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Presence St. Mary’s welcomes first baby of 2017

A Bourbonnais couple became the proud parents of the first 2017 baby born at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

Lindsey Evans and Raymond Holliday, both of Bourbonnais, are excited to start 2017 with their newborn.

Jack Thomas Holliday was born January 1st. He checked in at 7 lbs, 15 oz. He measured 22 inches in height.

Little Jack is the first child for Lindsey and Raymond.
The baby was delivered by Dr. Valerie Goldfain.

The Gathering Grounds Coffee & Gift Shop inside Presence St. Mary’s provided the family with a gift basket and several baby necessities.

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Community colleges gain emergency funding

Seven community colleges across Illinois will get some cash here in the new year.
The Illinois Community College Board has approved for seven schools to get some emergency funding. Each will get close to four hundred and thirty thousand dollars.

Three million dollars total will be passed out equally. Each school falls into a different district in the state. And criteria was based on areas getting the least amount of property tax money.

The schools include Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Kaskaskia College, John Logan College, Rend Lake College, Shawnee Community College, and Southeastern Community College.

Many of the community colleges have made budget cuts because of the state not having a budget.

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State troopers earn praise in attempted murder case in Iroquois County

Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz is extending praise to law enforcement officers involved in the arrest of an attempted murder suspect in Champaign County.

36-year-old Jason Sanders was stopped by troopers and Champaign County sheriff deputies after he fled Gilman having shot another man at a truck stop.

Sanders is now charged with attempted murder and weapons violations. He’s jailed in Watseka.

State Police Director Leo Schmitz said ‘’These brave officers put their lives on the line. They knew the man had a gun and they knew he had already shot someone.

These police officers did what officers across the country do every day. They ran toward the situation, putting themselves in danger to protect innocent citizens.’’

Director Schmitz referenced the arrest of Sanders of Wesst Memphis, Arkansas. Sanders had been in an altercation on the parking lot of a truck stop in Gilman where another trucker was shot. Police say Sanders fled the scene in a semi-truck which was stopped after it was spotted traveling along Interstate 57 in Champaign County.

‘’Their professionalism and dedication to protecting others ensured this incident ended quickly and without anyone else getting hurt,’’ added the Illinois State Police Director.

Sanders is now charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

The shooting victim was treated for two gunshot wounds. He was in stable condition at a Carle Hospital in Urbana.

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Crashes on slick roads leave injuries

Vermilion County area motorists experienced slick roads Thursday, leading to several accidents. 21-year-old Levi Stebbins of Rossville was treated at a Danville hospital after crashing his vehicle along Illinois Route 1.

Sheriff’s Police reported Stebbins was south of Mann’s Chapel Road around 5 am when his vehicle left the highway, ran into a ditch and rolled. The vehicle came to rest upright.

In another crash, a 21-year-old man from Danville was treated at a hospital after running his car into a ditch about 4 am.

Several vehicles slide-offs were investigated in Vermilion and Champaign counties. Many of them were along I-74 and I-57.

State Police and county deputies were also busy in Indiana.

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Arkansas man arrested on I-57 after shooting in Gilman

State police arrested an Arkansas man near Champaign Tuesday in connection with an attempted murder in Gilman.
Meanwhile, the victim is being treated at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

36-year-old Jason Sanders of West Memphis, Ark., is jailed on a one-million bond in Iroquois County. He was was involved in an altercation in the south parking lot of the Pilot Travel Center in Gilman at 9:30 Tuesday night.

Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine said the fight between Sanders and the shooting victim stemmed from mis-communication with the trucking company where both men were employed.

Devine explained the two men were to exchange assignments at Gilman, but both were unaware of the company-
directive. That led to the argument and the shooting.

Sanders ended up shooting a 48-year-old man twice before leaving the scene in a semitrailer. State troopers and sheriff deputies stopped his rig in Champaign County and took him into custody.

The shooting victim was first taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka before he was transferred to Carle. He was listed in stable condition.

Sanders has been charged with attempted murder and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Additional charged were filed Thursday in Iroquois Circuit Court.

Sanders had bond set at $1-million by Judge Michael Sabol.

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