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Category: Articles

Suffocation by Grain: A Terrifying and Preventable Illinois Accident

July 11, 2011 Published in Articles

Mount Carroll, a small, close-knit northwestern Illinois community, endured a nightmarish grain-elevator farm accident last summer that killed two teenage workers, Alex Pacas, 19, and Wyatt Whitebread, just 14, and injured 20-year-old Will Piper. The high school and college students were engulfed by corn inside an elevator owned by Haasbach LLC, and the two who…

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New Program Reaches Chatham Students Through Mock Car Crash

June 30, 2011 Published in Articles

Last month, the students of Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois witnessed a surprise mock car crash a few days before their school’s senior prom was to take place. The staged crash was meant to educate the youth by showing them the deadly consequences of driving drunk or driving distracted. The “crash” included a few…

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All Illinois Passengers May Need To Buckle Up

June 28, 2011 Published in Articles

It may soon become illegal not to wear a safety belt while sitting in the back seat of a vehicle in Illinois. The Illinois Senate sent the legislation to Governor Pat Quinn on May 27th to be signed into law. Current laws in Illinois only require passengers under 19 years of age to wear seat…

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Illinois Launches Campaign Against Distracted Driving

June 24, 2011 Published in Articles

Illinois State Police have been targeting distracted drivers in a campaign called Operation Safe Star. The campaign was declared May 6th, a year after state trooper Starlena Wilson was struck and almost killed by a woman who was reading a text message while driving. Operation Safe Star is in honor of Starlena Wilson’s injuries, and…

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Battle Over Illinois Workers’ Comp Ends as Legislation Sent to Governor

June 21, 2011 Published in Articles

In the final hours of the spring legislative session, the Illinois House passed legislation overhauling Illinois’ workers’ compensation system. Reform of Illinois’ workers’ compensation system had been an issue of debate for quite some time. After passing in the Senate, the workers compensation package initially failed in the House by a 55-39 vote, but after…

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