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Carle Hoopeston Hospital names new Administrator

Carle has announced the appointment of a new administrator for its hospital facility in Hoopeston.

Heather Tucker will be in charge of daily operations of the 25 bed critical CHRHC hospital. Tucker’s interim-administrator tag is now removed. A Carle press release states Tucker will provide leadership in several areas including Medical Surgery, Emergency Department, Facilities, Radiology and Lab Services.

Tucker’s Carle career began in 2006 as a nurse. Most recently she served as director of Primary Care Services for the east region for Carle and interim hospital administrator.

Tucker is a life-long Vermilion County resident.

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Early Voting begins In Illinois

Election Day isn't until April, but voters across the state can start casting their ballots now. Today (Thursday) is the first day of early voting for the spring election. Election Day is April 2nd this year. Citizens have until April 1st to register and/or vote early. Questions can be directed to your County Clerk’s office.

Iroquois County needs Election Judges –

Anyone interested and available to work as an election judge on April 2 is encouraged to contact the Iroquois County Clerk’s Office. Judges are paid for their service and training is provided.

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Dwight opens arms to idea of ICE Center

Community leaders in Dwight are siding with up to 280 local jobs rather than a couple dozen out-of-town protestors concerning a proposed immigration detention facility. Dwight'sd planning commission voted (Tuesday) to recommend the village work with a developer to site an immigration facility.  Some protestors attended a local meeting, saying ICE is immoral and breaks up families. But the company behind the center says their facility will add 20 million dollars to Dwight's tax base and employ up to 300 workers.

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Milford man enters guilty plea to 2nd-degree Murder

Instead of a scheduled-start to a murder trial in Iroquois County, a plea agreement for Randy White. The 22-year-old Milford man pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree Murder and Armed Violence for the shooting death of Restaurant owner Jesse Sintora.

Judge James Kinzer agreed to the plea deal. White was sentenced to 44 years in prison, getting credit for nearly 830 days served in the County Jail. He ‘ll also be subject to 50% time-served for good behavior – netting him a 22 year prison sentence.

White admitted he shot Sintora to death after the restaurant owner responded to his business being burglarized during the early-morning November 13, 2016.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine said it was “circumstantial evidence, not a lot of direct evidence that can lead to doubt.” But White will serve a lengthy prison term.

Having spent the last two-plus years in the Iroquois County Jail, White agrees to the State’s offer for prison time. Defense attorneys Ed Glazer and Frank Astrella said “it ends a tragic situation, Randy agrees to what’s appropriate considering he has no criminal record.” Glazer said the sentence is in line.

White was originally charged with 3-counts of 1st degree murder and burglary.

Judge Kinzer scheduled a March 5 Victim Impact Hearing.

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Winter weather advisory for East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory starting Tuesday night for all of east-central Illinois. Much of west-central Indiana is included.

The advisory will be in effect until noon Wednesday, including the Illinois counties of Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion. Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, and Shelby are also included.

There could be up to two inches of snow and up to one tenth of an inch of ice. The mix of snow and ice will make travel difficult.

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