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Business Emergency Preparedness Month

February is Business Emergency Preparedness Month for the Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency. All businesses, whether large corporations or small family shops, need to have a plan in case of a disaster. When thinking of how prepared your business is, consider the following questions:

 Do you have an emergency plan? If so, when was it last updated?
 Does your emergency plan include an evacuation strategy? What about sheltering in place?
 Does your facility have any safety equipment? If so, when was the last time it was checked?
 Besides cell phones and landlines, what communications does your business have?
 Does your plan address cyber security?

When businesses are prepared for disasters, communities are able to recover more quickly. Not only do local businesses offer essential services to the impacted community, but they also keep people working and keep the economy moving. Iroquois County EMA would like to offer local businesses in Iroquois County a review of their emergency plans. After reviewing the plan, EMA will provide suggestions for improvement and a certificate of recognition for striving to be a prepared business.

Visit www.ready.gov/business for free planning tools, and contact Iroquois County EMA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (815) 432-6997 to have your business emergency plan reviewed.

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IMH Heart Health education programs

Iroquois Memorial Hospital representatives will present educational programs Thursday, February 20, at the Watseka Public Library. The IMH Heart Health Presentations are part of the Watseka Public Library Monthly Education Programs.  Contact the library for more details at 815-432-4544..

"Ways to Live a Heart Healthy Life -- from age 0 - 100" features Marsha Hubert, RN, Cardiac Rehab as the presenter.  Thursday's program is from 10 - 10:30 am.

"Eat Smart for a Healthy Heart" is presented by Registered Dietitian, Director of Resource Development & Nutrition Services, Holly Isaac.  The program is from 10:30 am - 11 am.

Free blood pressure screens will be provided from 10 am 'til Noon by the Iroquois Home Health Team.

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Blagojevich released from prison, ‘homecoming’ press conference this morning

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was released from custody in Colorado, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The former governor’s wife Patti Blagojevich announced a “homecoming press conference” at their home this (Wed) morning at 11 a.m.

President Trump announced he had commuted the disgraced governor’s 14-year prison sentence on Tuesday morning, and described it as a “tremendously powerful, ridiculous sentence.”  Blagojevich was convicted on 18 corruption charges, including wire fraud, extortion, and bribery.

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15 Central Illinois Men Arrested in FBI Operation in Kankakee Area

Charges of Attempted Enticement of a Child to Engage in Sexual Activity,Attempted Sexual Exploitation of Children

 

Central District of Illinois U.S. Attorney John C. Milhiser and FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean M. Cox, Springfield Division, announced that 15 Central Illinois men were arrested over the weekend related to an FBI Operation conducted in Kankakee County. The operation was conducted with the coordination and assistance of the Bradley Police Department, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

The men have been charged in separate criminal complaints with attempted enticement of a child to engage in illegal sexual activity; some have also been charged with attempted sexual exploitation of children. The complaints were unsealed on Feb. 18, 2020, as each made their respective initial appearances in federal court in Urbana. Each was ordered detained pending hearings scheduled later this week.

According to the affidavits filed in support of the complaints, each of the men allegedly used various social media applications to contact and engage online with FBI covert employees posing as 14 and 15-year-old minors to make arrangements to meet the minor girl or boy with the intent to engage in sexual activity. Some of the men attempted to entice or coerce the minors to send them sexually explicit images.

 As the men arrived at or near the designated address, in Bradley, Ill., they were arrested and taken into custody by FBI Special Agents; the Bradley Police Department; the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office; and, the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson is representing the government in the case prosecutions.

 The defendants charged in this operation with attempted enticement of a minor are:

· Joshua T. Koenig, 27, of Buckley, Ill.;

· Jody L. Lagesse, 45, Kankakee;

· Shane R. Ferris, 23, Bourbonnais;

· Nick Vincent Senor, 25, Kankakee;

· Dale Martin Alvin Scering, 26, Bradley;

· Robert Shawn Anderson, 50, Park Forest

· Timothy Lyle Dean, 37 Bourbonnais.

 

The defendants charged in this operation with attempted enticement of a minor and attempted sexual exploitation of a child are:

· Matthew T. Gribbon, 48, Kankakee;

· Ryan I. Woodruff, 21,Kankakee;

· Anmol Chugh, 28, St. Anne;

· Kyren Williams, 30, Kankakee;

· Cole Montgomery, 25 Danville;

· Joseph Adam Longanecker, 40 Manteno

· Jazzie Simmons, 28 Kankakee.

 If convicted, for the offense of attempted enticement of a minor, each defendant faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison. For the offense of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, each defendant faces a minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison.

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Rep. Parkhurst Introduces Pembroke Township Natural Gas Pilot Program

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) introduced legislation to help expand natural gas services into underserved communities in the 79th District. HB 5124 creates a pilot program within the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to distribute grant funds for the construction of new natural gas pipelines and infrastructure in Pembroke Township.

“There are renewed efforts within Pembroke Township to help bring natural gas to the community,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “Unlike last time, there is a partnership between state, county, and local officials, as well as the utilities. Part of this partnership is to secure state and federal funds necessary to bring this project across the finish line.”

Pembroke Township resides in Southeastern Kankakee County with one municipality, Hopkins Park, and has a population of 2,140 as of the 2010 census. Homes and businesses within Pembroke Township are currently serviced by propane tank.

HB 5124 was introduced on February 13th and awaits committee assignment.

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