06-17-2013

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BOND COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY ON CONCEALED CARRY

Earlier this month, the Madison County State’s Attorney released a statement which indicated he would not prosecute any concealed carry violations moving forward, provided they met certain conditions.  Bond County State’s Attorney, Chris Bauer, said for a long time law enforcement officers and the State’s Attorney’s office have been viewing any concealed carry arrests and prosecutions on a case-by-case basis.  When the Madison County State’s Attorney came out with his press release, it was immediately met with a press release from the Illinois State Police, the Sheriff’s Association, and the Association of Chiefs of Police stating they are still going to make arrests.  In Bauer’s opinion, this creates a conflict which could result in an unequal or unpredictable enforcement of the law.  Continuity and predictability are key in regards to criminal law.  He said by July 9 we might have some more clarity in regard to this issue from the State of Illinois.  Illinois is currently the only state which does not have some form of Concealed Carry law.  State legislators were ordered by a federal court to pass a Concealed Carry law by June 9. However, that deadline has been pushed back to July 9. Bauer urged patience on this issue to allow time for a state wide law to be determined.  

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CARLINVILLE WOMAN NAMED ILLINOIS OUTSTANDING SENIOR VOLUNTEER

Illinois citizens voted and chose 84 year-old LuAnn Leefers of Carlinville to be Illinois’ 2013 Outstanding Senior Volunteer.  LuAnn told WGEL she was honored to receive the award, although she did not expect it.  She said she has always enjoyed helping other people.  Luann’s mother was a nurse in the 30’s and 40’s and was often helping individuals.  As a State winner, LuAnn will receive $500.00 to be donated to the charity of her choice. 

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MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET

The Mulberry Grove Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday, June 17 with a budget amendment hearing at 6:45 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:00.  The agenda includes principals’ and superintendent’s reports, new technology coordinator’s job description, carpet cleaning machine, amended budget, Ramsey co-op, student insurance, and a closed session.

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JURY DUTY PHONE SCAM

Authorities are warning about a new phone scam in our area.  According to Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton, this is an old scam that is simply new to our area.  The scammer will call claiming to be from a local court saying the person they are calling has failed to report for jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest.  The victim oftentimes is shocked and will insist there has been a mix-up.  The scammer will then ask for personal information to "verify" the identity of the caller.  Chief Lorton said court workers generally send notifications in the mail, not over the phone.  Never give your personal information over the phone.  For more information on how to deal with identity theft and phone scams, call the police department at 664-2131.

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GREENVILLE POLICE MAY ACTIVITY REPORT

The Greenville Police Department issued its May activity report. There have been four assault and battery charges through May 2013 compared to one last year. 

Through May this year, there were 22 burglaries reported with 21 last year. There are 23 thefts reported with 15 through May 2012.  Criminal damage to property incidents are to 22 compared with 14 through May 2012.

There have been two charges of criminal trespass this year with none last year and juvenile offenses are up to 13 incidents with ten through May 2012.  Charges for illegal drugs and illegal possession of alcohol are up to nine charges this year with six by May 2012.

There are 24 charges for uninsured motorists through May 2013 compared with 19 last year.  DUI and illegal transportation charges total 11 incidents this year with seven last year.  Drivers license or license plate violations are down to 26 for the current year from 39 through May last year.  Speeding tickets total 107 so far this year with 59 i 2012.


ILLINOIS TO CONTINUE FACING PAYMENT DELAYS

While a stronger-than-expected tax season helped the state temporarily reduce the size of its bill backlog, it is expected to have little impact on Illinois’ long-term fiscal health.  The Illinois Office of the Comptroller estimates the state’s obligations will not decrease further by the end of the fiscal year June 30.  With the income tax increase scheduled to sunset in 2015, Illinois is expected to continue to see considerable payment delays.  At the end of March, the third quarter totals showed the state’s financial position had not improved.  With the strong tax season, the IOC was able to cut into the size of the backlog in April and bring temporary relief to state vendors.  Moving forward, the IOC expects the amount of fiscal year 2013 obligations carried over into next year to exceed $6 billion and, depending on the state budget, the backlog could continue to remain high into the summer and fall months.

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OBITUARIES

Carol J. “Jane” Shepherd

Carol J. “Jane” Shepherd, age 70, of Alhambra, passed away Sunday, June 16, at her home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.

Margaret C. Thole    

Margaret C. Thole, age 77, of St. Rose, passed away Friday, June 14, at St. Joseph,s Hospital in Breese. A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Rose Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 9:00 -10:30 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Community Link, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to the donor's choice.

Sharon S. Vandervort

Sharon S. Vandervort, age 65, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Sunday, June 16, at her home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.


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