Sheldon Township files suit against wind farm owner over poor road work >
The owners of the Settlers Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois County are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by township officials.
Sheldon Township is suing the wind farm owner, E.On Climate and Renewables North America LLC, for more than $1.8 million.
The township alleges that the company failed to adequately restore township roads used to build the 94-turbine wind farm in 2011.
The lawsuit, filed this week in Iroquois County, claims that road restoration work, which was required to be done by E.On as part of a "road upgrade and maintenance agreement," remains "deficient." The poor roads cover a five-mile radius."
A contractual agreement required E.On to repair all roads damaged during construction to their "pre-construction condition" or better.
The $1.8 million lawsuit, according to township officials, reflects the cost for having the necessary restoration work completed.
A car-train collision this (Fri) morning in Kankakee. The driver of a pickup truck is believed to have gone around the crossing gates.
The truck driver survived the crash.
It happened on West Jeffrey Street at East Avenue. Witnesses told police the truck driver may have drove around the crossing gates and was hit by the northbound Amtrak. None of the 240 passengers onboard were injured.
DUI results in 8 year prison term for Bonfield man
40-year-old Williams Kibbons of Bonfield was handed am eight-year prison term for a DUI traffic accident.
Kibbons plead guilty (Wednesday). He was facing up to 12 years.
Prosecutors said Kibbons had a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit when his pickup truck drove head-on into another vehicle. That other driver was seriously injured.
Kibbons pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI after he was arrested in June 2012.
The Daily-Journal reports Kibbons also faced separate sexual abuse charges, which the state dismissed. Evidence in that case was not strong enough and prosecutors instead went after the DUI charges which carried a potentially stiffer sentence.
Governor Quinn Announces $11.6 Million for Construction Projects in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties
Projects Will Improve State's Infrastructure and Create Construction Jobs
KANKAKEE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $11.6 million in capital investments for construction projects in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties. The upgrades are part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward.
"These construction projects will improve transportation safety and efficiency in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties," Governor Quinn said. "Additionally, they will employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy, as well."
The projects will be administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The bridges carrying Interstate 57 over the Illinois Central Railroad south of Clifton will be upgraded for $5,977,777 by Dunnet Bay Construction of Glendale Heights, the lowest of three bidders.
Pavement patching will be done along Interstate 57 from the Ford County line to north of Gilman for $618,830 by Iroquois Paving Corporation of Watseka, the lowest of two bidders.
Interstate 57 will have about four miles of microsurfacing from 1.2 miles north of Illinois Route 54 in Onarga to 2.4 miles north of U.S. Route 24. Microsurfacing Contractors, LLC, a Division of Byrne & Jones Enterprise, Inc. of St. Louis will do the work for $236,238.
Drainage improvements, parking lot resurfacing and sidewalk repairs will be made at the Kankakee River State Park by D Construction, Inc. of Coal City for $2,798,149, the lowest of four bids submitted.
Roadway cross- overs for the Interstate 57 bridges across the Kankakee River south of Illinois Route 17 will be built for $1,286,770 by Gallagher Asphalt Corporation of Thornton, the lowest of two bidders.
Patching and striping will be done on Illinois Route 1 from the Will County line to east of Grant Park for $377,543 by Gallagher Asphalt Corporation of Thornton, the lowest of four bidders.