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Slick Roads Lead to Slide-Outs >

I-57 in the Kankakee County area is back open after a series of slide-outs this (Wed) morning.

The interstate was closed down at the 308-mile marker at the south edge of Kankakee to clear the wreckage from accident that occurred in the 3 am hour.  No word on injuries, but a state police cruiser, on its way to the initial accident, also spun out.

A northbound pickup hit the retaining wall to start, then while that driver was calling 9-1-1, two more cars hit black ice covered by the fresh snowfall.  A state police squad then went spinning followed by a semi roll-over.

District 21 State police at Aashkum reported 11 accidents between one and six this morning.

A light snow covered some already slick roadways overnight.  Several other locations had slide-outs, including Route 45 and 50 in both Iroquois and Kankakee County.  U-S 41 in Newton County, In was the scene of slide-outs.

Motorists are urged to use caution and slow it down.

 

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Illiana Express Routes Topic of Task Force Meetings

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) -- A task force will present a narrowed list of possible routes for a proposed highway linking Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana and Interstate 55 in Illinois south of Chicago

The Times of Munster reports the Illiana Corridor Planning Group will present the list at a meeting at Crown Point High School on Feb. 22 and again the next evening at the Matteson Hotel and Conference Center in Matteson, Ill.

The planning group announced eight possible route corridors at similar meetings in December. The Illiana Corridor Planning Group is made up of representatives of communities and interest groups from Lake County, Ind., and Will and Kankakee counties in Illinois.

The group was formed by the Indiana and Illinois departments of transportation, which are funding a study of the proposed expressway.

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Illinois a Leader in Wind Energy

Illinois is among the U-S leaders in wind projects and the facts point to that both locally and statewide. 

Illinois led the nation in the number of wind turbines installed in 2011.  The American Wind Eneruy Association reports the state was also number two in increasing its wind capacity, with 692 megawatts.  Illinois is now rated fourth in the nation with 3,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in use.
 

In Vermilion County, a second wind project has already cleared the County Board’s Structural Safety Committee.  The proposed ‘Hoopeston Wind Project’ is headed to the full county board for a vote February 14th.  GDF SUEZ Energy North America, Inc. of Houston, Texas has proposed placing 43 wind turbines across northern Vermilion County from just north of Rossville toward Rankin.

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Monday > Dense Fog Advisory

Dense Fog Advisory

Statement as of 3:49 AM February 06, 2012

                                    ...Dense fog advisory in effect until noon today...

Visibility...dense fog will reduce visibilities to less than a quarter mile...to near zero at times.

Visibility can drop from fair to less than a quarter

mile within minutes. In addition...temperatures below freezing will allow fog to freeze on contact with exposed surfaces. As a result...light ice deposits may develop on area roadways...with bridges and overpasses being most susceptible to slick   conditions developing. Motorists are urged to use caution and remain alert for changing conditions.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

 

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Watseka Woman Arrested in Stabbing

A 27-year-old Watseka woman was jailed in Iroquois County Wednesday afyer a reported stabbing incident. 

Heather Osborne is charged with aggravated battery. Her bond was set at $100,000 in Circuit Court.  Watseka  Police responded to the reported stabbing at 1 am Wednesday morning.  A fight at a residence resulted in the alleged stabbing of a male subject.

In a separate case....20-year-old Travis Houser of Watseka was arrested following a citizen complant of a suspicious person.  Police responded just after 11 pm Tuesday. 

Houser reportedly fled from police, was chased down and found to be in possession of items taken from a local business in  a burglary.  Houser's bond was set at $50,000 for charges of burglary and theft, Resisting a police officer and for an outstanding warrant for forgery.

 

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