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Route 45-52 Detour; Road Closure

Motorists are advised about a bridge replacement project that’s already frustrating area motorists in Iroquois and Kankakee counties. And the work is just the beginning of several months of using an alternate route.

I-DOT has received several calls, most of them complaints about the announced and already-posted road closure just to the south of the I-57 exchange on Kankakee’s south edge.

The biggest complaint is from truckers, who, because of heavier loads, can’t use the rural routes nearby. They’ll be forced to use the interstate, where overpass work is already slowing things down.

Local traffic is still accessible, according to I-DOT.

The detour on U.S. Route 45/52 has already triggered an accident. A semi driver, forced to find an alternate route took a turn too wide on private property Tuesday morning. State Police reported the driver hit a tree. The driver was not injured.

A second semi was involved in a separate crash later at N. Wichert Road at 500 North Road. The site was south of Momence at what’s commonly known as Kinney’s Corner.
Police said the truck carrying a 75,000-pound cylinder when it took the curve too fast, which caused the truck to roll over.

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Click It or Ticket Campaign Begins May 10 in Ford & Iroquois Counties


Ford Iroquois Public Health Department Urges Travelers to Buckle Up

As motorists take to the roadways this Memorial Day holiday, police are urging everyone to buckle up. Beginning May 10, over 500 Illinois law enforcement agencies will join the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and traffic safety advocates in the 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization, cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

“Seat belts are the single most important safety device in your vehicle. They have saved countless lives and prevented countless numbers of injuries over the years,” said Sandra Saak, Child Passenger Safety Technician at Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. “I urge everyone driving on our state’s roadways this summer to drive carefully, do not drive impaired and, most importantly, buckle up, every trip, every time, day or night.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

“Seat belts clearly save lives. But, unfortunately, too many people still need to be reminded. Law enforcement will be out in force, day and night, ticketing those who are not buckled up,” said Saak.

Remember - May 10 to May 27 is the Illinois Click It or Ticket campaign. Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. Wearing your safety belt is your best defense against an impaired driver.

For more information about the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.buckleupillinois.org

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CAT Could Cut Another 300 Jobs

(Decatur, IL)  --  A major Illinois employer is reportedly getting ready to slash another several hundred jobs.  The "Business Journal" reports Caterpillar Incorporated will cut 300 jobs at its plant in Decatur.  Just last month the heavy equipment maker announced it was eliminating more than 450 jobs at that same plant.  The Peoria-based firm says the layoffs are due to struggles in the mining industry.

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GOP Chairman Brady To Resign

(Chicago, IL)  --  GOP Party Chairman Pat Brady is expected to resign today.  The announcement will reportedly come through a news release about four this afternoon.   Brady has been under fire since last fall after announcing his support for gay marriage.  Several Republican lawmakers have called for Brady to step aside, claiming he could no longer represent the Republican Party with views that strayed away from the platform.

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Funeral Services Set for Former Indiana Governor Otis Bowen

Flags are half-staff in Indiana this week to honor a former governor. A funeral service for former Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Otis "Doc" Bowen will be held Friday. The service will be in his hometown of Bremen.

The Mishler Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul‘s Lutheran Church in Bremen. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Otis "Doc" Bowen died Saturday night in Donaldson, IN. He was 95.

Gov.Mike Pence called Bowen‘s service to the state and the nation incalculable. He was the first Indiana governor in modern day to serve 2 consecutive terms following a state constitutional amendment in 1972.
Following his service in the statehouse, Bowen was asked by President Ronald Reagan to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, a position he held from 1985 to 1989.

As governor, Bowen was credited with overhauling Indiana‘s tax structure and creating a state-wide emergency medical services system. As Health Secretary, Bowen promoted safe sex practices as AIDS began to spread across the country.

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