Watseka’s 150th Birthday is much more than this weekend’s events scattered throughout the community. The city’s rich heritage dates back to 1867.
And over the years, Mayor John Allhands says the message is the city’s ability to rebound when things don’t always go well...... "We have resiliency. Major fires and floods but we keep coming back. People step in and help," Allhands said.
"Now, we have some new people with new energy and we'll keep building." The mayor said, "our story is strong."
The Slo-Boys Tractor Club display is today (Sat) at the Old Courthouse.
Featured entertainment is Clare Dunn – Live at 9 pm tonight at the Riverside parking lot.
Fatal traffic crashes in Kankakee, Livingston, Champaign counties
A Louisiana woman died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Thursday evening on I-57 in Kankakee County.
44-year-old Mia Robinson was a passenger in a van driven by 44-year-old McKinley Jenkins of Harvey (IL). Illinois State Police report the driver’s been charged with DUI. Jenkins is also charged with improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid the accident.
Jenkins was treated for minor injuries.
Police said the accident happened just before 7 pm in the southbound lane of the Interstate near exit 308. The driver lost control, left the road and overturned in a ditch.
In Livingston County --- a Streator woman is dead following a Thursday afternoon crash on Route 17, about a mile west of Route 23. The woman wasn’t identified.
Coroner Danny Watson reports the 22-year-old woman ran into a guard rail. She died about an hour later at a Peoria hospital.
The accident is under investigation by State Police and the Sheriff’s department.
In Champaign County --- a 10-year-old girl died in a multi-car pile-up that closed I-57 for several hours. The girl was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a Mattoon woman. Her cart was rear-ended by another car, pushing her car into a semi tractor-trailer. Police said the vehicles were travelling slowly at the time.
The Champaign County Coroner and sheriff’s department are investigating along with a state police reconstruction team.
Sesquicentennial celebrations are set fopr this weekend in Chatsworth and Watseka. Opening ceremonies are today (Thursday) in both communiites.
Several published news articles highlight the rich history of the early beginnings in each of the towns in Livingston and Iroquois counties. Activities are planned at different sites in the two counties. Maps are available showing visitzors where many of the events are being held.
Watseka's opening ceremony is at 6:3 pm today at Lakeview Park/City Hall on Briana Drive.
Chatsworth has several events on the agenda including a parade, carnival, car show, hot air balloon launches and trolley tours.