Storms Leave Flooding, Power Outages in Their Wake

Numerous Chicago suburbs were left under water and thousands across the area lost power in a powerful round of overnight storms Wednesday that continued through the morning. With rain and storms still hitting northern counties as of 8:30 a.m., the National Weather Serviced issued a Flash Flood Emergency in Lake and northeastern McHenry counties. "This is an extremely dangerous situation," the weather service said. A Flash Flood Warning remained in effect until 11 a.m. in the area. That warning was also in effect for Kendall, Will, Kane, DuPage and Cook counties until 4:15 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Lake County and northern McHenry County until 8:15 a.m. and for southern Lake, northeastern DuPage and northern Cook counties until 9:45 a.m. The stormy weather downed trees and power lines as rising waters shut down roadways and left drivers stranded. By 4 a.m., rainfall estimates totaled anywhere from three to 5 inches across the area. In Lake Bluff, several dr..

Storms Leave Behind Flooding, Stranded Drivers, Lost Power

Numerous Chicago suburbs were left under water and thousands across the area lost power in a powerful round of overnight storms Wednesday. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect for Lake County and northern McHenry County until 8:15 a.m. A storm capable of producing half dollar-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 60 mph was spotted over Wonder Lake just after 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. A Flash Flood Warning remained in effect until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday for Lake, Kane, McHenry, DuPage and Cook counties. The stormy weather downed trees and power lines as rising waters shut down roadways and left drivers stranded. By 4 a.m., rainfall estimates totaled anywhere from three to 5 inches across the area. In Lake Bluff, several drivers were forced to abandon their cars in standing water near Route 176 west of Route 43. Roads were shut down in several suburbs, including: Route 176 from Route 43 to Interstate 94 Route 43 and Route 41 just south of Route 176Two la..

Overnight Storms Leave Thousands Without Power, Flooded

Numerous Chicago suburbs were left under water and thousands across the area lost power in a powerful round of overnight storms Wednesday morning. A Flash Flood Warning remained in effect until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday for Lake, Kane, McHenry, DuPage and Cook counties. The stormy weather downed trees and power lines as rising waters shut down roadways and left drivers stranded. By 4 a.m., rainfall estimates totaled anywhere from three to 5 inches across the area. In Lake Bluff, several drivers were forced to abandon their cars in standing water near Route 176 west of Route 43. Roads were shut down in several suburbs, including: Route 176 from Route 43 to Interstate 94 Route 43 and Route 41 just south of Route 176Two lanes of southbound I-94 were shut down at the Lake Forest Oasis, causing delays back to Route 132 during the morning rush.Route 137 was closed from Route 21 to St. Mary's Road in Libertyville. Route 45 from Petersno to CaseyThe Kane County Sheriff's office said ..

Severe Weather Descends on Chicago Area

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for LaSalle, Kendall and Grundy counties Monday night as a bout of severe weather rolled over the Chicago area. Storms downed power lines, left hundreds without power, delayed flights and made for slick travel conditions across Chicago in the morning and it doesn't appear the wet weather will leave anytime soon. The storms were expected to continue through the mid-morning hours before moving east of the area, but scattered showers and storms could return by the afternoon, some possibly strong to severe. Severe Weather AlertsShould storms develop during the afternoon and evening, they could be capable of producing very large hail the size of golf balls, heavy downpours and gusty winds of up to 60 mph. The storms are expected to weaken during the evening hours, diminishing any severe threat by that time. [[273569591, C]] Temperature highs are forecast to sit in the low- to mid-80s Monday. The early morning storms prompted ground delays at ..

State budget specifies few projects in Will, Grundy counties

SPRINGFIELD – With the state finally passing a budget for the first time in more than two years, some funding questions have been answered for projects and social services. But the spending plan does not specify much locally. Joliet is referenced only three times in the 638-page document – the first erroneously as the location of Stateville Correctional Center, which is actually in Crest Hill. The Department of Corrections has been given a $500,000 budget to “repair and replace steam lines” and make other capital improvements at the facility. Although the state prison system will receive millions for facilities and operations, it does not appear any funds are earmarked for the long-shuttered Joliet Correctional Center on Collins Street. The spending plan only specifies for IDOC to demolish unused structures at Marion Penitentiary. On the other side of Division Street from Stateville in Lockport Township is the state police station, which is traditionally referred to by that agency ..

Panel discussion held in Plainfield on state of health care

PLAINFIELD – As Congress looks to replace the Affordable Care Act, local leaders and elected officials are trying to educate residents on the history and current state of health care, as well as what the future might hold. A panel discussion Wednesday night at the Plainfield Public Library, titled “Anatomy of the American health care system,” featured two guest speakers. They were Will-Grundy Medical Clinic Executive Director Shawn West and Ed Cole, who spoke on behalf of Physicians for a National Health Program and Indivisible South Suburban Chicago. The event was hosted by Plainfield Township Democratic Chairman Reed Bible. Will County Board members Jackie Traynere, Beth Rice and Mark Ferry, all Democrats, attended. Health insurance was a nonprofit operation in the beginning, Cole said. In 1940, 100 million people were without health insurance. It wasn’t until after World War II that people realized there was money to be made from providing health insurance. Although the number o..

Fairmont D-89 chooses new superintendent

LOCKPORT – A superintendent from Newark has been chosen to lead Fairmont School District 89. At Tuesday’s special meeting, the District 89 board voted, 6-0, to approve Genevieve Diane Cepela, superintendent for Newark Community Consolidated School District 66, to become the new superintendent. Board member Charles Travis was absent. Cepela will begin July 1, replacing interim Superintendent Lela Bridges, who was hired last July after the resignation of Sonya Whitaker. “It’s always been my goal to work there,” Cepela said. Cepela said she has worked more than 30 years in education and spent the past six years as the superintendent for District 66. She has a doctorate degree from Illinois State University and she did research in what makes schools effective in high poverty areas. “All of the research will tell us we have shared responsibility for student success and that’s what we’re going to work while I’m there,” Cepela said. Cepela also served as executive director for Rockfo..

Will County officials continue to push for more highway improvements

JOLIET – Dangerous traffic on Interstates 80 and 55 still is a concern among Will County officials who continue to talk to federal officials about expanding and improving the highways. Over the years, traffic fatalities have been a concern for Will County, which at one point in 2015 ranked No. 2 behind Cook County for the most fatalities statewide. While those fatalities have declined between 2005 and 2013, they saw a 27 percent increase in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Illinois Department of Transportation. On I-80 throughout Will County, the number of fatal crashes and fatalities has fluctuated since 2012. The most occurred in 2013 with three fatal crashes and four fatalities, according to IDOT data. Traffic fatalities statewide saw an increase last year, with 1,081 fatalities being the most thus far since at least 2012. “Highways are meant for trucks and fast movement, but it’s not as safe as it could be if we could widen and improve some of the interchanges,..

Lake Effect Snow Warning Continues For Chicago Area, Northwest Indiana

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Lake Effect Snow Warning issued Monday morning by the National Weather Service remains in effect for the Chicagoland area. Heavy Lake Effect Snow is likely through Tuesday in Illinois and through the night into early Wednesday across northwest Indiana, according to the NWS. The Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday for Lake, DuPage and Cook counties in Illinois. The snow will continue Tuesday gradually ending in DuPage and Lake counties after daybreak, with a second band moving south to southeast over Cook County, Tuesday afternoon. Snow accumulations are likely to be in the five to 10 inch range. Accumulations will vary based on the nature of lake effect snow. Heavy lake effect snow across NE IL and moving into NW IN today. Snowfall rates of 1-2" per hour possible. pic.twitter.com/6ZsPF5ulbA — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) March 14, 2017 The warning remains in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday morning for Lake County in Indiana and from 9 p...

Snow Totals For March 14, 2017

CHICAGO (CBS) — After going nearly three months without any significant snowfall, the Chicago area has seen snow falling off and on for two days in a row. A winter storm Sunday night into Monday morning brought only moderate amounts to most areas, but lake effect snow that started falling Monday night brought even more snow, with several inches falling north of the city. For example, since Sunday morning, Buffalo Grove has seen 13 inches of snow. Here are the snow totals reported to the National Weather Service for snow that fell between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday: Northern Illinois Snow Location (County): fall(inches) Buffalo Grove 2N (Lake).......................9.0 Mundelein 2WNW (Lake).........................8.9 Waukegan 2N (Lake)............................8.8 Gurnee 2W (Lake)..............................7.5 Riverwoods (Lake).............................6.0 Elk Grove Village 1ESE (Cook).................5.6 Mundelein (Lake)..............................5.6 Elk G..

New Mental Health Hospital To Be Built, Lessen Burden On Will County Jail

CHICAGO (CBS) — Plans are in the works to build a new, 100-bed mental health hospital in southwest suburban New Lenox to serve people in Will and Grundy Counties. “This hospital that’s going to be built is nothing short of a Godsend,” said Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow who said some of the patients at the new Silver Oaks Hospital will be people charged with crimes. He said the hospital will lessen the burden on Will County Jail. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports. “Without this facility, we lock them in a jail cell,” Glasgow said. “That’s not what they need.” Silver Cross Hospital Vice President Ruth Colby said the hospital will help people with all kinds of problems in Will County. “There’ll be a unit for women who’ve been traumatized or abused, a unit for veterans possibly,” Colby said. “There’ll be an adolescent unit which is a great need here in Will County. There’ll be a unit for substance abuse.” The $22-million hospital will be built and operated by US HealthVes..

Teamsters Local 700 claims Grundy County Sheriff’s Department practices unsafe

MORRIS – Teamsters Local 700 stated in a news release last week that Grundy County corrections officers for the Grundy County Sheriff's Department are being forced to "transfer dangerous inmates in and out of the jail facility every day."

Candidates start filing petitions in Grundy County municipalities

MORRIS – For most Grundy County municipalities, Monday was the first day to file petitions for village leadership positions such as village president, mayor and trustee, as well as for city clerk and treasurer.

2 Brothers Found Dead In Lockport Were Shot: Autopsies

(STMW) — Two brothers who were found dead at the site of a townhouse under construction Tuesday morning in southwest suburban Lockport were shot, autopsies have found. David Ceja-Sanchez, 35, and Marco Ceja-Sanchez, 37, each suffered a single fatal gunshot wound, the Will County coroner’s office announced Wednesday evening. The Aurora residents were discovered when their coworkers showed up at the work site about 6:30 a.m. in the 16100 block of Coneflower Drive, according to Lockport police and the coroner’s office. Their deaths are being investigated as a double homicide, authorities said. No one was in custody. The Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force is assisting with the investigation. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire copy; Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Jim Ryan wins Grundy County Board seat on coin flip

MORRIS – With a flip of a quarter, Jim Ryan, D-Morris, became the newest member of Grundy County Board District 3.