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Iroquois County Board votes to recommend Corbett’s removal

The Iroquois County Board today (Tues) voted 15-1 with three members absent to recommend to the Ford-Iroquois County Public Health Board that Doug Corbett be removed as administrator.

County Board Chairman Rod Copas said "it's a recommendation to move forward...it's a recommendation to the boards from Iroquois County that we need change.

We'll leave it at that and see where it goes from here."
The vote came after a 6-minute executive session. The board's vote was to uphold a Finance committee decision to recommend the removal of Corbett.

The Ford County Board (Monday night) did not address the issue of the health department, which has been in the news since last October. The Ford County Board did not have the health department issue listed on its agenda.

In Paxton and Watseka, he public comment section of the County Board meetings did bring comment from health department employees, who support Corbett's administrative abilities.

The chairman of the Ford County Board said he still doesn't think such action is warranted.

Rick Bowen said he doesn't understand and he's not comfortable with the Iroquois County Board's request.

Copas obviously, not going into detail, wants to move forward. He said "it's a delicate situation but it's time to get the thing fixed."

Corbett has been the target of criticism by Iroquois County officials in recent months. Most of the criticism is over the installation of solar panels on the agency's Paxton and Watseka offices. Other issues talked about are not being discussed openly. Initial criticism was over the health board's push to extend services to Indiana. That plan has been dropped.

Bowen and some Ford County Board members continue to publicly support Corbett. Bowen has questioned, "what's wrong with thinking outside the box and looking for revenue?"

And Copas knows the Iroquois Board's vote is only a recommendation that the two-county health department board has to act on.

The Iroquois County recommendation to both the Health Board and the Ford County Board is to "remove Corbett as administrator of the health department in the "most expedient way possible."

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Chebanse man killed in Monday afternoon crash

69-year-old Gerald Cassman of Chebanse died Monday following a car crash on U-S Route 45/52 and River Road.

Cassman was pronounced dead at Presence St. Mary's hospital just before 12:30 pm.

Police reported Cassman was southbound and turning left onto River Road when a vehicle heading north struck his car.

At least one person from the other vehicle was taken to Riverside Medical Center.

An autopsy for Cassman is scheduled for today (Tuesday).

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Kankakee shooting nets four arrests

Kankakee Police are reporting the arrests of four people in connection with the Friday shootings on South Lincoln Avenue.

Two people were hit by gunfire in the 600-block. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
The Daily-Journal reports the shootings are still under investigation.

34-year-old Galactica Pope and 44-year-old Mark Ivy were treated for gunshot wounds. They were also charged with reckless discharge of firearms.

Police also reported the arrest of 26-year-old James Stevenson and 39-year-old GeJuan Davidson. They're charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of firearms by a felon and having no FOID card.

Police also recovered two handguns.

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I-57 Rollover Kills Tennessee Driver

One person was killed in a rollover accident on Interstate 57 Sunday afternoon near Champaign.

State Police say the driver was southbound in an SUV when the vehicle went into the grass median. The driver steered the vehicle out of the median back into the roadway before losing control. Witnesses told police the vehicle rolled over about three times. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

Three passengers, ages 10, 5 and 1, were not ejected from the vehicle.

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Fatal I-57 crash near Bradley-Bourbonnais exit

A suburban man from Harwood Heights was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday near the Bradley exit on I-57.

31-year-old Rostislav Naymark was southbound when he left the roadway, drove into a ditch and overturned. State Police report he was dead at the scene, still buckled into his seat. Police believe the accident happened late Saturday or early Sunday.

The accident is under investigation.

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