Three people were injured after a rollover accident near Colfax late last week and the incident remains under investigation by the McLean County Sheriff's Department.
Police say one of the victims was seriously injured when the accident happened west of Colfax shortly before 8 p.m. last Thursday. The names of the accident victims were not released since they are juveniles. All were taken to local hospitals.
Area towns have planned July 4th celebrations throughout Central Illinois this weekend.
The Chenoa Fourth of July activities actually start Friday night (July 3) with a pork chop dinner starting at 5 p.m. downtown. The Chenoa Women's Club will hold an ice cream social and there will be a DJ until 7:30 p.m. A free street dance takes place 8 p.m.-midnight with Triple Dog Dare. Saturday activities include a car show, food vendors and flea market. The parade steps off at 2 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
Pontiac's Elks Club will host a celebration Saturday with a meal of fried chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers and potato salad from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $8.50 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-10. The Elk's pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. Children's games begin at 7 with fireworks at dusk featuring music from Absolute Sound.
The Dwight activities begin around 7 p.m. Saturday with water wars, a carnival and food. 50/50 buttons will be on sale at area businesses and will be sold at the grade school on Saturday. The Dwight Economic Alliance is seeking volunteers to assist with the activities. For more information or to volunteer, call Sara Hurt at 815-584-9730.
Towanda will hold its daylong 4th of July celebration Saturday with a flea market and parade. Similar events are planned in Sibley and fireworks will be offered in Bloomington-Normal as well.
>06-07 a deputy assisted the Paxton Police and Fire Depts with a car fire on the south bound I57 on-ramp in Paxton.
>06-07 deputies responded to a report of a suicide in rural Kempton. A male subject hung himself in his garage.
>06-a deputy assisted the Roberts Fire Dept. with a power line down on N. Main Street in Roberts.
>06-07 a static filled 911 call was received from a Cabery residence. The problem was water on the phone line from the severe weather in the area.
>06-07 a static filled 911 call was received from a rural Roberts residence. The problem was water on the phone line from the severe weather in the area.
>06-07 a commercial burglar alarm was received from a Piper City business. The problem was water on the phone line from the severe weather in the area
>06-08 an unfounded report of neglected horses was investigated in rural Cabery.
>06-09 a Heartland Health care resident reported being the victim of credit card fraud.
>06-10 a report of trespassers was received in Sibley.
>06-11 disorderly conduct was reported in Piper City.
>06-11 a residential burglar alarm was received in rural Paxton. The problem was water on the phone line from the severe weather in the area
>06-12 a deputy assisted the Gibson City Police Dept. with a call.
>06-13 a static filled 911 call was received from a rural Roberts residence. The problem was water on the phone line from the severe weather in the area
>06-13 a deputy mediated a landlord/tenant dispute in Cabery.
During the week deputies handled 6 civil matters and issued 14 traffic citations.
>06-09 Michael Eldridge of Cutler, Indiana struck a whitetail deer at 1615E Rt9.
>06-09 Craig Sutter of Urbana failed to stop at the stop sign at 600E Road and Rt9. He struck a vehicle driven by Larry Blume of Brookston, Indiana. Sutter was issued a citation for the crash.
>06-10 Jacob Schubert of Melvin struck a vehicle driven by Billy Menigoz of Gilman. The accident occurred at 1200N Rt54.
>06-12 a vehicle driven by Daniel Sapp on Fairbury struck a vehicle driven by Brooke Wooldridge of Strawn. The crash occurred at 200E 1400N Road.
CHENOA - The Chenoa Police Department will ramp up traffic enforcement for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
Police will focus on drivers not wearing seat belts and drunk drivers. The law enforcement crackdown is part of a statewide Independence Day drive sober or get pulled over and Click It or Ticket effort. Chenoa police suggest having a designated driver and preventing friends and family from driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police officers say they are ramping up the traffic enforcement effort to make area roads safer during the summer holiday.
The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 8 announced the results of Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) held during the late evening hours of May, 2015. The patrols were conducted in Peoria and Tazewell counties by ISP District 8 officers.
Alcohol is involved in over 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois. NITE patrols are designed to keep our roads safe by removing alcohol-impaired drivers. However, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken. The following citations were issued during the patrols:
Violations Enforcement Activity
Speeding offenses 15
Occupant restraint offenses 2
Driving under the influence arrests 2
Other alcohol/drug arrests 0
Total citations/arrests 40
Total written warnings 85
This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
Governor Bruce Rauner has signed House Bill 3763, making appropriations for General State Aid, Early Childhood Education, Bi-lingual Education and the Teachers’ Retirement System.
Governor Rauner has always made clear that improving education is his highest priority. While the legislature’s bill does not increase education spending by as much as the governor’s proposal, it does increase K-12 education spending by $244 million and early childhood education funding by $25 million.
“Education is the most important thing we do as a community. I would have done more for our schoolchildren, but I am taking action today to ensure our teachers are paid and our schools are open and funded,” Governor Rauner said. “I refuse to allow Speaker Madigan and the legislators he controls to hold our schools hostage as part of their plan to protect the political class and force a tax hike on the middle class without real reform.”
As part of his budget plan, the governor proposed increasing K-12 education by $312 million and early childhood by $32 million.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield to ensure state personnel and equipment are ready to be quickly deployed if needed to help local emergency responders with public safety issues following tornado touchdowns in several communities in northern Illinois.
“I activated the State Emergency Operations Center to ensure we’re prepared to act quickly if any local responders need our assistance,” said Governor Rauner. “The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is in close contact with local emergency managers in several counties and stands ready to coordinate deployment of state resources if needed to support local response efforts.”
Representatives from several state agencies are reporting to the SEOC. The center will remain activated as long as necessary.
For updates on the current situation, visit the Ready Illinois website at www.ready.illinois.gov.
(Above photo shows storm damage in Coal City, IL - courtesy of State Sen. Sue Rezin)
>06-14 a deputy and a Paxton Police Officer assisted Gibson Area Ambulance personnel with a violent transient male in need of a mental health evaluation.
>06-14 deputies responded to a domestic battery in Sibley.
>06-15 a Piper City resident reported being the victim of Identity Theft.
>06-15 a static-filled 911 call was received from a residence in rural Piper City.
>06-17 a deputy handled a disturbance in Piper City.
>06-17 a deputy responded to a hang-up 911 call in Piper City. The resident advised she was having problems with her Frontier Communications phone line.
>06-18 a theft of medication was reported at Paxton Health Care and Rehabilitation.
>06-18 a deputy handled a report of a loose pit bull in Piper City.
>06-18 a static-filled 911 call was received from a residence in Piper City. The cause was weather related.
>06-18 a deputy assisted the Melvin/Roberts Fire Dept. and the coroner with an unresponsive male in rural Roberts.
>06-19 deputies mediated a domestic argument in rural Paxton.
>06-20 a deputy responded to a residential burglar alarm in rural Piper City. The residence was secure and no cause for the alarm was found.
During the week deputies handled 7 civil matters and issued 19 traffic citations.
>06-14 a car driven by Timothy Splear of Herscher struck a stop sign at 3700N Rt115. He was issued a citation for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.
>06-15 Carla Brooks of was in an accident at 650E 500N Road.
>06-16 Eric Blake, Jr. of Chatsworth was involved in an accident at 2918N 1300E Road. His vehicle struck a bridge guardrail and plunged into a 20 foot deep drainage ditch filled with water. He then fled the scene but was located later. He was issued a citation for Driving under Suspension, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Failure to Report Accident to Police and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.
>06-14 Bradley Wagoner of Sibley was arrested on a Ford County warrant. He was also given citations for Illegal Transportation of Alcohol by a Driver and Illegal Parking on the Roadway.
>06-18 Christopher Tavenner of Paxton was arrested for Domestic Battery for an incident that occurred in rural Paxton.
Peoria, IL – Darin LaHood’s campaign has released its second television ad for the 2015 special primary election that takes place on Tuesday, July 7.
The ad, titled “Principles”, outlines Darin LaHood’s record of staying true to his conservative principles while in the State Senate. A statement from LaHood's campaign says in Washington, Darin will continue to be a conservative leader who will fight for those same principles; being out front on term limits, being vocal on protecting the Constitution, and advocating for limited government.
One of the big draws for this week's Ford County Fair is the annual queen pageant, planned for 7 p.m. Monday (June 22) in the dance building of the fairgrounds at Melvin.
Master of ceremonies for the event will be Nicole McNary with WGCY Radio doing the broadcasting. Eight young ladies will be competing for the title of Miss Ford County 2015. They include Bethany Knight, Emily Komnick, Courtney Ann Schwing, Amy Loschen, Madeline Francis, Abby Sellek, Kaitlan Harders and Brittany Wilson.
Haley Brokate of Paxton is the reigning Miss Ford County 2014. She is a 2015 graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School and will be a freshman in the fall at Parkland Community College.
This year's Ford County Fair runs through Saturday with numerous activities planned in Melvin. For a schedule of activities and more fair information, visit the website www.fordcountyfair.org.
>06-22 a deputy responded to a fight between two brothers in rural Cabery. Both damaged each other’s vehicle in the altercation.
>06-22 a deputy mediated a landlord/tenant dispute in rural Kempton.
>06-23 a deputy checked rural Piper City for a reported suspicious vehicle at a residence.
>06-24 deputies handled a drunken, disorderly male in Melvin.
>06-24 a deputy mediated a landlord/tenant dispute in rural Roberts.
>06-25 a commercial burglar alarm was received in rural Gibson City.
>06-26 a complaint of illegal drug sales in Roberts was taken.
>06-26 a subject lost control of her car in a flooded portion of the roadway north of Piper City on Rt115. Her vehicle had to be towed from the ditch but was undamaged.
>06-27 a deputy responded to an unfounded report of elder abuse in Sibley.
During the week deputies handled 1 civil matter and issued 18 traffic citations.
>06-22 Donnie Wright of Paxton reported hitting a whitetail deer with his vehicle at 2150E 200N Road.
>06-25 Justin Withers of Paxton struck a whitetail deer with his vehicle at 60N 1200E Road.
>06-27 Aaron Cunningham of Melvin reported that someone struck his parked vehicle as they left the Ford County Fair in Melvin.
>06-21 Andrew Lawrence of Gibson City was arrested when he was found passed out in his vehicle on 500N near Elliott. He was charged with Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Expired Registration and Improper Parking on the Roadway.
>06-24 Alexander Ogle of Piper City was arrested for Probation Violation when he failed a probation check at his residence.
On June 15, 2015, at 6:15 p.m. both eastbound lanes of U.S. Route 150 on the McClugage Bridge were closed for approximately one hour due to multiple motor vehicle crashes. Preliminary investigations indicate a disabled motorist on the Tazewell County side of the McClugage Bridge caused traffic to slow and four secondary crashes occurred in both Tazewell and Peoria Counties.
The Illinois State Police investigated one personal injury crash and two property damage crashes. The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department investigated one property damage crash. East Peoria, Peoria, and Peoria Heights Police Departments assisted with the road closure and traffic control. A total of 13 cars were involved in the incident.
Darin LaHood, Republican candidate in the July 7th special election to fill the vacant 18th District United States Representative seat, voted early in the special election to replace Aaron Schock. He was joined by his family, Mayor Jim Ardis, Sheriff Mike McCoy, and former Peoria City Clerk Mary Haynes.
Early voting in the primary for this special election cycle began on May 28 and runs through July 6, 2015. The special primary election is July 7th.
“I encourage everyone who might not be here on Election Day, especially those who will be gone over the July 4thIndependence Day holiday, to vote early,” said LaHood. “It’s easy and it’s your chance to be heard in this election,” LaHood said. “Special election turnout is traditionally very low, so I encourage you to make sure your vote is counted. “
State Police say a Lexington man was injured in a crash Wednesday around 2:45 p.m. on eastbound I-74 near Mile Post 107.
The green 1997 GMC Sierra driven by Andrew Orrick was reportedly traveling east when it traveled off the road to the right and struck a tree. Orrick was removed by Morton Fire and Rescue Personnel and taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center with critical, but non-life threatening, injuries.
Authorities closed eastbound I-74 for about 30 minutes. The cause of the crash is under investigation and Orrick was cited for improper lane usage.
6-3-15CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced he has named Brigadier General Richard J. Hayes Jr. The Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. BG Hayes’ is currently the Deputy Adjutant General/Assistant Adjutant General for the Illinois Army National Guard. His experience spans 30 years in the U.S. Army and National Guard, as well as the private sector.
The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 08, will conduct Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) in Tazewell County during the month of June, according to District 08 Commander, Captain Mike Welsh.
The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or driving under the influence.
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. Funding in whole or in part is also provided by The Illinois Department of Human Services, Partnerships for Success.
COMPLAINTS REPORTED>05-17 Reckless Driving and Disorderly Conduct were reported in Stelle.>05-18 a 911 call that was all static was received from a senior living center in Piper City. A deputy checked on the resident and found the problem to be a phone line from Frontier Communications.>05-18 a commercial burglar alarm from AHW John Deere in Melvin was received. The cause was an alarm malfunction.>05-18 a report of a violation of an Order of Protection was taken in Melvin.>05-19 Reckless Driving and Disorderly Conduct were reported in Stelle.>05-20 a commercial burglar alarm from the Vermilion Valley Bank in Kempton. The cause was a bird inside the building.>05-20 a deputy conducted a welfare check on an elderly Piper City resident.>05-20 Paxton Police officers assisted a deputy with a verbal domestic that turned into a suicidal male call in rural Paxton.>05-20 a 911 call that was all static was received from a business in rural Cabery. The business owner advised the problem was mice in the telephone junction boxes. >05-22 a deputy assisted EIEC with a downed power pole in the roadway at 200N 1200e Road. A farmer struck the pole while plowing.>05-22 a residential burglar alarm was reported in rural Paxton. The cause was owner error.>05-23 a report of a subject lying on the railroad tracks in Piper City was received. The male was gone from the scene when the deputy arrived. During the week deputies handled 2 civil matters and issued 19 traffic citations.
TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS>05-17 Casey Bennett of Paxton struck a whitetail deer with her car on Rt9 near Gibson City.>05-18 Kathleen Sampson of Champaign struck a whitetail deer with her vehicle on Rt47 at 030N Road.>05-20 Rita Fuoss of Piper City struck a whitetail deer with her vehicle on Rt115 at about 1510N.
ARRESTS>05-17 Sebastian Burgrabe of Paxton was arrested for Driving under Revocation, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol and Disregard a Traffic Control Device. The stop occurred at 600N 2100E Road.>05-18 Eric Blake of Chatsworth was arrested in Piper City for Driving under Suspension following a traffic stop for an equipment violation.
SAUNEMIN – No injuries were reported after a wind turbine caught on fire in northern Livingston County Sunday afternoon.
In this type of incident, firefighters can’t do much more than stand around and watch, according to Saunemin Fire Chief Gary Swartz. The wind energy company Iberdrola was notified of the fire and secured the immediate tower site area in the vicinity of 2200 North and between 2800 and 2900 East roads. They will likely conduct an investigation as there is no word yet on a possible cause.
“It went according to protocols with the wind farm. We train with them on a one or two time a year basis. This followed all the protocols from previous trainings,” Swartz said.
Responding fire departments came from Saunemin, Pontiac, Cullom and Emington-Campus.
According to information from the Iberdrola website, the Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Power Project generates around 300 megawatts of energy near the Livingston County towns of Odell and Emington. When the project reached commercial operation in March 2010, it was supposedly the largest wind project in the state.
(Photo courtesy of Northern Illinois FireGround Photos Facebook page)
Streator Elementary school students recently met with Governor Bruce Rauner and Senators Sue Rezin (R-Peru) and Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).
The students were at the Illinois capitol not only to meet their local lawmakers but also get a tour of the statehouse complex in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner granted seven and denied 144 clemency petitions. He inherited nearly 3,000 petitions from the previous administrations, dating back more than six years.
The 151 clemency petitions Governor Rauner acted upon today are part of dockets dating back to January 2008. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System.
A granted clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the court system.
These are the second set of petitions the governor has reviewed since taking office. The Governor’s Office has developed a process to review clemency petitions on a regular basis.