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Local leaders show support for Illiana Expressway

The Illiana Expressway remains on-hold. Governor Bruce Rauner stopped all capital projects until he can all costs and expenses reviewed. But leaders in Kankakee County are showing continued support for the project that'll link I-55 in Will County with I-65 in NW Indiana.

Five Kankakee County officials signed a letter drawn up by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly urging Rauner to fund several infrastructure projects, described as regional "game-changing projects" in the 2nd Congressional District represented by Kelly. The district includes Kankakee and Will counties.

Signing off on the letter are Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein, Bourbonnais Mayor Paul Schore, Bradley mayor Bruce Adams, Manteno Mayor Tim Nugent, and County Board Chairman Mike Bossert.

Kelly's project list includes the Illiana Expressway and South Suburban Airport.

Kelly's letter was signed by 35 southland mayors, state representatives, state senators and county board members. Both Democrats and Republicans signed Kelly's letter.
State Sen. Toi Hutchinson also signed off in support of the projects.

Kelly's letter states, "Most congressional districts (and most states, for that matter) would be envious of our plans to build a new airport, national park, presidential library, toll road, and a 500-acre lakefront development (the old USX site)." "Remarkably, all five game-changing projects could break ground in the next four years."

The 47-mile Illiana by itself has a $1.5-billion price tag. Much of its cost is projected to be covered by private developers.

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Olivet one of Best Christian Workplaces

Olivet Nazarene University is one of only three higher education workplaces named Best Christian Workplaces in the United States for 2015.

This is the tenth consecutive year Olivet has earned this honor from Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI), an organization that provides consultation and research to help Christian workplaces flourish.

To qualify for the Best Christian Workplace designation, Olivet was required to have employees complete the BCWI employee engagement survey. Ninety percent of employees participated. Responses were assessed against BCWI standards in the areas of staff calling and passion, trustworthy culture, talent management, strategy and execution, innovation and staff involvement, authentic Christian leadership, personal development, compensation and benefits, and teamwork. Additional open-ended questions allowed employees to share more information about Olivet as an employer and to suggest improvements.

"Our employees make this University distinctive," said David Pickering, Olivet's director of Business and Human Resources. "For more than 10 years of this survey, our employees have consistently rated their co-workers as dedicated and passionate about the roles they play in meeting the needs of our students. There's an enduring high level of trust among everyone who works at Olivet, as well as an appreciation for the culture and benefits of being here."

This recognition comes on the heels of Olivet's being named as one of the friendliest college campuses in the United States by Niche.com.

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Watseka meth arrest opens door to further investigation

Watseka Police say more arrests are expected following an investigation into a trailer fire earlier in the month. City Police, the Watseka Fire department and the Iroquois County State's Attorney's Office are following up on leads after Todd Cook was arrested on drug and weapons charges Monday.

Cook was arrested on an Iroquois County warrant for Math manufacturing, possession of Meth, and 2-counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.  Cook was then hospitalized for some undisclosed reason.

Watseka Police reported Cook's arrest on Monday came after a two-week investigation was completed. 

It was January 4th when the Watseka Fire department responded to a trailer fire in the 200-block of N. Chicago Street. Investigtators learned the fir was the result of a Meth lab being operated.  Evidence collected from the scene led to Cook's arrest this week.  Police said the investigation is continuing.

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Snow triggers traffic accidents in Kankakee County

Today's (Wed) NWS forecast for snow turned into an un-expected blitz in parts of Kankakee County. Several traffic mishaps were reported after huge snowflakes fell in Bourbonnais and western sections of the county.

Visibility was limited to less than a mile for a while. Sheriff's Police reported up to nine simultaneous accidents along a stretch of CR 1200.

State and township road crews from the Essex-Herscher area to Bourbonnais, Kankakee and St. Anne reported slick roads and accidents. No serious injuries were reported.

The NWS confirmed a narrow band of intense snowfall from NW Illinois near Dixon-Sterling to Rensselaer, Indiana.

Accumulations of 1-2 inches were forecast for today and tonight.

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Sheldon apartment fire forces evacuation

The state Fire Marshall will investigate a suspicious fire that chased tenants of a Sheldon apartment building from their homes Wednesday morning.

There was no injury. Damage was limited to the outside west end of the Sumner Apartments, long known as the Webb Apartments along Frontage Road, south of Route 24.

Sheldon Fire Chief Stan Molter said a caller reported flames coming from the 2-story building. That prompted a quick decision for a box-alarm, not knowing the seriousness of an 8-apartment complex.

Molter reported the fire, which appeared intentional, was limited to an outside stairwell. There was no inside damage with the exception of a little smoke.

Concord, Watseka and Kentland, IN answered the mutual aid call around 2:30 am.

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