Governor Rauner visits St. Anne business site Monday
Hoekstra Transportation in rural St. Anne is a scheduled stop for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today (Monday 3/9). An announced 12 Noon visit will find the Governor talking about the Turnaround Agenda.
Rauner made a stop in Pontiac last week where he visited with Livingston County officials.
Today's public schedule for Rauner also includes a press conference in Chicago at St. Ignatius College Prep. There, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk will join the Governor and faith and business leaders in a roundtable discussion about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform for Illinois.
Four people have been arrested on drug charges after Livingston County authorities reportedly found drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia at a Pontiac house.
Two men and two women, all from Pontiac,are jailed on preliminary charges. Sheriff Tony Childress said the investigation continues and more arrests are possible. Police arrested four people at the house and found the drugs after they executed a search warrant just before 6 am. Thursday.
Sheriff Childress said officers found heroin, cocaine, marijuana, over $2,800 cash, and household items.
The Prosecutor's office in Lake County, Indiana filed murder and aggravated battery charges over Tuesday's fatal stabbing of a Cedar Lake high school senior.
19-year-old Tyler McAfee of Lansing (IL) is named in the two felony counts filed alleging he killed 17-year-old Alton Bradley and wounding 18-year-old Matthew Smolek of Cedar Lake. McAfee is being held without bond in the Lake County Jail.
The prosecutor alleges McAfee committed an unprovoked attack on the victims and bragged he belonged to a Gary street gang. But McAfee told police he wielded the knife in self-defense.
Rep. Anthony pushes legislation to fight heroin abuse
Iroquois County officials agree 'heroin is a problem'
He's a relatively new, young state lawmaker, but Representative John Anthony is hoping his law enforcement background will help in a bi-partisan effort to combat a growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem.
Task Forces are being assembled around the state to gather testimony from people who matter – to find solutions to a big-time crisis.
Anthony is a Grundy County Republican from Morris. He says this proposal can bring results by having both parties work together...
Task Force testimony will bring doctors, pharmacists, public health officials, treatment centers and even judicial people and coroners to the table.
Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum is aware of the red flags. "Iroquois County had six heroin overdoses in 2014. That's a lot considering how little population we have," Cheatum tells 94.1 WGFA News. "The problem is trying to get involved to say where it's coming from."
Cheatum and police investigators, like medical people, know all too well heroin is a high that takes control of people. And death investigations from overdoses is reason enuough to show the concern is real.
Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine and judges see cases find their way into the courtrooms. Devine said it's not an easy issue to address; there's no easy answer.
Heroin is a much cheaper drug than it used to be; and it's so addictive. He agrees with everything said by the professionals. DUI cases so often are heroin-related and it spreads to family matters like raising kids and it involves theft because individuals need their fix...so they'll do anything to get it.
Former State Representative Bill Black is in the news. The Illinois House Tuesday approved a joint resolution naming a Vermilion County bridge in Black's honor.
Sponsored by Rep. Chad Hays, the measure names a bridge on U.S Route 150 the William B. Black Bridge. The bridge near Oakwood High School would honor the former State Representative from Danville. Representative Hays "This was a very dangerous one lane bridge (that) contained a lot of school bus traffic, a lot of commerce traffic. Through the tireless work of Representative Black this is now a much safer area.''