State Representative Kate Cloonen met with Tim Carpenter, State Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois, Kankakee County State's Attorney Jamie Boyd, Grundy County State's Attorney Jason Helland, and Kankakee Police Chief Larry Regnier (Ring-E) to discuss the vital roles early childhood programs and access to quality childcare play in preventing crime.
The meeting also included conversations about increasing child abuse prevention awareness and the role after school programs play in keeping children and communities safe.
Cloonen said. "This meeting was just one of many steps towards providing our communities with more resources for early childhood programs, and I will continue to be a strong advocate for our community."
A U of I graduate student is in custody for the death of his estranged girlfriend. Urbana police arrested 29-year-old Yongfei Ci at a motel in Champaign.
Investigators report Ci is the man believed to be responsible for the death of a 25-year-old University of Illinois student.
Urbana police said officers were called shortly after 11 am Friday to the One South apartment complex on North Lincoln Avenue. That's where a woman had run into the courtyard and reported that her 25-year-old roommate had been killed.
Police report 'there was a roommate who had been in the apartment at the time. The woman had been restrained. She broke free and came out into the courtyard where she notified police of the incident.'
The suspect was located by police using cellphone technology. Ci surrendered without incident, according to police.
According to an Urbana police press release, Ci forced his way into the apartment and locked the victim's roommate in the bathroom. The roommate was left uninjured. Police have not released the name of the victim nor how she died. An autopsy is pending.
A press release from Urbana Police stated Ci is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in math at the U of I. University of Illinois police issued Illini alerts about the off-campus homicide and put out the suspect's name and description of his car.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Urbana police at 217-384-2320 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.
New Unemployment Numbers Drop for some, others increase
Area unemployment rates show improvement across parts of Central Illinois. But Vermilion County's jobless rate rose slightly, going from 11.1 to 11.3 percent.
The Kankakee Metro area improved in August to 10.4%. That's down from 11.2 in August of 2012.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports Danville's unemployment rate dropped from 14.4 percent in July to 14.0 percent in August. In Champaign County, the August unemployment rate of 8.3 percent was down from 8.9 percent of the workforce in August of last year..
In Iroquois County the rate also improved, going from 8.0 percent in July to 7.4 percent in August.
Dissolution of Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department considered, no action taken
A committee recommendation is suggesting dissolution of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department be studied.
Members of the Ford and Iroquois county boards agreed to send a recommendation to both boards, plus the bi-county board of health. The recommendation is to look into the advantages of dissolving the two-county department.
The six-member health department oversight committee expects both county boards and the health board to discuss the issue and make their own recommendations by mid-October.
According to State statute,laws governing multi-county health departments says any health department may be discontinued either "by resolution of the county board or county boards" if it was established by a resolution. The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department was established in 1980 by a resolution approved by both county boards.
On a similar note, any county may withdraw from a consolidated health department by a majority vote of the county board of the withdrawing county, or through a referendum, according to the statute. The effective date of withdrawal is June 30 following completion of withdrawal agreements, the statute says.