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Kankakee woman’s death under investigation

                                 Victim’s daughter charged with murder

A 61-year-old Kankakee woman is facing a murder charge for the stabbing death of her mother. 61-year-old Kathleen Kirkpatrick was arrested for Saturday’s death of 89-year-old Kathleen Ruch.

Kankakee Police made the arrest. The death was the result of a stabbing at a residence on South Greenwood Avenue.
Emergency personnel answered a 9-1-1 call concerning an incident at the residence. The victim was pronounced dead inside the home, according to police.

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Delphi homicide investigation taking new direction

                                                             -- Press Conference planned Monday --

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter will be making an announcement on behalf of the Multi-Agency Taskforce Monday in Delphi. State Police and several law enforcement agencies have remained committed to the investigation of the double-murders of Abby Williams and Libby German.

The girls were murdered along the historic Delphi Trails in Carroll County in February 2018. The case remains unsolved. One year after the murders, Indiana State Police spoke on the continued commitment to the investigation of the double homicides.

According to a press release, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter will be making an announcement on behalf of the Multi-Agency Taskforce Monday in Delphi.

The media briefing will focus on the new direction of the Delphi homicide investigation. The conference will be held at The Canal Center in Delphi.

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ILLINOIS: Zoning process in hands of county, not township

Governor JB Pritzker has signed a bill that will block townships from writing their own regulations for wind farms.

Controversy erupted in Douglas County last month when Newman Township voted to require a wind farm company to put more space between turbines and homes. That decision affected how many turbines the company would be able to build. The matter has affected other potential developments too. Too many restrictions isolates progress and causes companies to abandon projects.

This new law puts the power solely in the county's hands.
Douglas County does not have many zoning restrictions on wind turbines. The governor says this change will help create jobs and produce clean, renewable energy. The law takes effect immediately.

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Milford (MAPS) school board reorganizes, Ronna continues as president

Mary Ronna will continue her role as president of the Milford #124 school board. The MAPS district reorganized this week (Wed) while also recognizing veteran board members Dave Fox and Charles Leitz for their respective 16 and 12 years of service. Both did not seek re-election.

Mindy Hagan is a new board member. Jim Kunce remains on the board. The MAPS board is still looking to fill a seat; just 3 candidates ran for 4 seats.

Ronna will serve again as president. Jeff Mabbitt is V-P and Donna Hiltz will serve as secretary.

Michelle Lindenmeyer is waiting in the wings to serve as superintendent beginning July 1. She will succeed the retiring Dr. Dale Hastings.

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School Boards seat new members, re-organize following election

Area school boards have new faces following the consolidated election early this month. And re-organization is the focus moving forward. Failed referendums, for some, finds the school officials setting priorities to overcome financial struggles.

The Iroquois West School Board at Gilman also has a challenge in searching for its next superintendent. Linda Dvorak will retire at the end of this school session. Her planned retirement was announced this week when the Unit 10 met to re-organize.

"Dr. Dvorak has been a tireless supporter for the school district with a great work ethic," Board president David Haas said. "She has top integrity and has served the Board well."

Haase said Dr. Dvorak and the school board have protected the district taxpayer assets and school finances. She will be missed. She has planned this retirement for some time."

A search committee for a new Sup’t is in place.

David Haase will serve Unit 10 as president. Re-elected member Rodger Bennett is V-P and Anthony Miller, Secretary. Norma Claussen, Clint Perzee, Amy Schunke and Adam Vice make up the board. Perzee, Schunke and Vice are elected newcomers.

In Watseka Unit Nine – Sarah Combes and Rebecca Wittenborn were newcomers seated this week. They were winners in the April 2 election. They join board members James Bruns, Brittany Cluver, Gina Greene, Kirk McTaggart and Rusty Maulding.
Bruns served Unit Nine as president, Cluver is V-P and Greene was elected secretary.

Crescent-Iroquois District 249 meets to reorganize next Thursday (4/25). Sup’t Dr. Jeffrey Alstadt has said the school board, staff and community will continue to focus on providing the best educational opportunities.
The school board states, ‘we believe our school is excellent, and our employees are committed to supporting students. The consolidation process evoked strong reactions that have been disruptive and unsettling to students, parents, community members and school staff. The focus now, is to come together because we all deserve the best opportunities that can be provided.

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