The identity of a man's body was yet to be announced after he drowned in the Kankakee River near Wilmington Friday. He was found just before 5 pm Sunday.
The Will County Coroner's Office reported Wilmington Fire personnel confirmed a 33-year-old man was found shortly before 5 p.m. near the Des Plaines Conservation Area boat launch, west of Interstate 55.
Four people were fishing in the river and the victim apparently was swept away by the river's current Friday night near South Island Park in Wilmington.
Former Milford resident, Gene Callahan, friend pays respect
Fairview Heights, IL - Visitation was Sunday, July 13th for former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois.
Dixon died July 6 at his home in Fairview Heights. He was 86.
The Democrat's career in politics spanned more than 40 years in public office. He was in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1993, serving as the third-ranking Democrat. He also chaired a subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee.
Visitation was Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lindenwood University's auditorium in Belleville.
The funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at the same location.
Among those speaking at the service were U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson and Gene Callahan, Dixon's former chief of staff.
A private burial for family and close friends followed.
Indiana conservation police say alcohol and speed were factors in a recreational accident that left an Illinois woman dead last Saturday (7/12).
It happened just after 4:00 pm on Lake Shafer at Monticello.
Conservation officers reported 43-year-old Anne Wittstock of Burbank was driving a wave runner with a passenger on board.
For an unknown reason, she drove the wave runner into the NIPSCO security cables that are stretched across the lake to keep boaters away from the Norway Dam.
CPR efforts were administered by other boaters. The Monticello Fire Department transported Wittstock to the IU White Memorial Hospital, where she was flown to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and later pronounced dead.
The male passenger, Joseph Allen, also of Illiniois, was uninjured.
Five Republican Party chairmen of the counties in the 106th Illinois House District are seeking a nominee to replace State Representative Josh Harms, of Watseka. Harms withdrew his candidacy for re-election in November, having announced that he plans to return to teaching after just one term in the House.
State law stipulates that he be replaced by Aug. 15 by the Republican county leaders, who will be chaired by John McGlasson, Livingston County chairman. Others are Shane Cultra, of Iroquois County; Tom Bennett, of Ford County; Mike Marron, of Vermilion County; and Matt Smith, of Woodford County.
The committee will convene on Tuesday, July 22, to review applications and on Sunday, July 27, to conduct interviews.