Clinic still undergoing repairs

Mar. 26—DANVILLE — Plans for a reproductive health clinic at 600 N. Logan Ave. continue.

A sign is now up on the property, as repairs and remodeling continue at the building.

According to Lauren Rankin, a representative for the clinic, "We are still repairing the damage from last year's attack and don't yet have an opening date."

A GoFundMe account to raise $500,000 for the building repairs has raised about $35,000.

An update on the page last month stated, "We are reaching out to provide an update regarding the heinous incident of vandalism that our abortion clinic faced. While we appreciate your ongoing support, we want to share both the progress and challenges we are currently navigating.

"We are relieved to inform you that the perpetrator responsible for the reprehensible act of vandalism has been convicted, and a symbolic restitution amount has been awarded. This legal resolution marks a step towards justice for the violation our clinic endured. However, despite this positive development, the financial burden placed on our organization remains significant. The awarded restitution amount, while a symbol of accountability, falls far short of covering the extensive repairs required to restore our clinic to full functionality. The damage caused by the perpetrator has impacted our ability to provide crucial reproductive healthcare services to those who depend on us.

"To fully recover from this setback, we urgently need additional funding. We turn to you, our dedicated supporters, with a heartfelt appeal for your continued generosity. Your contributions so far have played a vital role in sustaining our mission, and we are counting on your support once again to help us rebuild and continue serving our patients that so desperately need quality reproductive health care. Please consider making a donation to our clinic. Your financial support will directly contribute to repairing the damages inflicted upon our facility and ensuring that we can resume our vital services without further delay. Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a meaningful impact on our ability to recover and continue offering essential reproductive healthcare services. We are immensely grateful for your unwavering support throughout this challenging time. Together, we can overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of our mission and continue providing crucial reproductive healthcare to those in need. Thank you for standing with us."

Last month, 73-year-old Philip J. Buyno of Prophetstown was sentenced to five years of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for attempting to use fire to damage the clinic's Danville building.

U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce also ordered that Buyno pay $327,547.14 in restitution.

Buyno had previously pleaded guilty, admitting that, on May 20, 2023, he brought several containers filled with gasoline with him and used his car to breach the front entrance to a commercial building at 600 N. Logan Ave. in Danville for the purpose of burning it down before it could be used as a reproductive health clinic.