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Kankakee, Livingston Counties Part of Spring Construction Program

It’s Illinois’ largest early-season construction program ever. Monday, Governor Pat Quinn announced $486 million in road and bridge projects. Included will be projects in both Kankakee and Livingston County. The governor said the investments will put thousands to work across the state.

The resurfacing from Illinois Route 17 to Route 113 has a pricetag of $1,118,000. Also in Kankakee County will be a pedestrian path from Schuyler Avenue to Wall Street in the City of Kankakee.

The community of Dwight in Livingston County will get sidewalk improvements. It’s a cost of $190,000. Also in Livingston County is resurfacing from Long Point Spur to Illinois 116. The cost of the project is $1,800,000. There’s also a bridge replacement over the Vermilion River, east of Streator. The project cost is $300,000.

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Wilmington teen crash investigation continues; drugs, alcohol ruled out

Will County officials report none of the four Wilmington teens who died earlier this month in a car crash had any trace of drugs or alcohol in their system.

The Sheriff’s office and the Coroner’s office are working with the Illinois State police to re-create the accident. It was March 11 when the car the teens were in crashed thru a guardrail and ran into an icy creek near Wilmington.


The Will County Coroner's office has already ruled all four deaths a drowning. The victims were 15-year-old Cody Carter, 14-year-old Matthew Bailey, 15-year-old Micalah Sembach, and 17-year-old Cheyenne Fender. All were from Wilmington and pronounced dead at the scene. They were found the following day.

The vehicle landed in Forked Creek along Ballou Road, just west of Warner Bridge Road.

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Energy Assistance Still Available thru Community Action Agency

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency still has help available for eligible citizens needing help paying power bills. The Agency says whether you heat with electricity, gas, oil or propane there is still some energy assistance funds available for low-income residents who qualify.

Contact the Gilman office at 210 N. Central Street in Gilman or call 815-265-4685.

Help is also available at the Danville office … 56 N. Vermilion Street or call 217-443-2705.

In order to serve customers in a timely manner, however, all customers must have the following information available:

  1. Proof of income for all household members for the past 30 days;
  2. A copy of their most recent energy bill;
  3. Social Security cards/or print out for all household members; and
  4. A copy of your lease.

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Hazardous Driving Conditions Following Winter Storm

Many of the roads in Iroquois County and across East-Central Illinois still pose slick and hazardous conditions, despite snow plows having been busy overnight. The National Weather Service (NWS) reports snowfall amounts range from about five-inches to nine inches; some isolated patches total 9-10 inches.

Several routes are still snow-packed and hazardous this morning (Mon 3/25). Light snow was continuing to fall across the area this morning, but the Winter Storm Warning ended at 7 a.m. in Illinois.

The NWS reports visibility may still be a problem in some rural areas during the afternoon.

State, County, Township and Municipal plows are busy this morning. Some school districts have cancelled classes today.

The warning aas been extended until noon for Central and West-Central Indiana.  

Some of the snow totals reported:

Watseka: 5.2, 6.0, 7.0

Milford: 5.5, 6.0
Hoopeston: 6.0 inches

Paxton: 6.0, 7.5
Tilton: 7.0 inches
Springfield: 12 inches
Urbana: 11.5 inches

Bloomington: 7.4 inches

Danville:  8.0 inches

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Emergency Travel Advisory

ISP D-21 emergency travel advisory

March 24, 2013

Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 covering Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford Counties are urging drivers to travel for emergencies only.

The Illinois State Police District 21 is currently under winter weather advisory. As the storm continues to pass through the area, the roadways have become hazardous. Many roads are snow covered and slippery. The combination of snow and winds will cause roadways to become icy and dangerous to drive on. Troopers are currently handling a number of vehicles in the ditch.

Please contact your nearest police department if your vehicle becomes disabled or involved in a crash. If you must travel make sure someone is aware of your travel route, slow down, and buckle up. Motorists need to keep updated on the latest weather forecast. Motorist can check current travel conditions by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), or online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the “Winter Road Conditions” icon.