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IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

                Lanes Opened to Improve Traffic Flow

SPRINGFIELD – The Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one on Illinois roads. Today, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 p.m. Friday, May 22 until 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

Lanes will be opened where possible, in an effort to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for holiday travelers. Motorists should be alert, as lane closures in some work zones will remain in effect. Please slow down, eliminate distractions, and use extra caution while driving through all work zones. Work zone speed limits remain in effect wherever they are posted.

The following is a list of lane closures that will remain in place this weekend:


• I-57, MP 297 to MP 283; Multiple projects, multiple work zones. One lane closed in each direction. Recommended alternate route is US 45.
• IL 1, north of US 24 in Watseka; bridge replacement. One lane open, controlled by signals.


• Long Point Road, just west of IL 23; bridge deck replacement. One lane open, controlled by signals.


• I-57, MP 310; replacing Kankakee River bridges. One lane open in each direction.


• Minooka Road Bridge CLOSED over I-80; bridge replacement, no detour is posted.
• Lisbon Road Bridge CLOSED over I-80; bridge replacement, no detour is posted.


• US 150 (Martin Luther King) between Oakwood and Interstate 74 over the Salt Fork Vermilion River next to Vermilion County Fairgrounds. US 150 will narrow down to one lane with barrier wall in place. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.
• IL 119 Near Alvin over the North Fork Vermilion River. IL 119 will narrow down to one lane with barrier wall in place. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.

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I-57 traffic back-up after semis crash near Peotone

Interstate 57 traffic was bottled up for several hours Thursday after two semi's collided, spilling debris across the highway and the median. The two drivers were not injured. The mess created a back-up near Peotone from 8 am 'til about 2 pm.

Police said a semi hauling scrap metal was stopped on the shoulder and partially in the right lane when a truck hauling garbage crashed into it.

Police cited the driver who was parked. He was charged with improper stopping on the roadway, improper lane usage and no reflective tape on the rear of the trailer.

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Update: Missing Alzheimer’s patient found safe

A missing Hammond, Ind., man with Alzheimer's disease who was the subject of a search by Illinois State police has been located. State Police at Pontiac report the man was found walking near a truck stop in Rochelle.

81-year-old Nathaniel Burns was found about 6 pm Thursday near a truck stop. A state police news release described the man as "weak and confused." Burns was transported to Rochelle Community Hospital, where he was treated and reunited with his family.

State police troopers based in Pontiac were dispatched earlier in the evening to assist a motorist on southbound Interstate 55 a mile south of the Lexington exit. It was believed the motorist might have been Burns, but nothing was found despite a ground and air search.

About 5:45 p.m., state police were notified of a man walking away from a disabled vehicle on Interstate 39 about 10 miles south of Rochelle. The vehicle was abandoned but matched the description in the missing-person report. Burns was founded a short time later.

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Summer talent lineups released for Merchant Street and BBQ Fest 2015

Kankakee County summer fun looks promising! Organizers of the BBQ Fest and Merchant Street MusicFest have released their musical talent lineups. And again, there's something for everyone, popular bands from the 1990s all the way back through the 1960s.

The Daily-Journal reports the Kankakee Valley Park District's BBQ Fest is headlined by Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Peppa, Puddle of Mudd and Local H.

That'll be July 9, 10 and 11th at River Road Park.

The popular Kankakee MusicFest, at the historic downtown railroad depot, finds several , headliners including the Ohio Players, the 5th Dimension, and neo-funk all stars, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound.

The MusicFest, July 24 – 25th, features several performance stages around the depot site.

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Illinois State Police seek help locating missing person with Alzheimer’s Disease


Pontiac, IL (05-21-15) On 05/21/2015 at 11:20 A.M., Illinois State Police District 6 Troopers were dispatched to a motorist assist on Interstate 55 southbound near milepost 177. Troopers learned the vehicle belonged to Nathaniel Burns of Hammond, Indiana.  He's a black male, 81, 5'10", 155 lbs, black hair, hazel eyes), who was reported as a missing person suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

Troopers searched the area both on the ground and with the assistance of ISP Air Operations; however they were unable to locate Burns.

Troopers are requesting the public's assistance in locating Burns who is reported to be driving a white Pontiac G6 four door bearing Indiana registration UUL258. Burns' family advised they last saw him wearing a gray jacket, gray sweater, grey Dockers pants, and black shoes.

If observed, please contact the Illinois State Police District 06 headquarters at 815-844-1523.

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