TAMMS, IL – During the evening of April 21, 2015, the Illinois State Police (ISP) received a call of a man armed with a knife at the H. S. Shelter Care facility in Tamms, Illinois.
Troopers responded and learned the suspect, a male resident at the shelter care facility, was still inside armed with a large knife. The troopers were further informed that other residents, including two victims who had been stabbed, were still inside.
Two ISP troopers and a Village of Tamms police officer made entry into the building and were able to locate and apprehend the suspect without further incident. The 41-year-old suspect was identified as Jule K. Woods.
The two victims were located and taken to an area hospital for treatment. Woods was taken into custody for aggravated battery and is being held at the Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin pending his first court appearance.
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been closed due to the governor's decision to suspend $26 million in social service grants.
The more than two dozen individuals working for the free state program were laid off. Calls to the hotline are now answered with a recorded message saying it will be closed until further notice. The Tobacco Quitline website has a similar message.
Gov. Rauner is proposing a funding restoration for the program at a reduced rate, but not until the state's new fiscal year begins July 1.
LaSalle County will see some much needed roadwork improvements thanks to funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Specifically, the City of Peru will receive a grant totaling $285,935 from IDOT’s Economic Development Program (EDP) to fund roadway improvements to an access route for the River Docks Company, a concrete manufacturer located in Peru.
“Grant opportunities dedicated to encouraging industry development are what Illinois needs,” said State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Peru). “We should continue to focus our resources on encouraging industry efficiency and expansion.”
The IDOT Economic Development Program provides state assistance to local governments. The program promotes job retention and creation through roadway improvement projects to support local industry and tourism development. With these improvements, River Docks Company has indicated that they will create additional positions within their company and continue to maintain a strong economic presence within their community.
“Local industries are vital for the economic recovery of our state,” said Sen. Rezin. “Funding improvements that not only maintain current industry within the state but also promote job growth and development are so important for Illinois.”
As part of the grant, River Docks will provide an annual progress report for five years following the agreement to identify job retention and growth.
Kendall County – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced charges stemming from the crash that resulted in a line-of-duty injury to Trooper Chad Martinez who is assigned to ISP District 5 in Lockport.
On April 12, 2015, at approximately 2:50 a.m. Trooper Martinez was traveling westbound on Madison Street in Oswego. As he entered the intersection of Jackson Street a southbound Chrysler Pacifica on Jackson Street failed to stop at the stop sign and struck Trooper Martinez’s squad car. The Chrysler was driven by Magana Leonel, 27, of Aurora, Illinois.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Illinois State Police, I offer our support for a prompt and complete recovery for Trooper Martinez. I am thankful he survived this preventable and unfortunate crash,” said Director Leo Schmitz.
Leonel was subsequently charged with Driving Under the Influence. Leonel posted bond at Oswego Police Department and was issued a court date.
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced he has made appointments to the Illinois State University Board of Trustees and the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.
Name: Robert Dobski
Position: Board of Trustees – Illinois State University
Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Robert Dobski to the Illinois State University Board of Trustees. Dobski is a former member of the board and is currently a member of ISU’s Foundation Board.
Dobski is the owner and operator of McDonald’s franchises in central Illinois. In addition, he’s held a number of leadership positions within the corporation and on the Ronald McDonald House Charities. As a franchise owner, he understands the importance of running day-to-day operations while implementing a long-term strategic plan.
Dobski is a graduate of DePaul University. He lives in Bloomington.
Name: Mary Ann Louderback
Position: Board of Trustees – Illinois State University
Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Mary Ann Louderback to the Board of Trustees at Illinois State University. Louderback is a three-time ISU alumnus and has extensive experience in education policy, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the board.
Louderback has worked for students in the State of Illinois for more than 20 years in a variety of positions. Most recently, she was a commissioner on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which helps make college more accessible and affordable to Illinois families. She also served for seven years on the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. Prior to that she was a senior policy adviser on education to Governor Edgar, and was the governor’s liaison to higher education across the state.
Louderback started her career in education as a fifth grade science teacher in the Dwight Elementary School District. She also taught seventh and eighth graders in the Cook County School District #99.
Louderback earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. in education from Illinois State University. She lives in Cary.
Name: J. Bradley Burzynski
Position: Member – Health Facilities and Services Review Board
Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed former Illinois State Senator J. Bradley Burzynski to the Health Facilities and Services Review Board. As a long-time advocate for increasing rural health options, Burzynski will bring a valuable perspective to the board.
Burzynski served the people of north central Illinois as a member of the House of Representatives from 1990 to 1993, and was elected state senator and served from 1993 to 2011. He served as the assistant minority leader of the Illinois Senate. He is also the former minority spokesman for the Licensed Activities Committee, which regulates physicians, nurses and other health professionals.
Prior to serving in the General Assembly, Burzynski worked for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau as the Governmental Affairs Director, and the Clinton County Farm Bureau as the Farm Bureau Manager.
Burzynski graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University. He lives in Rochelle.
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner has issued amended writs of election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of former U.S. Representative Aaron Schock.
The date for the Special Primary Election is July 7th, and the date for the Special General Election is September 10th. The writs have been modified from their original filing after a federal judge approved a consent decree to comply with the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
As prescribed by Illinois law, the first day for candidates of established political parties to file original nomination papers with the State Board of Elections will be Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The last day to file nomination papers will be Monday, April 20, 2015. Those dates are not modified by the consent decree.
>03-29 a deputy assisted the Roberts Fire Dept. and Buckley Ambulance with a medical call in rural Roberts.
>03-31 a deputy assisted the Roberts/Melvin Fire Depts with a field fire along Rt54 near 725N Road.
>03-31 a deputy assisted the Roberts Animal Control Officer with a report of a dog on N. Main Street who bit a woman.
>04-01 a residential burglar alarm was received from a house in rural Cullom. The cause of the alarm was owner error.
>04-01 a report of illegal dumping was received in rural Paxton. The yard waste items were cleaned up before the deputy’s arrival.
>04-01 a deputy assisted Paxton Police officers with a stabbing at Shooky’s Bar.
>04-02 a loud music complaint was received in Cabery.
>04-02 a report of a domestic disturbance was received in rural Elliott.
>04-03 a deputy transported prisoners for Gibson City P.D.
During the week deputies handled 6 civil matters and issued 15 traffic citations.
>04-04 Matthew Nephew of Danforth was involved in a single-vehicle crash at 2500N and 1600E Road. He left the scene but was later located and arrested.
>03-31 Pablo Mauricio of Piper City was arrested for Driving Under Suspension following a traffic stop in Piper City.
>03-31 Lisa Latham of Melvin was arrested for Driving Under Suspension after a traffic stop in Melvin.
>04-02 Ashley Tavenner of Ludlow was arrested for driving Under the Influence of Drugs after being stopped for texting while driving on Rt9 near Paxton.
>04-04 Matthew Nephew of Danforth was arrested following an accident investigation in rural Piper City. He was charged with leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and several other traffic violations.
Governor Bruce Rauner has declared DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas after severe storms and tornadoes ripped across Illinois. At least two people in DeKalb County are reported dead and roughly a dozen more injured. Dozens of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed.
“Our hearts and thoughts go out to those impacted by yesterday’s storms,” said Gov. Rauner. “The State will do everything it can to help these families and communities recover and heal, while providing response resources.”
The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from the storms. The state of Illinois has mobilized personnel and assets to help local government officials with disaster recovery, including conservation police officers, communication equipment and light towers.
All state roads, with the exception of a two-mile portion of Illinois 72 just north of Fairdale, are open. The state has started damage assessment flights around the hardest hit areas.
The State Incident Response Center (SIRC) in Springfield was activated Thursday afternoon and will remain operational as long as necessary. Liaisons from several state agencies are working with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to coordinate the deployment of state personnel and assets to assist local governments in the affected areas.
ROCHELLE – Crews in northern Illinois continue the cleanup from Thursday tornadoes.
Businesses and homes were destroyed in several towns, including Rochelle, Fairdale, Rockford and Ashton. Firefighters rescued people trapped in collapsed buildings. Several people were rescued from a Rochelle restaurant after the storms rolled through.
Two people were reportedly killed with several others hospitalized.
(Above photo courtesy of Facebook/Washington IL Tornado Recovery/Alan Minks)
Each year, many people in this country are killed or seriously injured by all types of extreme weather, despite advance warning. Last year, there were more than 500 fatalities and nearly 3,000 people injured due to extreme weather, like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, extreme heat, and wildfires.
Severe weather can happen at any time and the effects can be devastating if you aren’t prepared. While there is never a guarantee of absolute safety during an unpredictable disaster such as a tornado, we strongly urge you to use this information to prepare your family for a disaster. We want you to learn how to prepare, be informed, and take action during severe weather events.
To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. These two items are the essential to making sure your family has what they need to survive without leaving the home and knowing how to communicate with your family in the event that you are separated when disaster strikes.
• Build an Emergency Kit – “The 72-Hour Kit” – http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit
A 72-Hour Kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. You may need to survive on your own after an emergency without going to the store or leaving your home. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you.
• Make a Family Communication Plan – http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance.
• Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio for your family and use Wireless Emergency Alerts to get alerts on your smart phone
One of the most important preparedness actions is to have a way to receive emergency warnings 24 hours a day, especially while you sleep. A NOAA Weather Alert Radio with battery backup, a tone-alert feature and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) automatically alerts when a watch or warning is issued for your county. There are also several Smartphone apps available that can alert you to imminent dangers. These warnings can provide precious time for you to seek shelter from an approaching tornado or severe storm.
4-8-15 (updated at 6 a.m.)
The results are in from Tuesday's election which included numerous city council and school board races along with a few mayoral contests.
PRAIRIE CENTRAL SCHOOL BOARD (includes Livingston, Ford, McLean counties):
Monica Marie Blue-147
Saybrook (mayoral race)
Normal (town trustee)
Fairbury (city council)
Jon M. Kinate-99*
Seth Lonniel Welch-61
M. Catherine Carter-55
BLOOMINGTON (CITY COUNCIL):
Amelia Buragas 684*
Jeremy Kelley 639
Diana DeSio Hauman 452*
Alton C. Franklin III 280
Joni Painter 320*
Guadalupe "Lupe" Diaz III 262
MORTON - An Easter Sunday evening rollover crash along Interstate 74 is being investigated by State Police.
Authorities say Cassandra Whiteside of Chicago was driving a 2005 Mini Cooper west on the interstate near milepost 107 when she swerved and over corrected, losing control of the vehicle which then entered the median and rolled several times. Both lanes of eastbound traffic were blocked for 20 minutes. State Police troopers were assisted on scene by Morton Police, the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department, Deer Creek Police and firefighters from Deer Creek and Morton.
Charges are pending as the investigation continues.
The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 8 announced the results of Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) held during the late evening hours of March, 2015. The patrols were conducted in Peoria and Tazewell counties by ISP District 8 officers.
Alcohol is involved in over 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois. NITE patrols are designed to keep our roads safe by removing alcohol-impaired drivers. However, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken. The following citations were issued during the patrols:
Speeding offenses 20
Occupant restraint offenses 6
Driving under the influence arrests 2
Other alcohol/drug arrests 2
Total citations/arrests 41
Total written warnings 62
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner has granted two and denied 57 clemency petitions. He inherited nearly 3,000 petitions from the previous administrations, dating back more than six years.
The 59 clemency petitions Governor Rauner acted upon today are part of dockets dating back to October 2008. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System.
A granted clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the court system.
These are the first petitions he has reviewed since taking office. The Governor’s Office has developed a process to review clemency petitions on a regular basis.
Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation has initiated a death investigation at the Murray Developmental Center at the request of the Illinois Department of Human Services Office of the Inspector General (IDHS OIG). A resident of Murray Developmental Center was pronounced dead on March 30, 2015 at 9:49 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.
An autopsy was declined by the legal guardian and the cause of death was listed as natural causes.
During the course of a mortality review, staff became concerned about discrepancies among the statements of those responsible for the care of the resident. The IDHS OIG was called in to conduct an investigation and subsequently referred the matter to the ISP.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is being released at this time.
State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in the 18th Congressional District.
“Throughout my time in Springfield I’ve been a strong, conservative voice for the families I represent,” said LaHood. “I have a proven record of fighting for transparency, higher ethical standards for government, term limits and cutting wasteful government spending, and I want to bring that fight to Washington as Congressman.”
LaHood made his announcement surrounded by his family, friends, and supporters at stops in Peoria, Bloomington, and Springfield on Monday and will be visiting Jacksonville, Quincy, and Macomb on Tuesday.
“I’m running because we have to make the difficult decisions today for a better future for the next generation,” said LaHood. “I will be the conservative champion that gets serious about our $18 trillion debt crisis, fight to repeal ObamaCare, and work for term limits to get rid of the career politicians in both parties.”
Darin LaHood has represented the 37th Senate District in Springfield since 2011. As a State Senator, LaHood was the chief sponsor for term limits legislation and quickly gained the reputation of being a fiscal hawk.
Prior to serving in the Senate, LaHood spent over 10 years as a State and Federal Prosecutor, including as the Chief Terrorism Prosecutor and as the Lead Coordinator for the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program.
LaHood currently practices law with the Peoria law firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs.
LaHood has a B.A. from Loras College and holds a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. LaHood was recognized as an Edgar Fellow in 2013. He currently resides in Dunlap, with his wife Kristen and their three sons, McKay, Luke, and Teddy.
Peoria, IL – Captain Mike Welsh, District 8 Commander, announced that the Illinois State Police (ISP) will conduct Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols in Peoria and Tazewell County during the month of April.
The ACE patrols allow the ISP to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol and other drugs.
Across the country, an average of one alcohol-related traffic death occurs every 51 minutes. Alcohol and drug impairment remain significant factors in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. Each year in Illinois, hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes. Don’t risk losing your license, your car, and your freedom. If you drive impaired, law enforcement will arrest you. This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
The Illinois Senate passed legislation March 26 that balances the current fiscal year budget (fiscal year 2015) without any tax increase or borrowing, two days after the House of Representatives passed the same legislation.
State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Peru) voted in support of the budget fix – a vote she called “necessary” given the state’s current fiscal mess.
“For the first time in more than a decade, we have a balanced budget in Springfield,” Rezin said. “Gov. Bruce Rauner inherited a completely out-of-whack budget when he took office; however, working together in a bipartisan fashion, we did what was necessary to solve the first chapter of our state’s budget mess. We wouldn’t have solved this immediate budget crisis without Governor Rauner’s leadership.”
Rezin says funding for areas like child-care, court reporters, and corrections would have had severe funding shortfalls without this legislation.
“I had many constituents talk to me or call my office concerned about funding for certain programs, especially child-care,” Rezin said. “Hearing those concerns, I am pleased lawmakers did the right thing, taking action to save these vital services and protect jobs.”
Rezin said funding for local governments remains intact. There are also exemptions for funding for developmentally disabled, mental health, and autism programs.
“While we did have to make some cuts and use other funds to plug holes left by Democrat legislative leaders and former Governor Pat Quinn, this solution helps get our state back on track, and it stops leaving so many families in limbo about the immediate future,” Rezin said. “I am hopeful we can use this process as an example to move forward and make real reforms to fix Illinois, so we don’t have to make an emergency budget vote again. We have a long way to go with many difficult decisions to come, but working together, under the leadership of Governor Rauner, we can turn the fiscal condition of our state around.”
Governor Rauner issues statement
Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement:
“I want to thank President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leader Radogno and Leader Durkin for their leadership in fixing this year’s fiscal crisis. With their help, a bipartisan group of legislators sent a strong message that the culture in Springfield is changing for the better.
As promised, we are eliminating a $1.6 billion deficit without borrowing or increasing taxes on hard-working Illinois families. By choosing to make difficult decisions on a bipartisan basis, the General Assembly is helping set a new tone for what can be achieved in Springfield.
While today’s action is an important start, many more tough votes and challenging decisions must be made in the weeks ahead to complete the first steps of an Illinois turnaround. I look forward to continuing to partner with the legislature to enact policies that will create more jobs, increase local control and deliver value for taxpayers.”
Governor Rauner plans to sign the legislation as soon as possible.
Bills approved in Springfield
The governor has approved the following bills in Springfield:
Bill No.: HB 317
An Act Concerning: Appropriations
Bill No.: HB 318
An Act Concerning: Finance
OGLESBY - A man was injured at Starved Rock State Park after apparently falling from a waterfall at Wildcat Canyon late last week.
Sources say the man broke both of his legs after falling from the ledge and he was discovered by firefighters shortly after 5 p.m. Friday after receiving a call that someone fell at the park. According to the Chicago Tribune, rescue personnel moved the victim across the Illinois River before he was airlifted to a Central Illinois hospital.
It is not known what the man was doing before the fall. An investigation continues by the Illinois State Conservation Police.
State Senator Darin LaHood announced his intent to run for Congress in the 18th District and will be forming a federal campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission.
LaHood will soon make a formal announcement in locales throughout the 18th Congressional District. The 18th District includes 19 counties in Central and Western Illinois. LaHood is currently serving in his fifth year as a Republican State Senator, elected without opposition in his last election. He has served on the following committees: Judiciary, Criminal Law, Executive Appointments, Public Health, Human Services, Pensions & License Activities, Environment, Insurance, and Transportation.
Since taking office, Senator LaHood has achieved a strong record as a leading fiscal conservative in Springfield. He has been an outspoken advocate for creating a better business climate in Illinois to boost the state’s economy and create jobs for Illinoisans.
From 2001-2006 LaHood served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was the lead prosecutor for the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program and then the Chief Terrorism prosecutor. Additionally, he has worked in both the Cook County and Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s Offices. LaHood has also previously worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant and then an Appropriations Committee Associate. He graduated from The John Marshall Law School and currently practices law with the Peoria law firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs.
Darin LaHood has been married to Kristen for 13 years and together they have three sons: McKay 12, Lucas 10, and Teddy who is 8 years old. The LaHood family resides in Dunlap which is in Peoria County.
Governor Rauner has until April 5th to set a date for a special election which must occur within 115 days.