SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Let’s be careful out there…

Friday, Feb 14, 2014

* From the ISP…

– Illinois State Police officials are reminding motorists of the potentially dangerous road conditions as hazardous weather conditions continue. Roadways throughout Illinois will be icy, and motorists are urged to reduce speeds and drive with caution.

Illinois State Police officials are especially warning motorists traveling on I-55 near the Bloomington and Lexington areas of hazardous road conditions due to ice and snow covered roadways.

Motorists should monitor the road conditions before driving and remember to keep emergency items inside the vehicle. Speed is a contributing factor for accidents when conditions are wet and slick and drivers should reduce speeds and allow for extra travel time.

Illinois State Police also want to remind motorists to yield to emergency and snow removal equipment. It is the law (Scott’s Law) to proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible, and reduce your speed.

Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles and wait for first responders if stranded. Motorists involved in accidents that require no emergency care may file an accident report within 10 days at the nearest police station.

A complete list of road closures can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation website www.gettingaroundillinois.com or 1-800-452-4368. [Emphasis in original.]

* The Bloomington area is, indeed bad. There tons of wrecks today

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is currently treating seven patients from the car wreck that occurred on I-55 involving approximately 40 vehicles.

The last patient has been transported from the scene of the car wreck and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is not expecting any additional patients from the I-55 wreck.

All seven patients are non-critical and are currently being treated for their injuries sustained from the wreck. None have been discharged at this time.

* And there is also sad news

Michael Holmes, a 49-year old Illinois Department of Transportation employee from Wyoming, was killed Friday morning when he was struck by a car. The accident happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. two miles west of Toulon on Route 17.

According to a preliminary accident report and witness accounts at the scene, Holmes was driving a snowplow truck. He stopped on the highway and got out.

An SUV driven by Sherry Landergren of Kewanee approached the truck and attempted to pass it.

The collision occurred when a car driven by Donald Rhoades of Toulon approached. Both drivers lost control and started to slide on the snow-covered road.
The Rhoades vehicle spun around and struck the snowplow and Holmes before sliding into the northside ditch and coming to rest in a field.

Landergren’s vehicle skidded into the same field.

* From Gov. Quinn…

Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Friday morning Stark County accident that killed Illinois Department of Transportation employee, 49-year-old Michael Holmes of Wyoming, Ill.:

“Michael Holmes is a hero. He gave his life while making our roads safer for his fellow citizens. Michael selflessly faced challenging conditions every winter since 2007 so the rest of us could arrive safely at our destinations.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow employees during this difficult time.

“I am ordering the state’s flags to be flown at half-staff so all Illinois citizens can be reminded of Michael’s dedication and sacrifice.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


4 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 14, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    This winter has been one for the books. I can’t remember when I’ve been so happy for 20F.

    Gonna be almost 50F up north next week. Can you dig it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiOr5WoAJgg


  2. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Feb 14, 14 @ 4:02 pm:

    So sad and tragic, although he did pass while serving the Public, which can truly be an honorable calling. And Wordslinger’s right, too–surely one of the worst Winters ever (I was actually excited yesterday that we’d maybe make it to 33–sadly, we didn’t).

    May Mr. Holmes rest in peace, and the Good Lord’s blessings be with his Loved Ones. And–classy move by Gov. Quinn, by the way, to commend him so quickly and graciously as well.


  3. - Upon Further Review - Friday, Feb 14, 14 @ 4:12 pm:

    @Wordslinger:

    Exactly right! I cannot recall another season when I was happy that the temperature was in the 20 F range and the skies were sunny.


  4. - Soccermom - Friday, Feb 14, 14 @ 5:09 pm:

    There are so many dedicated public servants. Too often, we forget the dangers that they face, and that they are willing to risk their safety and their lives to keep us safe. God bless Mr. Holmes and his family.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed until Memorial Day
* Gaming bill could grow
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - OT update
* Question of the day
* He gone
* Harmon: Rauner is "bullying" and "holding the entire state hostage"
* Today's quotable
* Madigan tax hike defeated
* Another welcomed change
* Business as usual is right
* Rauner to unveil actual bills today, with no "right to work" in sight
* Serving Consumers, Honoring Veterans – Credit Union Cooperative Values in Action
* Your daily "right to work" roundup
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Smile! The amazing history of emoticons and emojis
        * Facebook Messenger adds “chat ID” for first-time chat buddies
        * Of babies and bath water: Apple Car DOA
        * Intex’s 5-Inch Cloud M5 II launches in India for Rs. 4,799
        * LG Watch Urbane review: the best Android smartwatch money can buy today
        * Tenaa gives up images and specs for Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 smartphones
        * Indefinite: Interrogation Game offers unique spin on concentration genre

        * Cinematic Pins from Pinterest: This Week in Social Media
        * Geeky Gadgets Deals Of The Week
        * MeeGoPad T02 – Windows 8.1 Mini PC Stick With Intel Atom Processor
        * Tsukumo Outs A New 17.3-Inch Full HD Gaming Notebook
        * Eyeshot Full HD Action Camera With 2.4GHz Waterproof Watch Remote Control
        * Wiio’s New Quad-Core Android 4.4 Smartphone Powered By 4000mAh Battery
        * Man Hacks Starbucks Gift Card, Creates Money Out Of Thin Air

        * White Sox to honor Konerko, retire No. 14 today
        * Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid
        * Garcia to be patient with right knee injury
        * Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid
        * Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid
        * Samardzija settles in after shaky start
        * Sale seeks series win in matchup with May, Twins

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months afte.....
        * Our View: Great way to spend a summer..
        * Ill. Democrats give no hint of compromise on bu.....
        * Corrections chief stepping aside after two months..
        * Illinois prisons director resigns after 2 months..
        * Democrats giving no hint of compromise with Rau.....


        * Democrats giving no hint of compromise with Rauner on budget
        * Rauner names 4 to Illinois Tollway Authority
        * Murray Energy expects more than 1,800 coal mine layoffs
        * Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months after taking job
        * Illinois mom takes son's place at graduation after he dies
        * Drew Peterson granted trial delay in murder-for-hire case
        * Sand dune along Lake Michigan to remain closed this summer
        * Military: Army infantryman from Illinois AWOL in Colorado
        * Gov. Rauner to put pro-business bills before Legislature
        * Chicago man accused of killing mother, beating brother

        * Rauner agenda surfaces at Capitol
        * Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months after taking job
        * House Democrats vote down workers comp bill
        * Langfelder talks DNR lake partnership
        * U of I bracing for 'very damaging' cuts, new president says
        * State report says Illinois college chiefs enjoy lavish perks
        * Millionaire tax falls short in Illinois House
        * Gov. Rauner softens some 'turnaround agenda' demands amid ongoing budget battle
        * Illinois State Board of Education promises shorter PARCC exam next school year
        * Union bulletin: Gov. Rauner wants wage freeze, vacation and holiday time reductions

        * First look: Hotel Allegro's $15 million renovation
        * What's Chicago's future as a global city?
        * Need a job? China Inc. is coming to Illinois—and it's hiring
        * City says key refinancing now back on track
        * Rauner to put pro-business bills before Legislature


          * Girl, 4, shot in Englewood
          * Rauner names 4 to tollway board
          * Prairie Crossing Charter School, state face new lawsuit over funding
          * Cop purportedly sleeping on video gets suspension
          * Illinois bill aims for local police to investigate college campus sexual assaults
          * 606 trail inspires excitement, fear from neighbors
          * CTA Yellow Line to remain closed several more weeks
          * Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months after taking job


          * Illinois Supreme Court hears $10B Phillip Morris appeal
          * Sheriff calls on feds to investigate Puerto Rican agencies that send addicts to Chicago
          * Sheriff names clinical psychologist to run Cook County Jail
          * Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months after taking job
          * Obama library foundation raised $5.4 million in 2014
          * Illinois moves to downgrade pot possession to a fine
          * Emanuel calls on Chicagoans to prevent 'lost generation'
          * Grand Jury Indicts 6 Baltimore Officers In Freddie Gray's Death
          * Inauguration Day: New City Council faces serious financial problems
          * Avian flu outbreak takes poultry producers into uncharted territory


          * Proud of WWII service, they opposed Vietnam War
          * Paul La Schiazza: Illinois' landline law stuck in the past
          * Charles Krauthammer: You want hypotheticals? Here's one
          * Rauner agenda surfaces at Capitol
          * Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months after taking job
          * House Democrats vote down workers comp bill
          * Langfelder talks DNR lake partnership
          * U of I bracing for 'very damaging' cuts, new president says
          * State report says Illinois college chiefs enjoy lavish perks
          * Dave Root: Illinois unwisely outsourcing PARCC assessments


          * Top of the morning, May 23, 2015
          * Hamilton named president of state Crimestoppers
          * Open Line
          * Megginson wins sectional discus title
          * Young Crimsons fall to Chatham
          * Rockets blast off
          * MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES
          * Kauffman has reason(s) to celebrate
          * Class 2A/3A track notebook: Lewis in position for top finish
          * Kravetz dominates Spartans in elimination game


          * Senate clears White House-backed trade bill
          * Morales homers twice, drives in 5 runs in Royals' victory
          * MLS Capsules
          * Metea Valley stuns Waubonsie Valley
          * St. Edward wins sectional 800 relay

          * Marine Cole Van Dorn buried at Arlington, ...
          * Gay Veterans to Receive First Federally Ap...
          * Kirk's first ad tells his stroke recovery ...
          * GOP Lawmakers Rip Obama For Not Being Fait...
          * Ramadi Falls To ISIS, Pentagon Admits Terr...
          * Follow that Bill
          * Supporters of late soldier hit the gym to ...
          * GOP members take a stand against allowing ...
          * US steel industry applauds new Congression...
          * Q&A: Illinois Rep. Terri Bryant Focuses on...

          * U.S. Senators urge Obama administration to......
          * Obama’s Strategy Against Islamic State Und......
          * Congress' familiar path: short-term solutions...

          * Senate Leaves Town With No Deal on Patriot......

          * A Leg Up
          * “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
          * Geek Tip: How Not To Handle Getting A Parking Ticket
          * EXTRA: Blagojevich inactivity on clemency lingers into Rauner years
          * 350 Springfield drivers to save $.55 per gallon in fuel taxes Friday morning
          * UPDATE: 350 Springfield drivers saved $.55 per gallon in fuel taxes Friday morning
          * Local Book Notes: Secret Hospital Rooms Of The 1%
          * The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #52: The Blackhawks' Biggest Problem
          * Meet The 19th District's New Police Commander
          * Four More Years, According To Ald. Cappleman


          * The Illinois Department of Public Health Urges Illinoisans to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus - Illinois Department of Public Health offers tips for avoiding mosquito bites
          * IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend - Lanes Opened to Improve Traffic Flow
          * Illinois State Fire Marshal Recognizes EMS Week
          * IDOT, ISP: Drive Safe, Drive Smart Over Memorial Day Weekend - Click It or Ticket Campaign Continues, New “Driving Dead” Episode Debuts
          * Breakfast Club Fans Can Take Home Movie Memorabilia with Special 30th Anniversary Auction - Theater Chairs from Set of Iconic Movie Up for Sale




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller