The Joliet Diocese is closing Kankakee's Aquinas Catholic Academy. Declining enrollment is a factor.
The Daily-Journal reports in its exclusive story, the closing is affective at the end of the current school year. The D-J reports it's a move to keep the Catholic school system viable in Kankakee County. Enrollment is down 27% over the last 10 years, according to the diocese.
The diocese plan also calls for St. Joseph School in Bradley and Maternity BVM in Bourbonnais will offer pre-school thru 6th grade elementary education. Students in 7th and 8th grade will join the high school students at Bishop McNamara.
Martinton man dies in Iroquois County traffic crash
A single-vehicle crash on Cable Line Road in Iroquois County killed an elderly motorist. The accident scene was discovered about 4 am this (Wednesday) morning.
Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum identified the victim as 89-year-old Romeo Arseneau of Martinton. The southbound vehicle flipped after running off 2200 E Road. The driver was ejected. Cheatum pronounced him dead at the scene.
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE PREPARE FOR 50th SUPER BOWL WEEKEND
ISP Troopers to Step Up DUI Patrols
Illinois State Police (ISP) officials unveiled enforcement plans for the 50th Super Bowl weekend. ISP Troopers will strictly enforce moving violations with an emphasis on FATAL-4 violations: DUI, Speeding, Distracted Driving and Seat Belts. ISP Troopers issued more than 1,850 FATAL-4 citations during the 2015 Super Bowl weekend, 105 of which were DUI.
Alcohol is a leading factor in fatal traffic crashes, especially during celebratory weekends. ISP officials are again reminding Super Bowl fans to celebrate responsibly with a designated driver.
"DUI's are responsible for nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in Illinois. A single DUI can cost thousands of dollars, suspension of driving privileges, potential jail time, or worse, cause the death of another motorist," said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. "Plan ahead to arrive home safe this Super Bowl weekend by designating a driver or catching a cab. Everyone wins when we all make it home safe."
The ISP is urging motorists to make this Super Bowl Sunday one to remember, not one to regret. Help keep the roads safe by planning ahead and designating a driver.
Milford and Hoopeston Area high school students were among several who participated in the Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering Society's Academoc Challenge. The competition was held at Danville Area Community College Tuesday.
Eight other schools were part of the challenge, including Armstrong-Potomac, Oakwood, Salt Fork, Chrisman, Bismark-Henning, Danville, Westville, and Georgetown.
A Rockford (IL) truck driver escaped serious injury today (Tuesday) when his loaded Kenworth semi ran off the road and hit a utility pole in Newton County, IN.
35-year-old Keith Dworschak was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries. Newton County Sheriff's Police reported State Road 114 was shut down for several hours. Emergency personnel received the 9-1-1call about 7:15 am. The semi crash happened near Meridian Road.
The accident is still under investigation. Sheriff's Police were assisted by Morocco Fire, Newton County Ambulance, Emergency Management, The Department of Transportation and NIPSCO.