State Briefs 5/4/09
Brookfield Zoo named second best in country
BROOKFIELD -- The Brookfield Zoo near Chicago was named the second best zoo in the country for children by Parents magazine.
Sondra Katzen, spokeswoman for the zoo, said it was selected for offering a variety of hands-on, family-friendly activities while fostering appreciation, knowledge and excitement about the natural world. Hamill Family Play Zoo, inside Brookfield Zoo, was called an “awesome exhibit for kids” by the magazine.
The list of “10 Best Zoos for Kids” was compiled after a three-month study by Parents magazine staff, according to Katzen.
Other exhibits highlighted were the seasonal Butterflies exhibit and the children’s petting zoo.
Chicago Suburban Life
Bill would upgrade retired firefighters
SPRINGFIELD -- Retired firefighters may be eligible for training to assist in emergencies if legislation in Illinois passes.
The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Don Moffitt, R-Gilson, would allow retired firefighters to participate in training through the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s office.
“This is a common-sense change in the law that allows retired firefighters who still help in emergencies and natural disasters to be certified as first responders,” said Moffitt.
Illinois law currently allows retired firefighters to help in support roles. If approved, this legislation could provide greater protection for communities in the form of additional trained responders.
The bill passed out of the House Fire Protection Committee and is ready for consideration by the full House as early as this week.
Underage drinking party at school superintendent’s house
RIVERSIDE – The son of Riverside Brookfield High School’s Superintendent/Principal Jack Baldermann’s, along with six of the teen’s friends, were busted for underage drinking in the superintendent’s Riverside home.
Baldermann, who declined to comment on the charges, was not at home and was not cited.
Tyler Baldermann, 18, was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor after being arrested about 10:50 p.m. May 2 in his residence, according to Riverside police.
Officers were dispatched to Baldermann’s home on a report of a possible underage drinking party and could see lights being turned off when they walked around the house, according to reports. Police said several subjects were seen inside of the house hiding behind pieces of furniture and one carrying a Busch beer can.
Officers knocked on the window and door to attempt to get one of the party-goers to open the door, according to reports. Police said they found an open window and entered Baldermann’s home.
Large amounts of alcohol were around the house, according to reports.
Several teens were charged with resisting arrest and consumption of alcohol, while others were charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor, according to reports.
Police said Jack Baldermann, the owner of the property, told his son at the police station he could no longer stay at the residence and Tyler Baldermann said he would make arrangements to move.
Chicago Suburban Life
Body may be that of missing Pekin man
PEKIN -- Two fishermen on Sunday found a body believed to be that of a man who jumped into Pekin Lake during a March traffic stop.
According to Tazewell County Coroner Dennis Conover, the body fits the description of Jeffrey M. McCormick, 41, of Pekin.
Conover and the Pekin Fire Department, along with officers from the Pekin Police Department, recovered the body near the place where McCormick was last seen by police in March.
An autopsy and further identification are scheduled for today, and an inquest will be conducted at a later date.
According to the coroner, DNA will be tested for positive identification at a later date.
GateHouse News Service