Gov. Pat Quinn has announced Central Illinois will be getting about $3 million for construction projects. The money comes from the governor's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the largest construction program in Illinois history.
"These projects will make sure our roads and buildings in central Illinois are well maintained to improve safety and longevity, Quinn said. "These projects will also employ a number of construction workers, which will drive local economies forward."
Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation that requires teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other safety skills to Illinois high school students.
The proposal also requires students to get trained on automated external defibrillators. According to Quinn's office, he will sign the legislation during an event today (Thurs) in Normal.
The bill was prompted by paramedic George Laman. His daughter, who had a heart condition, collapsed and died in 2008 during drill team practice at a suburban Chicago high school. Quinn's office says an AED was available at the school, but not used until paramedics arrived. Her family believes her life could've been saved had someone known how to use it.
Quinn calls it a "common-sense law" that'll help students in the case of an emergency.
Iroquois Farmers State Bank awards $14,000 in scholarships
Two Iroquois County high school seniors are recipients of $7,000 scholarships, courtesy of the Iroquois Farmers State Bank.
Hannah Rattin of Donovan High School and Lucas Stiegman of Iroquois West High School will each be paid the $7,000 award over four years. It's part of the Iroquois Farmers State Bank's participation in the Community Bankers Scholarship Program. The program helps families offset the cost of secondary education as well as demonstrate the bank's commitment to the communities it serves.
The Iroquois Farmers State Bank of Iroquois, with branch offices in Beaverville, Ashkum and Gilman is committed to the Community Bankers Scholarship Program.
Iroquois Farmers State Bank President James Bruns said "we joined the scholarship program in 2001 because we wanted to assist young people like Hannah and Lucas achieve their full academic potential so they can make a positive difference in our community." Bruns added, "we're investing in the development of our future civic and business leaders."
Hannah Rattin plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Lucas Stiegman plans to attend Bradley University in Peoria.
Another new trial date for a former Cullom woman charged in the death of a 4-year-old foster-child who was in the care of Heather Lamie back in 2011. For a 4th time, the court has reset the trial of the 30-yr-old Lamie, who now lives in rural Kankakee.
Lamie is charged with 2 counts of murder and also endangering the life/health of a child for the death of Kianna Rudesill. The girl was in Lamie's care when emergency responders answered a call to a residence where the young girl suffered head injuries. Kianna died the next day at a Peoria hospital. A Peoria County Coroner's jury ruled the death a homicide.
Judge says “No” to attorney's request to withdraw from Condon murder case
An Iroquois County judge last week denied a request by a murder suspect's attorney to allow him to withdraw from the case because he has not been paid for services provided. After denying the motion, Judge Gordon Lustfeldt scheduled a hearing for June 18 to set a trial date and deadlines for any pretrial motions.
Attorney Ed Glazar Jr. of Kankakee said in his motion that his client, 34-year-old Andrew M. Condon of rural Ashkum, "has failed to pay the contracted attorney's fees." Glazar asked to be allowed to withdraw from representing Condon. The defendant remains at the Iroquois County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Condon has pleaded innocent to two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2012 fatal shooting of 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin of Danforth, at the Shell gas station in Gilman where Rubin worked.