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Rep. Cloonen legislation protects victims of sexual violence

State Rep. Kate Cloonen is proposing new legislation that would protect victims of sexual violence during criminal proceedings against their alleged attackers.

The Bradley Democrat said, "Survivors of these appalling crimes should not be subjected to a face-to-face line of questioning by their abuser, which what happens when the alleged abusers choose to represent themselves in court and are free to cross-examine their victims."

Cloonen adds, "Sexual abuse crimes are grossly underreported, in large part because of victims' fear of their attackers. I believe that this legislation will make it easier for victims to come forward without fear of becoming victimized again in the criminal justice system."

House Bill 5587, which was filed by Cloonen, stipulates that in cases of sexual violence a defendant representing themselves in court shall use a court appointed attorney for the cross-examination of the alleged victim. HB 5587 is currently pending before the Rules Committee.

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Rail spur near Manteno under study

The Daily-Journal is reporting a proposed $8 billion railroad study is being looked at to help with congested rail lines in Cook County. Under consideration is a privately-funded railroad that would wind around and bypass the busy lines within Cook County and the surrounding area.

The Great Lakes Basin Railroad would be a 278-mile rail spur. It would be a freight line, running just north of Manteno.

The D-J article questions whether the proposal is another proposed development similar to the Illiana Expressway or the South Suburban Airport ?

A schedule of public hearings are planned by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The goal of these hearings is to prepare an environmental impact statement. A hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 11 at the Manteno Sportsmen's Club.

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'Active meth lab' results in arrest of Gibson City couple

A 51-year-old man and his 34-year-old wife were jailed Thursday after police in Gibson City said the couple was found with a working meth lab in their home. And – reports claimed seven children were present in the home.

Kelly Burrows and Marlina Burrows were arrested when authorities executed a search warrant at their home on State Street in Gibson City. A month-long investigation led to the arrests. Gibson City Police, the Kankakee Area MEG unit and the Illinois State Police meth response team were all involved.

Kelly Burrows is charged with suspicion of manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine, possession of meth-manufacturing materials and multiple counts of meth-related child endangerment.

Burrows' wife, Marlina, was arrested on suspicion of meth-related child endangerment.

Charges were expected to be upgraded.

The DCFS is involved with the investigation. Seven children, ranging in age from 2-13, were present at the home.

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I-74 crash claims driver’s life

A 19-year-old Danville resident died of injuries sustained in a roll-over accident on I-74 near Fithian.

Jerrell Deshon Hall was pronounced dead just before 4 am today (Thurs) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Hall died of multiple blunt force injuries. He was thrown from the car he was driving.

Illinois State Police report the accident also injured two other Danville men.

20-year-old Jontell James Robinson and a 17-year-old, whose name is not being released, were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

According to a police report, the accident occurred just after 1 am. Hall was driving eastbound on the interstate when the car ran off the road, went through the wires in the median and overturned on the shoulder of the westbound lane. Hall was not wearing a seat belt. He was thrown from the car.

The report said the passengers were wearing seat belts.

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Danville crash injures four

A Danville man was air-lifted to an Urbana hospital and three others were injured in a crash Wednesday near the Vermilion Regional Airport. Both drivers were charged. The crash closed Bowman Avenue for about an hour.

24-year-old Caleb Drollinger was transferred from Danville to Urbana. Vermilion County Sheriff's Police identify the other driver as 28-year-old Tabitha Clawson of Georgetown. Clawson was treated and released. Two other passengers in Drollinger's car were injured.

Clawson was cited for disobeying a stop sign. Police also cited Drollinger for operating a vehicle under the influence of cannabis.

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