The Woodford County Coroner's office identified the person killed in a weather-related crash Monday night on I-39.
71-year-old Sharon Goldasich of McNabb was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near El Paso. Illinois State Police reported the woman's SUV slid out of control while northbound and into the path of a semitrailer truck.
The accident, around 8:15 pm, happened during the first significant snowfall of the season. Several accidents were investigated Monday night and Tuesday morning, resulting in this one fatality.
Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said the woman was on her way to visit family and friends in Putnam County at the time of the accident.
The semi driver, Abidir Hashi of Minneapolis, Minn., was not injured.
Kankakee County Finance Committee presents balanced budget
It's tight, but it's balanced. And the Kankakee County Board is on the verge of approving its Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
A $33-million dollar budget is on the table. It now awaits the Board's approval.
The Finance committee (Tues) proposed the FY budget. And despite being balanced, Board Chairman Mike Bossert says there's little room for error. The numbers show a 1.3% increase over the current budget still needs the full Board's approval.
Iroquois County moved forward with GIS mapping system
The Iroquois County Board has approved a resolution to seek professional help in creating a countywide Geographic Information System (GIS).
The $570,000 cost will not come from the general fund, but instead will be paid in installments by using an already-approved GIS fund, made up by fee services over the last several years.
Bruce harris & Associates of Batavia (IL) will provide the professional services for the digital orthophotography, a seamless mapping system. A GIS website will also be created.
Bruce Harris explains all county offices will benefit from the mapping. Harris said the digital process builds maps in a layer-fashion that helps much more than just the assessment purposes.
The GIS becomes a land-information system that becomes an important part of what decisions are made through any government entity. The GIS is a wealth of information that the county currently does not have access to.
Iroquois County's Industrial Development Association (IDA) and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA/ESDA) have pushed for GIS for several years. The layered-mapping, Harris explains, is so critical for documentation.
GIS also assists fire departments, and is a powerful tool for business and the private sector for people looking for accurate up-to-date land information.
Iroquois County Board votes to end Ford-Iroquois health arrangement
It was a12-7 vote (Tuesday) by the Iroquois County Board to withdraw Iroquois County involvement from the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.
If all goes as planned, the 30-plus year arrangement between the two counties for health services will end by June 30, 2014.
The Ford County Board has also initiated its own effort to withdraw. However, because Ford County officials had not heard back from the state health department concerning its letter asking for approval to end the dual-county arrangement, the Board took no action at Monday's meeting.
Ford County Chairman Rick Bowen said the Ford County Board could schedule a special meeting if a letter of approval is received prior to the board's next meeting in December (9th). The board hopes to take action no later than its regular December meeting.
The Iroquois County Board approved a resolution to withdraw without gaining approval from Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, Director of the Illinois department of Public Health.
The Iroquois Board Tuesday also OK'd the hiring of Peoria attorney John Redlingshafer to provide the legal services to complete the withdraw.
Wallace to announce bid for 2nd Congressional District
ERIC M. WALLACE to announce that he has received the endorsements of Jim Oberweis, Marty Ozinga III, Paul McKinley, Dave Smith, Bishop Lance Davis, Joe Walsh, and a group of black and white pastors to run for Congress in the Illinois 2nd Congressional District.
Flossmoor, IL - After receiving support and encouragement from an unprecedented and diverse group of local business leaders, politicians, and religious leaders; Eric M. Wallace of Flossmoor, IL will hold a press conference on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, at 5:30 p.m. at 15 Meadow view Center, Kankakee, IL to publicly announce his candidacy for the Illinois 2nd Congressional District seat formerly held by convicted felon Jessie Jackson Jr.
Riding on endorsements from U.S Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, local businessman Marty Ozinga III, former congressional candidate Paul McKinley, Illinois Family Institute President Dave Smith, former U.S. Congressman Joe Walsh, and a bi-partisan multicultural group of pastors and religious leaders; local businessman Dr. Eric Wallace will seek to mount the most aggressive and inclusive congressional campaign as a Republican that the 2nd district has seen in many years.
Responding to the stagnant economy, the recent passage of the "Same Sex Marriage" amendment in Illinois, the continued assault on 2nd amendment rights, and the Employee Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) which just passed in the United States Senate; Dr. Wallace is launching a campaign designed to challenge the faith community and all 2nd district citizens who support lower taxes and traditional family values to "rise up" and vote in support of their core principles in the upcoming March 2014 election.