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State Police, IDOT Winter Weather Travel Advisory

                                                        January 21, 2014

Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 covering Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties are reminding drivers to take precautions as they travel.

The Illinois State Police are advising motorist to be cautious while traveling this morning. Interstate 57 is down to one lane in most areas throughout Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties due to snow and ice, and is experiencing blowing snow. District 21 is beginning to respond to reports of slide offs and crashes due to the weather conditions. Secondary roads are also snow covered, icy, and are experiencing blowing snow. Extra caution should be taken while traveling through I-57 at mile post 315 and 309 areas due to blowing snow.

The Illinois Department of Transportation at Ottawa reports most routes are snow-covered in Iroquois, Ford, kankakee and Livingston counties.

Motorists are also advised to be cautious while driving near and around snow plows.

The Illinois State Police are asking drivers to monitor changing weather conditions, limit their travels, and be prepared to allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Drivers are also encouraged to put extra water, food, and warm clothing their vehicle. Please contact your nearest police department if you vehicle becomes disabled or involved in a crash.

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Deadlines near for voter registration

Area county clerks welcome inquiries about voter registration. The March 18th Illinois Primary Election isn't all that far away.

Time is running out to register for vote in the primary election. Depending on what county you're in, the ballot issues vary.

The last day to register is Feb. 18. Grace period registration and voting may be done between Feb. 18 and March 15. Early voting will be between March 3 and March 15.

Absentee voting can be made in person or by mail. Applications may be filed between Feb. 6 and March 13, with in-person requests due by March 17.

Other rules apply to military and overseas residents.
On the ballot in February will be choices for U.S. senator; governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, treasurer; congressional contests, state central committeemen in the same districts; several state senator races, state representatives in districts 1-118; regional school superintendents; appellate judges, referendums; and precinct committeemen.

For information about voter registration, polling places or other election questions, contact your county clerk office.

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Update: Will County crash victims identified

A collision snowy on U S 52 south of Manhattan Saturday afternoon claimed the lives of two young Joliet women. The 20-year-old driver and a 16-year-old passenger were killed. A 19-year-old passenger was critically injured.

State police reported the car the victims were in slid out of control on an "S-curve." The car slid into a northbound pickup truck.

The pickup driver, Mark Trost, and his wife Kris, were not hurt. The driver of the Dodge was identified as 20 year old Keyshanna Lucas, who was later pronounced dead at Silver Cross Hospital. The 16 year old girl, one of the passengers, was Sarquece Baker. Baker was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Will County traffic crash kills two

A traffic accident blamed on a snow-covered roadway claimed the lives of two young people near Manhattan. State Police report a car slid out of control Saturday afternoon on Route 52 in Will County. The car slid into the path of a pickup truck

Police report all involved were from Joliet. The 20-year-old driver and a 16-year-old passenger were killed. A 19-year-old passenger is hospitalized in critical condition. Police reported no one in the pickup truck was hurt.

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American Legion Posts welcome Vice-Commander Robert E. Newman

Membership Drive Focuses On Bringing Veterans Together With A United Voice

CISSNA PARK --- American Legion Posts across, including Cissna Park, have been welcoming Robert E. Newman, the American Legion National Vice Commander.

Commander Newman is recognizing the service provided by veterans and legion homes. The

The Illinois State Police Legion Post at Litchfield (IL) also hosted Vice-Commander Newman.

"The American Legion is the voice of millions of American service members, past and present, to maintain veteran services earned in combat. Vice Commander Newman's presence serves as a reminder to honor our fellow veterans."

"We are honored in joining Vice Commander Newman in the national effort to encourage veterans to come forward and be recognized for their service and to support one another through a unified voice," said ISP Legion Post Commander Limey Nargelenas. he added.

National Vice Commander Newman's visit is part of a continual recruitment drive to bring veterans together with the American Legion throughout the central and southern regions of Illinois.

Robert E. Newman was elected as a national vice commander of the 2.4-million member American Legion at the organization's 95th national convention in Houston on Aug. 29, 2013.

A member of American Legion Post 178 in Garrett, Ind., he served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1969. He had held offices at every level of The American Legion, including department (state) commander of Indiana, northern vice commander of Indiana, Americanism Commission chairman of Indiana, department Children and Youth Commission chairman, Internal Affairs Commission chairman and Rehabilitation Commission chairman. Nationally, he has served on the Veterans Preference and National Insurance committees.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and served as the postmaster in Butler, Ind., from 1997-2001. Newman, who was commander at Post 178, lives in Garrett with his wife of 43 years, Rosey. They have two sons, Charles R. Newman and Robert Newman, Jr.