Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties are under fog advisories this morning. Northwest Indiana is also effected by dense fog, where school delays are in effect for North and South Newton school districts.
The dense fog contributed to fatal accidents overnight in both Illinois and Indiana. Visibity was reduced to less than a quarter-mile and to zero in some areas.
It's about open government – giving the people the opportunity to have a voice and seek office.
That's the position of Iroquois County board member Vince LaMie. The Woodworth resident is appealing to the public to express their views on the subject of 'night meetings" rather than the long-standing tradition of 9 am meetings conducted by the County Board on the second Tuesday of each month.
LaMie says if this issue is going anywhere, "there needs to be a show of public involvement."
LaMie invites the public to a Town Hall meeting Monday (March 9). It's at 7 pm in the Board Room at the Administrative Center in Watseka.
So far, LaMie has little support from board members. Some opponents have said 'they want to be tending to family matters in the evenings,' which raises eyebrows from many others who point out all other government bodies conduct their business in the evenings.
A recent 16-1 vote by the County Board's Policy & Procedure committee was instead in favor leaving meetings at 9 am on the second Tuesday.
Governor Rauner visits St. Anne business site Monday
Hoekstra Transportation in rural St. Anne is a scheduled stop for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today (Monday 3/9). An announced 12 Noon visit will find the Governor talking about the Turnaround Agenda.
Rauner made a stop in Pontiac last week where he visited with Livingston County officials.
Today's public schedule for Rauner also includes a press conference in Chicago at St. Ignatius College Prep. There, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk will join the Governor and faith and business leaders in a roundtable discussion about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform for Illinois.
Four people have been arrested on drug charges after Livingston County authorities reportedly found drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia at a Pontiac house.
Two men and two women, all from Pontiac,are jailed on preliminary charges. Sheriff Tony Childress said the investigation continues and more arrests are possible. Police arrested four people at the house and found the drugs after they executed a search warrant just before 6 am. Thursday.
Sheriff Childress said officers found heroin, cocaine, marijuana, over $2,800 cash, and household items.
The Prosecutor's office in Lake County, Indiana filed murder and aggravated battery charges over Tuesday's fatal stabbing of a Cedar Lake high school senior.
19-year-old Tyler McAfee of Lansing (IL) is named in the two felony counts filed alleging he killed 17-year-old Alton Bradley and wounding 18-year-old Matthew Smolek of Cedar Lake. McAfee is being held without bond in the Lake County Jail.
The prosecutor alleges McAfee committed an unprovoked attack on the victims and bragged he belonged to a Gary street gang. But McAfee told police he wielded the knife in self-defense.