Authorities were out and about over the weekend into Monday morning handling a number of accidents caused by the snowy roads. According to Illinois State Police Trooper Craig Graham, troopers were handling slide-offs and other minor accidents along Interstate 80 and 39. He noted one accident near Spring Valley on I-80 had two people transported to a local hospital. La Salle County Sheriff's deputies were also responding to a number of slide-offs caused by the snowy roadways.
Semi Accident on I-80
Traffic on I-80 was delayed for a period of time after a semi truck jack knife yesterday morning near Utica. According to District 17 Trooper Craig Graham, the truck was located in the left lane and was blocking traffic for about an hour. Graham says that no injuries were reported and the incident remains under investigation.
Henry Mayor Resigns
After only seven months on the job, Henry Mayor Randy Constantine has resigned. The City announced that they received his resignation last week which went into effect yesterday. The former Mayor came under some fire after he announced he would not reappoint former Police Chief William Calbow once his term was up. Calbow eventually resigned this past August saying he could not longer work for Constantine.
Concealed Carry Website and Applications
The Illlinois State Police has officially rolled out their concealed carry website. According to ISP Public Information Official, Monique Bond, the website will provide residents with the necessary information on how to apply and get trained for concealed carry. The website lists 7 instructors in Ottawa, 4 in Marsailles, 2 in Peru and Seneca and one in La Salle. On the website residents will also be able to get their Digital ID set up so that they can begin applying January 5th. The state requires that all applications be filed and submitted online.
Deadlines Set for Tornado Victims
Two important deadlines have been set for victims of the November 17th tornadoes. FEMA says individuals and businesses in LaSalle and Grundy counties have until January 27th to apply for federal disaster aid. Governor Pat Quinn also announced that residents affected by the November storms will now have until May 31st to file any tax returns due on or after November 15th.
World leaders set a goal for a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 at the recent G8 summit in London. But for now, caregiving is among the most pressing issue for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The Chicago-based Alzheimer's Association says there are an estimated 15 million caregivers in the United States. And as baby boomers age and live longer, those numbers are expected to grow.
Chemical Plant Explosion Damage
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is asking a judge to order operators of a Chicago-area chemical plant damaged in an explosion and fire last Friday to provide details about why it happened and how to prevent a recurrence. The EPA wants the Illinois Attorney General's Office to seek a court order requesting the information from Blue Island Phenol. The plant manager has said two workers were injured during the explosion and fire in the southern suburb of Alsip.
The phones are jingling off the hook at Dial-a-Carol, a student-run project on the University of Illinois' Champaign campus. It's a hotline of sorts for people who prefer hearing holiday music sung by a choir of amateurs who've been up all night studying. The program was started in 1960 by a former hall secretary and a group of the dormitory's residents. Last year, students took more than 4,000 requests from people worldwide. Phone lines are open until just before midnight Wednesday. The number is 217-332-1882.