Barickman appointed Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee
Replaces departed Senator Kirk Dillard
SPRINGFIELD — Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, has appointed Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, to take the top Republican spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barickman's appointment, effective immediately, fills a vacancy created by the departing Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, who is leaving the Senate to chair the Regional Transportation Authority. "Sen. Dillard has been a strong voice for all Illinois residents on this committee," Barickman said in a news release. "I hope to continue his record of working in bipartisan fashion to develop real solutions to the major issues facing our state." "Senator Barickman has proven his leadership abilities through his work on this and other committees, including as co-chair of the Legislative Audit Commission," Radogno said in a news release. "I look forward to having him take the lead for our caucus on the very important legislation that comes before this committee."
Grant Park police officer fired for sexual assault
A former Grant Park police officer has been fired from the department. Police Lt. Stephen Nardi of Steger faces charges of criminal sexual assault. He was in Will County circuit court Wednesday where bond was set at $250,000.
The Will County State's Attorney's Office has not released all the details about the case. State police investigators revealed the alleged victim is a family member.
The 45-year-old Nardi was on unpaid administrative leave prior to his arrest Tuesday. He was ordered to surrender all his weapons.
Area residents will no longer wonder where to turn for information about human services, healthcare and local government.
A 2-1-1 phone service is coming to the local area. The program was unveiled last year, introduced to the Red Cross and emergency managers.
The United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties and Riverside HealthCare, along with other partners, are funding a 211 service, which is a free nonemergency number that can be accessed by landlines and cell phones. The service will be run by PATH Crisis, a Bloomington-based call center.
United Way Executive Director Nick Allen tells the Daily-Journal, "211 will put an end to all the questions and uncertainty. This will really change how people seek information in Kankakee County."
The system is free to use, confidential and can translate in nearly 160 languages. Operators can actually schedule a follow-up phone call with users to make sure the information they provided was accurate and to answer any additional questions.
Currently, 211 is available to 90 percent of residents in the United States.
The need for increased access to services and comprehensive information referral was identified during the last community-wide needs assessment conducted in 2011.
Observe National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September by donating blood with the American Red Cross
Help maintain a diverse blood supply to meet the needs of all patients
PEORIA, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2014) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.
Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.
For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Ford County Sept. 15 from 3-7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 110 E. Illinois St. in Sibley, Ill.
Iroquois County Sept. 8 from 1-6:30 p.m. at Sheldon Community Center, 104 S. Fourth in Sheldon, Ill. Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, 200 E.Fairman Ave. in Watseka, Ill.
Kankakee County Sept. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive in Kankakee, Ill. Sept. 4 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. Sept. 5 from 1:45-7 p.m. at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Road in Bourbonnais, Ill. Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cornerstone Church, 393 Southcreek Drive in Manteno, Ill. Sept. 11 from 3-7 p.m. at Limestone Fire Department, 4948 W. Route 17 in Kankakee, Ill. Sept. 11 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart, 505 Riverstone Parkway in Kankakee, Ill.
How to donate blood Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
A 24-year-old Kankakee man is under arrest for robbery and aggravated battery. Cavonte Robinson was taken into custody Monday night after Momence officers surrounded a home in Sun River Terrace. A canine unit was used to apprehend the suspect after he reportedly ran from police. Robinson was found hiding in a crawl space.