Letter Carriers will be helping to stamp out hunger on Saturday (5/11). The National Association of Letter Carriers will be participating in the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Locally, several area letter carriers have participated in the food drive the last 18 years.
On Saturday residents are asked to help feed the hungry in our area by placing non-perishable food items near your mailbox. Letter Carriers will pick-up the items and see that they are delivered to the local food pantries.
To confirm whether your post office is participating, you can call your local post office.
OTTAWA --Area motorists will want to be aware of restricted-lane usage on Interstate 57 near Ashkum, in Iroquois County.
Repairs are being made to the bridge carrying Township Road 2500 North over I-57 two miles south of Ashkum.Weather permitting, the projected is estimated to take two weeks to complete.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (I-DOT) is making it known there will be over night closures of southbound I-57 while repairs are made. The closures are targeted for Saturday and Sunday (May 18 and 19th) from 7 pm ‘til 7 am.
A detour will direct traffic to Route 116 and Route 24.
I-DOT reminds motorists to slow down and drive safely in construction and maintenance work zones.
Senator Jason Barickman Says Pension Reform Must Be About Long Term Solutions
SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) says a pension reform proposal sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton does not do enough to tackle the state’s immense $100 billion dollar unfunded pension liability.
Senate Bill 2404 passed 40-16 Thursday. It would offer employees and retirees a choice of diminished benefits.
“My concern with this bill is that it doesn’t fix the problem or take control away from the people who messed it up in the first place,” said Senator Barickman. “We must remain focused on creating a stable and predictable employment environment in which people will want to work for us in the future.”
Senator Barickman says the estimated cost savings of the bill will not significantly trim the state’s unfunded pension liability. He also says it likely won’t ease the pressure on the state’s exploding yearly pension payment, which has led to cuts in social services, education, and other programs.
“This bill does nothing more than change the rules today and continue the problem for another day,” said Senator Barickman. “This will mean sometime in the future, the state will have to go back to employees and retirees to change the system again. What does that say about our state? We must do better.”
SB 2404 now goes to the House for consideration. It is unclear if Speaker Michael Madigan will support the bill.
A civil lawsuit against Iroquois County, involving a correctional officer, has been settled for $100,000.
The county insurance company settled with 38-yerar-old Corey Kilgore, a Watseka resident who accused a jailer of physical abuse. Kilgore claimed his constitutional rights were violated.Kilgore claimed he was choked by the jailer while being detained at the county jail.
Kilgore was being held for a DUI arrest made by Illinois State Police.Kilgore later pleaded guilty to the DUI charge.
Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine explained the original suit seeking $387,000 was settled for the $100,000.
Authorities say it was a fiery head-on collision along Illinois route 9 in Vermilion County Wednesday that left a Hoopeston man dead. 30-year-old Elizandro Solis Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, according to County Coroner Peggy Johnson.
Sheriff’s Police report an eastbound car crossed the center line shortly after 1:30 pm and struck a west-bound semi tractor trailer. Police say the tractor portion of the truck burst into flames following impact, but the driver of the truck escaped serious injuries.
Deputies closed Illinois route 9 for several hours Wednesday as they investigated. The highway has since been reopened to traffic.