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Five Victims in Deadly I-55 Monday Crashes in Stopped Traffic Area


There are now five victims from Monday's pair of fatal crashes along I-55, both of which happened in the usual 'stopped traffic areas' where vehicles were approaching the bottleneck resulting from the work on the Des Plaines River Bridge.  On the northbound side crash near Arsenal Road, four women from three different cars have passed away.  In a Kia that had three people, two Urbana residents were killed.  The driver, 43 year old Kimberly K Britton, and a backseat passenger, Piper Britton. 

In a Chevrolet that carried four people, the driver was killed, and then there was a fouth victim who was inside a Dodge Challenger.  Those two victims were 54 year old Vicky L Palacious of Coal City, and 48 year old Ulrike P Blopleh of Channahon.  All four victims were pronounced deceased at the scene at 4 PM.  State Police officials have stated that a semi approaching the stopped traffic was speeding in excess of 55 miles per hour, and tried to change lanes at the last second, before striking the vehicles.  The driver has undergone drug and alcohol testing and will be interviewed, but no arrests have occured as of yet.

The fifth victim from yesterday's I-55 tragedies resulted from the accident in southbound I-55 around U S 6, again in the usual 'stopped traffic area,' where two semis collided.  Both drivers were taken to the hospital, and 41 year old Deividas Mockus of Darian was pronounced deceased at 4:29 PM in the Presence St Joseph Medical Center Emergency Room.  State Police have stated that Mockus may have had a medical condition, as both drivers appeared to have suffered just minor injuries when taken to the hospital.


7-22  5:30 AM

Second Victim from Sun Night U S 6 Crash, 16, Identified

There are now two victims from the Sunday night crash on U S 6, about a half-mile west of Gun Club Road.  Four people were in the vehicle that was going eastbound, when it lost control and rolled several times.  Three people were ejected, two of which have died.  The driver and the front seat passenger remain in the hospital, but the identies of both ejected victims are now known.  Twenty-two year old James Harris III of Channahon had been pronounced deceased at the scene, and then Monday afternoon 16 year old Kendall Forth of Minooka passed away, after being transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria.


7-22  5:15 AM

Trial Date for Second Hickory Street Suspect Could be Set Wednesday

A trial date for Hickory Street murders suspect Bethany McKee could be set Wednesday.  During a courtroom session Monday, McKee's attorney Chuck Bretz asked for a delay in the setting of the trial date, due to the fact that ten hours of video recordings requested via supoena had recently been obtained.  Status updates also took place on the male Hickory Street murder suspects, Adam Landerman and Joshua Miner.  Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins were found strangled to death at the home of Alisa Massaro in the 11 hundred block of North Hickory Street in January of 2013.  Massaro has already pleaded guilty to concealing a homicide and robbery, and has been sentenced to ten years in prison.  She is now required to testify against the other defendants.


7-22  5 AM

Tuesday Will be HOT, Please Use Common Sense

Tuesday will be the one extremely hot day this week, and the Will County Health Department is reminding everyone to use common sense, with a high temperature of 91 and head index of 99 expected.  The department's Vic Reato says, yes drink plenty of fluids, especially if outdoors, but make sure it's the right kind.  Drinks with caffine or alcohol actually give your body the opposite effect of what it needs; speeding up your circulatory system.

Also, wearing a 'floppy hat' that provides lots of shade while outside makes lots of sense.  Reato says there's the right type of hat for when it's cold, and when it's hot.

Finally, more than ever, NO CHILD and NO PET should be left inside a car for anytime, period.

High temperatures are expected to drop to the upper-70s for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.


7-21  12 Noon

History of Caterpillar Power Parades On Display in Peoria

Every September, when it's time for the NASCAR "Chase for the Cup" to kick off at Chicagoland Speedway, entire families line the streets of Downtown Joliet for the HAULER PARADE; where all the semis carrying all the cars that'll be in the race make their way through town.  Well fifty years ago, Caterpillar started something that facinated entire families perhaps even more.  They were called POWER PARADES.  And down in Peoria, it would allow CAT's big "earth movers" and tractors to parade through town, giving people a 'close-up look' at what Caterpillar was building at the time.  Other Caterpillar cities, like Joliet and Aurora, would bus people down for the big show.  NOW, the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the very first Power Parade in 1964.  Caterpillar's Kathryn Spitznagle says, in the 'good old days,' the POWER PARADES had their regulars.

This display will be at the Caterpillar Visitors Center through October 2nd.  They're open 10 to 5 Monday through Saturday.  Admission is seven dollars for adults, free for children 12 and under, and six dollars for seniors 55 and older, as well as Veterans and active military members.


10 AM  7-22

Shorewood Crossroads Festival Set for First Weekend in August

More bags, and more ARRA.  Shorewood Crossroads festival kicks off Friday August first.  Shorewood Chamber of Commerce president, Kim Lamansky says the festival starts for kids with special needs on Friday August first from 1-3pm.

Then, it's a big night on Saturday. Lamansky says the Chicago based rock band, ARRA, will be performing.

The band covers the music or Journey, Boston, Styx, Rush, Van Halen, REO Speedwagon and more.  Plus there will be a bags event and you have to register

Sunday at Noon the parade kicks off with a country band on Sunday night, plus a bags tournament.  Resister your team online at Crossroadsfest.com.  15-20-thousand people are expected to attend the Shorewood Crossroads festival. 


7-22  10:15 AM

Kelley vs Kaupas: 3 1/2 Months Away; Kelley Gets Some Endorsements

As we creep along closer to the November elections, Will County Democrat sheriff candidate Mike Kelley has received three endorsements from unions representing deputies and civilian employees within the Will County Sheriff's Department.  Those three are Metropolitan Alliance of Police Local 123, Will County Deputy Sheriff's Union FOP 738, and AFSCME Local 1028.  Kelley says, he likes what he sees.

Kelley says, we may be over three months away from the election, but he's thinking about it every day.

On November 4th, Kelley will face GOP nominee Ken Kaupas, to decide who replaces outgoing Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas. 


7-21  11:30  AM

New Dog Park in Joliet Near Channahon


Dogs were barking to get in as the gates opened to Rock Run Dog park in Joliet near Channahon.   The grand opening was Saturday.  The Will County Forest Preserve district opened its fifth dog park and the first in Joliet.  Dogs are able to run free.  The Rock Run Dog park is located at McClintock Road and Route 6.

Overview of Centerpoint in Elwood: Watch Video


Scott Slocum had a chance to take a ride over Centerpoint South in Elwood yesterday. You've heard that it's the largest inland port in North America, see for yourself.  Go to Scott Slocum's Facebook page to view the video.

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