Headlines for Sunday, December, 31st 2017

Some call it “the corridor of death,” while others refer to it as “the death trap.” In 2017, Interstate 57 seemed to live up to its infamous nicknames.Illinois State Police say from the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2017, the number of crashes along I-57 spiked 30 percent. Many of those crashes involved semi trucks. There have been numerous other incidents in 2017. There’s even been talk about re-routing some semi trucks away from I-57, but for now that remains a distant dream. Of course, semi trucks didn’t cause every crash that occurred on I-57.  Authorities say many times drivers in passenger cars were more focused on their phones, instead of the roadway.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Katherine Bunting-Williams has been recognized for the sixth time by Becker’s Hospital Review, a publication by ASC Communications. Becker’s Hospital Review in December named her to its annual list, “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know. According to the Becker’s Hospital Review, these 130 women, who are executives at hospitals and health systems across the nation, have established themselves as successful leaders within the ever-changing healthcare industry.

Registration and evaluations for the annual Upward Basketball Season have been set for January 12th and 13th. Evaluations will be held in the Fairfield CP Church Gym on Friday, Jan. 12th from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 13th from 9 til noon. This is for boys and girls from Kindergarten through 6th grade. Registration forms may be picked up at the church, which is located at 177 W. Delaware and should be returned at the time of the mandatory evaluations.

Wayne County State’s Attorney Kevin Kakac, along with local law enforcement officials are warning residents about a particularly bad telephone scam that’s going around. The latest phone scam involves someone claiming to be from the IRS. In these bogus calls, victims are being told that they owe back taxes and if they don’t pay up, they will be arrested. The callers are very pushy, and insist that the only way they can avoid being arrested is to send a money order or other financial transaction to get the IRS off their back.