Illinois State Police say a single-vehicle rollover crash in Georgetown Tuesday morning took the life of a 71-yr-old man. Stephen Moore of Westville was identified by Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden.
State Police say their preliminary investigation found that the pickup truck involved was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 1 when it left the road near 9th street. The truck crossed the sidewalk and struck an incline in front of a residence, then struck a tree and overturned. State Police say the driver was not wearing his seatbelt and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Two rural fires Friday evening near Wellington may not have been connected but the state fire marshall is investigating. A brush fire at 2775 E and 1600N alerted volunteers about 5 pm. Then, at about 9:30 pm, a camper was found engulfed approximately 100 yards away. No injuries were reported.
State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst is actively working toward solutions to see the campgrounds at Kankakee River State Park reopen following the budget impasse.
“Kankakee River State Park is a staple and an asset to our district. The campgrounds attract people from miles around and are a beautiful and popular destination for camping, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, and enjoying nature,” Rep. Parkhurst said.
Kankakee River State Park has two campgrounds Chippewa and Potawatomi—both are currently closed.
“I listened to and heard the people around the 79th tell me how important the state park is to them and their family traditions. I am working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to determine what is needed to see the state park campgrounds reopen as soon as possible,” Rep. Parkhurst continued.
The Chippewa campground required a water pump replacement and is expected to reopen this spring. The Potawatomi campground has a Capital Development Board (CDB) project which requires completion prior to reopening. IDNR indicated the project may take a number of years. The FY 2018 budget did not appropriate funds for project, but Rep. Parkhurst will request the necessary funds be appropriated for the FY 2019 budget.