Snow triggers traffic accidents in Kankakee County
Today's (Wed) NWS forecast for snow turned into an un-expected blitz in parts of Kankakee County. Several traffic mishaps were reported after huge snowflakes fell in Bourbonnais and western sections of the county.
Visibility was limited to less than a mile for a while. Sheriff's Police reported up to nine simultaneous accidents along a stretch of CR 1200.
State and township road crews from the Essex-Herscher area to Bourbonnais, Kankakee and St. Anne reported slick roads and accidents. No serious injuries were reported.
The NWS confirmed a narrow band of intense snowfall from NW Illinois near Dixon-Sterling to Rensselaer, Indiana.
Accumulations of 1-2 inches were forecast for today and tonight.
Congressman John Shimkus says President Obama's speech sounded more like a campaign speech. Shimkus reacted after the state of the union address Tuesday night.
Shimkus said the president is "very good at giving in essence campaign speeches. And this is more like a campaign speech, like he's running for office again versus addressing the needs and issues of the country.''
Representative Shimkus noted one area near the end of the President's speech. ''His basic comment was 'I want to do what I believe is in the best interest of America'. It's not inclusive. It's not let's work together to move the country in the right direction. You know he ended up saying 'I'm committed to doing what I think is best. And I think that's what drives people crazy about this President. He's pretty arrogant,'' added Shimkus.
Davis, Kinzinger unimpressed with State of the Union speech
WASHINGTON - Illinois Republicans didn't seem phased by President Obama's State of Union address. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon said the President failed to offer any practical solutions to Americans problems which sounding as though he was still campaigning. "I had hoped to hear that the President was ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work on the serious challenges we face," Kinzinger said. "Unfortunately, the American people heard nothing new from President Obama. We heard him ignore the fact that we have a divided government and once again continue to push for spending money we don't have on big government that doesn't work".
"I hope that the next two are productive and we can govern as the American have asked, seeking common ground. Governing can be messy, but right now governing is necessary. Let's focus on 2015, not 2016."
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville said President Obama has a lot of big and bold ideas, but he hasn't laid out a plan to act on them. He said it's time for the president to back his words up with actions, especially when it comes to equal pay for women.
"The President ought to look at his own White House where he pays women an average of 18 percent less than men," Davis said, noting women make an average of $4,000 per year more than men in his office. "The President talks, but talk is cheap when his actions don't match his rhetoric."
Several area roads have posed problems for motorists today. Slide-offs have been reported in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties. Black ice appears an issue as overnight re-freezing has left secondary routes very slick.
Illinois State Police and other emergency units were on the scene of a two vehicle crash involving a semi tractor trailer on Interstate 74 near Tilton this morning (Tuesday). Traffic was moving slowly through the area and there was also a spill involving diesel fuel. Firefighters are on the scene, and the Vermilion County's Hazardous Materials team has also been called to help deal with the diesel spill.
No injury was reported.
State Police are urging motorists to use extreme caution in accident areas.