(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has announced a nearly $37 million investment to expand travel options and enhance the quality of life in communities throughout the state. The 54 projects approved through the State Department of Transportation’s Enhancement Program include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification work, and other projects designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level. The IDOT District 7 cities to benefit from the money include Marshall, Neoga, Shelbyville, and Mt. Zion. More program details available on the IDOT website.
(CARLYLE) The investigation is continuing into a two vehicle crash that left both drivers dead early yesterday morning in Clinton County. The State Police reports 34 year old Kermit Stinde of Centralia was eastbound on Route 161 near the Route 127 intersection when for unknown reasons his vehicle crossed the centerline and struck head-on a westbound vehicle, driven by 26 year old John Davis Junior of Hoffman. Both men were pronounced deceased at the scene. The fatal wreck occurred at 5:50 Wednesday morning.
(GOREVILLE) Authorities are still investigating the weekend death of a man at an Illinois State Park. Officials in Williamson County report 22 year old Charles D. Gill of Pittsburg, Illinois, died Sunday after falling more than 60 feet after apparently losing his footing near a waterfall at Ferne Clyffe State Park, just south of Goreville, in Southwestern Illinois. Gill was officially pronounced dead at around 6:30 Sunday evening at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. The State DNR is assisting with the inquiry, plus officials urge all hikers to stay on designated trails, to wear suitable clothing & shoes, and to always tell someone where and when they’re hiking in the case of an emergency such as the one Sunday afternoon.