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Iroquois County Board OK’s ¼- cent public safety tax referendum

Iroquois County voters will get an opportunity to say Yes or No to a public safety tax in November.

The County Board (Tuesday) voted 11-5 to place a quarter-cent sales tax on the November 8 ballot -- to fund public safety issues.

The motion for a ¼-cent tax question passed after an earlier motion for a ½-cent tax failed in an 8-all vote.

Sheriff Derek Hagen told the board members money generated from the tax would go toward public safety and it’s the discretion of the board to decide how to channel that money for specific use.

Hagen’s comment clarifies questions from concerned board members, who worry how that money is to be used.

The sheriff said the public safety tax is used for public safety alone and does not take money from the general fund for law enforcement.

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Stokes indicted by Kankakee grand jury

The Kankakee County grand jury has indicted Keon Stokes for 2-counts of first-degree murder for the beating death of his young son.

The charge against the Kankakee man was upgraded from aggravated battery after an autopsy and toxicology report was returned. The State’s Attorney’s office claims the 18-month-old child was beaten to death in April.

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Update: Rodriquez bond set for beating of girl-friend

Bond was set at #100,000 today (Tuesday) for Abacuc Rodriquez of Watseka. The 45-year-old is charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery for the beating he allegedly put on his girlfriend over the weekend.

Rodriquez remained jailed in Watseka. He appeared in Circuit Court before Judge James Kinzer.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, with assistance from Watseka Police, arrested Rodriquez Monday evening in Gilman.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine said the Class 2 felony of Aggravated Domestic Battery could result in probation to seven-years in prison, if convicted.

The victim, Kelly McClanahan, suffered a severe head injury in the alleged beating. She’s hospitalized in Urbana.

The beating, prosecutors said, occurred Sunday evening after a day of fun on the river.

McClanahan was taken to IMH by Rodriquez, who claimed she was involved in a boating accident. The investigation led to a finding that McClanahan was a beating victim.

After treatment at IMH, the victim was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

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Two-car crash kills Bourbonnais firefighter

Illinois State police are investigating a Sunday morning car crash that killed a veteran Bourbonnais firefighter. 31-year-old Jessica Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene of what police report as a two-car crash on Kankakee County Road 4000E Road at 2714N.

The Bourbonnais woman was northbound when she rear-ended another vehicle.

Police reported the other driver was not seriously injured.

Cambell's car rolled several times. She was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said there were no physical indications that alcohol was involved.

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Paxton man faces felony charges for fatal accident

Felony charges are now on file against a 25-year-old rural Paxton man charged in a fatal crash that took the life of a 19-year-old woman. The two-vehicle crash in Ford County August 1 killed a Kourtni “Suzy” Eastman.

Thomas Hoeskstra has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.
Illinois State Police reported Hoekstra had a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 — when blood and urine samples were provided voluntarily by Hoekstra following the accident.

It happened on route 45 and Ford County Road 200. Police said Hoekstra crossed the centerline and hit the car Eastman was a passemnger in broadside. Three others with Eastman were also injured.

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