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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE PARTNER WITH SCHOOL COMMUNITIES ON BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY MESSAGES

Students, Motorists, Cyclists & School Bus Drivers Urged to Heighten Awareness Around School Zones

Ashkum, IL – Students are headed back to school for a new school year and the Illinois
State Police are reminding the citizens of Illinois to take the necessary safety precautions while driving through school communities.

Illinois State Police District 21 Commander Lieutenant Randy Ness is urging motorists, cyclists, school bus drivers, students and parents about the increased vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian traffic in and around school zones.

"As schools across Illinois open their doors for a new school year, Illinois State Police want to remind the public that school zone speed limits will be enforced and drivers should pay attention to the pedestrian traffic and school buses with flashing lights and safety signals," said Lieutenant Colonel Todd Kilby. "Officers will also increase their presence to focus on school zone speed; electronic device and seatbelt violations and other forms of distracted driving," he added.

These violations are serious and can result in hefty fines and possible license suspensions.

To be safe in school zones, motorists should follow these safety tips:
 Motorists must stop for red flashing lights when the stop arms are extended when driving behind a bus and when coming toward a bus on an undivided road.
 If the roadway is divided (two lanes in each direction) motorist traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop.

Illinois State Police Safety Education Officers are available to provide educational presentations at area schools and throughout the community promoting safe driving habits. Lieutenant Randy Ness added that District 21's primary goal is to ensure the safety of our driving communities with vigilance and increase public awareness.

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Area nursing homes recognized

Ten area nursing homes, including two in Iroquois County and one in Ford County, received five-star overall quality ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


The Gibson Area Community Hospital Annex at Gibson City; The Iroquois Resident, Watseka; and Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth were ranked five-star. Others are: Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana; Country Health, Gifford; Farmer City Rehab & Health Care; Hawthorne Inn of Danville; Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, Mattoon;  Sullivan Rehabilitation & Health Care, Sullivan; and Tuscola Health Care Center.

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Rauner campaign stops in Iroquois County

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bruce Rauner made Iroquois County part of a ten stop bus tour of the state. The weekend trip was made on a bus called the "Shake Up Springfield Express." Rauner said the bus represents the goal of his campaign.

Rauner said his support is coming from both parties. He said Saturday, "I've even had many members of the general assemble - in both parties, even democrats - say, 'Bruce we need a guy like you down here.

Rauner explained his goals for the office to local Republicans in Iroquois County. He also addressed a recurring issue in the race, his wealth.

Rauner explained, "I made a lot of money. I'm proud of it. And I'm not going to take a salary. I want you guys, the taxpayer to keep the money. I'm not going to take a pension, I want the taxpayers to keep the money."

Rauner's bus tour also made stops in Mclean County in Normal, in Piatt County and in the peoria area.  More bus tours are scheduled Monday.

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Arson suspected in Beaverville structure fire

A dozen area fire departments and up to about 70 firemen responded to a structure fire at a history-ridden, abandoned building in Beaverville Friday. There was no injury, but the former nursing home, restaurant, and residence on St. Charles Street was gutted by flames that kept firemen on the scene for five-hours.

Beaverville Assistant Fire Chief Jim Leveque (Luh-Veck) tells WGFA News, "it's a total loss; the slow-burning fire worked its way into the walls and eaves." The huge structure measured about 70-feet long and 50-feet wide. It's a 3-story structure with a basement.

Leveque said he's heard the structure may have also been a convent, where the nuns stayed, years ago when they served historic St. Mary's Catholic Church, across the street.

The building's been abandoned for about the last eight-plus years.

Police and fire investigators were on the scene. The State Fire Marshall's Office will follow up on leads in the suspected-arson case, which alerted Beaverville firemen just past 11:30 am.

Leveque said the fire response was bumped up to a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th level box alarm. Fire personnel and equipment came from Papineau, Donovan, Martinton, Concord-Iroquois, Aroma Park, Ashkum, Chebanse Township, St. Anne, Momence, Watseka, and Morocco (IN).

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UPDATED: Danville motorcycle-car crash kills Vermilion County correctional officer

The Danville man who died early Thursday when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle was a Vermilion County corrections officer.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson reports that 33-year-old Christopher A. Williams was pronounced dead at 1:13 am at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville,

Police reported a 17-year-old female driving a passenger car on Avenue G attempted to cross U.S. 150 west of Danville. Williams was westbound on U.S. 150 on his motorcycle and collided with the 17-year-old's vehicle.
The 17-year-old did not suffer serious injury and was the only one in the vehicle. She was ticketed for failure to yield.

An autopsy was scheduled.


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