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Office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger to hold traveling office hours

OTTAWA - The Office of Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) will hold traveling office hours this month throughout the Sixteenth District. Staffers will be available to assist and provide guidance for constituents on issues ranging from Veterans and Social Security benefits to Medicare and immigration issues. Constituents are welcome to come to share their questions and concerns. No appointments are necessary. Below is the full list of the traveling office dates, times, and locations.

Those who cannot attend the traveling office hours but have questions can contact the Ottawa District Office at (815) 431-9271.

Ford County
Melvin Traveling Office Hours
September 17, 2014
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Melvin Village Hall
303 N. Green St.
Melvin, IL 60952

Grundy County
Diamond Traveling Office Hours
September 16, 2014
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Diamond Village Hall
1750 E. Division St.
Diamond, IL 60416

Iroquois County
Chebanse Traveling Office Hours
September 17, 2014
12:30 PM –1:30 PM
Chebanse Village Hall
275 S. Oak St.
Chebanse, IL 60922

Buckley Traveling Office Hours
September 17, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Buckley Village Hall
124 S Railroad Ave.
Buckley, IL 60918

Livingston County
Odell Traveling Office Hours
September 18, 2014
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Odell Village Hall
213 S. Front St.
Odell, IL 60460

Will County
Wilmington Traveling Office Hours
September 16, 2014
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Wilmington City Hall
1165 S. Water St.
Wilmington, IL 60481

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Route 49 crash, man rescued from burning semi

The driver of a semi tractor trailer was rescued from the cab of his truck Monday, just before it was destroyed by fire near Potomac.

Illinois State Police report the truck left Illinois route 49, north of U.S. route 136. It appeared the driver veered off the north-bound route and struck a concrete ditch culvert. Police reported the semi became dislodged from the trailer. The driver was able to be pulled out by passer-bys.

The driver was taken to a Champaign hospital for treatment of injuries. His name was not immediately released. State police reported the proper use of the seat belt may have saved the man's life.

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Lockdown at GCMS High School, bullet found

There was a brief lockdown Monday at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School. That was after a .22 caliber bullet was found before classes started yesterday morning.

The lockdown was a "precautionary measure" while local police investigated.

The Superintendent's office reported no issue resulting. The matter is being investigated.

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Two bicyclists hit by semi in Iroquois County

The setting sun blinded a semi driver Sunday afternoon in Iroquois County. Two bicyclists were struck by the semi truck sending an adult female and female juvenile to Hoopeston Community hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff's Police reported 54-year-old Rodney Schroeder of Milford told police the sun blinded him and he did not see the four approaching bicyclists. The accident occurred about five miles southwest of Milford on County Road 500 N.

The impact sent both females into a ditch. The adult was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana for treatment of a non-life threatening injury. The other girl was treated at Hoopeston hospital. Two other male bicyclists were not injured.

Schroeder was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The incident is still under investigation.


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Manteno Police report abduction attempt

A 57-year-old man Manteno is under arrest facing charges for allegedly trying to lure four children to his home Saturday. Manteno Police report Norman Tibbs is alleged to have offered the children candy and pizza to come to his home.


Tibbs faces attempted child abduction and disorderly conduct charges. Police said Tibbs has no prior record.
The alleged attempted child abduction occurred in an alleyway just east of Illinois Route 50.


Police reports indicated a neighbor approached Tibbs and the children. He introduced himself and asked Tibbs if he was the children's father. Tibbs turned and walked the other way. Police caught up with him hours later at a bar.


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