Two separate drug investigations led to the arrests of two men by KAMEG agents.
24-year-old Tim Phelan of Bourbonnais is charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. Agents executed a search warrant on Cherokee Drive in B'ais and seized about 3540 grams of cannabis and drug-making materials. That was on Tuesday.
Thursday, agents seized just under 900 grams of cannabis and drug-packaging material in the 700-block of N. Rosewood Avenue in Kankakee. 55-year-old Theotis James was charged with possession with intent to deliver.
A 27-year-old Monticello, Indiana woman was killed Thursday afternoon in a White County, IN crash. Bridgette Smith was a passenger in a car with two others when the northbound car ran off the road and hit a tree.
Sheriff's deputies say the car ran off Springboro Road some six miles south of Monticello. The car rolled before hitting the tree and then landed on its top.
Bridgette Smith was pronounced dead at IU White Memorial Hospital. The driver, 40-year-old Joshua Simons of Monticello, and Bridgette's husband 25-year-old Adam Smith were treated and released from IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.
An effort to change how Illinois funds its public schools has bipartisan support.
State Senator Jason Barickman announced Thursday a bi-partisan effort to change how Illinois funds public schools. The Republican from Bloomington is joining with Senator Andy Manar and will join the conversation with a proposal based on what teachers suggest.
Senator Manar announced last week he's tweaked last year's Senate Bill 16 state funding reform proposal and hopes the revision will help build support in the Legislature this year. This effort will be Senate Bill 1.
Local educators attacked Manar's proposal last fall as unfair because it would take state aid money from districts with high property tax bases and give it to those in less affluent areas.
The new version of Manar's bill would account for cost-of-living differences between districts in addition to property tax differences.
Barickman said that before redistribution is considered, the Legislature must fix a funding formula that schools, taxpayers and legislators don't understand.
Barickman said "Taxpayers deserve confidence that their dollars are being spent effectively and efficiently in support of our education system."
That type of funding is recommended by educators statewide in Vision 20/20, a policy plan they published late last year and continue to promote.