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Eastern Illinois Foodbank Announces "Foodmobile" Food Giveaways in Iroquois County

When: Thursday, February 15 2024 & Wednesday, February 28 2024

Where: Iroquois County

Iroquois County, IL – Eastern Illinois Foodbank (EIF) is distributing food to area families facing food insecurity. The Foodmobile will travel throughout southern Iroquois County on 02/15/2024 and northern Iroquois County on 02/28/2024, with distribution sites and times and for each town listed at Those attending are asked to bring boxes or bags to transport food.

The distribution is part of the Foodbank’s Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to rural or underserved areas. Those planning to attend should pre-register at, although doing so does not guarantee a place in line. Income guidelines are as follows:

Updates regarding future food distributions can be found at the Foodbank’s website at


Eastern Illinois Foodbank (EIF) works to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois as the primary food source to a network of 170 food pantries, agencies, and other programs throughout our 18-county service area. Through these agencies, the Foodbank provides meals to more than 1 million people each year. Since 1983, EIF has led the fight against hunger and strengthened communities by providing food access, emergency relief, education, and advocacy to families in east-central Illinois. EIF is a member of Feeding America, Feeding Illinois, the United Way of Coles County, and the United Way of Champaign County. For more information, visit


On Thursday, January 25, 2024, at approximately 9:30 a.m., KAMEG Agents, assisted by the United States Marshals Service and the Kankakee City Police Department, executed a search warrant at 197 N. Wildwood Avenue, Kankakee, IL, in conjunction with an ongoing KAMEG narcotics investigation. Thirteen adults were located inside the residence upon execution. A large plastic bag containing 35 individually packaged plastic bags containing suspected cannabis (approximately 150 grams) and multiple items related to drug sales and use were located inside the residence. As a result of the investigation, the following individuals were arrested and transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center.


Detrious T. Kizer, age 52, of Kankakee, was arrested on a No Bond, Kankakee County warrant for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance.


Gregory W. King Jr., age 35, of Kankakee, was arrested on a No Bond, Kankakee County warrant for Failure to Appear-Burglary. Upon arrival at JCDC, King was found to be in possession of approximately 3.4 grams of suspected cocaine, which was concealed in his sock. King was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.


Amanda S. Houston, age 57, of Kankakee, was arrested on a valid arrest warrant out of Arkansas for parole violation.


Tubbie L. Gordon Jr., age 53, of Kankakee, was arrested on a No Bond, Kankakee County warrant for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Fentanyl. While Agents were departing the residence, Gordon was observed at a nearby business and subsequently taken into custody for the arrest warrant related to the investigation at the Wildwood Avenue address.


KAMEG reminds the public to call KAMEG at (815) 933-1710 to report non-emergency information about drug dealing, illegal firearms and gang problems.  We recognize our partnership with the public is important for quality-of-life issues for our citizens and children.   


KAMEG is comprised of personnel from the Illinois State Police, Bradley Police Department, Bourbonnais Police ‎Department, ‎ Kankakee Police Department, Kankakee ‎County Sheriff’s ‎Office, and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s ‎Office


Schroeder, former Iroquois Co. board chair, dies

Ron Schroeder wore many hats during his life.

Following his 1961 graduation from St. Anne Community High School, the Papineau Township man worked at the then-thriving Kankakee Roper manufacturing plant.

He later had a 10-year career as an Illinois State Trooper, having worked out of the Pontiac and then the Ashkum districts.


However, following a 10-year stint of patrolling the maze of district roads, Schroeder found his true love — agriculture — as well as a dash of politics.

Schroeder died Jan. 10 at Loyola University Medical Center following an extended illness. He was 80.

The former 24-year Iroquois County Board member, who represented the Papineau Township region, which bumped up against the Kankakee County line, also served the final nearly 11 years as board chairman.

Former Iroquois County Board member, Russ Bills, whose 27-year county board tenure bookended Schroeder’s, said while he didn’t always agree with the former chairman, he always respected him.

Bills said when Schroeder dug in his heels on a subject, he would not relent.

“He could be very aggressive,” Bills said.

He recalled an instance in which several members wanted to update a fire alarm system in a county building. Schroeder was at a loss. He stopped the committee meeting, walked out of the room and pulled a fire alarm.

It of course sounded, and emergency responders arrived.

He walked back to the meeting room and said it appeared the system was functioning.

“It was one of the biggest tee-hee moments I can ever remember,” Bills said. “They never talked about the new system again.”

Bills said he often met Schroeder at his farmhouse to talk one-on-one regarding county issues.

“His heart was always into Iroquois County,” Bills said. “He wanted people working together to accomplish things. He wanted to get things done.”


At one time, Schroeder was also a member of the St. Anne Grade School Board.

While he enjoyed police work, it was not his passion.

“Ron was too independent to be a trooper. He was too independent to follow directions,” explained wife, Linda “Cookie” Schroeder, who was also his farming partner. “The tractor seat is where he wanted to be.”

And, there was one commonly known fact in the agricultural world of Iroquois County, Cookie explained.

“If Ronnie beat you to the field, you were in trouble,” she chuckled. “Ronnie was not a morning guy. He would work late into the night, but he hated getting up in the morning. He didn’t like to get out of bed.”


Despite that agriculture oddity, Ron was in his element working on a farm which at one point reached about 700 acres. The couple also raised an assortment of livestock, ranging from hogs, veal calf, sheep and a sprinkling of chickens.

Farming neighbors noted that when Schroeder did start his day, he was not only dedicated to his farm but also to those of friends and neighbors.

One of those farming neighbors was John Schoth. The two knew one another for some 50 years.

“He was a community man and just a good guy,” the farmer said.

Schoth said there was one key rule most people adhered to: Don’t talk politics with Ron.

“I stayed out of the politics with him,” he said. “He had his opinions. He liked to be in control of things, and he was smart. Ron was no dummy, and he was not going to back down. If he had an opinion, he wasn’t going to get off of it.”

Another farming neighbor, Ben Reichert, recalled several off-the-farm trips he took with Ron to the Joliet gaming boat.

Schroeder was known for his sweet tooth and, with a buffet line filled with meats and side dishes, he bypassed all of it. He traveled straight to the dessert tables and loaded up on sweets.

“Whenever I would stop by Ron’s to talk, he always had a box of donuts,” Reichert said. “He was a great guy. If I ever needed something, Ron was always there to help.”

Like Schoth, Reichert shied away from political conversation. That tactic didn’t mean they never talked politics.

“Let me just say he wouldn’t take political advice,” he said. “I would offer some, but I don’t think he ever used it. I think I can say he never used it. But I will say, Ron was a good guy.”



On Thursday, January 18, 2024 about 1:17am.  Newton County Dispatch received an automated message from an Iphone indicating a serious crash near the intersection of CR300W and CR 600 S, Morocco ( 2 miles south of Morocco).


The preliminary investigation by Deputy O’Hara indicated a single vehicle (driven by a 21 year old Brook, IN man) was traveling south on CR 300W, near CR 600S, veered to the west side of the road near a field entrance.  The driver lost control causing the vehicle to roll multiple times.  The male driver was extricated and transported to an area hospital.  His injury status is unknown at this time.


Assisting agencies; Newton County 9-1-1 Communications, Newton County EMS and Morocco Fire Department.

Shots fired in Iroquois County lead to 2 arrested

During the early morning hours of Sunday, January 14, 2024, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a rural Sheldon, IL, residence after ICOM received multiple 911 calls reporting shots being fired at a large gathering on the property. Upon their arrival, responding Deputies encountered numerous subjects fleeing the area. On scene, it was determined that the offenders left the property following the shooting and prior to law enforcement arrival. No injuries were reported from the gunfire. On Tuesday morning, January 16, 2024, the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, arrested a 17-year-old juvenile from Watseka, IL, following a subsequent investigation in to the shooting. The juvenile was taken in to custody without incident and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where they were booked on an arrest warrant charging them with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, a Class 1 Felony. Late Tuesday evening, 19-year-old Zakkaree M. Stano of Watseka, IL, turned himself in to Iroquois County Detectives on an arrest warrant likewise charging him with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. Both the juvenile and Stano remain in custody awaiting a court appearance. Sheriff’s Detectives ask that anyone with information regarding Sunday morning’s shooting contact the Sheriff’s Office at (815) 432-6992. 

January is National Radon Action Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January 2024 as National Radon Action Month. The purpose of this designation is to remind residents of Iroquois County of the serious danger that radon gas poses to us in our homes. It is estimated that radon causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the United States. Approximately 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. The U.S. Surgeon General warns that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking and the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon is a natural radioactive gas that is released in rock, soil, and water from the natural decay of uranium. One of the problems with radon is that it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The only way to tell if you have radon gas in your home is to test for it with a test kit. Mitigation is highly recommended with test results of 4 pCi/L or above. If your test results are at 2 pCi/L you should consider consulting with a mitigation professional. Assessing the radon in your home: 2pCi/L is the same as smoking 4 cigarettes per day or having 100 chest X-rays per year 4pCi/L is the same as smoking 8 cigarettes per day or having 200 chest X-rays per year 10pCi/L is like smoking more than a pack a day Free test kits are available at the Iroquois County Public Health Department. Using the test kit is easy and free, just follow the directions provided with the test kit. For further questions and concerns, please contact Kate Mueller, Director of Environmental Health at 815-432-2483 or . 


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