LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES



Updated 5:16 AM, 8/27/14

Truck vs Motorcycle Accident
One person is in the hospital following a truck versus motorcycle accident on Monday afternoon. La Salle County Sheriff's Deputies say the driver of a pick-up truck was southbound on Illinois Route 23 just before 2 PM Monday, south of Leland, when they were attempting a left turn. Authorities say a motorcycle behind the truck, driven by 21-year old Jake Fulk, attempted to pass the truck while the truck was making a left turn and the two collided. Fulk was taken to Valley West Hospital in Sandwich where he was then flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where is in serious condition.

Highway Construction Projects
La Salle County's two interstates are areas of major construction projects. IDOT Field Engineer Joe Spika says the current project on Interstate 39 involves patch work in areas where the road was moderately deteriorated. The project started last week across the entire stretch of I-39 in La Salle County and is expected to finish by the end of the week. Spika says another project will begin on Interstate 80 at the Fox River bridge starting September 7th. That project will cost nearly $8 million and will be finished sometime next spring.

Peru Approves Permits for Marijuana Companies
Three companies that are looking to construction marijuana cultivation centers in Peru have gotten their special use permits. At Monday's city council meeting, officials unanimously approved ordinances for the permits to MedFarm, Progression Treatment Solutions, and Nassau Venture. Community Development Director Bob Vickery says the company’s interest in Peru is based on its location and the city being one of the first in the state to accept company proposals for the cultivation centers.

Illinois Speed Limits
Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on interstate highways around Illinois. The legislation follows the passage of a 2013 law increasing the speed limit to 70 miles on interstates which the Quinn administration interpreted to only apply to rural areas. Quinn cited studies showing increased speeds lengthen stopping distance and produce more violent collisions.

Industrial Hemp
Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law allowing universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana's active ingredient. Hemp can be used in the production of plastics, fuel, textiles and food.

Chicago Oil Spill
A suburban company says it's "working diligently" to make things right after an oil spill in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. More than 1,600 gallons of petroleum products that leaked from Olympic Oil in Cicero have been collected so far. The Illinois EPA is asking the attorney general to take action against the company.

JRW Parade
Chicago's newest baseball heroes will ride in a victory parade through the city streets on today. The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars who won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series will be honored with a rally at Millennium Park downtown. More than 800,000 local TV viewers tuned for their game on Sunday when they lost to South Korea.