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Kankakee County records 1st human West Nile case

The Kankakee County Health Department reported the first human case of the West Nile virus this year. The victim was a man in his 50s from Manteno. Last year, a total of 5 cases were reported.

The case was reported Friday.

The West Nile virus is spread to humans by mosquitoes and there are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent an infection. Approximately one in five people infected with West Nile will develop symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. People over the age of 50 or with certain medical conditions are at higher risk for serious illness.

A health department statement included a reminder to county residents that West Nile activity is widespread and advised residents to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

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Trial delay for woman accused in 4-year-old's death

PONTIAC —Ford County judge Stephen Pacey has delayed the murder trial for a former Cullom woman accused in the death of a 4-year-old girl.

Heather Lamie's trial date is now January 6th, moved from October 21st. The judge's ruling came after Lamie's attorney said there were complications regarding a computer seized at the woman's home.

The attorney also is trying to secure a forensic pathologist to testify in the case.

The 30-year-old now-Kankakee County woman was arrested in June for the 2011 death. Kianna Rudisill died at a Peoria hospital. Her death was later ruled a homicide. She had blunt force trauma and brain injuries.

The girl was a foster child in Lamie's Cullom home.

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ATV crash kills Philo teenager

An autopsy is planned today (Mon) after a Sunday morning ATV crash left a Philo teen dead in Champaign County.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup reported 19-year-old Annie Daly was a passenger on an ATV that crashed at a rural intersection about 2 miles south of Philo.

A Champaign County sheriff's report stated 24-year-old Katheryn Daly of Philo was driving the ATV southbound on County Road 1700 E through the intersection and was attempting to turn east onto County Road 600 N when the ATV overturned, throwing Annie Daly from the vehicle.

Annie Daly was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was pronounced dead at 6:24 am Sunday.

Katheryn Daly was not hurt.

The death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner's Office and sheriff's office.

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Special Ford-Iroquois health board meeting in Watseka

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department board meets today (Monday) in special session. The 7 pm meeting has a different location. The meeting will be held at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

A scheduling conflict at the Gilman-Danforth Library forced the meeting to find an alternative location.

The meeting agenda is likely to find members discussing the advantages and drawbacks of dissolving the two-county health agency.

The meeting is open to the public.

A committee comprising members of the Ford and Iroquois county boards agreed in September to send a recommendation to both county boards, plus the bi-county board of health, to look into the advantages and drawbacks of dissolving the health department. Action to dissolve the agency could take place in November.

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“Special auction” at Cissna Park Fire Fundraiser

Cissna Park's Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual Chicken Fry Sunday. And reflections of the community's 1984 water tower will be featured.

The annual chicken fry includes a raffle and auction. A clock, made from the 1894 water tower, will be included in the raffle. Tickets are available from members of the fire department and at the chicken dinner.

A special fundraiser this year includes a large clock made from the wood of the 1894 water tower. It'll go to the high-bidder in a silent auction. E-mail bids are accepted until !2 Noon today (Sat). The E-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(That's b a i e r s k @ yahoo.com)

When emailing your bid, specify "Water Tower Clock Bid" in the email heading. The minimum bid is $100.00 dollars.

By the way....the Chicken Fry is Sunday at the Cissna Park Fire Station.serving from 11 am until 5 pm. The raffle follows the dinner.

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