IL Route 52 @ 2200 E in Iroquois County is where two vehicles collided AT 11:15 am (Wed), sending one of the drivers to Riverside Hospital. Illinois State Police reported 39-year-old Stephanie Brattin of Donovan failed to yield at the stopped intersection. Her pickup truck the westbound car of 63-year-old Thomas Frogge of Martinton. Frogge was taken to the hospital with injuries. Brattin was also charged with DUI. 94.1 WGFA
Long-time assistant Watseka fire chief Tim Ketchum is now the chief. The City Council’s public safety committee endorsed Ketchum (Tues evening), to replace veteran 16-year fire chief Dave Mayotte.
Ketchum’s promotion will be official at the full City Council meeting later this month.
Ketchum and Mayotte both commended each other for the working relationship they’ve had since 2006. Mayotte’s employment with Tri-State Fire Protection District in the Chicago-land suburb Darien forced his retirement as Watseka fire chief. He says he’ll still be involved locally, helping any way he can.
Mayotte was presented a plaque by Alderwoman Monna Ulfers and Mayor John Allhands, recognizing Mayotte’s years of service.
The public safety committee approved Ketchum’s promotion following executive session. The hiring of a new police officer was also approved. Curtis Marcott will join the ranks, filling a vacancy with the resignation of Josh Heeren. He’s joining the Iroquois County Sheriff’s department.
Two vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Route 1 in Kankakee County injured one driver. 74-year-old Charles Bright of Beloit, WI was taken to an Indiana hospital. His pickup was hit by a unit driven by 21-year-old Rachel Reilly of Geneva (IL) when she failed to yield at County Road 12,000 N. State Police reported Reilly stopped at the intersection but then then failed to see the pickup and pulled into the intersection.
UPDATE: driver injured in Route 54 rollover...
A gasoline spill resulted Tuesday when a tanker ran off Route 54 at Thawville. The driver, 47-year-old David Strubhar of Yates City, was seriously injured. He was extricated and taken to Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.
Illinois State Police and several fire departments and Emergency Management Agency officials responded to the rollover along Route 54. It was at Iroquois County Road 200 E. The road was closed during clean-up operations.
People with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance in Peoria, Rockford, and Galesburg will have to find new hospitals to use. Blue Cross yesterday said it's dropping the Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, the Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, and the St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg from its PPO network. Neither OSF, which manages the hospitals, or Blue Cross officials are giving a reason for the change. Blue Cross is adding other hospitals in Pekin and Galesburg, you can get a full list of in-network providers at Blue Cross' website.
Veterans Honor Guards are lined up to benefit from today’s (Wed) “Day of Giving” in several communities. The ‘Day of Giving’ is organized to help outfit those veterans who serve on honor guards for funerals for the veterans who have served our nation.
A local program invites the public to donate in Watseka. The Big R parking lot along Route 24 East is the setting for the ‘Day of Honor” event.
American Legion Post #23 and the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka have teamed up to host today’s activity. The ‘Day of Giving” finds veterans available to welcome your donations.
The donation site will be manned from 6 am ‘til 7 pm.
In Vermilion County.... ‘Operation Honor Guard’ will be collecting donations at the Sunset Center for Loss and Healing on North Vermilion in Danville, also from 6 am ‘til 7 pm.
Other sites hosting the event are in locations in Georgetown, Champaign, Mattoon and Paris.