'Celebrating 50 Years of Empowerment and Excellence through Education.''
That's the theme for the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. A Corporate Gala and Dinner is next Friday, March 13th.
A Danville native and esteemed educator will serve as the keynote presenter. Dr. "Reg" Weaver is currently vice president of Education International, a group representing nearly 30 million teachers and education workers in 172 countries. Weaver recently completed two terms as president of the National Education Association.
A silent auction will also be held as part of the event which is open to the public. Tickets are available.
Two people are dead after multiple crashes brought both directions of Interstate 65 to a halt in northwest Indiana. State police report 15 semis, five cars and two vans were involved in at least three separate crashes. The interstate has been closed in at least one direction since late Tuesday night.
The names of the victims have not been released. Authorities reported they died in two separate crashes.
The northbound lanes are closed from the State Road 43 exit to the SR 18 exit. The southbound lanes are closed near the U.S. 24/U.S. 231 exit in Jasper County.
Police said fog was the contributing factor in the crashes. In Illinois---two high school students were killed Tuesday night when the car they were in crashed while travelling to a basketball game. It happened on Route 38 in Rochelle. A fog advisory was in effect at the time.
Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties are under fog advisories this morning. Northwest Indiana is also effected by dense fog, where school delays are in effect for North and South Newton school districts.
The dense fog contributed to fatal accidents overnight in both Illinois and Indiana. Visibity was reduced to less than a quarter-mile and to zero in some areas.
It's about open government – giving the people the opportunity to have a voice and seek office.
That's the position of Iroquois County board member Vince LaMie. The Woodworth resident is appealing to the public to express their views on the subject of 'night meetings" rather than the long-standing tradition of 9 am meetings conducted by the County Board on the second Tuesday of each month.
LaMie says if this issue is going anywhere, "there needs to be a show of public involvement."
LaMie invites the public to a Town Hall meeting Monday (March 9). It's at 7 pm in the Board Room at the Administrative Center in Watseka.
So far, LaMie has little support from board members. Some opponents have said 'they want to be tending to family matters in the evenings,' which raises eyebrows from many others who point out all other government bodies conduct their business in the evenings.
A recent 16-1 vote by the County Board's Policy & Procedure committee was instead in favor leaving meetings at 9 am on the second Tuesday.
Governor Rauner visits St. Anne business site Monday
Hoekstra Transportation in rural St. Anne is a scheduled stop for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today (Monday 3/9). An announced 12 Noon visit will find the Governor talking about the Turnaround Agenda.
Rauner made a stop in Pontiac last week where he visited with Livingston County officials.
Today's public schedule for Rauner also includes a press conference in Chicago at St. Ignatius College Prep. There, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk will join the Governor and faith and business leaders in a roundtable discussion about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform for Illinois.