There was another casulty overlooked in Tuesday's Iroquois County Primary returns. Incumbent Dan Pursley lost his seat in District 2 for Iroquois County Board. John Shure and Steve Huse were the winners. WGFA in-correctly stated the top three voter-getters were in, but only two in the district were elected.
Pursley and David Penny were unsuccessful candidates. Shure (501 votes) and Huse (458) were declared winners in District 2.
Two people who died (Wednesday) in a structure fire in Dwight are now identified as 46-year-old Guy Sassenger and 42-year-old Chad Weber. Both men were residents of the address at 110 Union Street.
The State Fire Marshall spent much of the day investigating. Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson issued a press release stating dental records, tattoo’s and interviews with relatives were used to make positive identification.
The fire broke out about 12:30 am at an apartment house along Route 47.
Dwight Fire Deputy Chief Justin Dyer explained the fire started in the kitchen area possibly on the stove. The fire had consumed much of the 1st and 2nd floor when firemen arrived. Damage was pegged at about $150,000.
Two others escaped without injury.
The Dwight Fire Department was assisted by Gardner, Odell, Braceville, Pontiac, Braidwood, Campus-Emington, Limestone, Coal City, Morris, Mazon, SELCAS ambulance along with Duffy ambulance.
Illinois State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian on I-57 near Rantoul last night. The victim was identified as 21-year-old Francis Edelen, a U of I student and wrestler, from Manhattan (IL).
The accident occurred near milepost 253.5 near Rantoul. The vehicle that hit the victim left the scene.
The Pesotum District 10 State Police Post welcomes anyone with information. Call 217-867-2050
Troopers were on the scene of two separate crashes on the interstate between Champaign and Paxton.
Police were called to a 2-vehicle crash just before 9:40 pm on southbound I-57. The investigation revealed one of the drivers left the scene on foot, possibly to flag down help or get a ride. A short distance from the crash site, the pedestrian (Edelen) was hit and killed by an unknown vehicle in the right lane of traffic.
A new weather system moving in to the listening-area could bring several inches of wet, heavy snow. The National Weather Service says to expect quiet conditions with slightly milder temperatures today and Friday.
The next weather system is expected to produce precipitation later Friday night into Saturday. Confidence is increasing on a swath of significant wet snow, possibly 6″ or more with this system, which is currently favored to occur in a fairly narrow corridor from near Sterling, IL to Rensselaer, IN.
There are a few important items of note. The first is that there will likely be a sharp cutoff either side of the heaviest snow swath where snow accumulations drop off quickly. The second is that the heaviest snow swath could shift south or north from the current forecast.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 49. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 28. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Friday Night: A chance of rain late becoming all snow after midnight. Low around 32. Saturday: Snow likely..... High near 35. Chance for 2-4″ early before ending by noon.