SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz, Retired First Deputy Jack S. Garcia, Retired Colonel Scott Giles, and the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation were joined by many active and retired State Police family and friends during the Illinois State Police Memorial Park Groundbreaking Ceremony on November 12, 2015.
The first phase of construction for the Illinois State Police Memorial Park has been delayed until the first week of December due to inclement weather.
Approximately, 1.5 million dollars are still needed to complete the Memorial Park. A GoFundMe account, has been established to assist in the fund raising efforts https://www.gofundme.com/ISP-Memorial-Park. All funds for the Memorial Park are raised through Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation. To date, significant donors include: State Farm, Motorola, Knights Engineering, Walgreens, AAA, and Berlin Packaging. Various annual events are held throughout the year to supplement the major donations.
>11-15 criminal trespass to residence was reported in Piper City.
>11-16 a theft from a residence was reported in Roberts.
>11-16 a vehicle that had been stolen from Park City, Illinois was recovered in Piper City.
>11-17 a deputy and a Paxton Police officer assisted Paxton HealthCare and Rehab personnel in talking a wayward patient into returning to the facility.
>11-17 deputies responded to a report of an unattended death in Piper City. The elderly male was pronounced dead at the scene and the investigation was turned over to the Ford County Coroner Doug Wallace.
>11-17 a residential burglary was reported in Piper City.
>11-18 a deputy responded to a 911 call in Piper City that appeared to be caused by the weather.
>11-18 a deputy responded to a report of three horses walking down Rt115 at 1000N.
>11-20 a Roberts resident reported being attacked by a rooster at another residence in Roberts. The subject defended himself with a baseball bat and the rooster died as a result of the incident.
>11-21 an unfounded report of animal cruelty was made in Melvin.
>11-21 deputies assisted multiple motorists who had slid off the roadway due to the severe winter weather event.
During the week deputies handled 2 civil matters and issued 5 traffic citations.
>11-15 Kevin Ealy of Bellflower struck a large clump of dirt in the roadway and crashed his motorcycle at 100N Rt54.
>11-16 Roland Seibring of rural Paxton failed to yield the right of way at an intersection to a vehicle driven by Christopher Dawson of Melvin. The crash occurred at 1600E and 500N Road.
>11-20 Jasmine Merchant of Naperville, Illinois struck a whitetail deer with her vehicle at 1650E 400N Road.
>11-20 a rural Paxton juvenile struck a whitetail deer with his vehicle at 1750E 200N Road.
>11-21 Heather Tomblin of Elliott lost control of her vehicle due to weather conditions at 850E 500N Road. The vehicle left the roadway and knocked down a power pole. The driver was taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in the crash.
>11-21 a Melvin juvenile lost control of his vehicle on Rt115 at 920N Road due to the weather. The vehicle left the roadway, knocked down a fence and a power pole. No injuries were reported.
>11-21 Kara Poole of Chatsworth lost control of her vehicle due to the weather. She struck a bridge abutment at 1420N 900E road. No injuries were reported.
>11-21 Christopher Cunningham of Chatsworth was arrested at the Gibson Area Hospital for an outstanding warrant from Livingston County.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner on Wednesday granted ten and denied 200 clemency petitions. Nearly 1,200 petitions remain from previous administrations.
The 210 clemency petitions Governor Rauner acted upon are part of dockets dating back to April 2007. 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. This is the fifth 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.
Peoria, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is urging the motoring public to drive safe and avoid the Fatal Four moving violations; Speeding, DUI, Seatbelts, and Distracted Driving, this holiday season.
Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the busy holiday driving period. Beginning on Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29, high traffic volumes are expected on roadways throughout the state. As traffic volume increases, so does your chance of being involved in a traffic crash. Avoiding the Fatal Four can help to decrease your chances of being involved in a serious traffic crash.
ISP troopers will be extra vigilant during the holiday travel period. Officers will be conducting road side safety checks and participating in additional traffic enforcement details to identify the Fatal Four moving violations. Officers will also be available to provide assistance to motorists who are experiencing mechanical issues on their way to and from their holiday celebration.
>11-07 a deputy assisted a Gibson City police officer with a combative patient in the Gibson Area Hospital emergency room.
>11-08 a residential burglar alarm was received from a home in the Dog Town area of rural Paxton. No cause for the alarm was found.
>11-08 a deputy assisted the Livingston County Sheriffs Office with an intoxicated subject in the Gibson Area Hospital emergency room who was involved in a motor vehicle accident in their county.
>11-08 a commercial burglar alarm was received in rural Gibson City. The alarm cause was employee error.
>11-09 a deputy mediated a civil dispute over property in Melvin.
>11-09 a deputy assisted Kempton Fire Dept and Cullom Ambulance personnel with a medical call.
>11-10 Criminal Trespass to Property was reported in Piper City.
>11-11 a Roberts resident filed a report for Telephone Harassment.
>11-11 deputies assisted a Gibson City police officer with a traffic stop the resulted in two arrests for outstanding warrants.
>11-12 a deputy assisted Gibson Area Ambulance personnel with a medical call in Melvin.
>11-12 a deputy assisted Gibson Area Ambulance personnel with a second medical call in Melvin.
>11-11 a report of a sex offender in violation of residency requirements was taken in Elliott.
>11-14 a report of suspicious subjects in Kempton was received. The subjects were not located.
During the week deputies handled 6 civil matters and issued 3 traffic citations.
>11-11 Recce Nolte of Gibson City struck a guardrail with his vehicle at 579E 300N Road. He was issued a citation for the crash.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today recommended the appointment of Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-18) to serve as conferee to the House-Senate Highway Bill Conference Committee.
“I am proud to recommend Rep. LaHood to represent the Committee on Natural Resources on the highway bill conference committee,” Chairman Bishop stated. “He will advocate for measures to streamline provisions that impact our nation’s precious resources and updates infrastructure on both federal and tribal lands as the House and Senate finalize this 6-year legislative package. I thank Rep. LaHood for representing the Committee and look forward to seeing the finished conference product.”
As a conferee, Congressman LaHood - appointed by Speaker Paul D. Ryan - will engage in resolving differences relevant to the House Committee on Natural Resources, between the House and Senate six-year surface transportation bills, which previously passed through each Chamber earlier this year.
"I am honored that Chairman Bishop has recommended me to represent the Committee on Natural Resources as the conference committee works to finalize the highway bill. I look forward to being able to serve in this rare capacity, especially after being elected to office less than three months ago,” said LaHood. "The opportunity to improve and reform our highway and transit programs by investing in our nation’s infrastructure is a tremendous step in the right direction for the safety and productivity of our country. Our vast transportation network is the backbone of our economy, making it critical that we provide long term certainty for states, localities, and businesses as repairs and upgrades to our airports, waterways, roads and bridges are planned and executed.”
TOWANDA - McLean County Coroner Dr. Kathy Davis is releasing the following information with regard to a motor vehicle accident on I-55 northbound, at mile marker 170, in Towanda, Illinois.
At 0649 hours of Sunday, November 15, 2015, McLean County Coroner’s Office received notification of a single passenger vehicle accident as noted above. The Illinois State Police and Towanda Fire Department were already on scene.
Pronounced deceased at 0705 hours on November 15, 2015 was the sole male occupant, Harry F. Powers, age 58, of Willowbrook, Illinois. Preliminary autopsy findings indicate that Mr. Powers died from blunt force injuries due to a motor vehicle crash, reportedly sustained as the driver and sole occupant of a vehicle that left the roadway and crashed. Toxicology results are pending.
This incident remains under investigation by the McLean County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner has announced this year’s Holiday Card Drive for the Military will be done in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois.
“With Veterans Day this week and the holidays fast approaching, it is important that we remember those men and women still serving in harm’s way,” Governor Rauner said. “A small token of appreciation, a holiday card, does so much to lift the spirits of service members serving far away from home over the holidays. I encourage our citizens, from schoolchildren to retirees, to send their thoughts of gratitude to our service men and women.”
Governor Rauner said 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
“We are thrilled to partner with Governor Rauner and the State of Illinois to help bring messages of cheer and good will to our troops and their families, whether they reside in Illinois, are passing through or are stationed or deployed overseas,” said Alison Ruble, the President and CEO of the USO of Illinois. “Our Illinois community wants to show our troops and their families that they are remembered over the holidays, and throughout the year, but may not know where to connect their support. The USO of Illinois is proud to be that bridge to our military community.”
>11-01 deputies mediated a parent/teenager dispute in Melvin.
>11-02 a Paxton resident reported a residential burglary.
>11-02 criminal damage to property was reported in Elliott.
>11-03 a commercial burglar alarm was received from Vermilion Valley Bank in Piper City. The alarm was accidental.
>11-04 a deputy assisted Gibson Police Dept. officers with a suicidal male.
>11-05 a vehicle burglary and theft was reported in Piper City.
>11-06 a Sibley resident reported being the victim of check fraud.
>11-06 a report of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and probation violation was taken in Cabery.
>11-07 a deputy assisted a Gibson City Police officer and Gibson Area Hospital security personnel with an unruly patient.
During the week deputies handled 1 civil matter.
>11-03 Matthew Johnson of Gibson City struck a whitetail deer with his truck at 275E Rt9.
>11-05 Talon Yaden of Paxton was involved in a single-vehicle accident in rural Paxton. He was issued multiple citations for the crash.
>11-05 Glenn Marshall of Penfield was involved in a single-vehicle accident in rural Paxton. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of injuries received in the crash.
>11-05 Kerallah Yaman of Ann Arbor, Michigan struck a whitetail deer with his vehicle on I57 at the 259 mile marker.
>11-06 a vehicle driven by Edward Jones struck one driven by Charles Crews of Plainfield, Illinois. The accident occurred at 1500E and 1400N roads.
>11-06 Jordan Miller of Melvin struck a whitetail deer with her vehicle at 1025E Rt54.
>11-04 Daniel Breeden of Melvin was arrested on an Iroquois County warrant.
>11-05 Talon Yaden of Paxton was arrested following a single-vehicle accident in rural Paxton. He was charged with Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Failure to Report an Accident and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.
>11-06 Joseph Harris of Piper City was arrested for Unlawful Restraint
Area towns and schools have announced plans for Veteran's Day observances.
-Parade & service planned on the west side of the Livingston County Courthouse, with the parade stepping off from Central School in Pontiac at 10:45 a.m.
-Dwight High School will have an assembly at 1:35 with a former DHS student speaking.
-Prairie Central High School will have a ceremony 1:45-2:15
-Evenglow Lodge will hold an observance in Pontiac at 2:30 p.m.
-Westview Grade School in Fairbury holds an assembly at 2 p.m.
Peoria, IL – Captain Steve Riesenberg, District 8 Commander, announced today that the Illinois State Police (ISP) will conduct Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols in Peoria County during the month of November.
The ACE patrols allow the ISP to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol and other drugs.
Across the country, an average of one alcohol-related traffic death occurs every 51 minutes. Alcohol and drug impairment remain significant factors in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. Each year in Illinois, hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes. Don’t risk losing your license, your car, and your freedom. If you drive impaired, law enforcement will arrest you.
This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended, officials want you to remember some home safety tips heading into the winter months.
Make it a semi-annual habit to change batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Also, clean smoke detectors of dust and cobwebs to ensure their sensitivity. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the "test" button. Replace air and furnace filters. Most filters should be cleaned or changed every 60-90 days. A clean filter will allow the system to run more efficiently.
Experts say to also check fire extinguishers to see if they need to be recharged or replaced. Read the instructions that come with the extinguishers and become familiar with the various parts and operation before a fire actually breaks out.
AURORA, IL – The route for the 14th annual Grand Illinois Trail and Parks (GITAP) bicycle tour was announced today by Ride Illinois, a not-for-profit bicycle organization. Host communities for the June 12-17, 2016 event include Coal City, Oglesby, Washington, Bloomington-Normal, and Pontiac.
Registration is open to the public. The tour provides a bicycle-based vacation for up to 225 people, usually from up to 20 states.
Participants average 50 miles per day on quiet country roads and some off-road trails, while their luggage is transported to the next overnight destination. About two-thirds of the riders will camp at designated in-town locations, while the rest stay in nearby motels. Local caterers are used for breakfasts and dinners.
The event is not a race. Individuals ride at their own pace touring the countryside and visiting towns, restaurants, and convenience stores along the way.
The tour starts and ends at Coal City High School, with camping at Oglesby’s Lehigh Park on June 12, Washington High School on June 13, Comlara Park north of Bloomington-Normal on June 14 and 15, and Pontiac’s Chatauqua Park on June 16. It will be the first time in GITAP’s 14 year history that the tour stays in these communities.
>10-26 a hang-up 911 call was received from a rural Elliott residence. The cause of the call was faulty a Frontier Communications phone line.
>10-26 a Piper City resident turned in drug paraphernalia found in a house they had just purchased.
>10-27 a trailer used to haul a combine’s corn head was reported stolen in rural Roberts.
>10-27 a deputy assisted a Gibson City officer with a commercial burglar alarm.
>10-27 a static-filled 911 call was received from a rural Roberts residence. The cause was heavy rain in the area and a faulty Frontier Communications phone line.
>10-28 a deputy assisted a Gibson City officer with a fire at the DuPont soybean facility.
>10-29 a complaint involving visitation issues was handled in Elliott.
>10-30 a suspicious male was reported in Piper City.
During the week deputies handled 1 civil matter and issued 11 traffic citations.
>10-26 a vehicle driven by Raymond Groves of Chesapeake, Virginia failed to yield the right of way at a stop intersection and collided with a vehicle driven by Thomas Tschosik of Paxton. The crash occurred at Rt9 and Stockholm Road in Paxton. Groves was issued a citation for the crash.
>10-27 a vehicle driven by Bridget Milligan of Gibson City failed to yield the right of way at a stop intersection and struck a vehicle driven by Charles Gawthorp of Gibson City. The crash occurred at 900E and 300N Road. Milligan was issued a citation for the crash.
>10-29 Tiffany Whelchel of Sibley struck a whitetail deer with her vehicle at 725N Rt47.
>10-25 Alexander Ogle of Piper City was arrested on an Iroquois County warrant.
A Peoria woman was cited for improper lane usage after her car apparently traveled eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 74 Saturday near milepost 93 resulting in a traffic crash.
State Police say Deborah Pichon, 59, was very confused and entered the interstate going in the wrong direction. Other vehicles involved in the crash include a 2001 Chevy truck, 2005 BMW sport utility vehicle and 2004 Jeep sport utility vehicle.
There were no injuries reported and State Police were assisted at the scene by the Peoria Police Department.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) voted in support of Rep Paul Ryan (WI-1) last week on the floor of the House of Representatives. Ryan was overwhelmingly elected as new Speaker of the House, replacing retiring Speaker, John Boehner.
“I believe Paul Ryan is the fresh face the Republican Party has been in need of to press forward a common sense, conservative agenda I was elected to pursue. My duties remain grounded in representing the people of the 18th District of Illinois and feel that Mr. Ryan’s record on pro-growth economic policies and Midwestern values can put forth the leadership needed to be effective and transparent moving our conservative agenda ahead.”
Area towns have set trick-or-treat hours for Saturday night. Some communities have also planned other activities in honor of Halloween.
Pontiac: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Bloomington: 5-8 p.m.
Normal: 5-8 p.m.
Streator: 5-7 p.m.
Chenoa: 5-8 p.m.
Fairbury: 4-8 p.m.
Dwight: 3-7 p.m.
Gibson City: 5-8 p.m.
Lexington: 5-8 p.m.
>10-18 deputies mediated a domestic dispute in Melvin.
>10-19 a safe was found in a drainage ditch in rural Piper City.
>10-20 an unfounded report of animal cruelty was investigated in Piper City.
>10-20 deputies assisted the Illinois State Police with a rollover semi accident on Rt47 at 700N Road.
>10-21 criminal damage to property was reported in Melvin.
>10-21 a residential panic alarm was received from a Paxton residence. The alarm cause was owner error.
>10-21 a loud noise complaint in Piper City was received.
>10-21 a fraud complaint was taken in Piper City.
>10-22 a fraud complaint was received from a Melvin resident.
>10-23 a suspicious person was reported in Melvin.
>10-23 a theft was reported in rural Paxton.
>10-24 a commercial burglary report was taken in Piper City.
>10-24 a residential garage was burglarized in Piper City.
>10-24 Paxton Police officers assisted a deputy with a subject that walked off from the Paxton Health Care and Rehab facility.
During the week deputies handled 2 civil matters and issued 5 traffic citations.
>10-12 a residential burglar alarm was received in Piper City. The home was secure and no cause for the alarm was found.
>10-12 a commercial burglar alarm at the Vermilion Valley Bank in Piper City was received.
>10-12 a Cabery resident reported receiving threatening text messages.
>10-12 deputies responded to a residence in Loda to assist an Iroquois County deputy with a custody dispute.
>10-12 a domestic disturbance was reported in rural Gibson City.
>10-13 a domestic disturbance was reported in rural Paxton.
>10-14 a disturbance was reported in Piper City.
>10-14 a disturbance was reported in Piper City.
>10-15 a dog was reported running at large in Clarence.
>10-16 deputies investigated a death in Piper City.
>10-17 a domestic disturbance was reported in Piper City.
>10-17 a residential burglary was reported in Kempton.
During the week deputies handled 6 civil matters and issued 16 traffic citations.
>10-12 Adam Schwartz of Paxton struck a whitetail deer at 1450E Rt9.
>10-13 Doris Gerber of Gibson City rear ended a vehicle driven by Ellyn Lee of Melvin. The wreck occurred at the intersection of 300N Road and Rt47.
>10-14 Kassidi Burton struck a whitetail deer at 1251E 2800N Road.
>10-16 a vehicle driven by Kent Kauffman of Paxton failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign at 600N and Rt45. His vehicle was struck by a pickup driven by Tiffany Jeakins of Paxton.
>10-12 Jeffrey Green of Clarence was arrested for Domestic Battery following a disturbance at his home. He also had an outstanding arrest warrant from Iroquois County.
>10-15 Dalton Beebe of Gibson City was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol at 700N Rt54 after he was found in his car in a ditch. He was also issued citations for Improper Lane Usage and No Valid Registration.