facebook-logo twitter-logo


Local News

  • Parent Category: News

Two arrests during Watseka Police effort to combat crime

Watseka Police teamed up with Iroquois County Sheriff's Police,KAMEG and Aroma Park Polcie in a traffic and tavern compliance check Friday.  Police concentrated their efforts on traffic violations and a focus on high-crime areas to better provide safety for local citizens. Two arrests were made.  Several warnings were handed out during 25 traffic stops.

27-year-old Jonathon Starr of Watseka was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and cannabis.  He was also charged with driving an uninsured vehicle.  22-year-old Cody Hartlep of Watseka was cited for driving while revoked and obstructing a police officer.

The law enforcement effort included drug sniffing dogs from KAMEG and Aroma Park Police.

94.1 WGFA



  • Parent Category: News

Iroquois County: Road closure Monday

The Iroquois County Highway Department has announced a road closure scheduled for Monday, August 14th. Motorists in the Buckley area should be aware that Highway 9, west of I-57, between 200E and 300E, will be closed beginning at 6:30 am.

Repairs will be made to a tile crossing the roadway. The route will be closed until the work is completed.

94.1 WGFA

  • Parent Category: News

Congressional Field Hearing on Improving Health Care

Congresswomen Robin Kelly and Jan Schakowsky are hosting a health care panel discussion Monday in Chicago. “Solutions Only” is a Non-Partisan Congressional Field Inquiry on Improving Healthcare.

The goal of raising Congressional discourse above hyper-partisan politics, Rep. Kelly convenes an issues-focused hearing aimed at strengthening the debate on healthcare reform. Constituents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to listen and ask questions to a panel of local healthcare experts and discuss how we can meet the health needs of Illinois families.

Invitations have been extended to the entire Illinois Delegation. The program is Monday, August 14 9:30 ‘til 11:30 am at the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago.

Panel of expert witnesses:
· Dr. Robert Winn, Director of the UIC Cancer Center, Associate VP for Health Affairs, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
· Terika Richardson, President of Advocate Trinity
· Donna Thompson, CEO, Access Community Health Network
· Dr. Susan Rogers, (retired) Internist from Stroger Hospital
· Dr. Ulysses Burley, HIV/AIDS Consultant, Founder of UB The Cure LLC
· Dr. Raul Garza, Aunt Martha’s CEO, speaking on behalf of the Board of Roseland Community Health Center

94.1 WGFA

  • Parent Category: News

Iroquois County: Attempted abduction in Goodwine

 An attempted abduction of three juvenile females in Goodwine Thursday is under investigation by the Iroquois County Sheriff's department.  The three juveniles, ages 11, 7 and 6, were walking near the post office just after 2 pm when the incident occurred.

Police report a white van with tinted windows pulled up next to them.  The driver opened a side door and asked the girls to get inside.  The girls ran to their home and informed  a parent.  The van headed north out of Goodwine.  The driver was described as a young, white male wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, blue jeans and boots with short dark hair.  Anyone with info is asked to contact authorities.

94.1 WGFA

  • Parent Category: News

Divers recover body of 71-year-old man in Vermilion County

The Vermilion County sheriff's office (Thursday) reported a drowning victim’s body was recovered from a pond. The body of 71-yr-old Robert Porter Jr. was recovered from the private pond in Hillery about 2:30 in the afternoon. The pond is behind the victim’s home.

Sheriff’s police say no foul play is suspected. An autopsy was scheduled.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the old strip mine pond on Porter's property Wednesday morning. Police had reported Porter, his fiancé and a 2-yr-old child were in a small boat when the motor failed. Mr. Porter stood up to try to fix the motor, which caused the boat to capsize and all three occupants to fall into the water.

Porter's fiance was able to get the child back to shore and call for help. Porter went underwater.

The sheriff's Underwater Search and Rescue Team searched the pond, with help from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police and the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency.

94.1 WGFA