I-57 traffic near Rantoul was backed up Friday. A 3-car accident injured four people. State police reported none of the injuries were life-threatening.
A Bradley driver, 24-year-old Rachel Prochazka, lost control while southbound. Police reported her car went spinning thru the median barrier into the northbound lanes, hitting two northbound cars. Drivers of the other cars were from Orland Park and Memphis.
Cheatum, Devine, Hines announce re-election bids in Iroquois County
Three Iroquois County elected office-holders have publicly made it official – they will seek re-election in 2016.
County Coroner Bill Cheatum, State's Attorney Jim Devine, and Circuit Clerk Lisa Hines will appear on the March Republican Primary ballot.
Devine has been the county prosecutor since 2001. He said he enjoys the job, wants the job and looks forward to working for the people of Iroquois County.
He recognized his assistants, Alex O'Brien and Kara Macz, for the outstanding work they do in the state's attorney's office. Devine said 'the job is that much better when you surround yourself with good, professional people.'
Devine also told the gathering at the Republican Women's Club Fall Luncheon 'the GOP women are a true indication of what the Republican party is all about.' He said the elected office-holders are very supportive of what the club is all about.
Cheatum will seek his fourth term as Coroner. He was first appointed to the job in 2002 to fill a vacancy when then-Coroner Eldon Sprau was elected Sheriff. Cheatum said he enjoys working for the people of Iroquois County.
Lisa Hines of Cissna Park has held the Circuit Clerk's office since 2008. She's seeking her 3rd term. Hines has been an employee in the office for 25 years, having served as First-Deputy Assistant prior to being elected.
Barickman addresses Iroquois County GOP Women, calls Springfield “toxic”
Illinois Senator Jason Brickman is as frustrated as anyone else when it comes to the budget impasse in Springfield. In fact, he said, he too feels your pain.
Despite the pain, the always smiling, always-energetic Barickman told members and friends of the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club (Thursday) he really likes representing the people of east-central Illinois in the state legislature.
Barickman said he believes "the legislature should be problem solvers, but House Speaker (Mike) Madigan is giving us a chance to do that. My hope is that Speaker Madigan will join our effort to make Illinois a more competitive place."
Barickman added, hopefully he'll realize mistakes of the past and work on making it better for all of us.
Sen. Rezin one of six women to receive 2015 Women of Distinction Award
Princeton, IL – Calling it a "tremendous honor and a humbling day," State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Peru) joined five other incredible women in receiving the Illinois Valley Living magazine and the Bureau County Republican, Putnam County Record and the Tonica News 2015 Women of Distinction Award Oct. 15.
"When I was first told I was being recognized for this honor, my jaw hit the floor. It was the first time in my life I was speechless. Literally, speechless. You wouldn't think that from someone in public office – being speechless," Rezin said with a laugh. "To not only be recognized in this way, but to also stand alongside five other tremendous women who also received this honor, it's a moment I will never forget."
Sen. Rezin established the Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance in 2013, which has brought communities, local governments, and emergency personnel together from the region to help prepare for extreme weather events, especially floods, through education, communication, education, and the purchasing of flood-prevention materials. This Alliance is actively seeking grant funding now and has since become a statewide and national model.
Illinois updates tire storage rules after 2013 Hoopeston fire
The Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued new rules about how to handle used tires.
State officials said the rules will apply to operators of tire disposal and storage sites and facilities that retread, stamp and die-cut tires. The rules are meant to protect from tire fires and breeding of disease-carrying mosquitoes from standing water in tires.
The rules will require operators to change the way they store used tires both indoors and outdoors. The rules also will give emergency responders easier access to tire piles in case there's a fire or other emergency.
It was a June 2013 tire fire near Hoopeston that had everyone's attention on the need for stronger regulations.