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Bourbonnais Man Escapes Jail for Fatal DUI Accidentl

WATSEKA -- The end result for a Bourbonnais man convicted of a fatal DUI crash in Iroquois County leaves the family and friends of the victim angry.

Jordan Jackson died in a November 2010 crash.  The driver of the car that slammed into a tree around 4 am recorded a blood-alcohol level more than two times the legal limit.  Yet, Jarrad Cox received four years probation when he was sentenced this week by Judge Gordan Lustfeldt in Iroquois Circuit Court.

Onlookers can blame a lenient judge or a law that cites “extraordinary conditions” that allows the court to look past a required 3-14 year prison sentence for a DUI conviction that led to a death.

The family of Jordan Jackson is expressing anger over what they call a “sentence that’s far too lenient,” and they also question “extraordinary conditions” the judge referred to during sentencing Tuesday.

Illinois law mandates a 3-14 prison sentence for a DUI conviction in which a person died.  But the law also allows for exceptions, which Lustfeldt talked about….according to attorneys involved in the case.

Court records showed Jarrad Cox performed public service and attended counseling for alcohol abuse after his friend was killed in the accident.  The prosecution contends the 10 hours of counseling, just weeks before the sentencing, was far from enough to warrant “extraordinary conditions.”  Cox also had his driver’s license suspended following the DUI arrest..

Records also reveal Cox had been sentenced to court supervision in Kankakee County for underage drinking and had at least three speeding tickets.

Cox still faces a wrongful death civil lawsuit for the death of Jordan Jackson.


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IEMA Encourages Public to Be Alert, Prepared and Involved

Citizens Have Important Role in Community Emergency Preparedness


SPRINGFIELD – As part of its 2012 Preparedness Campaign, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today encouraged Illinoisans to take an active role in ensuring safety at home in their neighborhoods and community by having a disaster supply kit, staying alert to what’s going on around them, being prepared for emergencies and getting involved in local organizations that focus on community preparedness.

“People often don’t realize the power they possess to protect themselves and their families and help make their community a safer place to live,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.  “It can be as simple as building a disaster supply kit, being observant of activities taking place around you and in your community and reporting unusual actions or behavior to your local law enforcement agency.”

Monken said while people should always be vigilant, no one should ever try to take matters into their own hands by confronting suspicious individuals.  Instead, people with information regarding suspicious activities should call 9-1-1 or their local emergency number to alert law enforcement officials.

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People’s Law School: Right to Bear Arms Tonight’s Topic

Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen presents this evening’s (Wed) People’s Law School program at the Watseka Public Library.  Hagen’s topic for discussion is the much-talked about right to bear arms issue, which is always a hot topic among Illinois lawmakers.

The People’s Law School is offered each Wednesday in May at the library.  Now in its 11th year, the Law School is sponsored by the Iroquois County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Bar Association President Jim Tungate says the four weeks of presentations are carefully considered……..

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Next Wednesday, attorney Ted Spenn talks about ‘How to Avoid Probate.”  The final program on May 30th finds the state Comptroller’s Office presenting a program about “Fraud and Identity Theft.”

Visitors are asked to call the library to provide a head-count.

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Wind farm developer repairing Ford-Iroquois County roads

The wind farm company—E.On Climate & Renewables --- is making repairs to county and township roads in Ford and Iroquois Counties.

And observers say when completed, the roads will be among the best routes in either county.

The repairs are part of the road-use agreements the county boards and  developer hammered out when the projects were first negotiated.

Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton is making good progress on its contract to repair the 35 miles of township and county roads used to build the 94-turbine wind farm last fall. The repairs are at E.On’s expense.

Oil and chipping may be done this week.  If weather cooperates, Ford County Highway Engineer Greg Perkinson said the roads should be completed by the end of June.


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Suicide at the Kankakee City Police Station, Man Shoots Himself

A south suburban man apparently took his own life Tuesday shooting himself at the Kankakee Police Department parking lot.  The unidentified man drove into the parking lot on North Indiana Avenue and then shot himself in the head, according to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner.

An autopsy is scheduled today.                                                         

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