Headlines for Sunday December 24


Fatal crash involving a semi and an unoccupied ford expedition. After being involved on a property damage only traffic crash, the occupants of the ford exited the vehicle. The northbound International struck 22 year old Amanda Beem, of port St Lucie, Florida just before striking the ford. Northbound traffic on I-57 was diverted at Illinois Route 154. I-57 was closed for approximately 5.5 hours for crash investigation and scene cleanup.

Shawnee National Forest announces 2018 fee-free days. The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites several times in 2018.

As the official start of winter approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation reminds travelers to visit and bookmark the newly redesigned GettingAroundIllinois.com for continually updated information on road conditions.

“The new-and-improved GettingAroundIllinois.com is a great resource any time of the year, but especially during winter when road conditions can quickly change,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Illinois has the third-largest highway system in the nation, so we know it is important to provide the public with a convenient way to access information they know they can trust.”

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted for the tax reform bill  “ive pushed for and promoted a simpler, fairer, flatter tax code since I was first elected, and that’s exactly what I was proud to vote for today,” Shimkus said after the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The bill lowers the corporate tax rate to 21 percent – down from 35 percent, which today is the highest in the industrialized world. Multiple studies have shown how such a reduction will lead to more jobs, higher wages, and stronger economic growth.