The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 08, will conduct Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) in Tazewell County during the month of August, according to District 08 Commander, Steve Riesenberg.
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.
>08-14 a verbal disturbance was reported at the bar in Sibley.
>08-14 a commercial fire alarm was received from the Paxton Vet Clinic. The cause was employee error.
>08-14 a burglary and theft was reported at the Peach Orchard Township shed in Melvin.
>08-14 a residential burglary and theft was reported in Roberts.
>08-14 a commercial burglar alarm was received from a Melvin business.
>08-17 a rural Gibson City resident reported being the victim of identity theft.
>08-18 a residential burglar alarm was received at a Sibley residence.
>08-18 a rural Loda resident reported some one drove through his front yard causing damage to the grass.
>08-19 a deputy helped return a horse to its owner in Clarence.
>08-20 a 911 hang-up call filled with static was received from a Piper City residence. The cause of the call was weather related.
>08-20 a commercial burglar alarm was received from a Piper City business.
During the week deputies handled 8 civil matters and issued 13 traffic citations.
>08-15 a dump truck from Gibson City Ready Mix driven by Scott Olivero of Paxton was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Zach Stafford of Mahomet. Stafford was issued a citation for the crash which occurred at Rt47 and 300N Road.
>08-15 Wilmer Tholen of Buckley failed to yield the right of way to a vehicle driven by Jeanette Rood of Sibley. All occupants were transported from the scene by ambulance. The crash occurred at the intersection of 1400E 1500N Road. Tholen was issued a citation for Fail to Yield the Right of Way and Rood was issued one for Operating an Uninsured Motor vehicle.
>08-16 a vehicle driven by Hannah Davidson of Piper City struck one driven by Nicholas Salinas of Fairbury. The crash occurred at the intersection of Race Street and Market Street in Piper City. Davidson was issued a citation for Fail to Yield the Right of Way and one for No Valid Registration. Salinas was issued a citation for Operating an Uninsured Motor vehicle.
>08-17 Crystal Goff of Gibson City struck a whitetail deer with her vehicle 075N Rt47.
>08-19 a vehicle driven by Ashley Lefkowitz ran the stop sign at the intersection on 500N and Rt115. She struck one driven by Tyler Schwing of Paxton.
Illinois State Police (ISP) officials would like to remind motorists that area schools will soon open their doors to begin the new school year.
The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools and decreased speed limits in school zones. Motorists need to be watchful of children walking and riding their bicycles to school, as well as children darting out from between parked cars.
Allow extra travel time for the increased traffic during the morning and afternoon commute as children go to and return from school. Motorists are reminded they are required to reduce their speed in school zones. The speed limit in a school zone is 20 M.P.H. and is in effect from 7:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. on school days when children are present. Use of an electronic device, including cell phones, while traveling in a school zone is illegal. Distracted driving is a major contributory cause in serious injury and fatal crashes.
Crashes caused by distracted driving can result in hefty fines and criminal charges if serious injury or a fatality occurs.
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is advising all Illinois county residents that there is currently underway a phone campaign fraudulently using the name of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association in their solicitation.
The Illinois Sheriffs' Association never solicits by phone but does conduct a direct mail campaign throughout the state of Illinois endorsed by the individual Sheriffs across Illinois.
Telemarketing fraud costs billions of dollars each year. Phone solicitors who wantyou to "act immediately" or are offering a "too good to be true" opportunity are most likely fraudulent. Remember that if you have any doubts, or are highly pressured -Just Hang Up.
You have the right to ask for the following information:
1) The name, address and phone number of the organization for which they are soliciting.
2) The name, address and phone number of the telemarketing firm.
3) The percentage of every dollar paid to the telemarketing firm.
4) Insist on something in writing prior to making a pledge or commitment. If you cannot get the answers to these questions do not hesitate to hang up thephone. After all, it is your money.
CLINTON - On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, as a result of a Task Force 6 (TF6) investigation initiated in DeWitt County and led into Macon County, William E. Mazander, 35, of Maroa, Illinois, and Lori A. Agee, 37, of Clinton, Illinois, were arrested for the offense of Methamphetamine Conspiracy, a Class X felony.
William E. Mazander is incarcerated in the DeWitt County jail on $50,000 / 10 percent bond and Lori A. Agee is incarcerated in the DeWitt County jail on $30,000 / 10 percent bond. If convicted, a Class X felony carries a possible sentence of not less than 6 years and not more than 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Arrest warrants for Methamphetamine Conspiracy have been issued for two other suspects. They are Amanda M. Mazander, 35, of Maroa, Illinois and Rebecca L. Justice, 35, of Decatur, Illinois. If anyone knows the whereabouts of these suspects, they are asked to contact their local Police Department.
Assisting TF6 in the planning, investigation, and arrest were the Maroa Police Department, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Illinois State Police, Macon County Sheriff’s Office and Decatur Police Department, DeWitt County States Attorney’s Office and Macon County States Attorney’s Office.
No other information will be released at this time. TF6 is a multi-agency enforcement unit specializing in narcotics enforcement. TF6 is composed of officers from the Clinton Police Department, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, McLean County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State University Police Department, and the Illinois State Police.
The public is reminded that charges are merely accusations and criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Persons having information regarding illegal drugs are encouraged to contact the TF6 tip line at www.taskforce6.com.
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced the ISP was awarded with re-accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
CALEA accreditation is a highly prized recognition throughout the law enforcement community and ensures the agency continues to serve Illinois residents with professional excellence.
The annual CALEA conference was attended by hundreds of law enforcement professionals from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, in Baltimore, Maryland, last weekend. The Commission is responsible for verifying agencies have met the multitude of standards for re-accreditation consideration. The ISP was awarded the prestigious Accreditation with Excellence Award, exemplifying the Agency’s dedication in maintaining the highest level of professional services to the public and criminal justice community. The award also underscores the Department’s commitment to service and the accreditation process.
“CALEA accreditation is a benchmark of the ISP’s commitment and readiness to keep the citizens of Illinois safe,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. "This award illustrates the hard work ISP employees perform each and every day and their dedication to fulfill our public safety mission.”
8-3-16 (from the Livingston County Farm Bureau)
What could be better than a night on the farm with free activities, a delicious dinner and Charlotte’s Web? Join us on August 6th for just that!
Join the Promotions and Education Committee of the Livingston County Farm Bureau for a night on the farm! The evening will start at 6:30 with dinner cooked and served by the Farm Hats crew and donated by Illinois Pork Producers. Dinner will be pork burgers, chips, cookie and your drink for $5. We will also have popcorn available during the movie. The P and E committee will have a variety of games and activities for all ages at no cost.
At dusk, we will have a viewing of Charlotte’s Web on the side of the barn. We will be at Randy and Hope Perry’s farm, 23585 E 1000 North Rd, Fairbury. Please contact us with any questions at 815-842-1103.
EL PASO – Gov. Bruce Rauner paid a visit to a Woodford County farm Tuesday urging lawmakers to vote on term limits this fall during the state’s veto session.
The stop along Route 24 at the Schlipf farm near El Paso came on the heels of a Cook County judge ruling against putting a measure on the ballot which would create independently drawn legislative maps.
“We’re at a key turning point for Illinois,” Rauner said. “The people have asked for reform. In 2014 600,000 petition signatures came on to request term limits and fair maps.”
Rauner said “career politicians” used the court system to keep fair maps off the ballot.
“We’ve got to stand against this. We can’t have career politicians taking away the voice of the people.”
State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) agreed that the state needs to reform the way in which decisions are made.
“We need to change the manner in which the maps are drawn and take that power away from the political establishment and give it back to voters,” Barickman explained.
A news release from Rauner’s office notes more than 88 percent of candidates in the state legislature faced no opposition in their primary and two-thirds will face no opposition in the general election.
“Cynics will say this is an impossible dream to get term limits voted on by this legislature. But that dream can become reality if the people of Illinois demand it,” Rauner added.
During Illinois Speed Awareness Day this July 27th, the Illinois State Police is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through both education and enforcement.
In Illinois during 2014, speed was the reason for 32.4% of all traffic fatalities. That’s 348 deaths for the year, or one life every 25 hours. These lives can be easily saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.
On Interstates speeding can have the following consequences:
•The probability of death, disfigurement, or debilitating injury grows with higher speed at impact. Such consequences double for every 10 MPH over 50 MPH.
•When a vehicle crashes it undergoes a rapid change in speed. However the occupants keep moving at the vehicle’s previous speed until they are stopped, either by hitting an object or by being restrained by a safety belt or airbag.
•The effectiveness of restraint devices like airbags, safety belts, crumple zones, and side beams decline as impact speed increases.
•37.4% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.•Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
•Crash severity increases with the speed of the vehicle at impact.
•Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.•Speeding can lower gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.
Let’s all do our part by taking a proactive approach to prevent fatalities and reduce injuries on the roadways by being aware of our speed and obeying the speed limit signs ALL the time. If you would like more information about Illinois Speed Awareness Day, please visit www.illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.
CHICAGO – Governor Rauner is among the prominent Illinois Republicans skipping this week’s convention.
Rauner has stopped answering questions about the race for president. Before Donald Trump received the nomination, Rauner said he would support the party’s nominee even if it was Trump.
Rauner has criticized Trump’s rhetoric ever since as nasty, weird and ugly. Now he is not talking about the race at all or his voting preferences.
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner reaffirmed his commitment to reforming the current school funding formula by creating the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission.
“Education is the most important thing we do as a society, but Illinois has failed to adequately and equitably fund schools for years,” Governor Rauner said. “We should put more money into our schools and focus resources to the students that need them the most. Today we are ensuring the bipartisan momentum to reform our school funding formula does not fade away.”
The Commission’s sole task is to recommend a comprehensive solution to reform Illinois’ school funding formula. The report is due to the Governor and General Assembly by February 1, 2017 in order for the General Assembly to take action in 2017 General Session. The Commission will be composed of five designees from the Administration and each of the legislative leaders. Secretary of Education Beth Purvis will be one of the Governor’s designees and will serve as the Commission’s chairperson. In addition, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Chairman Rev. James Meeks will serve as a liaison between ISBE and the Commission.
“Ensuring our schools are properly funded in an adequate and equitable way will only improve outcomes for Illinois children,” Secretary Purvis said. “I’m honored to chair this Commission and join legislators who are equally as motivated to find a solution to make our school funding formula more equitable.”
JOLIET – Governor Bruce Rauner joined IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, area officials and business leaders to announce an agreement between the state, local governments and CenterPoint Properties.
This agreement includes building a new Houbolt Road bridge linking Interstate 80 and the intermodal facilities in Will County that make up the country’s largest inland port. The first-of-its-kind project in Illinois is estimated to cost a combined $170 million to $190 million, to alleviate traffic congestion on local roads, improve safety and further strengthen the state’s economy.
“The project is long overdue and will only enhance the region’s position as a freight hub for North America and an economic engine for the state,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said. “Illinois needs more projects just like these creative solutions to fund infrastructure and keep Illinois competitive far into the 21st century.”
The historic agreement is the result of the teamwork between the Illinois Department of Transportation, CenterPoint, the City of Joliet and Will County. Under the agreement, CenterPoint will build and operate a new tolled bridge on Houbolt Road over the Des Plaines River and the BNSF Railroad tracks at a cost of $150 million to $170 million.
Will County is required to pass a resolution allowing tolls to be issued and collected by CenterPoint.
“This project will improve the flow of goods and services throughout the region, relieving the congestion and addressing the safety issues that are impacting many surrounding communities,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “By working closely with all stakeholders involved, we have come up with a creative approach that can be a model to solving infrastructure needs elsewhere in the state."
The Illinois Sheriff's Association advises Illinois residents that there is a phone campaign underway which fraudulently uses the name of the Illinois Sheriff's Association in their solicitation.
The association says it never solicits by phone but does conduct a direct mail campaign throughout the state which is endorsed by individual county sheriffs. Officials say telemarketing fraud costs billions of dollars each year. Remember if you have any doubs or are highly pressured just hang up.
Should you receive a call from anyone saying they represent your local sheriff or the Illinois Sheriff's Association and they are asking for donations, contact police immediately or gather as much information as possible from the caller and report it to ISA@ilsheriff.org.
Illinois consumers can use a new tool from the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) to find insurance money they may be owed using the DOI's Life Policy Locator Service.
The Life Policy Locator Service will help executors, legal representatives, or members of the deceasedperson’s immediate family find a life insurance policy or annuity contract left by a deceased loved one. Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling asked her staff to find a way to help Illinois beneficiaries obtain the money they are owed and bridge the gap between insurance companies and Illinois citizens who think they may be listed as a beneficiary.
“Many times finding life insurance policies can be difficult and time consuming after a loved one’s death,” said Dowling. “But with this new free service, consumers can request help from the Illinois Department of Insuranceto simplify the process of locating lost life insurance policies. This search service eliminates the confusion oftrying to locate missing life insurance policies or annuity contracts and helps get those benefits to the intended beneficiary.
”After the necessary information is submitted, DOI will contact all state-licensed life insurance companiesasking them to search their records for any life insurance policies or annuity contracts insuring the decedent. If a policy is found, that insurance company will contact the beneficiary to complete the claim.
“I’m delighted that the Department of Insurance will now offer Illinois consumers a free service to inquire aboutfamily policies that may have been forgotten or uncovered over the years following a death,” said Dowling. To learn more about the Lost Life Policy Locator Service, click the following link https://insurance.illinois.gov/Applications/LifePolicyLocator/ or visit the Illinois Department of Insurance website. Of note, as of December 31, 2015, the Illinois Department of Insurance has recovered proceeds for more than11,000 beneficiaries worth more than $213 million.
There is plenty to do in Central Illinois this weekend. Here are just some of the events:
The Odell Days celebration takes place July 8 & 9. Friday's activities include the beer tent, music by Chris Corkery, a family movie on the big screen and late night entertainment. On Saturday, it's the 5K run, sand volleyball tourney, kids games, inflatables, bags tournament, street dance and raffle drawing.
Oglesby Summer Fun Fest:
Take a drive north ot enjoy the Oglesby Summer Fun Fest. On Friday night, the Britins perform along with the group Satisfaction. A cruise-in takes place at the Rootbeer Stand from 6-9 p.m. Saturday's events include the water fights, kids party in the park, a performance from an Elvis tribute artis and Lance Lipinsky. Sunday will be the Honor our Heroes parade, a performance from The Chicago 6 and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Towns throughout Central Illinois will have activities for the Fourth of July.
In Chenoa, a flea market will be held in the city park along with a car and motorcycle show. The Methodist Church will have a food stand just west of the park from 10:30-4:00 serving sandwiches and pies and the Chenoa parade steps off at 2 p.m. at the corner of Division and Mill with the theme, “Glittery Sky on the 4th of July.”
The Chenoa parade heads through downtown, south to Lincoln and east to 7th Street. A bicycle decorating contest is included in this year’s parade and fireworks take place at dusk at the football field.
Towanda’s annual celebration includes a flea market and food concessions. The parade steps off from the school at 10 a.m. with registration and lineup at 8:45 and the Grand Marshals Award for the best float at 9:45. The Towanda theme is “Our Citizens Make Towanda Great.” Fireworks will be set off from the Towanda Township Building just east of town at dusk.
A full day of events is planned in Sibley with the theme of “Camp Sibley 2016.” A children’s fishing derby starts at 9 a.m. with a car show from 9-12 and the Sibley Area 4th of July parade steps off at 1 p.m. The annual cardboard boat regatta on Sibley Lake is at 4 with the fireworks over Sibley Lake at dusk.
SPRINGFIELD – State lawmakers have agreed to a six-month budget and education funding just in time for the start of a new fiscal year.
The stopgap budget is designed to keep the state running through the end of the year and ensures schools open in the fall. The compromise includes help for Chicago public schools by letting the city raise property taxes to fund teacher pensions as well as money for higher education and social service programs statewide.
Senator John Sullivan of Quincy reminds residents this is only a short-term fix while House Minority Leader Jim Durkin said this deal had to get done right away.
New directors have been elected for Corn Belt Energy Corporation.
The cooperative's 78th annual meeting was held June 17 and around 1,200 members and families attended the event with entertainment, a free lunch and workshops. Retiring director Bob Whitwood of Hudson was honored for his years of service. Those elected to three-year terms include: Peter Borowski, Jesse Slager, Steve Schertz, Laverne Malone and Rob Angus.
Around 36,000 households and businesses throughout 18 counties receive electricity through Corn Belt.
BLOOMINGTON - State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) remains hopeful for a six-month, also referred to as a "stopgap" budget, for the state.
The state is halfway there now, according to Brady. Now the speaker and governor must agree on it to get the rest of the state's work done and continue working on a full budget for Fiscal Year 17.
"If it's not done by June 30, which I wish it would be and hope that it would be, there's still time we can have that done throughout the course of the summer," Brady said.
WESTON – Residents of McLean County’s Yates Township are celebrating a new public hall.
Officials from the township and USDA Rural Development joined local residents at an open house and dedication ceremony Thursday evening. Rural Development provided a $25,000 Community Facility grant for the purchase and renovation of the building. The township funded the remaining $30,775 to reach the total $55,574 total project cost.
“This Yates Township Hall is a testament to a supervisor and board that are proactive and dedicated, a cooperative that is community-minded and supportive and the residents of this township who will benefit over and over again,” said Colleen Callahan, USDA Rural Development Director for Illinois.
Township Supervisor Clayton Rosenberger credits State Rep. Dan Brady with the referral to Rural Development and its programs designed to help rural communities.
“This is going to be a great multi-purpose use here for Yates Township – everything from families to voting,” explained Brady.
Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has helped 1.1 million rural residents buy homes, invested $11 billion to start or expand 103,000 rural businesses, funded nearly 7,000 community facilities, financed 185,000 miles of electric transmission lines and helped bring high-speed Internet access to nearly 6 million rural residents and businesses.
“We’re delighted to be a part of the process and success celebrated today,” added Callahan.Members of the public not only had the chance to see the renovated facility, but also enjoyed free food and historical artifacts. The hall is located at 30561 N. 3260 East Road.