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Woman and child die in wreck near Beecher

A Beecher mother, who was pregnant, and her 2-year-old son died in a two-vehicle crash that also critically injured her two older sons Monday morning near Beecher.

29-year-old Lindsey Schmidt was four months pregnant, according to family members. Schmidt and her son, Caleb, were pronounced dead at the scene at 10:35 a.m.

The driver of a pick-up truck, who allegedly drove through a stop sign on East Corning Road, was not identified. Will County Sheriff's Police said the driver was treated for injuries at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

Schmidt was northbound on South Yates Avenue when the truck went through the intersection at about 8:40 a.m. The collision forced the two vehicles into a nearby field.
Schmidt's two other sons, ages four and six, were transported to St. Margaret's Hospital in Indiana where they are listed in critical condition.

The crash remains under investigation. No charges had been filed as of Monday afternoon.

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Cissna Park boy dies of injuries in accident

A 12-yr-old Cissna Park has died of injuries from a traffic c accident over the weekend.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name 12 year old Jacob Rose. He was a passenger involved in a single motor vehicle crash in Iroquois County Saturday near Cissna Park. The boy was pronounced dead at 12:41pm Sunday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Jacob was reportedly ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Preliminary results from an autopsy conducted today indicate Jacob died from traumatic injuries he sustained during the crash.

This death is being investigated by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department and the Champaign County Coroner’s Office.

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2nd Place: Baby Mine – Vocal Solo: Audrey Neukomm from Cissna Park

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'Name the Plaza' in Manteno

Manteno officials are asking for the public's help in naming a new plaza.  A contest will review suggestions submitted between now and September 1st.  The hope is to have the 2nd Street plaza ready for the Oktoberfest celebration.

Sarah Marion, Manteno's event coordinator, said the public input will be important and the hope suggested names will be community-focused. The village has launched its "Name the Plaza Contest" and already has received several recommendations from the public.

"We figured we would extend the offer to members of the community rather than just come up with a random name," Marion said. "It's a plaza for the community, and we want the community's input."

Those interested in submitting a name must complete an application that can be found on the village's website or village hall, 93 E. Third St. Entries can be delivered to village hall or emailed to Marion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for entries is Sept. 1. The winner will be invited to participate in the the plaza's ribbon-cutting ceremony and will be recognized at a village board meeting.

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Newton County

An Indiana woman was a killed (Saturday) in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash near Lake Village, IN. 54-year-old Tammy Johnson was a passenger on a Harley-Davidson driven by 56-yr-old man Richard Neese of Wilmington (IL), according to Newton County Sheriff’s Police.

Emergency responders answered the call just before 4:30 pm on State Road 10 near 1050 N. Police reported alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The Harley driver was westbound (SR 10) when the bike left the roadway. The female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was in critical condition at Riverside Medical Center.

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