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Jim Nabors unable to attend 2012 Indianapolis 500

Entertainer to have heart surgery race weekend

- Actor and entertainer Jim Nabors will not be attending the Indy 500 this year but don't worry, he'll still be singing "Back Home Again in Indiana."

A film crew will be traveling to Nabors' home in Hawaii this month to record him singing the song that's made him a Month of May tradition to race fans. The recording will be played over the public address system and video boards during the pre-race festivities.

Nabors is having heart-valve replacement surgery on Memorial Day weekend.

Race Day is Sunday, May 27, 2012.

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Kempton Fire Claims a Life, Investigation Continues

KEMPTON — Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a fire last Saturday that claimed the life of a 50-year-old Kempton man.

The Kankakee County Coroner’s Office, the Ford County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Springfield are involved in the investigation.

Ford County Sheriff’s Police and firefighters from Kempton, Cabery, Cullom, Saunemen and Pontiac responded to an active house fire at 304 Township Line Road in the village of Kempton around 3 am Saturday.

Firefighters found an adult male lying just inside the front door. Firefighters began life saving efforts until members of the Cullom Ambulance Service arrived on scene and immediately transported the victim to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

The victim, 50-year-old Ricky L. Gossett was pronounced dead at the hospital.  

Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said smoke inhalation appears to be the likely cause of death, adding that no foul play is suspected. Results of an autopsy were pending.

 

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Senate leader backs end to Ill. scholarship perk

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Senate President John Cullerton agreed Wednesday to end a century-old policy of letting Illinois legislators hand out college tuition waivers to their constituents, and a Senate panel quickly approved his proposal.

The House has voted repeatedly to end the legislative scholarship program because of abuses and complaints that it's costly for state universities. But Senate Democrats have backed the scholarships.

Cullerton, D-Chicago, said he now believes the scholarships have become a distraction from bigger problems and should end after September 2012. He said it's unfortunate that some lawmakers abused a program that benefited many people over the years. His proposal also includes a task force to examine all other tuition waivers to public universities.

"We really have to examine why we're spending $364 million on tuition waivers," Cullerton said. "There are a lot of very surprising tuition waivers we've uncovered in our research, and we want the task force to study this and come back with recommendations so we can save money."

Read more: Senate leader backs end to Ill. scholarship perk

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Rep. Barickman Agrees with COGFA vote in Support of Dwight Correctional Center

Springfield, IL…On Tuesday, members of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) voting in support of keeping Dwight Correctional Center open.  State Representative Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) applauded the committee’s decision and said their opinion was more proof that the Governor’s proposed closure was not well thought out.

“I think that the decision by COGFA to oppose the Governor’s closure proposal for Dwight reaffirms what many of us have been saying all along; closing the prison would be detrimental to the state and the area,” said Rep. Barickman.  “Numerous legislators, local officials, economic development groups, unions and public safety officials all agree that if the state were to close Dwight it would simply create more problems and potential costs.”  

Read more: Rep. Barickman Agrees with COGFA vote in Support of Dwight Correctional Center

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COGFA Committee backs keeping Dwight Prison Open

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois legislative commission opposes Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close two prisons and a center for people with developmental disabilities.

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted 7-3 Tuesday against closing prisons in Tamms and Dwight. It also advised against closing the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.

Senator Shane Cultra issued a statement saying "I am pleased we received the affirmative vote by CoGFA.  Now we need to move on and  make sure funding is included in the budget to protect Dwight Correctional Center."

Cultra said this is a small step in a positive direction, but we have to keep in mind there is a long road ahead.

The panel's action is only advisory. Quinn can still close the facilities, which he says must be done to cut spending and improve care for people with mental disabilities.

The Tamms prison is a "supermax" facility for the most dangerous inmates, while Dwight houses female prisoners.

The developmental center in Centralia is being targeted as part of Quinn's effort to move people out of institutions and into community care.

 

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