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Will County crash kills Frankfort man

One man died following a two vehicle crash in New Lenox Township. Will County Sheriff’s Police investigated Friday on Schoolhouse Road, north of Route 30.

Forty-year old Mark Nelson of Frankfort was pronounced dead.
The driver of a pickup and his passenger were treated by paramedics at the scene.

The investigation continues.

Deputies observed a pickup truck with a trailer attached in the ditch and a car facing southbound against the guard rail on the east side of the road. New Lenox Fire personnel removed the driver of the car, who was pinned in the driver’s seat.

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Two Kankakee men killed in Amtrak crash near Gilman

Two Kankakee men died Sunday morning when an Amtrak train crashed into their delivery truck north of Gilman.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum identified the victims as 54-year-old Tony Campbell and 47-year-old Alexander Odzana. The men were westbound in a privately-owned box truck on 2000N Road when hit by the southbound train. The train was traveling at 70 mph.

No one on the train was injured.

Cheatum said the men may have been lost or distracted. The west side of the railroad crossing is a dead-end running up to I-57. The crossing is marked with train crossing signs.
An autopsy will be scheduled.

Sheriff’s Police, Gilman Fire, IMH Ambulance and railroad police were at the scene investigating.

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Watseka High School Inspiration Award Nominations Sought

The Watseka Community High School Inspiration Award Committees are seeking nominations for the 2017 Academic and Athletic Inspiration Awards.

The Inspiration Award has been established to recognize and honor men and women connected with Unit 9 schools whose accomplishments, service and character have exemplified, developed, and encouraged positive traits and attributes to enhance future achievements by Unit 9 students.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the Unit 9 or High School offices or from the web at www.watseka-u9.k12.il.us. Nominations must be submitted by April 15.

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Local Counties See Drop in Unemployment

The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s latest report says the jobless rate for Vermilion County has gone back down from 8.6 percent in January to 7.2 percent in February.

This comes after the previous report showed the unemployment rate jumping from 7.3 in December to 8.6 in January.

Several other local counties saw drops including Iroquois going from 7.9 to 6.3, Kankakee from 8.2 to 6.6, and Ford from 7.5 to 6.1.

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Riverside Medical Center Earns Echocardiography Accreditation

Riverside Medical Center and the Riverside Heart & Vascular Institute have earned a three-year accreditation in Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

Echocardiography, also known as "echo" or an ultrasound of the heart, is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions.

The IAC is a nationally recognized quality patient care accreditation program. Learn more about Riverside's heart care by visiting riversidehealthcare.org/heart.