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I-55 Bridge Work planned in Livingston County

A northbound lane of I-55 near Pontiac will remain closed at least a month. Repairs to the Vermilion River bridge need to be made following an accident.

I-DOT reports the work won't begin for about 2-3 weeks. And in the meantime, there could be some traffic back-ups, especialy with the July 4th holiday.

The Illinois Department of Transportation closed the passing lane of Interstate 55 after a semi truck-trailer unit hit the bridge and caught fire last Sunday night. Bruce Hucker, an operations engineer for IDOT District 3, said the temporary repairs will take about two weeks.

Workers will reinforce two steel support beams that engineers believe were damaged by heat from the fire. Hucker said the state is working on a plan for permanent repairs.

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Talk of new health board forming for Iroquois County

Details are very vague, almost non-existent. But there's talk of a new arrangement for public health in Iroquois County.

The Iroquois County Board may hear about another county showing interest in forming a health board in conjunction with Iroquois. That from Iroquois County Board chairman Rod Copas. He told the Policy & Procedure committee (Thurs) there's another county interested in combing efforts with Iroquois County.

No other information was revealed.

Differences between the Iroquois and Ford County over operations at the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department in Watseka and Paxton have stirred enough rift that the two county governments are at a stalemate in regards to the position of Health Administrator Doug Corbett.

The Iroquois County Board voted to recommend Corbett be removed from his post. The Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen insists there's nothing so wrong to call for Corbett's removal.

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County Fair continues at Melvin

Strong storms hit the Ford County fairgrounds Monday, delaying the start of the hog show and fair queen pageant.
Workers fixed the outdoor track Tuesday, where concert-goers attended the long-awaited Dustin Lynch concert.

Fair board President Kirk Miller said. "It was actually dry. The track was in good shape."

But then another round of storms pounded the grounds. The wet weather forced officials to make decisions.

The queen pageant was delayed. The 4-H projects have continued to arrive on schedule.

The truck and tractor pulls and demolition derby are still to come today and Saturday.

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Trip to Cubs game proves costly to Armstrong driver

A drive home from a Chicago Cubs game didn't go well for an Armstrong man. 46-year-old Philip Davis was southbound on I-57 at Danforth when he hit the center median cables. State police responded to the crash (Sunday). Davis told police he fell asleep.

He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, failure to reduce speed, improper lane usage and for having no insusrance.

Ashkum Fire and Riverside EMS assisted.

 

An earlier DUI arrest and a revoked driver's license isn't going to help the cause when you make an improper turn. 52-year-old Kevin Richardson of Bradley did just that at Entrance and Brookmont Blvd in Kankakee at 12:30 in the morning. A state trooper saw the improper turn. And Richardson failed a field sobriety test.

 

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Valspar Fire triggers evacuation in Kankakee

A brief evacuation this morning at the Valspar Corporation plant on Greenwood Avenue in Kankakee.

Kankakee fire reported a fire broke out in a mixing area of the plant. A fire department spokesman said it may have been a chemical reaction that led to the fire. No injury was reported. Damage estimates were unavailable.

Motorists were asked to avoid that area this morning. Some area roads were closed for emergency access.

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