Vehicle crashes into wall on I-55 near Plainfield, snarls morning traffic

Plainfield News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:42
PLAINFIELD – Traffic on Interstate 55 north ground to a halt Wednesday morning after a vehicle crashed into a wall near Plainfield.

Plainfield firefighters and Illinois State Police responded just before 9 a.m. to mile marker 259, near Plainfield, for a reported crash, Plainfield Fire Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said.

Richard J. Guerra, 61, of Joliet, was driving a pickup truck north on I-55 when he crossed all the lanes to his right and went off the roadway, Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Don Orseno said. The front of Guerra's truck struck the concrete wall, the truck spun and it came to rest facing the opposite direction.

No one was injured in the incident, but the crash snarled traffic northbound from Route 30 into Bolingbrook.

Guerra was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

State will hold meeting in Joliet on I-80 plans

Plainfield News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:33
JOLIET – The state will detail proposed Interstate 80 improvements at a Jan. 31 public meeting in Joliet.

The meeting will be 4 to 7 p.m. at Joliet Junior College.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will host the meeting on proposed improvements for I-80 from Ridge Road in Minooka to U.S. 30 in New Lenox.

Project team members discuss the plans at the meeting, which also will include exhibits and an audiovisual presentation.

"The purpose of the meeting is to provide updates on the project status, present the alternatives developed and evaluated, and to obtain public input on the selection of a preferred alternative," IDOT said in a news release announcing the meeting.

The meeting will be in the Joliet Junior College Event Center on the main campus at 1215 Houbolt Road.

Written comments can be submitted at the meeting, mailed afterward or made through the project website at

Comments received by Feb. 14 will be part of the official meeting record.

The meeting will be accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact Leisa Niemotka of Images Inc. at 630-510-3944, Ext. 115.

'It looked like a volleyball ... on fire,' Joliet resident describes spotting Michigan meteor

Plainfield News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:31
JOLIET – As Joliet resident Ken Whennen drove home from work in Channahon on Tuesday night, he noticed something on the horizon he couldn't quite explain.

"It looked like a volleyball or basketball on fire," Whennen said.

Experts from the American Meteor Society said they received hundreds of reports of a fireball Tuesday night, spotted mainly in Michigan, but also throughout Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Canada.

Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service Detroit tweeted, "the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor."

Whennen was riding in the passenger seat, traveling east on Caton Farm Road. He had left work at the Joliet Exxon Mobil Refinery around 6:30 p.m.

He said he saw something fiery descending to the northeast.

"I was like, 'Was that fireworks?'" Whennen said.

He slowed his car down to see if there were any children nearby shooting them off. When he didn't see any children in the street, Whennen said the experience stuck with him.

The American Meteor Society announced a space rock likely penetrated deep into the Earth's atmosphere before it broke apart. The meteor caused a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in Michigan, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Huey Lewis and the News will play Taste of Joliet

Plainfield News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:06
JOLIET – Huey Lewis and the News will play the first night of Taste of Joliet this year.

The Joliet Park District on Wednesday announced that the band – one of the most popular rock bands of the 1980s and early 1990s – will perform at 9 p.m. on June 22.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday at $11 for general admission and $47.50 for front section reserved.

Taste of Joliet runs through June 24.

Huey Lewis and the News will play on what is typically rock night for the Taste. The band was the first headline act announced for the weekend event.

Naperville North grads shave their heads for cancer charity

Daily Herald - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:38
Two Naperville North graduates who shaved their heads to benefit a childhood cancer research charity surpassed their goal of raising $7,500 in honor of a late classmate.

'Sex in the Title' brings farce to Wheaton Drama

Daily Herald - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:38
The duplicitous lives writers lead, living out their own personal stories while inventing fictional ones for the stage or screen, is played for humorous effect in Wheaton Drama's new production.

Plushenko predicts best-ever Olympics in figure skating

Daily Herald - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:38
Figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko predicts next month's Olympic figure skating competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be the best ever

NAI Hiffman inks three deals

Daily Herald - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:35
NAI Hiffman, with offices in Oakbrook Terrace, said it has completed three office transactions in DuPage County.

Elmhurst cops investigating two attempted burglaries

Daily Herald - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:34
Police are investigating two attempted residential burglaries that occurred between 6:30 and 7:10 p.m. Tuesday near North and West avenues in Elmhurst.

Trader Joe's to remove controversial chemicals from receipts

Daily Herald - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:23
Trader Joe's, the grocer known for its eclectic products (and Hawaiian-shirt-clad workers), will remove two controversial substances from its register receipts, according to a statement on the company's website.

Joliet police searching for missing woman

Plainfield News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:20
JOLIET – Joliet police are searching for a woman who has been missing from her home since Jan. 10, authorities said.

Jovita Zamudio-Paramo, 42, lives on the West Side of Joliet and has been missing for more than a week, police announced on Facebook Wednesday.

Paramo is described being 5’2’’ in height and weighing 150 pounds. She has a scar on the left side of her nose and a scar on her left forearm.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts are encouraged to contact Joliet Police Det. David Jackson at 815-724-3024.

Wyoming Residents Urged To Test For Radon - Kgab

Radon Testing News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:21


Wyoming Residents Urged To Test For Radon
Wyoming residents are being urged to test their homes for radon, an odorless, colorless gas that is a known carcinogen. Radon is created when radium in the soil degrades. It is a naturally radioactive gas that is found in rocks, soil, and water ...

AP Sources: WH directed Bannon silence in House interview

Daily Herald - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:55
Steve Bannon's attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press

Post Office developer adds parcel across the street

Chicago Real Estate - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:54
The company behind the overhaul of the massive structure bought a potential development site across the street.

Living In: Hackensack, N.J.: Small, Ethnically Diverse and Affordable

A less expensive alternative to many New York City suburbs, Hackensack is building additional housing in an effort to attract millennials.

Police: Drunken driver narrowly escapes freight train collision in Lisle

Daily Herald - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:15
A man who drove his car onto the pedestrian platform at the Lisle Metra station and narrowly escaped getting struck by a freight train has been charged with drunken driving.

Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan, Illinois

Plainfield News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:38
DETROIT — Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.

The American Meteor Society says it received hundreds of reports of a fireball Tuesday night over the state, including many in the Detroit area. Reports also came in from several other states and Ontario, Canada.

Some Michigan residents reported their homes shaking.

The society says the reports suggest a space rock penetrated deep into the Earth's atmosphere before it broke apart. The U.S. Geological Service says it registered as a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in Michigan.

Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells The Detroit News it was "definitely a meteoroid" and a rare sight for Michigan.

Other states where people reported seeing a fireball included Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.

International Real Estate: House Hunting in … Germany

Prices of homes in Germany have increased by more than 30 percent since 2012, but there are signs that the market is starting to slow down.

A Hillside Home in Lower Saxony

This two-story house near Brunswick, Germany, is on the market for about $1.2 million.

How a malnourished teen escaped her home to save her 12 siblings

Daily Herald - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:06
Before dawn Sunday, a 17-year-old girl escaped from her California home, slipping through a window and dialing 911 on a deactivated cellphone.


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