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Ten Years Brings 45% Fewer Teen Driving Fatalities in Illinois

This week marks the tenth anniversary of National Teen Driver Safety Week. , And things look much different than they did ten years ago. Though it is tragic to lose even one young person in a car crash, in the United States the numbers have decreased nearly 43 percent in the past decade. In 2015, 4,308 teens were involved in fatal crashes compared to 7,500 in 2005*.

In Illinois, the number of teens involved in fatal car crashes has gone down by 45%, 239 in 2005 compared to 132 in 2015.

Studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) attribute reductions in crash deaths to strong Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs. Nearly all states have substantially strengthened their GDL laws over the past twenty years. Strong GDL laws consist of: minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit, a six-month holding period, supervised driving requirement, nighttime driving restriction, passenger restriction, cell phone restriction, and a minimum age of 18 for an unrestricted license.

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Judge Tungate to retire in November 2018

Circuit Judge Susan Sumner Tungate has announced her retirement.  She plans to step aside November 30, 2018 after 20 years on the bench. The judge said 20 years is long enough.  She plans to enjoy time with family and grandchildren.

Judge Tungate was first elected associate judge in 1998.  She was then elected to her circuit role in 2002.

Associate Judge Thomas Cunnington has announced he plans to seek the circuit judge'e seat next year.  He plans to run the Republican March primary in 2018.

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KCC Job Fair in Watseka November 16

The Kankakee Community College Miner South Extension Center in Watseka will sponsor a Job Fair from 10 a.m. - noon on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Booths are available, free of charge, for area businesses to participate. The reservation deadline for a booth is Nov. 3, 2017. Employers can register at www.kcc.edu/jobfair.

“The purpose of the Job Fair is to create an opportunity to bring a variety of employers together to offer opportunities for employment to local residents,” said Ken Crite, career services coordinator at KCC. “Job seekers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and treat it as an actual employment interview to receive optimal results.”

The Job Fair is sponsored by KCC’s Career Services Office and Office of Continuing Education and Career Services.

The Miner South Extension Center is at 1488 E. Walnut in Watseka. For further information, phone Crite at 815-802-8222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.kcc.edu/jobfair.

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Railroad crossing closures ….

A posted-detour will direct motorists in Iroquois County and Newton County this next week. Railroad crossings will be improved, so road closures will be in effect.

Starting Monday (Oct 16th_ -- Route 52 south of Martinton finds the Union Pacific Railroad making repairs.

In Kentland, Indiana – the T.P. & W. Railroad is closing the U.S. 41 crossing just south of Route 24.

Drivers are urged to use caution along the detour routes.

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Parke County, IN welcomes covered bridge visitors

Thousands of visitors will flock to Parke County, Indiana beginning today (Friday) for the annual Covered Bridge Festival. It’s one of the most popular attractions each fall in the Hoosier state. The 10-day run will continue thru Sunday, October 22.

Covered Bridge Festival

Visitors are asked to be patient. There’s a lot of traffic.
The festival headquarters is in Rockville, but several small towns around the county offer a wide range of activities and opportunities for food, fun and shopping. Vendors of all kinds display their wares.

People from all over the world visit the festival. The Covered Bridge festival organizers are expecting upwards of 2-million people during the 10-day run.

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