Motorists need to pay attention. Law enforcement will be out in force over the holiday weekend cracking down on impaired drivers. State Police, county and municipal police are teaming up with IDOT with patrols. The purpose of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is to deter drunk drivers and prevent deadly accidents.
Last year, 16-people in Illinois were killed in traffic crashes during the Labor Day weekend.
Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson has announced her plan to retire when her current term is up in November of 2016.
She has served the position since being appointed in 1999. Johnson will have served four terms when she retires.
In a prepared statement (Thursday), Johnson states 'after careful consideration and many heartfelt talks with family, I am officially announcing my plans to retire after her term is up.' She extends thanks to family, especially her husband, for the support over the years. She also thanks the citizens of Vermilion County for the support and honor of serving as Coroner.
Peggy Johnson started working in the Coroner's Office in 1993 as Chief Deputy. She was appointed in 1999 when Lyle Irvin retired. She won the 2000 election and served since.
At least two other candidates have already announced plans to seek the office.
The Will County Coroner's Office confirms a 34-year-old Wilmington man died after a car-train collision Thursday night. Steven Harden II was pronounced dead at Presence St Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
The mishap occurred in Wilmington at North First and Railroad Street. An Amtrak train bound for Chicago with 53 passengers struck the car driven by Darden. A witness stated the car disobeyed activated railroad crossing signals. The crossing has lights and bells, but no gates. There was no injury onboard the train.
Motorists traveling I-65 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana should be aware of a one-day closing Thursday. The Indiana Department of Transportation is closing an additional three miles of Interstate 65 North.
Work crews will close the road between State Road 25 and State Road 43 for about three hours, starting around 10 am.
Crews are taking advantage of the I-65 North detour to perform maintenance on the bridge over Ninth Street and assess the driving surface of the Wabash River Bridge.