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Dwight ceremony today welcomes Amtrak expansion

Residents of Dwight celebrate a groundbreaking for a new train depot today. There's also an announcement for the opening of a new section of its Pinecone Path.

The $3.77 million depot is being paid for through federal high-speed rail money. The village donated land valued at $100,000 as its share of the project. The approximately 800-square-foot depot will provide shelter and restrooms for Amtrak travelers.

It's part of the Amtrak project to improve the rail line from Chicago to St. Louis. The high-speed rail project includes upgrades to rails, crossings and signals.

Seven trains a day stop in Dwight – four northbound and three southbound.

The groundbreaking will take place at 2:30 pm. Ribbon cutting for the Pinecone Path extension will be at 3 pm.

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Criticism looms in expected County Board appoiontment

The expected-appointment to fill a vacancy on the Iroquois County Board is stirring criticism. And – it hasn't even happened yet.

Tuesday's Iroquois County Board meeting agenda includes the appointment to fill a vacancy in District 4, the seat of former board member Susan Wynn Bence. Her resignation came when she accepted a position in the Illinois Lt. Governor's Office.

The likely candidate to fill the seat, according to sources, is Dan Joyce of rural Watseka. Joyce is a two-time County Board candidate who failed to get the support of voters.

The Republican Precinct Committeemen have recommended Joyce. The official appointment will come from the Board Chairman, Kyle Anderson, after a Search & Credential committee is asked to review the nominee.

The brewing criticism from past board members and citizens is that vacancies should not be filled by people voters have said 'No' to.

Tuesday's meeting is 9 am at the Administrative Center.

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Vermilion County Board to welcome new member

District 9 of the Vermilion County Board welcomes Becky Stark Tuesday as the newest member of the Board. She's the wife of county board member Bruce Stark. Mrs. Stark fills the vacancy of former county board chairman James McMahon, who resigned earlier.

The Board will also be looking to fill a seat in District 6. Dennis Miller's seat will be officially declared vacant. He announced his resignation earlier.

The County Board meets this evening at 6 pm at the Courthouse Annex.

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Two dead in wrong-way collision on I-55

A double-fatal accident early Saturday (8/8) was caused by a driver going southbound in the northbound lanes of I-55. The Will County Coroner's Office reports the victims are 20-year-old Daniel Zamora of Justice, and 25-year-old Ariel Dorado of Plainfield.

Police reports stated that Dorado was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-55 in Bolingbrook. He collided with the car driven by Zamora. The accident happened just past 3 am.

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Iroquois, Vermilion County record traffic fatalities

A single-vehicle accident early Sunday killed a young Clifton man in Iroquois County. 22-year-old Cody Lehmkuhl was pronounced dead at the scene in Chebanse Township.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police and Coroner Bill Cheatum are investigating. An autopsy will be completed today (Mon). A passerby reported the accident just before 1 am.

Lehmkuhl was westbound on County Road 3000 N when his vehicle ran into a ditch before hitting a culvert and overturning several times. Lehmkuhl was ejected from the vehicle.

Chebanse Township Fire and Riverside Ambulance answered the call.

In Vermilion County --- it was a motorcycle vs pickup collision that killed a Danville man. 55-year-old Douglas Boggess was pronounced dead about 8:30 pm Saturday on U.S. Route 150.

Coroner Peggy Johnson said the Boggess cycle was hit from behind by the pickup truck driven by 24-year-old Cody Roberts of Homer. The accident occurred near the Vermilion County fairgrounds.

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