Motorists are advised to proceed with caution today after overnight snow left 2-4 inches on the ground. Snow plows were out and about this morning. Main routes have been cleared while some rural roads were still snow covered. Illinois State Police reported slide-offs along I-57 and I-72 and I-74.
The forecast calls for a cloudy Wednesday. Temps are expected in the low to mid 20s.
West-central parts of Indiana were snowy and slick this morning. The Benton School Corporation was operating on a two-hour delay. Delays were also reported in Fountain, Warren and Vermilion County schools in Indiana.
Danville Area Community College is beginning its search for a new president. The Board of Trustees has scheduled a workshop for Saturday, January 23rd at 8:00 am to discuss presidential search firms. The Board will also hold a discussion of future programming and financial planning. The meeting will be held at the Old National Bank Community Room at West Main Street.
Danville Area Community College President, Alice Marie Jacobs, announced in December that she plans to retire this year. She became the sixth President of DACC in September of 1999.
Vermilion County Fair Queen Abby Foster earned the title of Miss Illinois Fair Queen Sunday night. She was crowned at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Springfield at the annual Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention.
Miss Foster is east-central Illinois' first winner since 2008.
Foster is a 2015 graduate of Oakwood High School now attending Ball State University.
Foster was in fine company as one of nine area women among the finalists in the competition. Also making the cut for the finals was Jordyn Basler of Milford, the reigning Iroquois County Fair Queen; Amy Loschen of Kempton, the Ford County Fair Queen; and Sierra Dicken representing the Georgetown Fair.
Other finalists were Haley Duden (Champaign County Fair), Mikala Grandfield (Piatt County Fair), Karson Pacunas (Fisher Fair), Shaila Quinn (Farmer City/DeWitt County Fair) and Gabrielle Uphoff (Moultrie-Douglas County Fair).
The pursuit of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream was re-emphasized today (Monday) by the Rev. Ricky Dixon at Kankakee County's annual Celebration Service at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church...
"it's 53 years later and the dream of Dr. King continues," said the Rev. Dixon.
The Rev Dixon, of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Sun River Terrace, was asked if we're any closer to Dr. King's dream ? ...
"We are closer but we're not where we need to be, so there's some heightened tension we need to improve on; we are progressing which is a great thing."
The 2016 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- 50 Years Later – finds the journey continuing.
The Celebration in Kankakee followed the annual Inter-faith Prayer Breakfast at the Quality Inn in Bradley. Some 150 people attended there. And today's events wrapped a weekend of events sponsored by the Dr. King Memorial Foundation of Kankakee County.
In Danville -- a motorcade-parade honoring Dr. King saw several people brave the cold temperatures and bitter wind. The bus allowed marchers to hop on to get out of the cold.
Danville's Human Relations Administrator, Sandra Finch, said it's important to remember the dream. She said race relations in Danville have improved. She said "we have work to do, but it's pretty good."
A wind chill advisory remains in effect this (Monday) morning. The NWS issued the advisory for Sunday thru at least noon today. Iroquois and Ford counties are part of the advisory.
BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS HAVE PRODUCED BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES OF 15 BELOW TO 25 BELOW ZERO OVERNIGHT (Sunday) INTO THIS MONDAY MORNING.
WIND CHILLS AT THIS LEVEL CAN RESULT IN FROSTBITE ON EXPOSED SKIN IN AS LITTLE AS 30 MINUTES. PEOPLE WHO MUST BE OUTDOORS NEED TO HAVE SUFFICIENT PROTECTION IN ORDER TO AVOID FROSTBITE OR HYPOTHERMIA.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.