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Illinois State Police TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

Improper Passing was Cause of Crash

A collision between a pickup truck and a semi near Grant Park closed a section of Illinois Route 1 for a while Friday morning. Illinois State Police investigated at the Kankakee-Will County line just before 9 am. One of the drivers was ticketed for Improper Passing and Failure to Reduce Speed.

Police reported Jose Menchaca (Men-cock-uh) of Chicago was operating a Mack semi southbound and attempted to pass a southbound pickup that making a turn onto County Road 12000 N. The collision pushed the pickup into a ditch. The pickup driver, 44-year-old Refugio Castaneda of Grant Park, was not injured. The semi lost control and overturned. Driver Menchaca was treated for a minor injury. He was also cited by state police.

Grant Park Fire, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police, and the Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

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Flood Advisory continues for Sugar Creek

1013 AM CDT FRI APR 12 2013

 

THE FLOOD ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR THE SUGAR CREEK AT MILFORD

UNTIL SAT MORNING.

AT 900 AM FRI THE STAGE WAS 15.0 FEET.

* ACTION STAGE IS 15.0 FEET.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 18.0 FEET.

* FORECAST.THE RIVER WILL RISE TO NEAR 15.2 FEET BY THIS EVENING.

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Fountain County, IN man drowns in creek

A heart attack and drowning were contributing factors in the death of a Covington, Indiana man this week. A cause of death investigation was conducted after 59-year-old Keith Summers was found face down in a creek just south of Veedersburg Wednesday.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Summers had left to go fishing at Coal Creek sometime Wednesday afternoon. His brother Joe became worried when Keith had not returned for several hours because of the heavy rains that day.

Keith’s car was discovered at the Coal Creek covered bridge in southwestern Fountain County. His body was found floating 100 yards downstream of the bridge.

A Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office autopsy was conducted on Summers ruling his death as an accident. The primary cause of death was ruled a heart attack with drowning as a contributing factor.

Investigators say it is unclear how Summers ended up in the creek.

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Traffic accident closes Route 1 at Grant Park

Emergency personnel were on the scene of a traffic mishap this (Fri) morning near Grant Park, in Kankakee County.

It was a two-vehicle accident at County Road 12000 N and Illinois Route 1. Grant Park Fire and ambulance officials were on the scene.

The road was closed around 8:30 am while extrication equipment was being used.

 

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No Lt. Governor: Support Grows to Abolish Position

The lieutenant governor’s office is so important that the last one succeeded an impeached governor. But it’s so unimportant that two previous ones quit out of boredom.

If the Illinois Senate follows the lead of the House, the state’s voters would determine whether to abolish the office entirely. Sponsoring State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) says if a governor leaves by death, resignation, or impeachment, the line of succession would have the attorney general installed in his or her place.

Calling the office a “luxury,” McSweeney asked, “Would you rather fund basic social services, would you rather cut taxes for small businesses, or would you rather fund the $1,847,000 that we spend in 2013 on the office of the lieutenant governor?”

The amendment comes just four years after incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn rose to office from the position of lieutenant governor.

“Simply to say we should abolish an office simply because we want to save a few million dollars,” said State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), “when we’ve seen over the last several years that there’s been a need for a smooth transition, it seems to me that this is not a good thing to do.”

HJRCA 18 has passed the House, 83-28-2.

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