Outgoing Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride is being remembered for his push to bring cameras into courtrooms and lobbying for a pilot project to allow electronic filing of documents.
Kilbride's three-year term expires this week. He'll be replaced by Justice Rita Garman and resume his associate justice post.
The Democrat was first elected to the high court in 2000. He practiced law for two decades in Rock Island. Even with his push to modernize the courts, he told the Quad Cities-Times ( http://bit.ly/1i6Rp4P) for a story published Sunday that some things haven't changed since the days of Abraham Lincoln.
Kilbride started the cameras pilot project a year ago. It opens trial courtrooms to news photographers and electronic news media to cover cases. More than two dozen counties have participated. ___ Information from: The Dispatch, http://www.qconline.com
Police investigating fatal crash in Livingston County
A Streator man is dead following a single-vehicle accident in northwestern Livingston County late Wednesday.
Sheriff's Police said 30-year-old Matthew Dunning was dead at the scene after being partially ejected and trapped under the overturned pick-up truck he was driving. Livingston County Coroner Michael Burke reported the accident was discovered just before 10:30 pm.
Dunning was apparently northbound on Livingston County Road 900 East when his truck went off the right shoulder, crossed into the ditch on the opposite side, and came to rest on its top in standing corn.
The crash occurred near County Road 2800 North in Newton Township.
Susan Wynn Bence named 2nd V-P of State Federation of GOP Women
The Iroquois County Republican Women's Club has earned gold. The local organization received the Gold Achievement Award from the Illinois Federation of Republican Women. The recognition came during the Fall Convention this past weekend in Springfield.
The Iroquois County GOP club was chosen for the award based on its involvement in several categories including Special Events, Fundraising, Participation in Parades, membership attendance at meetings and board of director meetings and participation on campaign committees.
Local club events included; Candidate forums, 9-11/Remembrance Day Event, a congressional debate, membership luncheons, participation in local parades, Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair, several members hold public office, members participate on state wide committees, and volunteer hours.
The Iroquois County club also sends delegates to the state convention.
Also at the state convention this past weekend Susan Wynn Bence of Watseka was elected the 2nd vice-president for the Illinois Federation of Republican Women. Iroquois County has never had a member hold statewide office in IFRW.
The Illinois Federation of Republican Women is the largest all-volunteer Republican women's organization in Illinois. The IFRW is a grassroots organization organized into nine regions and 41 clubs.
On another note....the Kankakee County Republican Women's Club was honored with the President's Award. Kankakee County's club is a new club that is growing by leaps and bounds. Tinker Parker serves as club president.