SPRINGFIELD – The State of Illinois successfully sold the State’s five remaining surplus aircraft for more than $2.5 million as part of continued efforts to reduce the State’s aircraft fleet, the administration of Governor Bruce Rauner announced.
“The successful sale of the state’s surplus aircraft is some much needed good news for taxpayers,” Governor Bruce Rauner said. “In addition to earning $2.5 million on the sale of the aircraft, the State of Illinois achieved significant savings by avoiding more than $1 million in State resources on upcoming inspections and repairs for unneeded aircraft.”
The sale comes after three previous attempts by the Department of Central Management Services to sell the aircraft failed to sell all the aircraft. In April of 2014, nine of the State of Illinois’ 21 aircraft were ordered to be sold. Following three consecutive auctions, spanning six months and two weeks, 5 of the State’s 9 surplus aircraft remained to be sold, including the 3 most expensive aircraft.
After consulting with internal and external aviation experts to generate ideas on the best approach to selling the aircraft, several new ideas emerged: better promotion of any future aircraft auctions, factor in costs associated with upcoming repair and inspection requirements, and re-evaluate pricing recommendations. Upcoming inspections and repairs, estimated at more than $1 million, weighed into the new recommendations.
With a new sales plan in place, the aircraft sale was launched on July 2, 2015, and ran through August 3, 2015. When the auction closed, each of the five aircraft received multiple bids, including the following high bids: 2000 Beechcraft King Air for $1,785,050.00; 1991 Sikorsky Helicopter for $515,161.00; 1979 Cessna C337H for $56,000.00; 1986 Cessna C182R for $54,161.00; and the 1985 Cessna C421C for $181,140.00. All highest bidders were requested to submit a best and final offer. As a result the bid proposal, the 1979 Cessna C337H increased by nearly $1,000. After the auction closed, the high bid for the 2000 Beechcraft King Air was withdrawn, and the aircraft was awarded to the next highest bidder for $1,700,000.00. CMS benchmarked all bid proposals against industry standard pricing references to ensure maximized returns.
The new sales plan helped maximize the return on investment for Illinois taxpayers, pushing total revenues from the sales of the aircraft to more than 90% of the estimated average value, for a total value of more than $2.5 million.
Springfield, IL – Calling it a “big deal” for boosting Illinois’ economy and encouraging job creators to come to Illinois, State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Peru) joined the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Environmental Council, and other state lawmakers in Springfield Aug. 25, as Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1672 into law.
“This legislation is a perfect example of good bi-partisan cooperation and compromise that will help our business climate and boost Illinois’ economy,” Rezin said. “Our manufacturers are often times living and dying with the current permitting process, because they don’t know when they will get an answer to their application. This new law changes that in a positive way. It’s great news for Illinois and great news for my district, as the Energy and Chemical Corridor of America.”
Under this legislation sponsored by Rezin in the Senate, Illinois companies seeking an air permit will be able to get it directly from the state, instead of going through the federal government. Rezin said all too often in the past the federal government took so long to respond that it left job creators not only frustrated, but put Illinois at a disadvantage when trying to recruit businesses to the state.
“This legislation will now give these companies certainty in the permitting process, because within one year they will have an answer to their permit application from the state,” Rezin said. “That will go a long way in helping our manufacturers create jobs and boost our economy.”
"We need good examples in Springfield these days of setting aside partisan differences and working cooperatively for solutions,” State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) said. “Senate Bill 1672 fits that model perfectly. I appreciate the hard work of Sen. Rezin to bring together these business and environmental groups with strong differences in their positions and to find a compromise that will provide environmental protections in our workplaces without hurting businesses. I thank the governor for making this smart policy approach a new state law.”
“Senate Bill 1672 is one of the very few pro-growth business reforms passed by the General Assembly this year, and the most substantial environmental policy change in Illinois in more than a decade,” Todd Maisch, President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce said. “The ability to receive an air permit is a ‘go/no go’ factor for new plant construction or major expansions of existing facilities, making the permitting process a vital economic development issue. Senate Bill 1672 puts Illinois on a level playing field to compete for new businesses and vital business expansions.”
Forty-one other states, including all of Illinois’ surrounding states, have state-run Prevention of Significant Deterioration permitting programs.
This legislation is a compromise between the Attorney General’s Office, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Sierra Club/Illinois Environmental Council, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
>08-16 a disturbance between residents at Paxton Health Care and Rehab was reported.
>08-17 a Melvin resident reported a violation of an Order of protection.
>08-17 a deputy mediated a domestic dispute in Piper City.
>08-18 Kevin Kleinsasser of Manitoba, Canada reported being struck in the face by an object thrown up by another vehicle. A part of a vehicle’s brake system came through his windshield and bounced off his Oakley sunglasses causing a small cut on his face. He was treated at the scene and released.
>08-18 a commercial burglar alarm was received from the Melvin Farmers Merchant bank. The alarm was an employee error.
>08-20 a Piper City resident reported being the victim of fraud.
>08-21 a report of theft was received from a Melvin resident.
>08-22 a parking complaint in Piper City was received.
>08-22 a complaint of trespass to land was taken in rural Gibson City.
During the week deputies handled 6 civil matters and issued 10 traffic citations.
>08-18 Devon Toner of Rankin lost control of his vehicle at 000E Rt9. The vehicle left the roadway reportedly due to water on the roadway.
>08-22 Samantha Ferguson Elliott of struck a whitetail deer at 1600E 400N Road.
>08-22 Philip Collins of rural Paxton was arrested for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol and Parking on the Roadway. Since he had multiple previous arrests for DUI his vehicle was seized under Article 36 seizure rules.
Governor Rauner made several stops throughout the area over the weekend as a part of his 2015 “Governor’s Ride to Springfield.”
Those stops included St. Charles, Dwight, Pontiac and Atlanta all on Saturday. At the end of the ride, Rauner hosted a BBQ event in Springfield.
>08-09 a deputy responded to a static-filled 911 call from a home in rural Cabery. The cause was water on the Frontier Communications phone line.
>08-09 a deputy responded to a static-filled 911 call from a home in rural Piper City. The cause was water on the Frontier Communications phone line.
>08-10 a Melvin resident reported being the victim of a phone scam.
>08-11 a complaint was received of a subject in rural Gibson City smoking SPICE.
>08-12 a Clarence resident called to report a possible plot to steal her cat.
>08-12 a residential burglary was reported in rural Piper City.
>08-12 a deputy assisted a Paxton police officer at a disturbance in a bar.
>08-12 a deputy assisted a Paxton police officer and Gibson Area Ambulance personnel with an intoxicated male in an alley.
>08-13 a deputy assisted a Paxton police officer with a residential burglar alarm.
>08-13 an ATV was reported stolen from a rural Paxton business.
>08-15 a residential burglary was reported in Piper City.
During the week deputies handled 8 civil matters and issued 4 traffic citations.
>08-10 Geronimo Ramirez-Martinez was arrested in rural Sibley for Driving Under Revocation and Illegal transportation of Alcohol. His vehicle was seized under the Article 36 forfeiture law.
>08-13 John Hanks of Melvin was arrested for violating an Order of Protection.
>08-15 a Gilman juvenile male was arrested on Rt115 for No Valid Drivers License and Improper Lane Usage.
Charges are pending in a commercial motor vehicle crash being investigated by Illinois State Police.
Authorities say the driver of a semi truck fell asleep causing the vehicle to strike a temporary construction wall on Interstate 39 at milepost 34 on the northbound lanes. The 63-year-old male driver is from Compton, Illinois.
Debris from the crash reportedly struck a construction worker.
Governor Bruce Rauner has nominated John R. Baldwin to become the next Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Baldwin is the former Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections and brings more than 35 years of overall experience to the position.
Baldwin led the Iowa Department of Corrections from January 2007 until his retirement in January of this year. As the director he oversaw a staff of nearly 4,000 officers who supervised 38,000 offenders. During his tenure, he worked with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to build a state-specific cost-benefit analysis on the state’s corrections department. The data was used to make more informed policy and budget decisions in an effort to reduce recidivism.
Baldwin began working for the Iowa Department of Corrections in 1983. In addition to his leadership as Director, Baldwin was the Deputy Director of Administration where he oversaw a number of areas including the budget, personnel and evidence-based practices. Prior to that, he supervised the business office for a forensic psychiatric hospital that was under the control of the Iowa Department of Corrections.
Baldwin holds a master’s degree in political science from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Iowa.
DWIGHT - Dwight has become the first Illinois community to break ground for a new train depot which will serve the high-speed rail line.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, representatives from Amtrak, IDOT, Union Pacific Railroad and various city and county officials were on hand to mark the occasion. Construction of the $3,771,000 depot is expected to take a year.
Dwight Village President Jared Anderson called it "a great day for Dwight and for Illinois."
"This rail and this new depot in Dwight is a key economic tool for sustainability and economic development and will remain a big economic driver for our area," said Anderson.
DELAVAN – State Police are investigating a fatal single car accident involving a Tazewell County Sheriff’s deputy this week.
Deputy Craig Whisenand was reportedly responding to a call in Armington Monday evening when contact was lost shortly after that. The wreck was discovered by another officer near the intersection of Tomm and Springfield roads north of Delavan.
Whisenand was pronounced dead at the accident scene and the investigation into the crash continues.
Peoria, IL – The Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR announced their endorsement of Darin LaHood for the open 18th Congressional District in press conferences at the Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, Sangamon County Farm Bureau in Springfield and the Adams County Farm Bureau in Quincy.
“Darin does his homework and is well-versed on the issues facing agriculture in the 18th District,” said ACTIVATOR Trustee Committee chairman Leonard Krusemark of Logan County. “We know he will hit the ground running and do a terrific job representing us in Washington.”
“Darin is a very hard worker who reflects the values of the people of this region,” said ACTIVATOR Trustee Adam Kestner of Pike County. “During his campaign, Darin also demonstrated an exceptional level of accessibility that we know will continue after he is elected.”
The endorsement by the Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR places Darin LaHood in a group of select individuals in the state who understand the leading role Illinois agriculture plays in the global marketplace and the far-reaching benefits of its products.
“I am honored to have the support and endorsement of the Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR,” said LaHood. “Agriculture is the backbone of this district and it is essential we have pro-agriculture policies in place. If elected to Congress, I look forward to working with the Illinois Farm Bureau to ensure that we work to expand export markets, create modern and efficient waterway transportation, and eliminate government overregulation, as it is crippling farmers’ ability to continue to produce their products.”
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 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.
>08-01 tools and a hot water heater were reported stolen in Cabery.
>08-01 a deputy mediated a landlord tenant dispute in Sibley.
>08-03 suspicious activity was reported in Piper City.
>08-03 a deputy responded to a report of a cow in the road north of Roberts.
>08-04 a deputy assisted Melvin Fire Dept first responders and Gibson Area Ambulance personnel with a suicidal male in Melvin.
>08-05 a Cabery resident reported being the victim of credit card fraud.
>08-06 a deputy mediated a visitation disagreement in Melvin.
During the week deputies handled 9 civil matters and issued 6 traffic citations.
>08-04 Christina Montenegro lost control of her car and ended up in a soybean field at Rt9 and 1530E.
>08-06 a minor traffic accident was reported in the parking lot at AHW John Deere in Melvin.
>08-06 Kendall Fiser of Piper City was involved in a single-vehicle accident at 2700N Rt115.
>08-08 Christine Mennenga of Rankin struck a whitetail deer with her car at 2220E Rt9.
>08-04 Anthony Hill of Piper City was arrested for Disregarding a Stop Sign and No Valid Drivers License following a traffic stop in Piper City.
>08-06 Eric Hurt of Melvin was arrested for a Domestic Battery.
LONG POINT – In what police are describing as a domestic issue near the Livingston County town of Long Point, one man was shot dead while another was arrested Sunday.
The incident was reported to authorities around 4 p.m. and Livingston County Sheriff’s police describe the matter as “isolated” with no further suspects involved. Responding agencies included State Police, the Bloomington Police hostage negotiation team, LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department and response teams from police departments in Streator and Pontiac.
Few details were being released on Monday morning.
Monday afternoon update (from Illinois State Police):
The Illinois State Police (ISP) announces the arrest of David C. Stayton, age 58 of Streator, IL. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred during the afternoon on August 9, 2015.
On August 9, 2015, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Livingston County Sheriff's Department responded to a domestic situation in rural Long Point that resulted in the shooting death of Samuel E. Murphy, age 73 of Long Point.
Stayton is currently being held in the LaSalle County jail and will be arraigned on August 11, 2015.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. Future inquiries should be directed towards the Livingston County State?s Attorney office.
CULLOM – Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke has released information on the Aug. 4 death of a teenager from rural Chatsworth.
Dustin L. Walter, 16, was found without signs of life at 4:57 p.m. at the scene of the crash on Route 116 in Sullivan Township. Burke said Walter was driving a 2005 Mitsubishi which was eastbound on Route 116 when the car collided with a westbound semi-tractor which was pulling a flatbed trailer. Walter was apparently attempting to exit the highway and enter Livingston County Road 1800 North.
Members of the Cullom Fire Department were assisted at the crash site by Duffy EMS, Saunemin Fire Department, Cullom EMS, IDOT and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Police. The crash was investigated by Illinois State Police District Six, their truck team and a crash reconstructionist. An autopsy was ordered.
A funeral service for Walter is planned for Saturday at Living Word Church in Roberts with a visitation 3-8 p.m. Friday in Fairbury and from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Springfield, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo Schmitz was joined by ISP command staff members to recognize the noble contributions made by sworn and civilian members of the Illinois State Police, government agencies and the public.
The 38th Annual Awards Ceremony was held at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois and paid tribute to the acts of heroism and professionalism displayed by approximately 50 men and women who were honored during the event. Each awardee was recognized for their exemplary service to the ISP and the citizens of Illinois.
"The men and women of the Illinois State Police are dedicated individuals who are committed to protecting and serving the citizens of Illinois. Their professionalism and pride for this agency are evident in their daily activities," said ISP Director Leo Schmitz. "Today we are also recognizing personnel from other agencies as well as brave citizens who stepped up to assist the ISP in our public safety efforts. We are grateful for the outstanding efforts and sacrifices of all of these extraordinary men and women," he added.
Among the award recipients were three individuals who received special recognition for exemplary service: Special Agent Patrick R. McGuire - Officer of the Year; Ms. Ann M. Hart - Telecommunicator of the Year; and Dr. Kimberly S. Kunkler - Forensic Scientist of the Year.
>07-26 a prowler was reported in Sibley.
>07-28 flowers pots were reported stolen from a porch in Melvin.
>07-28 a suspicious male was reported in rural Gibson City.
>07-29 a deputy assisted the Paxton Police Dept. with an alarm at the Paxton Water Dept. building on Rt9.
>07-30 a loud music complaint was received in Melvin.
>07-31 an Elliott resident reported receiving harassing phone calls.
>08-01 a complaint of stolen tools was taken in Cabery.
During the week deputies handled 5 civil matters and issued 4 traffic citations.
>07-26 Christopher Folk was arrested at his home in Sibley for a domestic battery that occurred in Livingston County.
On 07/27/15, Thomas G. Masterson, 72, of La Rose was formally charged in the death of Darrin W. Lancaster,43, also of La Rose. Marshall County State’s Attorney Paul Bauer announced the following charges against Masterson:
Count I: Murder/Intent to Kill/Injure
Count II: Murder/Strong Probability to Kill or Injure
Count III: 2 Degree Murder
Masterson is currently being held at the Marshall county jail
>07-19 a report of an illegal burn at the harvest Moon Drive-In was received.
>07-19 criminal damage to a mailbox was reported in Piper City.
>07-20 deputies assisted the Illinois State Police on Rt115 near Roberts when a female was struck by a vehicle towing a boat.
>07-20 deputies assisted the Illinois State Police with an accident on Rt115.
>07-20 a report of a crop dusting airplane flying too close to a residence was received in rural Melvin.
>07-20 a complaint of disorderly conduct was received in Roberts.
>07-20 several 911 calls were received from a rural Piper City residence. They were caused by water on the Frontier Communications phone lines to that residence.
>07-22 a deputy assisted Buckley Ambulance personnel and Roberts Fire Dept. first responders with a suicidal juvenile female in Roberts.
>07-22 a complaint of kids walking in the roadway in rural Melvin was received.
>07-22 a deputy conducted a welfare check in Guthrie.
>07-24 a complaint of kids riding bicycles on Rt54 in Melvin was received.
>07-24 criminal damage at the Ford County Fairgrounds was reported.
>07-25 a complaint of kids on a mini-bike in Melvin was received.
>07-25 a deputy assisted Sullivant Township Fire Dept. first responders and Gibson Area Ambulance personnel with a suicidal female in Sibley.
>07-25 a complaint of a suspicious person was received from a Sibley resident.
During the week deputies handled 1 civil matter and issued 18 traffic citations.
>07-25 William Mackenzie of Plainfield failed to stop at a stop sign at 1000E Road and Rt54. His truck collided with a vehicle driven by Jacob Falck of Melvin. Five persons were injured and transported to Carle Hospital by ambulance. Mackenzie was issued a citation for the crash.
>07-19 Kaleb Nelson of Emington was arrested in Piper City and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol when his truck left the roadway at Rt115 and Piper City Street. He was also charged with Improper Lane Usage.
>07-20 Derek VanZandt of Champaign was arrested at Rt115 and 1400N Road following a traffic stop. He was charged with Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
>07-22 Brandon Faulkner of Fisher was arrested in the Roberts City Park after being found passed out in his vehicle. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The vehicle he was in was seized under the Illinois Asset Forfeiture Act.
On 07/26/15, at approximately 4:41 a.m., the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about a possible shooting at 208 Railroad St. in Larose, IL.
Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the residence a short time later, and discovered a deceased white male, later identified as Darrin W. Lancaster (Age 43, Larose, IL.), lying in front of the residence. Deputies then called for further assistance from Woodford County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police District 8.
The Central Illinois Emergency Response Team, a tactical unit comprised of officers from multiple jurisdictions in central Illinois were requested to assist, due to the possibility that a subject was barricaded inside the residence at 208 Railroad St. Shortly after the Central Illinois Emergency Response Team arrived, a white male subject, later identified as Thomas G. Masterson (Age 72, Larose, IL.) emerged from the front door of 208 Railroad, and surrendered to officers without incident. Masterson was transported by ambulance to a Peoria hospital, where he was treated and held for injuries to his head.
Marshall County Coroner David Lenz Jr. arrived at 208 Railroad shortly after Masterson surrendered, and pronounced Darrin Lancaster dead at the scene. An autopsy was conducted on Darrin Lancaster on 07/27/15, and the cause of death was determined to be a gun-shot wound. Illinois State Police Zone 4 Peoria is investigating this incident.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed five bills on Sunday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Bill No.: HB 235
An Act Concerning Insurance
Effective: January 1, 2016
Bill No.: HB 3158
An Act Concerning Health
Effective: January 1, 2016
Bill No.: HB 4049
An Act Concerning Persons with Disabilities
Bill No.: SB 226
An Act Concerning Education
Effective: January 1, 2016
Bill No.: SB 1383
An Act Concerning State Government
Effective: January 1, 2016
McLean County Coroner Dr. Kathleen Davis is releasing the following information with regard to a single vehicle fatality.
At approximately 1200 hours on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, McLean County Coroner’s Office received notification by an area hospital of a death that occurred following a collision involving a single vehicle on Interstate 74.
Pronounced deceased on July 21, 2015 was a female occupant. An autopsy is scheduled for July 22, 2015. The name of the decedent is being withheld at this time pending further notification of family. This incident remains under investigation by the McLean County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police.