Snow and extremely frigid temperatures are expected to plague our area over the next two nights. The National Weather Service in Chicago is forecasting temperatures to be in the teens overnight tonight with snow. Accumulations are ranging from an inch or two south of Interstate 80 while areas north could see four to five inches at most. With a fresh snow pack on Wednesday evening, overnight temperatures could dip below zero. Officials reminds those with outdoor pets to allow them to stay indoors during the frigid nights.
Bureau County Fatal Crash
Bureau County authorities and State Police are saying that snowy roadways Sunday afternoon could have been a factor in a fatal semi vs car crash in Bureau County. State Police says 48 year old Suzanne Mcllvain of Manteno was traveling eastbound on I-80 near Route 40 in rural Sheffield when her vehicle lost control leaving the roadway and striking a semi in the westbound lane. McIIvain was pronounced dead at the scene around 2:30pm.
Snow Related Accidents Continued
Snowy and icy road conditions are being blamed for several other accidents Sunday evening. The LaSalle County Sheriffs Department is reporting several snow and ice related accidents including one involving a LaSalle County Sheriff’s Squad car which left the roadway on I-80 early while it was heading to investigate an accident. Deputies were also on scene for two single vehicle rollover crashes near Utica and Tonica. State police also reports that two drivers were injured when a vehicle struck another vehicle after losing control while merging onto I-80 from I-39.
Sysco Acquires US Foods
A major food company has been bought out which could impact the area economy. Sysco Corporation announced that it has acquired US Foods for an estimated $3.5 billion dollars. US foods currently has a branch located in Streator which according to the Streator Chamber of Commerce employs around 240 people. There is no word on what if any changes will be made to the company including the Streator branch.
Unattended Streator Death
The LaSalle County Sheriff's office and the Coroner's Office continues to investigate into an unattended death on Second Street in Streator Sunday. An unattended death means the death of a person who has not been seen by a physician within the scope of the physician's professional capacity within 30 days immediately prior to the date of death. No other details have been released by the Coroner's office at this time.
La Salle Apartment Fire
Several La Salle residents are without a home after an apartment fire Sunday morning. La Salle Fire Chief Andy Bacidore says firefighters were called out to the 1100-block of First Street in La Salle around 2:30 where heavy smoke was coming from the building. Officials say that two rooms and the kitchen inside the apartment caught fire. No injuries were reported and no foul play is suspected from the fire.
La Salle County Won’t Call For DNR Sand Mine Hearing
The La Salle County Board did not discuss the Utica sand mine at yesterday's meeting. The board said they would not put the Aramoni LLC sand mine on the agenda for yesterday’s meeting because they had no specific problem with the plan in order to request a hearing with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Village Board and Planning Commission will just continue their public hearing on the matter on January 15th.
Mendota DMV to be Closed on Saturday
The Mendota Driver Services Facility will be closed next week for upgrades. According to officials from the DMV, from Saturday December 14th until Tuesday December 17th, the Mendota DMV will be closed as ComEd will be replacing a transformer. Residents are encouraged to visit the La Salle and Ottawa locations during that time.
Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois will build or rehabilitate nearly 1,500 affordable housing units statewide. The Chicago Democrat says the apartments will ensure working families, seniors and people with disabilities have quality, affordable housing. The work will be financed through a federal housing tax credit and the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Preservation Now program.
Pension Crisis in Chicago
Illinois lawmakers who passed a state pension overhaul measure last week will soon face a looming pension crisis in Chicago. Analysts say the city's pension system is only 35 percent funded, compared to New York's 60 percent and San Francisco's 88 per cent. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others warn that if lawmakers don't act, Chicago residents could be faced with soaring property taxes and cuts in service.
Senator Kirk Medical Issue
Senator Mark Kirk is resting comfortably after surgery for a medical issue unrelated to the stroke he had last year. Doctors say the stomach pain Kirk was having over the weekend was caused by gallstones and they removed his gallbladder in a 30-minute procedure. He'll miss some votes in Washington this week as a result.
"Da Coach" is getting his own special license plates. The state has honored former Chicago Bears player and coach Mike Ditka with a set of plates on the day the Bears are retiring Ditka's jersey number. One of the plates says "Ditka" and other reads "89."