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Kankakee murder brings 59-year prison term

It was a botched robbery attempt in Kankakee five years ago. Thursday, a 19-year-old man was sentenced to a 59-year prison term for killing an unarmed man.

Michael Wilson was ordered to the prison time by Kankakee County Circuit Court Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott. The judge called Wilson a "dangerous man."

Wilson was just 14 when he and co-defendant Byron Moore, lured 23-year-old Ryan Graefnitz, into an apartment building for what police called a promise for crack cocaine.

The Daily-Journal reports a jury found Wilson guilty of the murder but was unconvinced he was the triggerman. Under Illinois law, co-defendants can both be found responsible of the same crime.

Defendant Byron Moore, who was 17 at the time and facing similar charges, agreed to a 29-year sentence in exchange for testimony against Wilson. He told a jury that Wilson pulled the trigger of the weapon that killed Graefnitz.

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CORRECTION: Indiana Beach is Open !

                                                     Updated: 8/16/13 11:45 am

WGFA in-correctly reported Indiana Beach at Monticello had closed for the season. That information was false. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Facebook accounts and telephone calls from Indiana Beach fans were complaining about the early-closing stated in a false press release that was inadvertently posted on media websites during a website design update.

It was false information. The popular Indiana Beach Amusement Resort remains open.


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Vermilion County: New Nursing Home Owners Look Toward Improvements

The U-S Census count could play a factor in restoring employees at the newly-owned nursing home in Vermilion County.

Some of the earlier-announced 39 jobs lost recently at the former Vermilion Manor Nursing Home may be restored in the future. Attorney Bill Donahue is the legal advisor to the Vermilion County Board. He says FNR Healthcare Group of Skokie made the cuts because the census at the nursing home had reached an all-time low.

Donahue says the new owners decided to temporarily close two wings at the nursing home so they can be remodeled. And he adds FNR believes that once the renovations are done, the number of employees could grow to a level even higher than when the company purchased the facility.

But when asked about possible recall rights for workers who were terminated, Donahue noted they are no longer county employees. So, he adds they would have to work something out on their own.

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Health Board votes to dissolve ‘home health’ program >

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department Board voted last night to dissolve the agency's home health program, effective November 30th.

The unanimous decision came at the recommendation of the health department staff.

The discussion focused on negative talk of late concerning the future of the program. Employees also talked about the cost of needed new software to implement the home care program. That figure was pegged at $15 to $20,000.

Interim-home health Coordinator Jeanie Schneider is resigning her position as interim-director. She had been serving since former Coordinator Mary Cahoe left the agency earlier this month.

Employees questioned whether any new employee would want the job since there had been so much talk of ending the program anyway.

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Illinois Republicans have day at state fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Republicans have a series of events planned for the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

Thursday is Republican Day at the fair, and the big event is the Republican Day Rally at noon with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and the party's candidates for Illinois governor. Those candidates include state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. The rally will be on the Director's Lawn at the fairgrounds.

Later in the day Topinka and Kirk will attend Harness Racing Day at the fair grandstand.

GOP Day opens with a meeting of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee and Republican County Chairmen's Association.