PORT BYRON – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2814, the Future Energy Jobs bill, at a ceremony at Riverdale High School in Port Byron.
The bipartisan legislation ensures the Quad Cities and Clinton power facilities remain open for another 10 years, saving thousands of good-paying jobs, while protecting working families, seniors, and thousands of other high-quality, good-paying jobs throughout the state by capping residential and business energy rates.
“When this legislation was originally drafted, it was a Christmas tree loaded with special interest goodies that would have skyrocketed energy costs on families and businesses across the state,” said Governor Rauner. “So we needed to find a balance, because I was unwilling to gamble with these communities, gamble with thousands of good paying jobs and gamble with our energy diversity. While this legislation isn’t perfect, it allows us to protect jobs, ratepayers and taxpayers.”
Before Governor Rauner’s involvement, the legislature was poised to pass a massive bill with demand rates that could have skyrocketed energy bills for consumers. Governor Rauner laid out a pathway for a deal with his statement of principles which outlined any energy agreement should preserve jobs while protecting ratepayers and taxpayers.
“Thank you to those who negotiated in good faith to help make this bill a reality, and most importantly, thank you to the people of the Quad Cities and Clinton for your persistence, your patience, and hard work,” Governor Rauner added.
Senate Bill 2814 ensures the Clinton and Quad Cities power facilities remain open for another 10 years. It contains a guaranteed cap that energy prices cannot increase more than 25 cents on the average residential home, and cannot increase more than 1.3 percent on commercial and industrial users over the next ten years. Rates are projected to decrease for the first several years due to the utilities being able to amortize energy efficiency. It also promotes unprecedented wind and solar expansion and preserves zero-emission generation, maintaining Illinois’ status in leading the nation in zero-carbon generation.
>11-27 a theft from a rural Rankin home was reported.
>11-28 a flat-bed trailer was reported stolen from a job site of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm near Kempton.
>11-29 a complaint of contractor fraud and theft was taken in Melvin.
>11-29 a residential alarm was received in rural Roberts.
>11-30 a hang-up 911 call was received from a rural Roberts home. No problem was found at the home.
>11-30 a deputy and ISP troopers assisted Gibson Area Ambulance personnel with a call in Piper City.
>11-30 deputies checked the Methodist Church in Melvin for suspicious activity. No problems were found.>12-01 a deputy mediated a family argument in Roberts.
>12-02 a disturbance was reported outside a Piper City tavern. No problem was found.
>12-03 an intoxicated male was reported at a residence in rural Paxton.
>12-03 a rural Melvin man reported receiving a phone call that was an attempt to scam him.
>12-03 an unfounded report of suspicious activity in the Elliott cemetery was received.
During the week deputies issued 11 traffic citations.
>11-28 Cathy Bruens of rural Sibley lost control of her car at Rt9 and 2400E Road. The car struck a road sign and then the embankment before coming to rest in a field. She was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries received in the crash. She was issued a citation for a seat belt violation.
Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) announce that the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday travel period experienced the lowest fatality rate since 2011.
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period begins the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and concludes at midnight on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
“I’m proud of the efforts put forth by ISP officers and the safe driving habits displayed by motorists during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period,” stated ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Responsible motorists and dedicated officers are the key to bringing next year’s total to zero,” he continued.
During the Thanksgiving holiday travel period officers patrolled Illinois roadways, conducted road side safety checks, and participated in other traffic enforcement details to identify the “Fatal Four” moving violations: speeding, driving under the influence (DUI), not wearing seatbelts, and distracted driving.
Special emphasis was placed on DUI enforcement, and holiday DUI patrols were designated statewide.
Governor Bruce Rauner applauded the General Assembly for approving bipartisan legislation to ensure that any person being released from the Department of Corrections (DOC) or Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has a valid state identification card upon release.
"In order to combat recidivism we need to remove some of the hurdles offenders face when they are released from a detention facility and begin to re-integrate into society," said Governor Rauner. "In this case, it's the simple step of providing an offender with a state ID. I’m pleased that the General Assembly has taken another step to end the cycle of recidivism and look forward to signing this bill into law as soon as it reaches my desk."
SB 3368 requires the Secretary of State to issue a standard Illinois ID card, at the time of their release, to any person being released from the DOC or DJJ who present their birth certificate, social security card, or other documents authorized by the Secretary, and two proofs of address. For individuals without these documents, the Secretary of State will issue a limited-term, 90-day ID to released individuals who present a verified document from DOC/DJJ with their name, birth date, social security number, and proof of address. They then have 90 days to present this ID at the Secretary of State to receive a standard issue ID.
The legislation was one of the recommendations made by the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform in their efforts to reduce the state's current prison population by 25 percent by 2025.
Illinois State Police (ISP) District 08 Commander, Captain Steven Riesenberg, would like to remind motorists that the ISP is gearing up for the beginning of the holiday travel period.
The ISP will be stepping up enforcement patrols as the holiday driving season begins. The goal is to make the roads safe for all motorists. Traditionally, the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the busy holiday travel period. Beginning on Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27, officials expect high traffic volumes on interstates and roads throughout the region.
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, is expected to be the busiest. The ISP is urging the motoring public to adhere to the rules of the road. Statistics continue to show that fatal crashes increase on the interstates during the Thanksgiving holiday period.
“During the holiday driving period there will be a large volume of traffic on the roadways,” stated District 08 Commander, Captain Steven Riesenberg. “We will be increasing patrols to watch for motorists who may be driving in an unsafe manner. We will especially be watching for drivers committing any of the Fatal Four moving violations,” he continued.
Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) announce that additional officers will be patrolling work zones as the construction season comes to an end.
Although officers will be enforcing all traffic laws, they will primarily focus on motorists who are violating distracted driving laws.
“The purpose of the additional patrols is to ensure the safety of both the workers and the motorists traveling through the work zone,” stated ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz.
“As the construction season comes to an end, we want to do what we can to keep work zone related injuries from occurring. You can do your part by remembering to drop it and drive.”Unless it is an emergency, you must be age 19 and older and use hands-free technology to use a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle in Illinois. The use of hand-held cellphones, texting, or using other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited by law in Illinois. The ISP encourages motorists to also limit other distractions that may be occurring while driving through a work zone. Please refrain from eating or drinking, using navigation systems, adjusting your music devices, or anything else that may take your eyes away from the road.
"Work zones can pose many challenges for drivers and require your undivided attention, "said Priscilla Tobias, director of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Office of Program Development. "Studies have shown that drivers engaged in activities other than driving are up to four times more likely to be involved in a crash. Please avoid distractions at all times and pay extra attention as well to first responders and maintenance vehicles working to keep our roads safe for everyone."
Distracted driving is one of the common factors related to fatal traffic crashes. The other three most common factors are speeding, driving under the influence, and not wearing a seatbelt. Together, they make up the “Fatal Four” violations related to fatal traffic crashes. The initiative is funded by IDOT. The ISP and IDOT worked jointly to identify the locations best suited for the additional patrols.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced the 2016 Holiday Card Drive for the Military.
The drive will again be done in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois.
“It is important we remember our American heroes who continue to serve in harm’s way and are unable to be with their loved ones this holiday season,” Governor Rauner said.
“We are proud to be partnering with USO of Illinois again this year to help spread holiday cheer to our brave men and women overseas. A card is a simple gift that can lift spirits and remind our service members that we’re thinking of them even while they’re far from home. I encourage all Illinoisans to send holiday cards to express their gratitude and admiration for the service of Illinois’ heroes.”
Illinois citizens should send holiday cards for U.S. service members to the USO of Illinois as early as possible and thanked the USO of Illinois for helping to distribute the holiday cards to troops and for all the USO does to lift the morale and increase the well-being of our military members throughout the year. Holiday cards will be accepted through mail delivery only from now through November 30th at the following address:
USO of Illinois 333 S. Wabash Ave., 16th Floor Chicago, IL 60604
Dozens of high school students from across the 38th Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership Oct. 27, as part of State Sen. Sue Rezin’s Youth Advisory Council.
“It’s incredibly uplifting to see so many young people engaged in public policy and enthusiastic about potentially dedicating their careers to it,” Rezin said. “Whether it’s on the local, state, or national level, we need good leaders. I hope this Youth Advisory Council reinforced their interest in this field, taught them about the importance of public policy, or demonstrated how to be an effective leader in any career they end up in.”
Rezin hosted the all-day Youth Advisory Council in Morris, with students selected by their principals and teachers from LaSalle-Peru Township High School, Morris Community High School, St. Bede Academy, Streator Township High School, Wilmington High School, Woodland High School, Putnam County High School, Reed Custer High School, Newark High School, Hall High School, and Serena High School.
Rezin spoke about how Illinois government works, shared her experiences at the Statehouse, and explained how public policy can shape the student’s everyday lives. Students also spent time in small groups discussing and debating policy issues important to them and how any new proposal could face challenges or become successful legislation. During these discussions, Sen. Rezin spent time with each small group, asking students questions about their proposed policy change and how they would advocate for their issue.
LEXINGTON – Burglars walked away with under $6,000 worth of Stihl equipment from the Martin-Sullivan John Deere dealership in Lexington this week.
The stolen items included blowers, chainsaws and trimmers according to Lexington Police Chief David Belvery. There have been reports of similar burglaries at John Deere dealerships in Illinois during the past month, but authorities aren’t sure if these are connected.
“If I was a betting man, I would say yes but we don’t have any hard evidence,” stated Belvery.
Belvery suggests businesses purchase high-quality video surveillance systems with high-quality images to recognize faces and license plates. Officials say Martin-Sullivan does have an alarm system but that system apparently failed to go off during the incident.
“If they have a will, there’ll be a way,” added Belvery.
Peoria, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 8 announced the results of Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) held during the late evening hours October, 2016.
The patrols were conducted in Peoria and Tazewell County 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:
ViolationsEnforcement ActivitySpeeding offenses 9
Occupant restraint offenses 3
Driving under the influence arrests 1
Other alcohol/drug arrests 1
Total citations/arrests 25
Total written warnings 64
This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) remind motorists and parents that children in many communities will be trick-or-treating during the upcoming Halloween weekend and on Halloween night.
The ISP encourages motorists and parents to take special safety precautions during the Halloween festivities. Motorists should refrain from wearing a mask or bulky costume while driving as both can reduce efforts to safely operate a vehicle. Pedestrians should only cross streets at designated cross walks and make extra efforts to ensure it is safe to cross.
Children should be reminded not to cross the street between parked vehicles and to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
"Halloween is a time when family and friends come together for celebration. Drivers are reminded to be watchful for children crossing the street," said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. "Always designate a driver before consuming alcohol. ISP Troopers will be out in force this Halloween conducting roadside safety checks and roving patrols. Remember to buckle up and don't drive distracted."
Children should use reflective tape, glow sticks, or flashlights to make sure they remain visible while trick-or-treating. Motorists need to ensure they are following the rules of the road and remain alert for children wearing less visible clothing while driving through residential areas.The ISP also encourages the public to report suspicious activities.
"Recent reports of clown disguises being worn publically outside of celebratory events have become a concern for public safety officials. If you see something, say something. Call 911 and let police investigate suspicious behavior," Williams stressed.
CHICAGO — With the Halloween season upon us, the Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti has joined forces with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to remind the public that purchasing colored contact lenses from anyone other than a licensed eye care professional or pharmacist is dangerous.
In recent years, illegally-purchased colored contacts have flooded the retail market during Halloween and are most often found at malls, beauty supply stores and via online websites. These lenses are often made overseas in non-FDA approved facilities with tinting materials that may be toxic to the eye.
Without a proper examination and fitting, colored contacts can cause damage to the eye, including blindness.
“As a mother of three children, I can’t imagine what I would do if one of my kids gets hurt from wearing these decorative contact lenses,” Sanguinetti said. “I urge all parents to be vigilant of what their children are wearing this Halloween. These types of contacts are sold illegally and can cause serious damage to the eyes, including blindness.”
“Decorative contacts surge in popularity every year around the Halloween season as a fashion or costume accessory,” said Bryan A. Schneider, IDFPR Secretary. “Unfortunately, both children and adults alike often neglect to realize that these lenses are classified as medical devices that pose the same potential safety and health issues as corrective lenses. As regulators, it is important that we remind consumers of the unnecessary dangers of infection from over-the-counter colored contacts made from potentially unsafe materials.”
IDFPR licenses an estimated 2,300 optometrists and hundreds of ophthalmologists in Illinois. Many have reported seeing patients who have suffered from infections or corneal scratches as a result of contact lens problems. Because contact lenses sit directly on the cornea and could potentially limit the amount of oxygen reaching the eye, all contact lenses pose some risk to wearers. By requiring lenses to be fitted and sold by professionals, that risk is limited and managed.
The Illinois State Police (ISP) announce the sentencing of two nurses who were convicted of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.
The convictions are a culmination of two separate drug diversion investigations conducted by the ISP Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau (MFCB). On October 6, 2016, Jessica Marberry, age 37 of Chillicothe, pled guilty to one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class 4 felony, in Tazewell County. On February 2, 2016, the ISP MFCB received a complaint from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regarding an alleged drug diversion at the Pekin, Illinois, Hospital.
The ISP MFCB conducted an investigation and determined Marberry unlawfully obtained hydromorphone while working as an Emergency Room nurse. Hydromorphone is a Schedule II opioid analgesic drug prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain. Marberry diverted the hydromorphone for her own personal use.
On October 17, 2016, Trisha Cleveland, age 38 of Caseyville, pled guilty to one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class 4 Felony, in St. Clair County. On April 20, 2016, the MFCB was contacted by staff at Four Fountains Convalescence, in Belleville, Illinois, regarding allegations Cleveland diverted hydrocodone.
The investigation revealed Cleveland falsely reported requests by residents for their prescribed “as needed” hydrocodone. The residents never requested the medication. Cleveland was diverting the hydrocodone for her own personal use. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, hydrocodone, a Schedule II narcotic, is the most frequently prescribed opioid in the United States and is associated with more drug abuse and diversion than any other legal or illegal opioid. It is a medication most frequently prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Its analgesic potency is similar to morphine.
10-24-16 (from Coroner Kathy Davis)
McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis is releasing the following information with regard to a single vehicle fatality.
At approximately 2335 hours on Friday, October 21, 2016, McLean County Coroner’s Office received notification of a single vehicle fatality on Interstate 55, near Chenoa, Illinois, mile marker 186.
Chenoa Fire Department, Chenoa Police Department, SELCAS, and the Illinois State Police were already on scene. Pronounced deceased at 0022, on October 22, 2016 was Bryan Snow Jr., age 21, of Maywood, Illinois.
Preliminary autopsy indicates that Mr. Snow Jr. died of head injuries due to an automobile crash, reportedly sustained as the driver of a vehicle that left the roadways and rolled over. Toxicology testing is pending. This incident remains under investigation by the McLean County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police.
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the initial findings of the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force. The report is in response to an Executive Order creating the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force signed by Governor Rauner in April.
The Task Force was charged with looking strategically and comprehensively into fraud, waste and abuse in taxpayer-funded health care systems to ensure our most vulnerable populations receive the care they need.
“Every dollar that is improperly spent in our health care programs is a dollar that is not reaching our most vulnerable residents,” Governor Rauner said. “We must be accountable to those we serve and ensure that our health care programs are run compassionately, effectively and free of improper spending.”
The Task Force has already taken simple, but effective steps to improve how the state delivers health care to our most vulnerable, while driving better value for taxpayers. One example is in the state group health plan. Central Management Services audited all dependents the state was paying for and found about 6,000 people were receiving benefits from the state that did not qualify for those benefits. Taking action to remove those individuals from their plans saved the State approximately $22 million in FY16 and is estimated to save over $32 million in FY17.
The Governor was joined by Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey, Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Felicia Norwood, Illinois CIO and Secretary Designate of the Department of Innovation & Technology Hardik Bhatt, Illinois State Police Captain Brian Ley and Healthcare and Family Services Inspector General Brad Hart.
“The value of reducing fraud, waste, and abuse is immense, and in these economic times, would allow the State to utilize funds currently being misspent to provide better programs and services,” Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey said.
In FY15, the states and federal government spent approximately $548 billion dollars on Medicaid and Illinois’ portion was about $18 billion. In that same year, the United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that Medicaid also made about $29 billion in improper payments.
"The Department of Healthcare and Family Services is energized by the prospect of strengthening its approaches to fight fraud and abuse, ensuring that public funds go to the people who need them,” Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Director Felicia Norwood said. “We cooperated very closely with the task force to provide information and help develop these strong recommendations. We need effective and leading-edge ways to confront those who would take advantage of our programs, especially with new healthcare delivery models of today."
"Harnessing the enormous power of data through real-time and predictive analytics will allow Illinois agencies to save millions of taxpayer dollars,” stated Hardik Bhatt, Illinois CIO and Secretary Designate of the Department of Innovation & Technology.
The Rauner Administration has made a concerted effort to drive savings for taxpayers in these health care systems including $220.2 million in savings, recoupment and avoidance for the state’s Medicaid program in FY 2016. Through improved fraud, waste, and abuse identification and prevention efforts the task force recommended, the state will realize approximately $50 million in additional savings.
"Whether we're discussing ways to strengthen our healthcare programs or investigating a complex criminal fraud investigation, the task force approach is an avenue to share resources and discuss the most efficient and effective methodology," Illinois State Police Captain Brian Ley said. "Under the direction of the Governor's Office and the Executive Inspector General, the State Agencies involved on the Task Force are working collaboratively to implement strategies to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse."
“While we have made great strides to become a national leader in the realm of Medicaid program integrity, there is still much more that we can do,” Healthcare and Family Services Inspector General Brad Hart said. “The Task Force report highlights some of those areas where all of the entities involved can work better together to achieve the greatest return for the taxpayers.”
The Illinois State Police (ISP) announce the sentencing of a former personal assistant and the Medicaid recipient.
On June 24, 2016, Misty Atwood, age 41 of Roodhouse, pled guilty to one count of Vendor Fraud, a class 1 felony in Greene County. On September 29, 2016, Alfred Holder, age 65 of Roodhouse, pled guilty to one count of Vendor Fraud, a class 1 felony in Greene County.On June 17, 2015, the ISP, Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau (MFCB) received a complaint from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Office of Inspector General, regarding alleged Medicaid fraud.
The ISP MFCB and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS/OIG) conducted an investigation and determined Atwood and Holder defrauded the Medicaid program out of $28,197.
The investigation revealed Atwood submitted fraudulent documents to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services for payment for providing personal care services to Holder. ISP MFCB and HHS/OIG agents discovered Atwood and Holder conspired to falsify the documents provided to IDHS for payment which they shared.
“It’s troubling when individuals steal money from a program designed to assist people with limited resources,” stated Director Leo P. Schmitz. “It is not often we investigate the Medicaid recipient, but when they work in conjunction with caregivers to defraud the people of Illinois, we're going to hold the recipient accountable as well,” he continued.
This conviction comes on the heels of the state of Illinois ramping up efforts against health care based fraud. In April, Governor Rauner signed Executive Order 16-05, creating the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force. This Task Force will study and utilize the best practices of agency fraud prevention units, including MFCB, the efforts of the federal government and other state governments, and those in the private sector to root out fraud, waste, and abuse. The Commander of the ISP MFCB, Captain Brian Ley, serves as a member of the Governor's Task Force.Once investigated, the case was referred to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Bureau for prosecution.
"Personal care services are among the most critical services the state provides, and my office is committed to prosecuting individuals who use these funds for personal gain," Attorney General Lisa Madigan said.Atwood and Holder were both sentenced to four years of Felony Probation and ordered to pay $13,614.44 in restitution to IDHS."
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. received their annual flu shots and are urging others to get theirs as well.
The flu season typically begins in October and runs through May, with the peak being between December and February.
“A flu shot is quick and easy so you don’t get queasy,” Governor Rauner said. “Influenza can be costly to your health and to your wallet from medical costs. A flu shot will protect you and those around you have a higher risk of severe illness such as the elderly. The best offense is a good defense, and the best defense is getting a flu shot.”
“I urge everyone, especially those in the Latino communities to get a flu shot. For a number of reasons, Latinos are less likely to get vaccinated, but it’s important to keep yourself healthy and those around you healthy,” Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti said.
Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older. Due to concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine has worked during the previous flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control is temporarily recommending that people stick to getting a flu shot and skip the nasal spray.
“The single most effective way to prevent getting the flu is an annual flu shot,” said IDPH Director Shah. “The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and can even result in hospitalizations or death. Even healthy people get the flu, so it’s important for everyone to be vaccinated.”
Peru, IL – Signs along Route 251 from Tonica to Mendota in LaSalle County now tell motorists they are riding on the “Witczak Brothers Memorial Highway.”
The highway signs were unveiled Sept. 28 during a ceremony hosted by State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Peru) in Tonica.
“The seven Witczak brothers, like all veterans, deserve our deepest honor and respect for dedicating their lives to protecting our nation,” Rezin said. “To have seven brothers from the Illinois Valley serve in either World War II or the Korean War is not only a unique story, it’s one that deserves special recognition. Naming Route 251 through LaSalle County is a small gesture of our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. Naming it the ‘Witczak Brothers Memorial Highway’ will also help our communities remember this family and their incredible story now and for future generations.”
"All my brothers fought so bravely in so many battles," Anthony Witczak of Peru said. "This is a great honor to have this highway named for my family. My brothers, God rest their souls, would really appreciate this."
Rezin sponsored resolution SJR 48 this spring at the Statehouse to honor the seven Witczak brothers from LaSalle County who all served our country in the military. The seven sons of Thomas and Clara served in different capacities of the US Military that spanned World War II and Korea. Joseph Witczak, the first brother to enlist, was wounded during operations for the US Army in the Pacific Theatre. John Witczak and Casmir Maurer, the adopted sons of Thomas and Clara, both served in the US Army, Pacific Theatre. Anthony Witczak, a sailor in the US Navy during WW II, also served in the Pacific and is the last surviving brother. Francis Witczak was the only member of the family to serve in Germany for the Army during WW II.
FORREST – The Livingston County coroner and sheriff continue to investigate a fatal wreck which occurred Wednesday near Forrest.
Authorities say Dorothy Trainor, 86, of Forrest was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck in Pleasant Ridge Township. Trainor reportedly stopped her car at a stop sign then pulled into the intersection of 1100 North and 2900 East roads, colliding with a delivery truck.
Trainor was the car’s only occupant and the truck driver was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel. An autopsy has been ordered. Responding agencies included SELCAS Ambulance and fire departments from Forrest and Strawn.