The express lane of southbound Interstate 65 was closed near State Road 26 (Tuesday) due to multiple crashes. The Tippecanoe County Coroner was contacted.
Police say at around 3:20 pm a crash occurred near exit 169 on Interstate 65. Traffic was backed up. Shortly after, a car hauler was headed towards exit 172. The backed-up traffic wasn’t seen and the driver failed to slow down in time and crashed into a barricade. The car hauler then smashed into a car which then smashed into the back of a semi.
A domino effect then occurred when a box truck and then another semi both crashed into the car resulting in a pileup. Indiana State Police confirmed two deaths. Emergency crews were at the scene trying to remove the occupants from the vehicles involved. Southbound I-65 traffic was messed for hours.
An armed robbery at the Watseka Wal-Mart is under investigation.
Police are looking for a white male, between 40-50 years-old, approximately 6-foot tall with a smaller build. He was wearing glasses, a surgical mask, stocking cap and a black Carhart coat.
The man entered the store at about 10:45 pm (Monday) with a gun tucked into his waistband. The subject reportedly fled from the store with an undetermined amount of money. Police report he may have fled in a newer-model Nissan Rogue.
Anyone with info is encouraged to call Watseka Police at 815-432-6822.
COUNTY CLERK & RECORDER *Lisa L. Fancher, 400 S. Thomas, Gilman, IL 60938 (Filed 11/27/17, 8:30 a.m.)
COUNTY TREASURER Kurt Albers, 2190 E 2750 North Rd., Martinton, IL 60951(Filed11/27/17, 8:30 a.m.) Christy (Hoffman) Fink, 121 W. Mann, Gilman, IL 60938 (Filed 11/27/17, 9:12 a.m.)
SHERIFF *Derek W. M. Hagen, 534 E. Martin Ave., Watseka, IL 60970 (Filed 11/27/17, 2:25 p.m.)
COUNTY BOARD - DISTRICT I - VOTE FOR 3 Paul J. Ducat, 1368 E 3100 North Rd., Chebanse, IL 60922(Filed 11/27/17, 8:30 a.m.) *Lyle Behrends, 2731 N 600 East Rd., Ashkum, IL 60911 (Filed 11/30/17, 8:52 a.m.) Laverne H. Boettcher, 1302 E 3200 North Rd., Chebanse, IL 60922 (Filed 12/4/17, 2:14 p.m.) Leanne Hofbauer Duby, 2351 E 2800 North Rd., Martinton, IL 60951 (Filed 12/4/17, 3:44 p.m.)
COUNTY BOARD - DISTRICT II - VOTE FOR 2 *John Shure, 044 E 900 North Rd., Buckley, IL 60918(Filed 11/27/17, 8:30 a.m.) David H. Penny, 734 E 1000 North Rd., Buckley, IL 60918(Filed 11/27/17, 8:30 a.m.) *Daniel W. Pursley, 288 N 70 East Rd., Loda, IL 60948 (Filed 11/28/17, 10:50 a.m.) Steve Huse, 993 E Twp Rd 207, Gilman, IL 60938 (Filed 12/4/17, 2:20 p.m.)
COUNTY BOARD - DISTRICT III - VOTE FOR 3 Paul Bowers, 1811 E 1200 North Rd., Milford, IL 60953 (Filed 11/27/17, 9:14 a.m.) *Vincent LaMie, 123 E. Woodworth Rd., Milford, IL 60953 (Filed 11/28/17, 4:16 p.m.) *Donna Crow, 103 W. McKinley, Milford, IL 60953 (Filed 12/4/17, 10:10 a.m.) Joe Young, 503 N. 5th, Cissna Park, IL 60924 (Filed 12/4/17, 10:42 a.m.)
COUNTY BOARD - DISTRICT IV - VOTE FOR 2 Roger Bard, 614 E. Grant, Watseka, IL 60970 (Filed 11/27/17, 9:07 a.m.) *Larry Hasbargen, 118 W. Herron Ct., Watseka, IL 60970 (Filed 11/27/17, 1:07 p.m.) John Zumwalt, 902 S. 5th, Watseka, IL 60970 (Filed 11/28/17, 9:05 a.m.)
Flag raising ceremony last signature Bicentennial event until Aug. 26, but other events are planned.
Bicentennial flags across the state were raised simultaneously Monday at noon as part of a statewide signature bicentennial event, but one self-described historian said more needs to be done. In Iroquois County, retired Circuit Judge Robert Dannehl called on officials and citizens to raise the level of government. Dannehl spoke at a flag-raising event in front of the courthouse in Watseka. A similar event was held in Paxton where Ford County Board member Chase McCall read a proclation. The next signature event isn’t until Aug. 26, the anniversary of Illinois’ first constitution.
Springfield’s Pasfield House owner Tony Leone was on a Bicentennial planning commission under Gov. Pat Quinn. He said some ideas from that effort weren’t carried over.
Leone said he doesn’t want to be a downer, but he fears in the transition of administrations some of the moment got lost in the shuffle.
Events other than signature events are scheduled throughout the rest of the year with details at Illinois200.com.
Monday, (December 4th), the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Express Employment Professionals.
The new business venture joined the Chamber. Express Employment Professionals is located at 1801 N. State Route 1 Suite 2 in Watseka.
The business is owned by Lynn & Richard Yoerk. They offer services in Iroquois and Vermilion counties. They can be reached by phone at 815-785-1135 or visit their website www.expresspros.com. Express Employment Professionals is here to help with job openings in the area.