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Illinois quick hits: Snow impacting travel; Dolton’s finances questioned


Snow impacting travel

Light snow is causing havoc on Illinois roadways Friday. Illinois State Police are responding to multiple slide offs and crashes in central Illinois, including a crash that blocked all lanes on Interstate 74 in Champaign County. All southbound lanes on I-55 were shutdown due to a level 2 Hazmat tanker truck leak near U.S. 12.

Dolton’s finances questioned

Financial questions continue to arise in Dolton after a bank said the village failed to make a payment worth tens of thousands of dollars, which may result in police cruisers and other public works vehicles being repossessed. Several trustees who spoke with WGN-TV said the payment was authorized by the board last May and they were not aware it had not been made. As questions over unpaid bills have come to light in recent months, exorbitant spending on lavish trips by Mayor Tiffany Henyard are being questioned, which included a trip to Las Vegas that cost more than $12,000 and fell in the same month the loan payment on the village vehicles was due.

Rural development conference planned

The 35th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference, hosted by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, will be Feb. 28 and 29 at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. The conference brings together experts from across the country who will share their ideas and successful practices for community and economic development. More than 300 attendees from across Illinois are expected to attend.