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Man Charged with DUI After Fatal Accident

Early Sunday morning, a teacher in the Ottawa, Illinois  school district lost her life when the driver of the vehicle she was riding in lost control and crashed. Chad Marks was driving his 1997 Ford Mustang on Route 6 in Grundy County just north of Longpoint Road with Brittany L. Judy, 26 as his passenger. [….]


Illinois Traffic Accident Fatalities on the Increase for 2012

Traffic accidents resulting in fatalities are on the upswing for Illinois motorists. Last week, the Illinois Department of Transportation noted that traffic fatalities in 2012 are up 9 percent from 2011. The reasons why are many. Roughly 10 percent of this year’s fatalities are related to distracted driving, specifically drivers checking text and email messages. [….]


Mokena Teen killed at Railroad Crossing

A Mokena teen who recently graduated from high school was killed Wednesday night when her car was struck by a Metra train in Tinley Park. Samira Baker, 19, was parked at the tracks at 191st Street, west of LaGrange Road. Witnesses reported her car was inside the lowered gate with the gate resting on the [….]


Workers Burned in 2010 Silo Explosion Awarded $180 Million by Jury

In April 2010, a fire ripped through a ConAgra silo and injured three men who were cleaning one area. This past week the three men were awarded $180 million by a jury. John W. Jentz, Robert Schmidt and Justin Becker made up one cleaning crew that was working on the silo located in the Southern [….]


Calumet City Home Hit by Semi-Truck, Leaves One Dead and Three Injured

A house in Calumet City was damaged when a semi-truck crashed into it, leaving the driver dead and three other people injured. It was just before midnight on May 23rd when Joseph Foster, of Talmo, Ga, was driving on Michigan City Road. His truck began to drift into the opposite lane towards Tyler Weightman, 18 [….]


Late Night Accident in Huntley Kills One, Injures Three Others

Four passengers were thrown from a car that crashed in Illinois’ McHenry County late in the night of May 2, 2012. One person died in the accident that remains under investigation. Megan Hartigan, of  Algonquin, was riding in a 2004 Hyundai along with three other people as it was heading west on the 14600 block [….]


SUV Collides with School Bus, Toddler Thrown from SUV

An early morning collision between a school bus and an SUV threw a toddler from the SUV. On April 23rd, the bus from the Indian Prairie School District collided with the SUV at South 248th Street and Lapp Lane in Naperville near the Aurora border. The bus went off the road and across the ditch [….]


Report of Chemical Odor at Northwest Side School Sends Two Adults to Hospitals

On Friday, April 20th, firefighters responded to reports of a chemical odor at a Chicago Northwest Side grade school. At least five ambulances arrived at the school in the 2000 block of North Mobile during the EMS Plan 1 and a Level 1 Hazmat response. First reports stated the odor smelled like pepper spray and [….]


Car Crashes Through Store Window

A weekday evening in April saw a car in Skokie crashed through the front windows of a bedding store, causing damage to the store and merchandise. John Belcher, a salesman at the Bedding Experts store located on the 4800 block of West Dempster Avenue, was sitting at his desk on Wednesday, April 18th when a [….]


Illinois Reports 10th Salmonella Case from Recalled Tuna

An outbreak of Salmonella found in a fish product has sicken 116 people in 20 states, 10 of those cases are Illinois residents. The source was identified over the weekend as a fish processing plant in California. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak was first confirmed on April 4, 2012 [….]