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Iroquois County Bridge Repair Closing I-57 Lanes

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.

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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.

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$100,000 Settlement in Iroquois County lawsuit

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.

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Hoopeston Man Killed in Vermilion County Crash

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.

The Coroner says an autopsy is scheduled today.

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Stolen vehicle chase ends with crash in Iroquois County

Three juveniles face prosecution in Indiana after leading police on a chase from Indiana into Illinois Tuesday. The chase ended with the vehicle crashing in a ditch near Stockland, in Iroquois County.

The juveniles were treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. There were no serious injuries.

Benton County, Indiana Sheriff Butch Pritchart told WGFA News one of his deputies responded to a call about an erratic driver. When an attempt was made to stop the SUV, the driver led police on a 110 mph chase, the vehicle running through several yards and down a gravel road before crashing in a ditch at Stockland.

Sheriff Pritchart said it wasn’t until after the incident that police learned the Dodge Durango had been stolen from Frankfort, IN.

The case has been turned over to the Benton County Prosecutor’s office.

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