left a young Manteno man dead. 20-year-old Aaron Jackson was killed when he was thrown from his car in Wilton Township near Manhattan.

Sheriff's Police found the victim in a corn field around 8 am. Police report he was alone in the car.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Monticello, IN man faces charges after fake bomb call

A fake bomb threat near Remington, Indiana finds a Monticello in trouble.

Jasper County Sheriff's Police were called to an Advanced Auto Parts warehouse last week regarding a bomb threat. An evacuation was carried out after a threat was written out on an employee bathroom stall.

A search of the building revealed no explosive devices located within the warehouse area.

Investigators identified a suspect after viewing security footage of the area near the bathroom and interviewing employees.

The suspect, 37-year-old Kristopher Larson of Monticello, admitted to detectives that he was the person who had placed the bomb threat.

Larson was charged with intimidation and criminal mischief. He was arrested in White County and taken to the Jasper County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Advanced Auto Parts estimated a loss of roughly $50,000 in wages due to the evacuation.

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Iroquois County Board ponders greater turbine setback

Wind turbines in Iroquois County might have to be located almost a full mile away from homes on property not being leased to a wind farm operator.

The Iroquois County Board's planning and zoning committee Friday will vote on whether to recommend the full board approve a proposal to increase the wind-turbine setback.

The full Board meets next Tuesday, July 9th at 9 am.

The proposal calls for the county's wind ordinance to be changed so that the setback between turbines and non-participating primary structures be increased from 1,500 feet to a distance that equals 12 times the rotar diameter.

That means the setback would range from 3,900 feet to 4,800 feet.

Another proposed change to the wind ordinance is that developers of wind farms would be required to prove shadow flicker will not affect non-participating landowners who live within one mile of a turbine. If the developer could not prove shadow flicker will not affect a home, then a waiver would be required from the affected person.

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George Ryan being released from federal custody

Former Governor George Ryan is being released from federal custody today. It's a day earlier before his original scheduled parole date.

The Daily-Journal reports Ryan's July 4th parole date was pushed forward because of the holiday.

The 79-year-old Ryan served more than five years in federal prison for corruption. He was allowed to return to his Kankakee home in January, but has been on home confinement.

Ryan was sentenced in 2006 to 6 and a-half years for corruption. He's considered a free man today. He's required only to report to a parole officer for the next year.

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