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Around the Tri States: Family rescued from Mississippi River; Shots fired on Carthage square; Three Knox County board members resign

Around The Tri States
Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

Family rescued on Mississippi River

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office used its new rescue boat, The Legacy, to get a family stranded on the river near Montrose to safety.

The Montrose Police Department contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for assistance after no other boats could be found to aid in the rescue.

Sheriff Stacy Weber thanked Lee County Crimestoppers for their work in raising money for the county to acquire the rescue boat.

Shots fired on Carthage square

Shots were fired on the south side of the Carthage square on Wednesday afternoon.

Hancock County Sheriff Travis Duffy says authorities responded to a 911 call around 3:15 p.m.

A suspect was identified and taken into custody.

No one was injured, and Duffy says there is no public safety threat.

Three Knox County board members resign

Three members of the Knox County board submitted their resignations this week.

They are Rollie Paulsgrove, R-District 1; John Hunigan, D-District 2; and Tara Wilder, D-District 3.

All said they are resigning for personal reasons.

The board is expected to appoint new members to fill the vacancies as early as next month.

Street closures in downtown Burlington

The 500 and 600 blocks of Jefferson Street in downtown Burlington will be closed for construction starting Monday.

Sixth Street overpass traffic will be detoured to the Central and Washington overpass, and the three hundred block of Seventh Street has been converted to two-way traffic to alleviate congestion in the area.

This phase of downtown construction is expected to last three months.

Illinois driver’s license extensions

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is once again extending expiration dates for driver's licenses.

Expired driver's licenses, ID cards, and learner's permits are now valid through Dec.1. Previously they were set to expire on July 31.

The extension doesn't apply to commercial driver's licenses and permits.

The federal REAL ID deadline is also extended to next May.

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