A Beecher man died in a single-vehicle crash Monday in eastern Will County. 56-year-old Cordell Williams left Illinois 394 at Route 1. His pickup then caught fire.
Illinois State police responded to a crash 7:43am. Williams was transported to area hospital and later pronounced dead. The crash is still under investigations by Illinois State Police and the Coroner’s Office.
The Glenn Raymond School Science Olympiad Team competed at the Illinois State Science Olympiad Competition on Saturday at the University of Illinois.
The team consists of 15 students and 11 alternates competing in 23 different events and 5 trial events. The team earned a 13th Place as a team in the state and brought home medals in 6 events and finished in the top ten in 7 other events.
Claire Curry and Raegan Gooding took home state championship honors in Science Crimebusters.
Jordan Schroeder and Adam Norder earned a state championship in Mystery Architecture.
Mitchell Galyen and Zakkary Clark took 3rd place in the tower competition. It was Mitchell's second straight state medal in this event.
Caitlin Corzine and Andrew Heuring took 5th place in Herpetology.
Jackie Lynch and Andrew Heuring took 5th place in Disease Detectives.
Bella Yarneau and Sophia Scott earned 5th place medals in the Density trial event.
"We are very proud of our students' hard work and accomplishments. To bring home some medals and even a couple state champioships against the best in the state is a testament to what our students can achieve." -Coach Troy J. Simpson
Watseka, IL -- A Thrivent Action Team in Watseka hosted an event to help defray the upfront cost of the fundraiser by purchasing concession food items that was sold at the event and a raffle basket.
The event took place on Friday, April 20th at the Watseka Community High School gym . The U of I wheelchair basketball team entertained the crowd by facing off against different area teams, the KCC Lady Cavaliers, local fire and EMS, and area high school basketball players. Each of those teams played a quarter; the final quarter compiled of the U of I team against each other.
A Thrivent Action Team also supported the Gigi’s Playhouse Brew Ha Ha Fundraiser at the Majestic Theatre in Kankakee.
The Thrivent Action Team volunteers were also busy April 14 in support of the KC-CASA/ISAS Singing for the Stars fundraiser. The event, at the Watseka Theatre, provided financial backing for the fight against sexual assault.
The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are promoting Distracted Driving Awareness Week in Illinois.
That means drivers will see a lot more police officers out on the roads, looking to make sure that they are paying attention behind the wheel.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is spending $500,000 to help local police departments across the state enforce distracted driving laws. IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said that may be the only way to get people to focus on driving.
"People understand that it is a problem, but they don't practice it," Blankehorn told reporters at the Illinois Capitol on Monday. "As I see people eating a cheeseburger, talking on the phone, texting. It is a death waiting to happen."
Some two dozen fire departments responded to an apartment building fire in St. Anne (Saturday). More than two dozen people were also displaced. No reports of injury. The American Red Cross has provided help to those left homeless.
The flames gutted the two-story brick building in the 200-block of S. Chicago Avenue. A neighboring 10-unit apartment complex also sustained damage.
The St. Anne Post Office next door to the second building was spared, but does have smoke damage.
Firemen answered the initial just before 3:30 pm. Several Iroquois County fire departments provided additional water supplies. Firefighters were at the scene until 11 pm.
Early reports indicated the fire started in a downstairs apartment. The cause was under investigation.