An Oklahoma truck driver suffered an undisclosed medical problem early Wednesday, driving his semitrailer into a ditch on Interstate 74 in Vermilion County. Reports listed 53 hogs died in the accident. The driver of the truck was treated & released at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Illinois State Police reported the accident happened at the entrance ramp on the western edge of Vermilion County.
53-year-old Larry Hardwick of Warr Acres, Okla., was westbound about 2:45 am when he said he suffered a medical problem. His tractor truck, which was pulling a semitrailer loaded with about 99 hogs, rolled in a ditch. About a third of the hogs died in the crash.
Hardwick was issued tickets for improper lane usage and driving a commercial motor vehicle while impaired by illness.
Illinois mayors and county leaders are starting to stomp their feet over the continuing budget impasse. Unpaid bills, due to the state's inability to forward reimbursement payments has local officials being forced to take action that's hurting their own people and crippling the local budget plans. One city is threatening to turn off the lights because of an unpaid bill.
Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders met Tuesday. There was no resolution. The blame game continued. Another meeting is expected.
Three counties have sued the state over emergency-service tax disbursements. Mayors are saying we're sending a message.
Light rain is changing over to snow this (Wednesday) morning, creating the potential for slow, sloppy roads. Motorists should be prepared for a slower commute. Kankakee, Will counties and northwest Indiana are reporting a little more snow accumulation.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for Will and Coo counties and Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper counties in Indiana.
Reduced visibility and light, slushy accumulations on roads are possible.
Intermittent snow showers are expected throughout the remainder of the day.
Forecasters said an inch of snow is expected on grassy surfaces with up to 2 inches possible.
Temperatures are expected back in the 50s this weekend.
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.
Holiday activities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can pull people away from their regular blood donation schedules. This creates a greater need for blood donations this time of year, especially around the winter holidays.
Healthy donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Kankakee County, Illinois Bourbonnais 12/24/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr. 12/31/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr.
Manteno 12/30/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 698 N. Locust St.
Momence 12/28/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine
Livingston County, Illinois Cullom 12/28/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church
Dwight 12/28/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dwight Fire Department, 111 S. Prairie Ave.
Fairbury 12/23/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St.
Iroquois County Associate Judge James Kinzer has announced he's a candidate for the Iroquois County Resident 'Circuit Judge' office, to fill the vacancy of Judge Gordon Lustfeldt's seat.
Lustfeldt announced (Monday) he will retire April 30, 2016.
Kinzer has served as an Associate Judge in Iroquois County since 2005. Prior to that, he was a private attorney in Watseka since 1978.
Kinzer said "I feel my 10 years' experience as an Associate Judge has thoroughly prepared me for the position of Circuit Judge." He looks forward to serving the people of Iroquois County as their resident Circuit Judge.
Kinzer is a 1978 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. He and his wife live in Watseka. They're the parents of two adult sons.