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Rt 1/17 Railroad crossing at Grant Park to close for repairs

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced the planned closing of the Union Pacific Railroad crossing in Grant Park for re-construction. The closing will begin Monday, April 27th and last for 14 days.

IDOT has a detour arranged. Posted signs will direct traffic.

94.1 WGFA

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Francis Cardinal George dies of Cancer

(Chicago, IL) -- The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced today that Francis Cardinal George,(archbishop emeritus), has died after a long battle with cancer. The 78-year-old, who had been regarded as the intellectual leader of the Catholic Church in America, decided last fall to cease treatment for his latest bout with cancer after the experimental drugs proved ineffective.

Cardinal George underwent surgery for bladder cancer in 2006 and six years later, the disease showed up in his kidney. Cardinal George led Chicago-area Catholics for 17-years before retiring last fall because of his illness. A native of Chicago's northwest side, Cardinal George had overcome polio as a child to eventually become the eighth archbishop of Chicago's more than two-million Catholics. {Metro News}

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IDOT ready for Rt. 1 bridge replacement in Watseka

A major road improvement project in Iroquois County gets underway a week from Monday. The Route 1 bridge replacement, running north and south through Watseka, will begin April 27th.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will build a new bridge over the Iroquois River. The project will continue through the end of the year.

Motorists travelling Route 1 will need to prepare for delays.

IDOT Resident Engineer Matt Strough said one lane will remain open during construction. A barrier wall will be in place. And narrow-lane restrictions will limit traffic in phases. Flagmen and signal lights will control north-south traffic.

Strough explained the new bridge will be raised 3.5 feet. Work will also be done on County Road 1950 N leading up to Route 1.

IDOT has been studying the project since 2008.

94.1 WGFA

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Fog advisory this Friday morning

.DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT THIS MORNING.

THE National Weather Service IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY.WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT THIS MORNING.

* VISIBILITY.LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE.

* IMPACTS.VERY HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS EARLY THIS MORNING & JUST AFTER DAYBREAK. THIS INCLUDES THE INTERSTATE 57 AND INTERSTATE 65 CORRIDORS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING.SLOW DOWN.
USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS.& LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

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KanCom dispatchers assist in delivering baby

Emergency dispatchers were once labeled 'Earth Angels in Headsets.' In fact, a published piece called 'A Promise' refers to the Angel of Lifework, a network of professional, extraordinary individuals from the Public safety assemblage brought together for a special calling. The people who Answer the Call...

During this, Nat'l Public Safety Tel-Communicator Week, we're hearing from those T/C's who very-seldom get the recognition, that pat-on-the-back for an outstanding job well done.

In the Kankakee County 9-1-1 Center, KAN-Com dispatchers Anne Spanos and Jen Palacio recently helped in delivering an unexpected baby. Anne took the initial call and coached the boyfriend caller...that calm demeanor of Ann and Jen enabled the caller to remain calm. The end result: a positive outcome.

"It was the first time I've had to help with a baby delivery, so I was nervous, but he (the boyfriend) handled it well, he was calm and she (the mother) was calm," Spanos told 94.1 WGFA. "

Spanos credits the boyfriend, but it was her calm demeanor and coaching over the phone that played a major role in the success of the delivery.

Tele-Communicator Jen Palacio was also at the controls in the KanCom 9-1-1 Center.

"Anne did a great job. She handled it great, took the call and took control very quick," Palacio said. The team effort saw Palacio relay vital info the rolling first-responders while Spanos guided the baby's parents with the delivery.

Both women added, dispatching is a team effort. Dispatchers typically have two constant companions, other dispatchers and stress. They depend on one, and try to ignore the other.

The public should come to realize what dispatchers do in every emergency situation.

94.1 WGFA