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Illinois Rail Safety Week observed

Illinois State Police in District 10 are partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Illinois Rail Safety Week, September 11 – 17, 2016.

During 2015, there were 140 railroad grade crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 80 injuries and 31 fatalities. In addition, there were 41 trespassing incidents railroad property which resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities. Illinois is ranked second in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and fifth in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.

Illinois Rail Safety Week is supported by the Illinois State Police, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Operation Lifesaver, Illinois Sheriff’s Association, and the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association. For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

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9-11 Remembrance in Iroquois County

Several special remembrance events/services were held over the weekend in memory of those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Churches held interfaith services, fire and police departments gathered to recall that day, civic groups educated young people about the attack and how it affects all of us today and in the future, and American Legion Homes were settings for patriotic events.

In Iroquois County..... the Martinton Fire Department was the host site for this year’s remembrance event, sponsored by the Iroquois County Republican Women’s Club.

The commemoration of the anniversary of 9/11 included several county fire departments, police agencies, and other first-responders.

Sheriff Derek Hagen reminded the audience about the ultimate sacrifice from so many....adding “so many of us remember what we doing and what we were thinking on that dreaded Tuesday morning.

A 9-11 Memorial Ride included about 200 riders in parts of Ford, Champaign and Vermilion countgies Sunday. The ride honored those who died in the attack on America 15 years ago.

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Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein will seek re-election in 2017

Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein announced (Thursday) she will seek a third term in office. Her announcement candidacy was made in front of supporters in downtown Kankakee.
The spring election, she said, will focus on three factors --- leadership, experience and progress.

Epstein said she’s the person for the job. She told supporters "The city is at a turning point as we see a rebirth of our downtown, millions of dollars in commercial development, significant new housing projects and a stable financial outlook." She said “To make a change at this juncture would take the city in the wrong direction.”

The mayor said "The right person for the job is one that has proven experience, proven leadership and who understands the intricacies of this very large entity. “
The Republican Epstein won the municipal election in April 2013 with 58% of the vote over her Democratic opponent Jarman Porter.

No other candidate has announced their candidacy so far.

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Chebanse man killed in Rt. 115 crash

A two vehicle-crash on Illinois Route 115 Friday killed a 52-year-old Chebanse man.

Christopher J. Whitlock was pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center. Illinois State Police investigated at Kankakee County Roads 8000 S. at Cabery.

Police report Whitlock was westbound on West 8000S Road approaching Illinois 115 at about 4:30 pm. He failed to yield at the stop sign and collided with a Jeep headed northbound on Illinois 115.

Whitlock’s passenger, the driver of the Jeep and its passenger were taken to Riverside Medical Center.

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I-57 collision stalls traffic near Paxton

Two people were treated for what State Police reported as minor injuries (Friday) when a semi-trailer struck the rear of a vehicle being towed on Interstate 57.

The accident happened a little before 8 am near Paxton and brought traffic to a stop along the interstate.

The morning fog was a factor. Police reported a southbound vehicle driven by a Chicago resident was towing a car in the right lane at a slow rate of speed due to the dense fog.
A semi-tractor trailer failed to reduce speed and hit the rear of the vehicle being towed.

The semi driver was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

The Paxton Fire Protection District assisted State Police at the scene.

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