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Champaign County Receives Low Rating in School Zone Safety Study

Zendrive, a company that sells analytics to insurance or fleet companies, started a national campaign called “#FundMyStreets”. The campaign is designed to rank different school zones by their level of safety, with a goal to ultimately promoting safe driving. By using data collected from smartphones, the company was able to analyze drivers on roads within […]


One Hurt, Two Dead in Douglas County Car Accident

A car accident occurred around 4:48 PM on Friday, December 7 at 1835 East County Road 1450 North, just east of Villa Grove. A Mercury sedan, carrying three people, rear-ended a piece of construction equipment called a skid-steer, which is used to clean up debris on the highway. Two people were killed and one badly […]


Fatal McLean County Bus Accident

A bus accident occurred on Interstate 74, southeast of Bloomington, resulting in two fatalities and nine injuries. On Wednesday, December 5 at 8:32 P.M. the Normal West junior varsity girls’ basketball team was traveling home from a game in Champaign against Central High School. The bus, carrying 11 people, was traveling in the westbound lanes […]


Utility Truck Rear-Ended By Simi

According to an Illinois police report, a crash occurred on Wednesday, October 17th on a rural road near the Douglas-Coles county line southwest of Hindsboro. The report details that a 43-year-old Mattoon man was driving an Illinois Department of Transportation utility truck south on Illinois 130 about a mile south of Illinois 133. He slowed […]


School Bus Driver Ticketed in Accident

On October 11th around 4:00 pm, a school bus transporting six students was involved in a collision. The school bus was southbound on County Road 2000 E when it slowly rolled into the middle of the intersection and stopped there. While sitting in the intersection, it was struck on its passenger-side fender by an eastbound Ford […]


I-74 Speed Limit Lowered

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be lowering the speed limit on I-74 from 70 mph to 60 mph in response to a traffic study. The study demonstrated that the crash rate, number of interchanges, and prevailing speed justified a need for a reduced speed limit. The change affects the area between Cunningham Avenue in […]


$2 million bond for trucker who broke car windows with slingshot

Kevin Lee Casey, 53, was arrested after a vandalism spree that began in March. The truck driver had been repeatedly breaking car windows using metal ball bearings and a slingshot as he drove down Interstate 74. The crimes occurred in many counties, including Champaign County. He was caught in the act by Illinois State Police […]


Twisters in Midwest leave 12 dead

Twisters ripped through the Midwest leaving 12 people dead and piles of debris and damage. According to the Washington Post, one tornado in Harrisburg, Illinois was rated an EF4, the second highest rating that is given to twisters. Scientists have stated that this twister was traveling with winds of 175 mph and was over 200 […]