Charges expected to be filed this week
Police have apprehended a person of interest in connection with dozens of vandalized or burglarized vehicles that occurred last week in New Baden.
Charges have not been filed for the person of interest and that is why the person has not yet been named.
New Baden Police Officer Jeff Mavrogeorge said that last Wednesday morning, New Baden police received numerous calls regarding vehicle break-ins and criminal damage to motor vehicles.
“Several vehicles were keyed (late Tuesday night, Aug. 19) with an ‘anarchy’ symbol,” Mavrogeorge said.
An anarchy symbol is a letter A with a circle around it.
In addition, vehicles were broken into with change and other items stolen. A GPS was stolen from one vehicle. A tire was slashed on another vehicle.
It was noted that most of the break-ins and vandalism occurred in the northwest part of town.
In all, at least 15 cars were broken into and another seven were vandalized.
Police urge residents to keep valuables out of their vehicles, and keep car doors and garage doors locked.
Mavrogeorge said that police received a tip regarding the suspect and the suspect was arrested on Friday. The suspect, an 18-year-old male from New Baden, was cooperating with police.
The suspect is currently in the Clinton County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Mavrogeorge handed the report over to state’s attorney John Hudspeth, and charges are expected to be filed later this week.
Chairman Ray Kloeckner appointed Keith Nordike of Aviston to fill a vacant seat on the Clinton County Board representing citizens in District 4. The action took place at the regular meeting of the County Board on Monday, Aug. 18.
Nordike replaces board member Charlie Rakers, also of Aviston, who passed away July 29 at the age of 75.
Kloeckner said it is ironic that he is now in the position to appoint a replacement for Rakers. Eighteen years ago, Rakers was serving as chairman of the Republican Central Committee and had recommended Kloeckner to fill the County Board position which was vacant due to the death of former board member Henry Jansen.
In addition to his years on the County Board, Rakers was a former trustee for the Aviston Village Board from 1983 to 1989 and served as mayor of Aviston from 1989 to 2009.
In other business, the board signed a resolution acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia and declaring the week of Sept. 20 as “Celebrate Murray — Celebrate Our Citizens” Week.
The federal court battle seeking a preliminary injunction to halt the state’s plan to close Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia now continues in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Last week, plaintiffs in the case filed a notice with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals of their intent to appeal the recent federal court judge’s decision denying the injunction.
Attorney Judith Sherwin, who filed the federal lawsuit in February 2013 on behalf of the Illinois League of Advocates for the Developmentally Disabled, Murray Parents Association and 11 legal guardians of developmentally disabled adults, said the notice of appeal was filed on Aug. 20 and a requisite docketing statement was filed earlier this week.
“It’s all been fairly quiet in the last few weeks,” Sherwin said. “But the state is continuing their fight in whatever way they can, and now we’ve filed an appeal to try to get our preliminary injunction.”
The plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction asserted that the defendants’ plan and process for closing state operated developmental centers in Illinois in general, and Murray Center in particular, was being used to “coerce plaintiffs’ wards into community placement options where they would lose the services to which they were entitled for the care and treatment of the conditions of developmental disabilities.”
The motion also stated that the state’s plan “re-categorized and recast plaintiffs’ severity of disability and thereby deprived the plaintiffs’ wards of services under the Americans With Disabilities Act forcing them to accommodate their disability to the state’s desired outcome for the provision of services.”
According to Sherwin’s docketing statement, filed with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, the state’s actions amounted to “intra-class discrimination between persons having different severities of developmental disability by depriving plaintiffs’ wards (the most severely developmentally disabled) of necessary services so that the funds used for their services could be used to provide services for less severely developmentally disabled persons.”
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