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Gibson City hospital’s Robin Rose named Champion

PEORIA — Lt. Governor. Sheila Simon named Robin Rose, the chief operating officer of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, the 2014 Rural Illinois Champion. The honor came Wednesday (March 5) at the 25th annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference in Peoria.

Rose is the first woman to win the award, designed to honor those working to make a difference in rural Illinois. This is the third year the award has been extended by Sheila Simon, chairman of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council.

The Lt. Governor said "I am excited to recognize Robin for her hard work and tireless efforts to improve the quality of life in our rural communities. She has gone above and beyond to make sure the residents of her area have access to top-notch health care and services."

Rose joined Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (GAHHS) as chief nursing officer in 2004 and has been instrumental in the recruitment and employment of physicians for GAHHS and the communities it serves. Under her leadership, GAHHS has increased the number of its rural health clinics to nine, which led to an increase in the number of family practice/OB physicians and orthopedic care.

Illinois residents working to bring about change in rural Illinois communities were considered for the Rural Illinois Champion Award. Themes of service included: economic development and community revitalization, agriculture, education and empowerment, sustainability, public service, community and/or public health.

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4-H Foundation Auction Saturday in Iroquois County

The Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation Action is set for Saturday in Woodworth. The dinner-auction is at St. Paul's Lutheran School. There's a 4 pm dinner followed by the "live" auction at 5 pm.

The event was postponed back on January 26th due to adverse weather conditions.

Proceeds benefit the 4-H programs in Ford and Iroquois counties. Those interested in donating or helping the 4-H program in any way can contact local leaders or call the Extension office in Onarga 815-268-4051.

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Farmers bagging groceries

Vermilion County farmers are joining in the celebration of Illinois agriculture by bagging groceries today. They're doing at local Vermilion County Market Stores.

Farm Bureau members are bagging groceries from 10 am until noon at the County Market Stores at the Village Mall, in Towne Centre and at Tilton.

Mark Willard, Marketing Chairman for the Vermilion County Farm Bureau, says ''this is a great opportunity for us to meet with consumers, and let them put a face to the people who grow their food.''

Vermilion County Farm Bureau and local farmers invite the public to join in the celebration of Illinois Farming Month by taking a peek at improvements farmers are making every day. Videos are available at www.watchusgrow.org.

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76-year prison term for convicted killer DuShawn Johnson

A botched drive-by shooting that took a life has landed a Kankakee man in prison for 76 years. DuShawn Johnson was sentenced Wednesday in Kankakee Circuit Court.

Judge Clark Erickson imposed the sentence for the shooting death of Maria O'Connor four years ago. The young woman was killed by gang crossfire while walking home from a job interview.

The 76-year prison term comes after two trials and a conviction on all charges. Johnson's co-defendant was convicted earlier and received a 58-year prison term.

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Barickman sex offender registration

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) that makes it clear sex offenders must report to law enforcement when they lose a job, won approval in the Illinois Senate Thursday, March 4.

"Although it was clearly the intent of state law that sex offenders should report when they lose a job, a recent court ruling drew a distinction between a 'change' in employment and losing a job," Barickman explained.

Illinois law states that sex offenders must report a change in employment, but a recent appellate court ruling found that losing a job was not the same as a 'change' in employment, thus creating a loophole that needed to be closed, Barickman explained.

"I appreciate that members of the Pontiac Police Department and the McLean County State's Attorney's office brought this to my attention so we could address this problem," Barickman said.

Under Senate Bill 2912, a registered sex offender who loses his or her employment must report in person to the law enforcement agency where he or she last registered within three days of losing a job. This mirrors the requirement for a change in employment.

Following a 47-2 vote in the Senate, the measure now moves to the Illinois House.

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