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              Telecommunicators, Call-Takers, and Technicians are the Heroes Behind the Scene

Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is recognizing 911 Operators and other behind-the-scenes-heroes who dispatch Troopers and officers from other state agencies in emergency situations.

The recognition comes during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 8-14, when the public safety community formally acknowledges the contributions and sacrifices of all Telecommunicators, Call-Takers, and Technicians.

“Our telecommunications professionals are some of the best in the country,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “They play a vital role in the safety of our officers and work around the clock to ensure that emergency assistance is provided when requested. They hold one of the least visible, yet most critical jobs in public safety.”


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Jasper County, IN fatal; Rensselaer woman killed

A weekend crash on US 231 killed a 43-year-old woman. Margaret Kelly of Rensselaer was northbound when her car suddenly drove into the southbound lane and collided with a vehicle driven by Patricia White of Demotte.

Kelly was pronounced dead at Franciscan Hospital in Rensselaer. White was airlifted to an Illinois hospital. Both drivers were the lone occupants in their vehicles.

Sheriff’s Police investigated at County Road 200 N at about 12:35 pm. Indiana State Police and emergency personnel were at the scene.

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Woman rescued from burning car in Benton County crash

A fiery crash in Benton County, IN is under investigation. Authorities report a woman was pulled from the burning vehicle after it went up in flames near Oxford.

Investigators say the driver was northbound on State Road 55. near State Road 52, The woman’s car ran off the road near State Road 52, then caught fire after hitting the railroad tracks. The woman was able to get to safety with help from a local fire marshal, who happened to be passing the scene.
The un-identified woman was treated at an area hospital.

Police are still looking into why her vehicle left the road. They don't believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

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GCMS student killed in collision

The Gibson City school district is mourning the loss of a GCMS High School junior who was killed in a two-vehicle collision early Saturday morning.

17-year-old Dylan T. Benningfield died in a head-on crash north of Gibson City. His younger brother, Logan, was airlifted to an Urbana hospital. His condition improved over the weekend.

The GCMS school district will make counselors available this week. Support personnel will be available as long as needed, according to the school website.

The Coroner’s office and police report the accident happened about 6:45 am Ford County Road 900 North, about a quarter-mile west of Illinois 47. The victim was driving east on 900 North when it collided head-on with a westbound fertilizer truck. Logan Benningfield was a passenger in the car.

The deputy coroner Lindsay Dilks pronounced Dylan Benningfield dead at about 8:35 am. An autopsy is to be conducted (Monday) to confirm the cause of death, Dilks said.
District 21 Illinois State Police were investigating the cause of the accident.

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Lawmakers head back to Springfield...


Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Friday that loosens restrictions on teachers with licenses from other states to teach in Illinois. Rauner said Friday that the state’s licensing process was prohibitively burdensome. Districts around the state are dealing with teacher shortages in certain subjects.


Lawmakers will return to Springfield this week after a spring primary. The state's budget will have to be hammered out between Democrats that control the General Assembly and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner by the end of May. The state is currently more than $8 billion behind in its unpaid bills.

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