A Hobart, Indiana man who rolled his pickup truck three times was injured and airlifted after a crash on Interstate 65 in Jasper County.
It happened about 11 am (Friday) north of the Rensselaer exit.
33-year-old Joseph Ellul of Hobart was southbound in a pickup truck. Police say evidence shows Ellul hit the rear-end of the car in front of him. Ellul's pickup then went around to the shoulder but he overcorrected. He went off the right side of the roadway and rolled his truck three times.
Ellul had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
State police said alcohol may be a factor in this crash. Toxicology results are pending.
A Plainfield woman who died in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday on I-55 in Livingston County has been identified. 20-year-old Ashley Borja was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened just before 2 pm.
Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson said the victim's southbound vehicle crossed the median into the northbound lanes and hit two other vehicles, north of Pontiac. Illinois State Police and Pontiac Police are also involved in the investigation.
Tim Nugent Appointed Economic Alliance President/CEO
The Board of Directors of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County announces the appointment of Tim Nugent as President/CEO. The appointment is effective immediately.
Nugent brings to the role more than 20 years of experience and a record of success in business, real estate and community development.
In 10 years as mayor of the Village of Manteno - an office Nugent currently holds and will retain in his new position with the Alliance - the northern Kankakee County municipality's population has grown more than 20% and sales tax receipts have doubled. Nugent attributes that growth to comprehensive planning and execution, targeted business incentives and a collaborative development environment, advantages he intends to foster on a wider scale in his new position.
"Kankakee County has seen $1 billion in investment in the last two years alone," noted Nugent. "Our community is well positioned for even greater growth, and it starts with that spirit of cooperation and leadership rowing in the same direction."
Prior to serving as Manteno mayor, Nugent owned and operated Manteno Lumber & True Value while leading numerous residential real estate development projects.
"Tim has the right combination of skills and the right attitude to excel in this position in this community," said Economic Alliance Board Chairman and Riverside Healthcare President/CEO Phil Kambic. "His track record really speaks for itself."
Nugent replaces Mike Van Mill, who resigned in November after having served as president/CEO since the Alliance's incorporation in 2007. Van Mill now serves as administrator for the Village of Bourbonnais.
Local citizens and groups were properly recognized (Wednesday) at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet.
The Chamber and the Times-Republic share the spotlight in presenting awards.
Hayden Schaumburg and Martha Howe were named Citizen-of-the-Year and Lifetime Achievement Award winners, respectively, by the Times-Republic.
The Chamber of Commerce earlier named Helen Gerber its Staff Achievement Award winner. The City of Watseka – City Council and City Employees earned the Professional Award.
Martha Howe's leadership in directing the Watseka Food Pantry earned her the accolades. Her nomination cited her "backbone and energy that makes the Pantry a successful organization."
Howe supervises more than a dozen volunteers to make sure people in need are served. The nomination also referred to Martha's effort in helping Watseka flood victims receive extra food and cleaning supplies.
The nomination also called "Martha a true blessing to this community and the county."
Helen Gerber's pat-on-the-back from the Chamber highlighted her involvement with the Watseka Kiwanis Club, working with many of the club programs.
Gerber is also involved in children's educational programs at schools and church and the library. She told the audience, we can leave positive footprints.
Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood praised the city employees for their extra effort during the city's recent bouts with flooding. Two major floods in July and again in December had the city on its heels. But the city employees' effort to help residents and businesses get back on their feet, was most recognized.
The City employees and Council are recipients of the Professional Award.