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New charges pending in beating death; blunt force trauma caused death of Gibson City man

Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton is reviewing the case against a Gibson City man who's charged in the beating of another Gibson City man. Aggravated battery against 34-year-old Ryan Nibbe could be bumped...since the beating victim died.

Autopsy results show that complications from blunt-force trauma caused the death of a 44-year-old Tim Robertson he died eight days after sustaining a traumatic head injury in an altercation with Nibbe at a Gibscon City apartment building.

Mr. Robertson had been in a coma at the hospital since July 28, after his skull was fractured during the
altercation. He died Monday at Carle Hospital.

State's Attorney Fitton is considering filing additional charges of either second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter.

Nibbe remains at the Ford County Jail on a $150,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 12.

{Source: Paxton Record}

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Judge reduces bond for woman charged in foster child’s death

In Livingston County court (Thursday), a judge agreed to reduce the bond for a former Cullom woman facing murder charges in the 2011 death of a foster child.

29-year-old Heather Lamie, who now lives in Kankakee County, still needs to post 10% of $100,000 to be released. Lamie is charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life and health of a child in the May 2011 death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill.
Ford Count y Judge Stephen Pacey agreed to lower the $2 million bond.

Pacey is hearing the case after Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff requested a change of judge.
If convicted of murder, Lamie faces mandatory life in prison.

Uphoff again argued the $2 million bond was appropriate due to the nature and circumstances of the child's death. After Pacey agreed to lower the bond, Uphoff asked that Lamie be required to wear an electronic monitoring device. That too, was denied.

A jury trial has been set for Oct. 21.

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August likely to be cooler than normal

State climatologist Jim Angel says it's shaping up to be a cooler than normal August. Angel said in the first week of the month, the statewide average temperature was 72 degrees. That's 1.5 degrees below normal. This follows a July where Angel said the state was two degrees below average.

Angel said it'll be tough, though, to reach the coolest August on record. That was in 1915 when the average temperature was 67.2 degrees.

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IMH, Gibson Area, Presence St. Mary’s, Riverside … amonf area hospitals sharing $70 million in grant monies >

Hundreds of hospitals are getting millions of dollars from the state.

As a part of the Illinois Jobs Now program, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $71.3 million in grants to hospitals.

"These investments create hundreds of good construction jobs while helping these hospitals provide better service to the thousands of patients they serve every single day," Quinn said.

After first stopping at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Quinn visited Presence Covenant Hospital in Urbana and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon to announce to grants.

Hospitals will use the funds for building renovations, as well as to upgrade equipment and technology.

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Governor Quinn Announces $4.7 Million Investment in Central and Eastern Illinois Hospitals

Investment to Create Jobs and Improve Local Health Care; Includes $641,000 to Two Urbana Hospitals for Emergency Room Expansions

URBANA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $4.7 million in investments to hospitals in central and eastern Illinois, part of $24.3 million in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to address the critical needs of downstate health care institutions. The investments will create jobs and include $641,307 to Presence Covenant Medical Center and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for emergency room expansions. Today's announcement follows Governor Quinn's recent signing of a law that enacted the largest increase in health insurance coverage in state history, one of the Governor's 2013 legislative priorities.

"It is crucial that hospitals have the most modern facilities and equipment to serve the health care needs of Illinois residents," Governor Quinn said. "These investments will create good construction jobs while helping central and eastern Illinois hospitals provide better service and treatment to their patients."

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