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Bill Cooke Sr., Iroquois Sexual Assault Services earn Annual Watseka Chamber Awards

For a guy who never intended to stay at Iroquois Memorial Hospital for more than two years, Bill Cooke Sr. has certainly left his mark.

The popular, always smiling, long-time Head of the Physical Therapy Department at IMH has been honored by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce as its Staff Achievement Award winner.

The ISAS Team at the Iroquois Sexual Assault Services was honored as this year’s Business Leadership Award winner. Kami Garrison and Tammy Barragree lead the charge in the Watseka office, a sister agency the Kankakee County – Center Against Sexual Assault. The non-profit rape crisis center provides support services and counseling for victims of sexual abuse and their families.

The official recognition came at Wednesday evening’s WACC Annual Banquet and Awards event at Celebrations.

Bill joined the IMH Physical Therapy Department in 1971, having stated he never intended to stay here for more than 2 years. Instead, he’s spent the majority of his professional career with the local hospital. He’s popular among the staff, known as “Bill Sr.” since his son, Bill Jr. is also part of the IMH Physical Therapy Department.

Bill Sr. has professional B.A. and a Master;s degrees from the U of I. He earned his Physical Therapy Certificate from Northwestern University. He has a special focus on home health and in-patient care.

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Gasoline Prices Jump Statewide

Memorial Day kicks off the summer driving season. And the holiday is now less than a month away. True to form, as the driving season approaches, gas prices are jumping up.

Local prices in Iroquois County jumped a sudden 12 cents a gallon in the last 10 days. A quick surge saw prices go from $3.46 to $3.58 a gallon. Then, another bump up to $3.60. Prices at the pump jumped 20-cents a gallon in the Danville area.  Motorists who had been paying $3.55 a gallon for regular unleaded on Tuesday are finding the price at the pump has jumped to $3.75 at many locations.

Gas prices have been continuing to rise across the state of Illinois. The Triple-A says drivers nationwide have been paying the lowest springtime gas prices in three years. Illinois gas prices are the third highest in the nation.  And if you head into the Chicago area, you will find the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $4.32 a gallon.



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State Supreme Court sets up shop in Kankakee

Kankakee Community College is playing host to the Illinois Supreme Court---again. The 3rd District Appellate Court will be hearing arguments in two cases at KCC.

Arguments are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Iroquois Room. The public is invited.

The push to bring its business to the people was started by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride. He’s a former Kankakee resident.

Of the two cases, one is civil and the second is criminal. The civil case is Dixon, Laukitis & Downing PC v. Busey Bank. The case involves the law firm alleging the bank has failed to recognize and inform them that a deposited check was counterfeit.

The criminal case is People v. Carr. It involves a defendant appealing his conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and criminal damage to government property after he broke a window of a police squad car.

It’s the second time the Appellate Court is visiting here. In October 2010, the appellate court heard cases at KCC.

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Ashkum sub-division fire does $100,000 damage

Burning leaves triggered a threatening fire that resulted in about $100,000 damage in rural Ashkum Tuesday night.

Ashkum firemen answered the call to the Riverdale sub-division, west of L’Erable, just before 7 pm. Fire Chief Jeff Glenn tells WGFA News it was small shed fire that ignited a camper and then the house and a guest-house on the property.

Also consumed by the flames were three jet skis and a fiber-glass boat. A pontoon boat and a garage also sustained damage. No injury was involved.

Mutual aide was provided by Chebanse Township, Danforth, Martinton, Watseka, Otto-Pilot Township and Riverside Ambulance.


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Crop Production Services gets ZBA approval for expansion

The Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Tuesday gave its approval for construction of an anhydrous ammonia plant in Sheldon Township.

The proposed facility would be at 2800 E, just south of U-S Route 24. The layout would cover 10 acres, allowing for future expansion. The project cost is $2.5 million.

The project’s likely to increase employment from 12 to 16 people. Part-time positions are likely too.

The conditional-use permit will allow for more anhydrous storage, a workshop, warehouse and office space.

Immediate neighbors voiced concern. An increase in traffic, ammonia fumes, the effects on cattle and effects on property values were all documented.


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