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Pontiac officer killed by drunk driver remembered with sign along I-55

Family and friends of Pontiac police officer Casey Kohlmeier gathered along I-55 in Livingston County (Friday) to dedicate a section of the highway in his name.

A newly-posted sign names a section of the Illinois roadway "Casey Kohlmeier Memorial Highway." The hope is that the visibility of the sign will change people's driving habits and keep his memory alive.

Kohlmeier and his K-9 partner Draco were killed on October 30, 2013, when a drunken driver slammed into Kohlmeier's squad car in the median. The driver is serving a 12-year prison term.

The officer's mother, Keri Schmidt, said "More than anything, I hope they remember he was killed by a drunk driver."

His father, Jeff Kohlmeier, said he hopes a sign dedicated to a police officer "will bring awareness that these guys are risking their lives.

Kohlmeier, an Air Force veteran, had served on the Pontiac Police Department for six years and was part of the Livingston County Proactive Unit.

State Senator Jason Barickman and former State Representative Josh Harms worked with the Illinois Police Benevolent & Protective Association to gain legislative approval to dedicate I-55 between exist 197 and 202 as 'Casey J. Kohlmeier Memorial Highway.'

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Memory of slain Vermilion County deputy still recognized

The Sergeant Myron Deckard Memorial Fund has received another donation from the Danville Rifle & Pistol Club. The donation through the Danville Area Community College Foundation brings to nearly $70-thousand dollars the amount of money that has been donated in memory of Deckard.

Deckard served on the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department over 32 years. He was killed June 6th, 2001 when a prisoner he was transporting managed to grab Deckard's gun.

Tracy Wahlfeldt is Executive Director of the Danville Area Community College Foundation.

''We cannot thank the Danville Rifle and Pistol Club enough for their continued generosity and hard work,'' says Wahlfeldt. ''This latest, generous gift (of nearly $7,500) provides more scholarship assistance to Danville Area Community College students. It is amazing what an impact a small group of individuals can make.''

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Iroquois Bar Association hosts “People's Law School” in May

"The People's Law School," sponsored by the Iroquois County Bar Association for the 14th year, will be held on four Thursdays in May at the Watseka Public Library. Each session begins at 6:30 pm.

The free sessions invite the public to hear from experts on several topics.

+ May 7: "Simplified Estate Planning" with attorney Ted Spenn.

+ May 14: "Understanding Social Security" with Social Security staff member Kelly Grant.

+ May 21: "Obama Care and You" with Julie Rocknich.

+ May 28: "Meth Labs and Changing Marijuana Legislation" with Sheriff Derek Hagen.

Registration is required for each class. Call the library at 815-432-4544.

These sessions are made possible by a grant from the Illinois State Bar Association.

"The People's Law School is a public service that provides an opportunity for the public to become educated about areas of the law," said James Tungate, bar association president. "Members of the local bar association donate their time to present the classes as a public service to the people of Iroquois County."

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Rep. Bennett schedules town hall meetings

State Representative Tom Bennett and his staff will be conducting town hall meetings in Iroquois County communities next Monday. A town hall meeting will be from 9:45 to 10:45 am at Chebanse Village Hall. A second session follows at 11 am to noon at Clifton Village Hall and 12:15 to 1:15 pm at Ashkum Village Hall.

The public is invited.

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Hoopeston City Council OK’s FY budget

The Hoopeston City Council (Wednesday) gave its unanimous approval to the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget. Revenues are listed at $2,613,000 while projected expenses are at $2,417,000.

The city's Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) district budget is in the books at $436,000.
The water/sewer budget includes an additional surcharge of $2 for water and $5 for sewer for the water/sewer infrastructure. That would generate an additional $138,000 per year, which is channeled to a new special account, the Maintenance/Repair Account, for use of the water/sewer infrastructure only.

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